Akureyri

Akureyri is a town to the north of Lýðveldið Ísland (Republic of Iceland), also known as the Capital of North Iceland.

A beautiful setting and a thriving cultural scene

Akureyri is a town to the north of Lýðveldið Ísland (Republic of Iceland), also known as the Capital of North Iceland. The area was the site of the most important archaeological discoveries of Iceland, an ancient sculpture of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder (now on display in Reykjavik’s National Museum).

Located on the Eyjafjordur Fjord, Akureyri has a warm climate and is surrounded by lush vegetation. Akeureyri’s beautiful setting and wide open spaces make it a key holiday centre for tourists. Come spend a day with us away from your luxury MSC cruise ship and immerse yourself in Icelandic life and traditions. Akureyri has a thriving cultural scene, which adds to its popularity as a vacation destination. Contrasted with Akureyri’s vibrant mix of coffee houses, bars and fashionable restaurants are strong Icelandic folk traditions.

By participating in our excursion packages in and around Akureyri you can benefit from great deals during your day away from the ship. Some of the top sights include the folklore museum, suitable for the whole family, as well as the Akureyri Botanical Gardens. Lovers of literature will be interested in the David House, home to one of Iceland’s best-loved poets, David Stefansson, (1895-1964) and now a museum containing the poet’s original furnishings. The Akureyri church, visible from the whole town is the symbol of the town and well worth a visit. Finally, just outside Akureyri is the Laufas Farm Museum, a unique collection of traditional turf homes (used up until the 1930s) and now a fascinating museum.

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Akureyri offers a sheltered natural harbor with 3 cruise berth. The ship facilities are within walking distance from the town centre.

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 AKU01 - THE WATERFALL OF THE GODS & LAUFAS MUSEUM (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Leave the pier for a short transfer to Godafoss, "the Waterfalls of the Gods", which at 12 metres high is one of the most spectacular falls in Iceland. The origins of this legendary spot date back to 1.000 AD when a senior chieftain, Thorgeir, upon converting to the Christian faith, was compelled to hurl his Pagan god carvings into the waterfall. This is an ideal spot to take photos of the falls and the surrounding scenery. Next stop is the Laufas Folk Museum, originally as manor farm and vicarage and which dates back to 1866. The museum contains period domestic and agricultural tools. Return to Akureyri for a short visit to the Botanical Gardens which contain display of high-latitude and high-altitude plants from around the world. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The order of the visits may vary.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 AKU02 - GODAFOSS WATERFALL & AKUREYRI SIGHTSEEING (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  The 'capital of northern Iceland', Akureyri is a beautiful town surrounded by majestic mountains and a unique blend of urban, rural and marine life. With a focus on seeing the best natural attractions in the area, we will combine travelling around the lovely landscapes with a trip to the spectacular Godafoss waterfall, a visit to the botanic gardens and a tour of lively Akureyri with its 16.000 inhabitans. We will admire the majestic "Waterfall of the Gods" which is an impressive 12 metre-high cascade and an ideal place to take photos. Driving through the historic district of Akureyri, the Danish influence is clearly visible here, a legacy of the country's former rule by the Danish Crown. We will cross into the newer area of Akureyi and stop at the Botanical Gardens which hold examples of Iceland's native flora as well as high latitude and high altitude plants from around the world. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The order of the visits may vary.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 AKU03 - BEAUTY & LANDSCAPES OF THE NORTH (full day with lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Legends, lava landscapes and lakes... come and experience Iceland's unique scenery of surreal volcanic fields and magical cascading waterfalls. Leave the pier and drive to Godafoss, the 'Waterfall of the Gods' to admire the impressive falls and learn about the history of this site. The origins of this spectacular spot date back to 1,000 AD when a senior chieftain, Thorgeir, upon converting to the Christian faith, was compelled to hurl his Pagan god carvings into the waterfall. More natural treasures are in store are Lake Myvatn, one of Iceland's most geologically interesting lakes, due to its particularly shallow waters and rich nutrients that attract diverse flora and fauna. We will admire the craters at Skutustadir and the magnificent surrounding lava landscape with its strange formations, columns and arches. Another highlight of the tour will be the geothermal field, full of mud-pots, steam vents, sulphur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of Akureyri before returning to the port. Lunch included. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The order of the visits may vary. Water included in the lunch; additional drinks to be paid on the spot.

