Day 1: Reykjavik - Akureyri - Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve :
Active Geothermal Area – Surreal Volcanic Landscapes– Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Springs
Meet the tour group at Reykjavik Domestic Airport, Air Iceland Connect check-in. Please note Reykjavik Domestic Airport is different from Keflavik Airport. Airport transfer is not included; the airport is about a 5 – 10-minute ride from most city hotels. Please arrange to arrive no later than 45 minutes before your flight for check-in.
A representative of Iceland Travel will be at the airport to meet your group and assist with check-in for the flight. If the skies are clear, you’ll get great views of Iceland’s interior wilderness on the 50-minute flight.
Meet your local guide and driver at Akureyri Airport and start on your North Iceland exploration! The day begins with a drive through beautiful alpine scenery and a look over Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s longest fjord. Your route takes you to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland where the MidAtlantic ridge that divides North America from Europe is clearly visible.
View the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and the lava formations that rise out of the lake itself. Take a walk among the fantastical basalt formations at Dimmuborgir, the “Dark Citadels.” Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colors of Namaskard geothermal area. As you walk along the paths in this area you might even feel like you are on another planet!
Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano whose eruptions created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Myvatn’ s fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies. Top off your amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before overnighting at your hotel. The Nature Baths are a favorite among both locals and visitors. You can relax in the brilliant blue waters and enjoy the natural steam baths set above a natural hot spring.
Dinner and overnight in Lake Myvatn area. You can sign up for a free northern lights wake-up call so that you don’t miss out if the auroras decide to make an appearance this evening.
Approximate Distance Driven: 105 km/ 65 miles