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About Akureyri

A genuine 'Midnight Sun' destination, Akureyri cruise port is a charming Icelandic town with a stunning location on the country's longest fjord - Eyjafjordur. There are several interesting museums and churches but the most amazing feature of Akureyri is its botanical garden - not surprisingly, the most northerly in the world.  That this glorious display of flowers and plants thrives is a tribute to the local microclimate which is remarkably mild for somewhere so close to the Arctic Circle.

Less surprising is the range of tours to appeal to nature-lovers from whale watching (18 species from minkes to killers have been spotted) to the spectacular 'Waterfall of the Gods' at Godafoss.

Along the way, you will also see age-old glaciers, beautiful lakes, bubbling sulphur mud-pits, hidden caves and coves, dormant volcanoes and lava which has turned into bizarre-shaped sculptures.

 

Shore excursions in Akureyri

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Akureyri Nature and History

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

A delightful tour combining a spectacular waterfall, a traditional folk museum and the world’s most northerly botanical gardens.

Embark on a journey across the fjord, along the slopes of Vadlaheidi Mountain, through the Fnjoskadalur Valley and alongside Vaglaskogur Forest - one of Iceland's rare woodlands which are part of an extensive soil and vegetation reclamation project to historic Godafoss.

Stop off at Goðafoss, a breathtaking 30 foot waterfall, to photograph its impressive cascading falls before continuing on to visit Laufás Folk Museum.

The Laufás Folk Museum, a 19th century farmhouse built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf, provides a glimpse back into ancient times. Once a manor farm and vicarage, the turf farmhouse dates back to 1866, and contains many interesting household and agricultural implements used by the gentry at around that time.

On the scenic return journey, there will be a stop at the Botanical Gardens, to admire its 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers, before taking a leisurely drive around the old town and main sights of Akureyri.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are a few steps and some uneven ground at the Folk Museum. The Botanical Gardens’ collection of flora and fauna is dependent on the weather conditions experienced throughout the year. At Goðafoss there is an uneven, lava surface and no handrails; therefore passengers are advised to exercise caution. Comfortable, flat and enclosed footwear is recommended.

Jewels of the North

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

A cocktail of beautiful scenery, cascading waterfalls, lava formations and bubbling mud pools provide a real taste of Iceland.

Visit the impressive waterfall of Goðafoss, which carries a huge volume of water from the Skjálfandafljót River. This beautiful crescent of cascading water gained its name at the time of Iceland’s conversion to Christianity. In 1000 AD, at the meeting of the Althing, the Icelanders voted to adopt Christianity. The wooden idols of the Norse mythology were thrown into the falls in a symbolic gesture that swept away the old religion. Thus, Goðafoss literally means the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’.

From Goðafoss, continue to the Lake Myvatn area stopping by the unique craters at Skutustadir. Frequent lava flows have left Iceland’s 4th largest lake, Lake Mývatn very irregular in shape.

Marvel at the Dimmubørgir lava labyrinth, an incredible panorama of rugged crags and peculiar lava formations in shapes such as columns and arches. The last stop is at the gurgling purple and yellow sulphur cauldrons at the high temperature thermal field of Namaskard.

Refreshments will be served during the tour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a total of 1½ hours’ walking over some gravel and rough ground. The level of walking undertaken is at the discretion of each passenger and most sights can be viewed from the coach. At Goðafoss there is an uneven, lava surface and no handrails; therefore passengers are advised to exercise caution. Comfortable, flat and enclosed footwear is recommended.

Leisurely Akureyri and Godafoss

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a leisurely drive through striking volcanic landscape to the magnificent cascading waterfall of Goðafoss.

Heading out of the city, your leisurely drive will take you past typical Icelandic scenery to the River Skjálfandafljót, site of the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. From the western bank of the river, you’ll have a lovely view of this powerful cascade, which carries a great volume of water over a 30 foot drop. The ‘Falls of the Gods’ earned their name when the chieftain, Thorgeir, threw his old pagan gods into the Falls at the time of Iceland’s conversion to Christianity.

Your journey will take you past some dramatic and scenic landscape before returning to Akureyri for a visit to the Akureyri Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the many species of pretty local and foreign flowers before rejoining your coach for a drive around the main sights of the city. You’ll see the many contrasts in the town’s interesting and varied architecture due to the influence of its Danish trade past.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The amount of walking on this tour is at passengers’ own discretion. The terrain at the Gardens consists of gravel or mud pathways and there are benches at various intervals to allow for resting. The collection of flora and fauna in the gardens is dependent on the weather conditions experienced throughout the year. At Goðafoss there is an uneven, lava surface and no handrails; therefore passengers are advised to exercise caution. Comfortable, flat and enclosed footwear is recommended.

 

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