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From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

1. From Akureyri Port: Lake Mývatn Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up from your cruise ship in Akureyri Port, and then drive to Lake Mývatn and the surrounding wetlands area near Krafla volcano. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and hear about its important role in the history of Iceland. Continue to the pseudo craters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when hot flowing lava met with ice-cold water from the lake. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, rich in mythical sagas and stunning to look at for the lava pillars and rock formations.   Discover the thermal waters of an underground river at Grjotagja, where you will stand on the continental rift between Europe and America. End with a look at the boiling mud pools of Hverir and gaze in awe at the steaming fumaroles and sulfur pits. Return to Akureyri Port at least 1 hour before your ship’s departure for the end of the tour services.

From Akureyri: Private Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

2. From Akureyri: Private Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. We start our tour in Akureyri and drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, where we'll make our first stop. The waterfall is a place of significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity. We continue east from Goðafoss; we'll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir, where we see the pseudocraters. Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir were formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we'll travel to Grjótagjá, which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave, so now it's too hot to bathe there. We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields, a spectacular area showing the earth's inner power. After this, we'll be heading back towards Akureyri; if time, weather and conditions allow, we'll find some good places to stop for pictures

From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

3. From Akureyri: Lake Mývatn Day Trip with Local Guide

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. We start our tour in Akureyri and drive east towards the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, where we'll make our first stop. The waterfall is a place of significant historic value connected with when Icelanders took Christianity. We continue east from Goðafoss; we'll pass through the valley of Reykjadalur and head to Skútustaðir, where we see the pseudocraters. Our next stop is the stunning lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir were formed about 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basalt pillars and sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir, we'll travel to Grjótagjá, which was a popular underground bathing cave until the volcanic eruptions at Krafla 1975-1984. Those eruptions heated the water in the cave, so now it's too hot to bathe there. We now continue through the Námaskarð pass and go to the Hverarönd fumarole fields, a spectacular area showing the earth's inner power. After this, we'll be heading back towards Akureyri; if time, weather and conditions allow, we'll find some good places to stop for pictures

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What people are saying about Grjótagjá Cave

The tour was great, there are many stops to see different things and take pictures. Our guide was knowledgeable and he made sure we would have the best experience possible. Judging by the reviews, the stop at the nature baths seems to be included in certain tours but not others, and that was a bit confusing for me since I didn't see anything saying there would be a stop there. Our group did stop at the baths for 2 hours, and I was unaware of this. If you don't want to go in the baths, you can still go for a walk in the beautiful surrounding area. Overall a great experience

It was a wonderful day with Gisli, who knew so much to tell about "his" island of Iceland. We saw a lot and had enough time to explore on our own. There was also enough time to visit the sanitary facilities and to stock up on snacks and drinks. Currency exchange is not necessary in Iceland, credit cards are accepted everywhere. We were picked up at the port by minibus and brought back again. Anyone who wanted could get off in the city. Thanks again to Gisli for this wonderful day!

Top tour and you saw everything, it was a great day and the weather cooperated. You have to be aware that you only get a brief glimpse of everything, if you want to see everything on this tour in peace, you can need 1.5 days. What wasn't great was that we had to wait for guests from another ship and so the departure was postponed by an hour, which we then missed to explore the city.

It was very nice organized and informative trip. The weather was not perfect for us but the beauty of nature still impressed us to the maximum. Definitely worth it. Highly recommended if you want to experience the diamond circle !

The tour covers all the important points of the area. Unfortunately we had very bad weather on our tour, but our guide made the best of it and gave us a lot of exciting information.