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AH600  Dettifoss Grand Tour - Jewels of the North from Ak 18 Jun 2016 -
11 Sep 2016



Please note: Departure is from Akureyri

First we drive along the coast of Eyjafjorður, across the mountain pass of Vikurskard to the valley of Fnjoskadalur. The first stop of the tour is the Godafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland.

From Godafoss the tour continues through the valley of Reykjadalur to Skutustadir in the Lake Myvatn 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 Namaskard mountain pass and we explore the fumarole fields of Hverarond (Námaskarð) where ground water is heated by an underground magma intrusion. Sulphur 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 to the Krafla caldera. Along the way we pass a 60-MW geothermal power station that partly supplies the town of Akureyri with electricity. We visit the explosion crater of Víti (Hell), but its formation marked the beginning of the great Myvatn Fires in 1724. From Viti there is a good view to the geothermal zone of Leirhnjukur and the lava field formed in the Krafla Fires (1975-1984).

From Viti we drive on Highway 1 to the Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, where we enter the Vatnajokull National Park. From the parking there is about 10 to 15-minute walk to the waterfall. We explore the Jokulsarsgljufur Canyon, 25 kilometres long and over 100 metres 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 Hljodaklettar (Echo Cliffs) before we make our way into Asbyrgi, 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. Asbyrgi is sheltered from the ocean winds and is therefore highly vegetated. After a stop in Asbyrgi we drive through the Tjornes fracture zone to Husavik, a small fishing and tourism village, and back to Akureyri where we estimate to be around 18.15 in the afternoon.

Included: Transportation and guide
Not included: Refreshments

Please note: Departure is from Akureyri


Tour details

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Departure times
07:50 (Mon-Fri) & 08:30 (Sat-Sun)
 
 
Duration
10 hours
 
Travelling with children
Child (0-11): Free
Youth (12-15): 50%
 

Price: 21.700 ISK
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