Take the road less travelled along the scenic Arctic coastline, black sand beaches, towering mountains and fishing villages to colourful Siglufjordur with an option to stop at the Kaldi microbrewery.
Godafoss & Akureyri
• Godafoss, the picture-perfect waterfall of the gods
• Akureyri, the cool capital of the North
• The beautiful botanical gardens of Lystigardurinn
• Optional: The charming turf-roofed houses at Laufas
• Optional: The festive Christmas House
More about the Tour
Your tour starts with a short drive to the Godafoss waterfall. Nicknamed “Beauty” (with Dettifoss being the “Beast”), Godafoss is indeed one of the prettiest waterfalls in Iceland. Its name means “waterfall of the gods” as it is believed that idols of the old Gods were thrown into it when Iceland embraced Christianity in 1000 A.D.
We drive back to Akureyri via the Vikurskard mountain pass with excellent views over Eyjafjordur and the town. Akureyri is Iceland’s second largest town outside of the capital area and the heart of North Iceland.
The old town is charming with well-preserved houses and monuments. Designed by the same architect as Reykjavik’s Hallgrimskirkja, the Lutheran Church of Akureyri church is one of its most famous icons. The charming red and white wooden Catholic Church is also worth a look.
Our last stop is Lystigardurinn botanical gardens. Just 50 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, it is one of the world’s northernmost botanical gardens and a great place for a coffee.
It is possible to take a detour to the Laufas turf-roofed houses and the Christmas Garden in the Eyjafjordur fjord.
Dating back to the 9th century, Laufas now houses a museum that provides insight into Iceland’s history and the lives of people.
At the Christmas Garden, you can enjoy the year-round festive spirit and a selection of Christmas collectibles, including items handcrafted in Iceland. A very special festival in Iceland, Christmas traditions include 13 yule lads, a Christmas cat and other unique folk stories.
Why Book with Us
• Pickup and dropoff from the port
• 100% refund if your ship does not dock
• Customisable tour with a local guide
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