Akureyri North Iceland Break
Enjoy a break with a difference and head North to Iceland's second largest town, Akureyri. The Town is beautifully situated on the shores of Eyjafjörður. This small and charming town is a fantastic alternative to Reykjavik boasting a good selection of restaurants and bars, an attractive historic centre and many of the features of a town ten times its size.
It is the perfect gateway to the natural attractions that this part of Iceland is renowned for example Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi.
Stay your first and last night in Reykjavík. Explore the City or take a day tour to the famous Golden Circle where you will explore the National Park Þingvellir, seeing Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area.
- Enjoy Akureyri the capital of the North
- Explore highlights of the North like Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi and Húsavík
- Take an optional Whale watching tour in the magnificent Eyjafjörð
- Enjoy the first and last night in Reykjavík, the Capital of Iceland
- Explore the famous Colden Circle, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park (optional)
ITINERARY SUGGESTION - 4 NIGHTS
Day 1 - Arrival
Departure from the UK - arrival at Keflavík Airport. Bus transfer from Keflavík Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you‘ll spend the night. Reykjavík is modern city and so much to do and see. We will provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own. Depending on your arrival time, you may also have time for an optional excursion.
Overnight stay in Reykjavík, 3 star hotel including breakfast.
Note: on some days there is the opportunity to fly direct from Keflavík Airport to Akureyri. Ask for details.
Day 2 - Explore Akureyri
After the breakfast at your hotel, make your own way to Reykjavík Domestic Airport for your flight to North Iceland. Early morning flight to Akureyri, the Capital of the North, duration of the flight is about 45 minutes. At Akureyri airport you will be picked up by our private taxi driver who will take you to your hotel.
Akureyri is Iceland's second largest town and is the capital of North. Enjoy the charming town centre which has good selections of restaurants and bars. We will send you plenty of suggestions of what to do with your free day including the “must see´s” in Akureyri.
Enjoy your evening in Akureyri.
Optional day tour - Whale Watching in Akureyri
Experience and get close to the incredible humpback whales of the magnificent Eyjafjorð, a place of serene beauty, filled with marine life and framed in by massive glacier carved and beautiful mountains.
Day 3 - Highlights of the North - full day tour
Akureyri - Mývatn - Dettifoss - Ásbyrgi - Húsavík - Akureyri
Departure from Akureyri around 8am. a Drive along the coast of Eyjafjörður, across the mountain pass of Víkurskarð to the valley of Fnjóskadalur. The first stop of the tour is the Goðafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland.
From Goðafoss the tour continues through the valley of Reykjadalur to Skútustadir in the Lake Mývatn district. There you will explore the regular shaped pseudo craters formed in a volcanic eruption approximately 2300 years ago. We drive along the south coast of the lake to Dimmuborgir, a lava labyrinth formed around 2300 years ago when a partly cooled lava lake drained out and left magnificent basaltic pillars and sculptures. The next destination is the small village of Reykjahlid where you will have the opportunity to have lunch or buy snacks. The tour continues east over the Námaskard mountain pass and we explore the fumarole fields of Hverarönd (Námaskarð) where ground water is heated by an underground magma intrusion. Sulpture deposits are brought to the surface and the area is characterized by a strong smell of sulphur.
After a short and easy walk around the fumarole zone we drive on Highway 1 to the Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, where we enter the Vatnajökull National Park. From the parking there is about 10 to 15-minute walk to the waterfall. We explore the Jökulsarsgljufur Canyon, 25 kilometers long and over 100 meters deep, formed in a catastrophic glacial flood after the last ice age. On our way along the canyon we make short stops in Vesturdalur and Hljóðaklettar (Echo Cliffs) before we make our way into Ásbyrgi, a horse shoe shaped cliff formation. The folklore states that Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Odin, stepped down there when passing by, forming the 100-metre high cliffs. Ásbyrgi is sheltered from the ocean winds and is therefore highly vegetated. After a stop in Ásbyrgi we drive through the Tjörnes fracture zone to Húsavik, a small fishing and tourism village, and back to Akureyri where we estimate to be around 6pm in the afternoon.
Spend another night in the capital of the North.
Day 4 - Flight back to Reykjavík - explore the capital or take an optional day tour
Early flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík and make your own way to your hotel in Reykjavík (short taxi ride).
Reykjavík is an exciting modern city with lots to see and do. Relax in one of the many spas and swimming pools or book one of our fantastic day tours, one of the most popular tour is the "Golden Circle Tour". We will send you plenty of suggestions of what to do with your free day including the “must see´s” in the City.
Optional: Afternoon / Evening Golden Circle Tour - 6 hours
The Golden Circle is a fascinating experience. You can explore the world-famous Geysir geothermal area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers erupt and pools of mud bubble.You also stop by the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls and visit Þingvellir national park, the original site of the oldest existing parliament in the world. At Þingvellir, the great Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates.
Day 5 - Departure
Departure to the UK from Keflavík International Airport.
Depending on your flight time, you may want to explore Reykjavík in the morning or take an optional tour to the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on your way to the airport.
Optional Excursion: Visit to the Blue Lagoon
Optional trip to the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. Enjoy the Blue Lagoon for 2-3 hours. You can book a treatment if you like, have a lunch at the Blue Lagoon or just relax in this wonderful spa. If you have a morning flight back to the UK you can visit the Blue Lagoon on arrival if flight time allows or as a day trip from Reykjavík on one of your free days.
Departures: Daily, May - September 2017
|May - September:||From £1,155* per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room|
|Single room supplement from £130*|
*Price is subject to availability
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Bus transfer to and from Keflavík airport
- 2 nights accommodation in 3 star standard hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast
- Return flights from Reykjavík to Akureyri
- 2 nights accommodation in 3 star standard hotel at Akureyri, including breakfast
- Return transfer from Akureyri airport to your hotel
- Day tour of the highlights of the North: Akureyri - Mývatn - Dettifoss - Ásbyrgi - Húsavík - Akureyri
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"
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