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North Iceland has much to offer all year around. Winters can be really magical after the landscape gets covered by layers of snow. This tour offers 2 nights in Akureyri – the “capital of the North” and 2 nights at Lake Myvatn. Here there are no city lights to distract the clear winter nights. Sometimes, on a clear moonlit evening and with northern lights playing in the sky, drive through the night might almost feel like daytime as the light reflects on the surrounding moutains, and even more so when snow covers the land. It is like magic!
Day 1, Tuesday:
Flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri and transfer to the city. We start a 4-hour tour of Akureyri and the surrounding area. During the tour we drive through the old centre with charming old houses that are surrounded by lush vegetation. The church of Akureyri towers over the downtown area. In clear weather we drive up to the hills above Akureyri from where we get a great view over the town and the fjord. Then we head on for one of the valleys in Eyjafjörður area where we also visit one of the typical Icelandic farms, enjoy light refreshment and get the chance to meet with the local people.
After the tour, check in ath the hotel in Akureyri and the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town centre, visit the local swimming pool. In the evening possibility for optional Northern lights tour if weather permits (not included).
Day 2, Wednesday:
Daytour to Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Myvatn area. The next days you will stay overnight in Lake Myvatn area. Goðafoss waterfall whether bound in ice or not is definitely worth paying a visit. The volcanic area of Lake Myvatn with the lava fields and various types of volcanic craters is a magical place during winter time. During the sightseeing tour we stop at major sights of interest. After the tour drop off at the hotel close to the lake.
During the cold winter months large parts of the lake freezes over which offers possibilities for various activity on the ice. Weather permitting possibility for an optional Northern Lights tour in the evening (not included).
Day 3, Thursday:
Daytour to Husavik and the countryside (approx 5 hrs). Get to know Iceland of the past and present. We drive to the hydro electric power station on the beautiful Laxá river and visit the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjaðarstaður. Continue to the fishing village of Húsavik which has become particularly known as a whale watching centre. Though winter months are not the right time to see whales in nature, a visit to the whale museum will be just as interesting.
After the tour free time or transfer to Nature Baths and relax in the pleasantly warm geothermal water of the lagoon and the steam bath. In the eveninig - weather permitting, you have a possibility for optional northern lights tour.
Day 4, Friday:
Morning free or possibility for an optional tour, e.g. by jeep to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerfull waterfall which drops deep down into the canyon of Jökulsárgljúfur. The winter view of the waterfall is particularly majestic. In winter it may be necessary to walk through snow to get to the waterfall (duration ca. 4-5 hrs, not included).
When weather and ice conditions allow there are also possibilities for different optional activities on the lake and in the area.
After an optional morning tour, or a relaxing day near your hotel, you return to Akureyri by bus leaving Lake Mývatn area in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel in Akureyri.
Day 5, Saturday:
Transfer to Akureyri airport in time for your flight to Reykjavik. On Saturdays there are 4 flights a day during winter months, the earliest departing at 09:55, the last one at 18:55.
The tour can be combined with the South Iceland programme. Extra nights and optional tours can be added in Myvatn or Akureyri.
Ski slopes on Mt.Hliðarfjall offer good possibilities for alpine and cross-country skiing and are only a short distance from the town (late November-April)
Possibilities for additional tours and activities at Lake Mývatn (dependent on ice/weather conditions):
Dettifoss super jeep tour
Jeep Safari: Hverfjall, Ludent, Krafla
Northern Lights evening tour from Lake Mývatn or Akureyri
Cross-country skiing tour
Go-karting and other fun activities on ice (depending on ice/weather conditions)