Highlights of the North
- Adults 22.230.- kr. 24.700.- kr.
- 12-15 years old 11.125.- kr. 12.350.- kr.
- 0-11 years old 0.- kr.
Valid: 18th June - 31st August 2017
Price: 24.700 ISK
Departure: Mon-Fri 07:50 from SBA Bus Terminal, Oddeyrarbót 2. - From Akureyri Airport upon arrival of flight NY112
Departure: Sat-Sun 08:30 from SBA Bus Terminal, Oddeyrarbót 2. - From Akureyri Airport upon arrival of flight NY114
Included: Partly guided bus tour around Lake Myvatn and a whale watching tour in Husavik.
Not included: Refreshments.
As the tour starts we drive along the coast of Eyjafjordur fjord, across the mountain pass Vikurskard to the valley of Fnjoskadalur.
The first stop is at 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 we 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. Next we drive along the south coast of the lake to the small village of Reykjahlid, where passengers board another bus to Husavik.
The bus stops at the facilities of North Sailing in the harbour area where you have easy access to the whale watching boats. The boat tour takes about 3 hours and for the last couple of years there have been over 90% whale sightings. At first the Minke Whale was the most common but in recent years other species have frequently been sighted in the bay as well. Among those is the Humpback Whale, which always gets a lot of attention, mainly because it often raises its flippers to slap the surface and most often raises its fluke before diving.
The Skjalfandi Bay is not only a popular destination because of the whales; birds and natural beauty play a significant role in making whale watching in the bay a memorable experience. There are two islands in the Bay, Lundey and Flatey, where many species of birds nest, e.g. Puffins and Arctic Terns. In Husavik passengers can opt to visit the Whale Museum, displaying full-size whale skeletons.
At 17:00 passengers take bus 641 from the harbour back to Akureyri in connection with flights to Reykjavik. Arrival at Akureyri Airport around 18:10. Arrival at SBA Bus Terminal at 18:15.