Waterfalls, Cowshed Café and Christmas Garden

Includes: Waterfalls, Cowshed Café, and The Christmas Garden.

 

About the tour
  • Pickup at Akureyri port - Departure 30-40 min. after arrival of Cruise Ship.

We normally start all our tours for Cruise Ships 30-40 min. after arrival of the ship but earliest departure is at 08:00. We might have to start some tours earlier, depending on departure time of Cruise Ship.

STOPS ON THE WAY:

  • Goðafoss – Waterfall of the Gods
  • Aldeyjarfoss in Bárðardalur valley
  • Kaffi Kú – Cowshed Café at Garður farm in Eyjafjörður
  • Jólagarðurinn – Christmas Garden 

From Akureyri we drive to 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 Goðafoss – Waterfall of the Gods derives from the year 1000 when the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland.

From Goðafoss we head through Bárðardalur, the longest valley in Iceland, to the waterfall Aldeyjarfoss. Though only twenty metres in height and a little off the beaten track, Aldeyjarfoss waterfall has symmetrical features and geologically interesting surrounds. Tumbling through a narrow passage into a wide basin, the concertinaed black basalt columns provide a stark contrast against the thrashing white foam, making it oft considered one of Iceland’s photographic gems. Aldeyjarfoss is one of most impressive waterfalls on the Skjálfandafljót River’s route from the Vatnajokull ice cap to Skjálfandi Bay. The land here is part of an apalhraun lava field, named Suðurárhraun, which was originally formed by eruptions, some 9500 years ago.

Bárðardalur was the location for the Icelandic drama film Hrútar or Rams. It was shot at Mýri and Bólstaður, two farms that stand side by side, quite south of Bárðardalur to the west. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Next stop is Kaffi The Cowshed Café in Eyjafjörður fjord. It´s located in the loft area above the cow barn at Garður farm. You can watch the cows through a glass viewing point from the restaurant. There is also a TV monitor where you can see what is going on, e.g. milking of the cows, which is a 24/7 operation and is done by a milking robot. Guests are allowed to go into the barn, pet the calves and breath in the aroma of the countryside. Exploring the countryside is always rewarding.

Last but not least we stop at JólagarðurinnThe Christmas Garden in Eytjafjörður fjord, just outside of Akureyri. The fire glows and crackles in the fireplace. Christmas melodies and aroma in the air. In the J Christmas garden you'll find the magical world of Christmas. On the outside the fire-engine red house resembles a cookie house but once inside you discover Christmas decorations from all over the world, alongside with traditional Icelandic Christmas items and variations of selected handicrafts from local craftsmen/women. In the beautiful garden surrounding the house are benches and tables provided, making this an excellent spot for a picnic. The fairytale tower houses the worlds biggest Christmas calendar worth climbing the stairs for. In the garden one can also find The Whishing well of unborn children, a place of tranquility and peace.