See the “Waterfall of the Gods”
This outing starts with a drive along the coastline of a fjord called Eyjafjörður and through lush and fertile farmlands. Then we reach the impressive Goðafoss. Legend has it that Thorgeir of Ljosavatn, a chieftain present at the Parliament meeting at Þingvellir in the year 1000, was given the authority to decide which religion was to be adopted by the Icelanders. He was a pagan himself, but after a period of profound thought, he decided that Christianity was to be the religion of Iceland. Upon his return home, he took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and threw them unceremoniously into this waterfall near his homestead. From this time, the waterfall has been named Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).
Charming Akureyri and 2,000 types of flowers
After enjoying some time at the falls we head back towards Akureyri. Now wearing the crown as the undisputed capital of the north and blessed with a chocolate box fjord setting and alpine backdrop. Akureyri is undeniably one of the most attractive of Icelandic towns. Influences of its Danish trade past prevail and while enjoying a short overview of the town, you will be sure to notice the many contrasts in the town’s interesting and varied architecture. A final stop at the wonderful Botanical Gardens includes the chance to stroll amongst 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers that, incidentally, bloom outside thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.