Price per person $156.00 Adults $109.00 Children

   


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 AKU04 - MYVATN NATURE BATHS (5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Located in the heart of northeast Iceland about 105 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, Lake Myvatn and its surroundings are among Europe's greatest natural treasures. You will admire the scenery around this exceptionally shallow lake which was formed by millennia of repeated volcanic eruptions which lend the area its surreal quality characterised by lava landscapes, crater formations and sulphur-streaked mountains. At the Myvatn Nature Baths, opened in 2004, you can literally immerse yourself in the scenery as you take a relaxing dip in the clouds of steam that rise from a fissure deep in the earth's surface. The warm waters will soothe both your spirit and your skin, in what will be truly unique and reviving experience. On our return to Akureyri we will stop for photos at the spectacular Godafoss cascade, the 'Waterfall of the Gods'. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. For reasons of hygiene and in line with local customs, it is compulsary to take a shower without swimwear before entering the lagoon. Separate dressing rooms and showers for men and women.

Price per person $130.00 Adults $91.00 Children

   


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 AKU05 - AKUREYRI & SANTA'S HOUSE (3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  The theme of childhood runs through this tour, so whether you want to relive your past or introduce younger passengers to some traditional folklore, this excursion to the home of a children's author and to Santa's House offers a lovely trip down memory lane! Akureyri is the cultural and commercial centre of northern Iceland; this small city boasts a flourishing art scene and a fascinating past. Iceland's influence under the Danish Crown is clearly present here, displayed in the architecture and in some of the town's more unusual cultural artefacts. Our first stop will be the Botanic Gardens with examples of indigenous Icelandic plants as well as high latitude and high altitude flora from around the world. We will then proceed to Nonni's Museum, the childhood home of the renowned Icelandic writer and Jesuit priest Jon 'Nonni' Sveinsson. A children's author, Sveinsson left Iceland aged just 12 and went on to give 5000 lectures around the world and pen 12 books about a character called 'Nonni', which were translated into 40 languages. Our trip continues the child-friendly theme with a stop at Santa's House, a Christmas store selling festive items, open year round. We will end the tour with a short visit to Akureyri Church, the symbol of the town. Return to the port by bus or a walk through the town centre. Please note:limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $88.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 AKU07 - WHALE WATCHING FROM HÚSAVÍK (approx. 8 hours, incl. lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  New  Adventurous, entertaining, exceptional and educational are all adjectives that aptly describe this unforgettable tour, which combines land-based sightseeing with a seaborne opportunity to spot marine mammals in their natural habitat. After leaving the port of Akureyri and crossing lush, sweeping valleys dotted with picturesque farms, you will reach the place known as the “whale-watching capital of Europe”, the coastal town of Húsavík. Apart from minke, killer and humpback whales, a large number of other marine mammals and seabirds are also regularly sighted when they come into the bay to feed. Examples include white-beaked dolphins, who will playfully swim alongside the boats, and puffins. The sea leg of the tour is followed by a delicious lunch served in a local restaurant and a visit to the award-winning whale museum, the Húsavík Whale Centre. The informative exhibits will tell you all you ever wanted to know about the lives these majestic ocean creatures lead in the frosty Icelandic waters. To round off your tour, a stop at the incredibly beautiful “cascade of the gods”, the Goðafoss Waterfalls – sporting a generous 30-metre breadth and a dizzying 12-metre drop – will give you time to take some memorable photos before you return to the port and your ship. Please note : wildlife sightings are likely, but cannot be guaranteed. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $255.00 Adults $179.00 Children

   


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 AKU08 - HERRING HEYDAYS (approx. 6 hours, incl. light lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  New  On leaving the port of Akureyri, a comfortable coach will take you up along the scenic coastal road towards Iceland’s northernmost settlement, the small town of Siglufjörður, which was a boom-town for the herring industry in its mid-20th-century heyday. On the way, you will stop in Dalvik to visit the Hvoll Heritage Museum, after which there will be a photo opportunity in the scenic setting provided by Hédinsfjörður. Continuing on via Ólafsjörður, you will then reach Siglufjörður for a delicious light lunch in a harbour-side restaurant. The award-winning “Herring Era Museum” is next for a chance to enjoy an entertaining and energetic demonstration of the ancient art of salting and packing herrings, as delivered by a team of highly dexterous “herring girls” under the watchful eye of the manager. Also on the itinerary is some enjoyable ring dancing to the lively sounds of accordion music, plus an opportunity to sample some traditional rye bread, local herring and a shot of authentic Icelandic schnapps. A short introduction to the history of the herring fishing industry will be followed by some time to explore the museum’s 3 buildings on your own. To cap off your tour, a stop will also be made at the island’s Folk Music Centre on your way back to Akureyri and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $151.00 Adults $106.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.