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Day 1: Reykjavik - Akureyri - Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve :

Highlights: Reykjavik Akureyri Myvatn Dimmuborgir Krafla Myvatn Nature Baths

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

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Day 2: Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve – Husavik – Godafoss – Akureyri:

Highlights: Húsavík Godafoss Akureyri

Charming fishing town – Geothermal Seawater Spa with Ocean views – Waterfall of the Gods – the Capital of the North

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you´ll get a chance to visit two fun and very different  North Iceland communities. Head to the Arctic Coast and the charming town of Husavik. This bustling community has a pretty harbor area and is a very nice place to see life in a town near the Arctic Circle. Husavik is a favorite destination for its whale watching, but now it is becoming even better known thanks to the GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths. GeoSea is a unique spa that uses the area’s unique geothermal sea water. The spa is constructed in a way that, as you relax,  you can look directly out into the sea and the Arctic Circle.

After some time to recharge in this amazing setting, head to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade.

Travel on to Akureyri, the beautiful northern town that has become internationally popular as a winter recreation destination. After a brief tour of the town, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is open to enjoy Akureyri. Though small in population the “capital of North Iceland” has a lively culture and outdoor recreation scene. You’ll find activities to suit all interests. Enjoy exploring the museums, galleries and cafes. If you like outdoor fun, visit the nearby Hlidarfjall ski resort, just minutes away by cab, or take a swim in the geothermal pool complex.

Dinner is on your own at one of Akureyri’ s many restaurants.

Approximate Distance Driven:  139km/ 84 miles

Overnight in Akureyri.

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Day 3: Akureyri – Eyjafjordur Fjord – Trollaskagi Peninsula – Siglufjordur - Akureyri:

Highlights: The Herring Era Museum Siglufjordur Akureyri Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula

Mountain and Fjord Views – Historical Town – Award-Winning Museum – Icelandic Delicacies

Breakfast at your hotel. Wind along the roads of beautiful Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s longest fjord, and then onto the Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula). Known as the “Icelandic Alps,” Trollaskagi offers some of the highest mountains in Iceland; the views of steep mountains plunging to the black-sand coastline are breath-taking. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name.

Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colorful fishing villages. Visit Siglufjordur, a town with beautifully-preserved historical buildings set in a scenic fjord. After lunch (on your own), visit the award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. Many Icelandic historians believe it was Siglufjordur’ s herring “gold rush” of the early 20th century that helped bring modernization to Iceland.  At the museum, you will be introduced to the history of the herring fishing industry and be invited to explore the museum’s three buildings before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps.

Next, visit the tiny community of Arskogssandur (population 130),  where you’ll visit Kaldi, Iceland’s first microbrewery. See how this craft beer is made and learn about the interesting history of the company. And, of course, you’ll also have a taste some of the locally brewed beer.

Approximate Distance Driven:  159 km/ 98 miles

Afterwards you will drive to Akureyri Airport in time to check in for your flight to Reykjavik.   The trip ends in Reykjavik Airport.

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