Akureyri

Skjálfandafljót waterfall
Lake Myvatn’s waters
Skutustaðir pseudo-craters

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Akureyri

The defeat of Odin and Thor

When you set ashore from your cruise ship for a vacation in Akureyri, you should take an excursion to Lake Myvatn. To get there you will pass through Eyjafjördur, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the city port.
The first worthy stopover is in Godafoss, here the waters if the Skjálfandafljót form a 12 meter tall waterfall. According to the legend, in the year 999 or 1000, one of the Icelandic rulers proclaimed Christianity as the official religion of Iceland and hurled the idols of the Nordic gods (Odin, Thor and Freyr, to which probably the waterfall was previously dedicated) in its waters.

A stained glass window of the church of Akureyri (Akureyrarkirkja) depicts this legend. As you continue along the Icelandic wild nature, with its incredible variety of colours, varying from the bright green meadows to the red minerals erupting from the depths of the island, one reaches the pseudo-craters of Skutustaðir, generated by underground vapours produced by an eruption 2500 years ago.

From here one can reach Dimmuborgir, an incredible labyrinth of lava, where amidst peculiar formations rises the Kirkjan, a natural church with two pointed-arch portals and, inside, real chapels with altars. You can end your visit at the Viti crater, known also as the Inferno, one of the many mouths of the central Krafla volcano.

If you feel like tackling the steep climb from its internal lake, you can also enjoy a relaxing hot bath. Here you will also find the Askja, an immense caldera that extends for 50 sq.km., a desert of lava and the finest sand resembling moon dust: this in fact was where the astronauts of the Apollo 11 trained for their lunar landing.

Before returning to Akureyri, if you feel curious, you can stop to visit Santa Clause’s house, about ten kilometres south, a delightful Christmas toy shop, with the largest Advent calendar in the world.

Must see places in Akureyri

  • The craters at Skutustadir  or Lake Myvatn

    The craters at Skutustadir or Lake Myvatn

  • The Waterfalls of the Gods /Godafoss

    The Waterfalls of the Gods /Godafoss

  • Akureyri buildings

    Akureyri buildings

Discover our excursions

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  • Akureyri by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    AKUBKT

    Akureyri by Bike
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • HERRING HEYDAYS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    AKU08

    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 boomtown for the herring industry in its mid-20th-century heyday. On
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults$155.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • BEAUTY & LANDSCAPES OF THE NORTH

    NATURAL WONDERS

    AKU03

    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
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      7 h

    • Adults$155.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • MYVATN NATURE BATHS

    NATURAL WONDERS

    AKU04

    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
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$139.00Price per person

    • Children$99.00Price per person

  • THE WATERFALL OF THE GODS & LAUFAS MUSEUM

    NATURAL WONDERS

    AKU01

    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 conver
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$62.00Price per person

  • WHALE WATCHING EXPERIENCE

    NATURAL WONDERS

    AKU10

    Iceland has earned itself a rightful name as a prime European location for whale watching and the port of Akureyri is one of the country’s very best spots for sighting marine mammals who come to feed in its year-round ice-free bay. In addition to an abund
    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$155.00Price per person

    • Children$112.00Price per person

  • WHALE WATCHING FROM HÚSAVÍK

    NATURAL WONDERS

    AKU07

    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 por
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

    • Adults$259.00Price per person

    • Children$222.00Price per person

  • GODAFOSS WATERFALL & AKUREYRI SIGHTSEEING

    SCENIC ROUTE

    AKU02

    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 lov
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • AKUREYRI & SANTA’S HOUSE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    AKU05

    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 la
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Iceland

Fountains of lava amidst the ice
Fountains of lava amidst the ice

A vacation in Iceland is like discovering another world. Even if you’ve imagined it, this island will amaze you.


Not many people know that Reykjavík, the Icelandic capital, has an intense artistic and social life. Nor that the Icelandic nature is so luxuriant because temperatures in the summer are incredibly mild or that in the winter, when the skies are painted by the colours of the northern lights, it’s not as cold as one might think.

Iceland is bound to attract you with its pools of boiling mud, the incredible geysers, the glaciers and the waterfalls, and more. Try indulging in bird-watching at Lake Mývatn, or take an excursion to meet the whales, Iceland’s sea is one of the best places in the world for watching these big cetaceans.
If you’re attracted to ice, visit Jökulsárlón, the largest frozen lagoon of the country which forms where the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier meets the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 


And if you intend to relax, you should know that there are more than 170 geothermal pools in the country, like the splendid and therapeutic Blue Lagoon, about 40 km from Reykjavík, a large pool fed by a spring that pours out water at a temperature of between 37 and 39 °C, rich in minerals and with therapeutic properties.

 
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