Wonders of the North

Lake Mývatn & Northern Lights

Experience the wonders of the North in a two day tour from Reykjavík. We fly you up to Akureyri, hunt for the Northern Lights, visit the amazing Lake Mývatn, including Goðafoss, Dimmuborgir and Námaskarð.

About the tour

Passengers are picked up at their location or at Bus Stop in Reykjavík and driven to Reykjavík domestic airport for a flight to Akureyri.

We aim at the last flight to Akureyri, around 18:00

If the weather forecast is unfavorable we we may reverse this; drive to Akureyri and fly to Reykjavik the following day, after our Lake Mývatn tour.

DAY 1

We pick you up and drive you to Reykjavík airport for your flight  to Akureyri. Usually the flight departs at 18:00 so Pick UP will be an our befor the departure. In Akureyri airport we will meet you and drive you to your hotel.

Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural curiosities. They have never ceased to fascinate the people of the north; consequently stimulating abundant mythology and legends. Moreover, they have always captured the imagination of scientists who study them. 

At Hótel Kjarnalundur they have a hot tub and after dinner it´s ideal to dip in and hunt for the Northern Lights. No city lights will disturb us and we can enjoy the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in quietude.

If no Northern Lights are seen we have another chance the following evening.

DAY 2

After breakfast we Pick you UP at your hotel and take you for a Lake Mývatn tour. We estimate to depart at 10:00.

The first stop on the way is at the waterfall Goðafoss (The Waterfall of The Gods), one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The name of the waterfall derives from the year 1000 when the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland.

From Goðafoss we drive to Skútustaðagígar – Skútustaðir pseudo craters, wich were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. The craters are a popular site for birdwatchers and are protected as a natural wetlands conservation area.

Our next stop is Dimmuborgir or the Black Fortress, a large area composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel. Dimmuborgir was formed in an eruption that occurred in the area 2,300 years ago. As lava flowed across the area, it passed over a lake, causing it to boil. This both quickened the cooling of the lava and caused pillars of steam to shatter parts of it.

From Dimmuborgir we drive to Námaskarð Pass, a geothermal area on the mountain Námafjall. Námaskarð is a true geothermal wonder of hot sulfuric mud springs and steam vents. It’s like a scene from outer space. The name derives from the 19th century sulphur recovery located at an altitude of 410 m. The place is a myriad of hot mud springs in widely different colors.

Next stop Jarðböðin (the Mývatn Nature Baths), which is a place just as unique as the Blue Lagoon. The water supplies for the Nature baths run straight from the National Power Company´s bore hole in Bjarnarflag. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives to the huge basin beside the lagoon itself forming an impressive, man-made hot spring. Altogether, the lagoon and the basin contain around 3.5 million litres of water with a temperature of 36 – 40°C. The lagoon itself is a man-made construction, its bottom is covered by sand and gravel. The characteristics of the water are unique in many ways. It contains a large amount of minerals, is alkaline and well suited for bathing. Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon making chloride or any other disinfectant redundant.

Those who don´t want to bathe in the lagoon will be taken for a short tour in the area while others bathe.

After an astonishing day with nature and history in our minds, we drive back to Akureyri, take a short break there, before driving to Reykjavík, with a few stops on our way.