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Dimmuborgir Tours

Dimmuborgir
Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles” in Icelandic) is a surreal, unusually shaped lava field composed of volcanic caves and rock formations resembling an ancient collapsed citadel. It is frequently cited as being one of the most striking naturally-formed landscapes in a country filled with exceptional scenes– that’s saying something. It is consequently one of Iceland’s most visited attractions.

Although Dimmuborgir recently gained worldwide popularity after being featured in the acclaimed TV show Games of Thrones, it has long been part of Icelandic folklore. Indeed, Dimmuborgir is said to be the home of homicidal troll Grýla, her husband Leppalúði and their mischievous sons the Yule Lads; the story of this psychopathic family has been told to Icelandic children for centuries now as a means to get them to behave.

Moreover, Icelandic folklore says that Dimmuborgir connects earth with the infernal regions, and is rumored to be the very place where Satan landed when he was cast from the heavens. But contrary to popular beliefs, the Dimmuborgir area was not born out of divine intervention; science has a more plausible explanation. It was formed about 2,300 years ago during a volcano eruption caused by the Þrengslaborgir crater row. Lava started flowing in the area, forming a massive lava pool in the process and bringing water from nearby marshes to a boil. The vapor resulting from this chemical reaction created lava pillars that measured up to a few meters in diameter. But eventually the reservoir’s top crust collapsed under the lava’s weight, miraculously leaving the hollow pillars that we see today completely intact.

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Dimmuborgir is located just east of Lake Mývatn, 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of Akureyri. It can be reached via route 1 in just over an hour. Many day trips to the Diamond Circle include Dimmuborgir.  
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Lake Mývatn Tour from Akureyri PortBus Tours

Lake Mývatn Tour from Akureyri Port

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A volcanic lake nestled in the northern Iceland countryside, Lake Mývatn ranks among Iceland’s top natural attractions—but its remote location can make visiting a challenge. Specially planned for cruise ship passengers, this tour begins and ends at the port in Akureyri, and takes you to the lake and back in comfort. Choose the tour time to match your arrival and departure cruise times, and visit nearby attractions including the Dimmuborgir lava fields.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall Day Tour from Akureyri

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Explore the natural wonders of Northern Iceland on this full-day tour from Akureyri. Enjoy spectacular views of Godafoss waterfall, then visit Lake Myvatn and enjoy free time to soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths (entrance fees not included). Along the way, marvel at natural wonders including the Dimmuborgir Lava formations and Hverir mud pools, visit Grotcaja cave, and see filming sites from hit TV show Game of Thrones.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Goddafoss Waterfalls Day Tour from Akureyri

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Discover the Natural Wonders of Lake Myvan, Nature Baths, Goddafoss waterfall AND the spectacular Dettifoss waterfall all in one day on this popular and great value tour with an experienced local guide. We set off from Akureryi stopping at the beautiful Godafoss waterfall also known as 'The Waterfall of the Gods' and then onto the famous Lake Myvatn. In Lake Myvatn we visit popular destinations including the Myvatn Nature baths, a geothermal lagoon with mineral rich water in the middle of lava fields, Skútustaðagígar, the psuedocrater area, with stunning views of the Lake Myvatn area, the Dimmuborgir Lava formations also known as 'The Dark Castle', Game of thrones filming locations, the Mount Námafjall area where you can view the bubbling Hverir Mud pools and Natural steam vents/fumaroles and also the Grjotagja rift and cave. We also visit Dettifoss waterfall, Europes most powerful waterfall (conditions dependant). *Please note the entrance fee to the Nautre Baths is not included*
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

The Diamond CircleDay Trips

The Diamond Circle

A great tour around the Diamond circle, including Goðafoss, Mývatn area, Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi, where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from AkureyriDay Trips

Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

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Get a firsthand look at the wild beauty of Lake Mývatn on an full-day tour from Akureyri. Learn about the geology, geothermal activity, flora, and fauna of the area from your guide as you travel. Visit Goðafoss Waterfall and the Mývatn Nature Baths (entrance included). Hotel pickup and drop-off provided.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Grand Lux Lake MývatnDay Trips

Private Grand Lux Lake Mývatn

Your private tour to lake Myvatn that includes most of the pearls of there north like Goðafoss waterfall, the Nature baths, and local 2-course lunch all included in this VIP version of Grand Lake Myvatn tour in a luxury SUV ride with a professional guide. Quality service at your style for up to 6 persons. Enjoy an amazing journey by a private tour through this area of extreme contrasts with great birdlife and flora, geothermal activity, geology and many places which feature in the Icelandic Sagas. The Lake Myvatn area is considered by many to be the most dramatic and also the most beautiful place in Iceland.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Lake Mývatn TourDay Trips

Lake Mývatn Tour

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A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. Remember our small group guarantee, we have a maximum of 8 passengers per group
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Lake Mývatn Tour (Private)Day Trips

Lake Mývatn Tour (Private)

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. This tour is private, so only you will be on board
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$616.12 
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore ExcursionFull-day Tours

Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Shore Excursion

A great tour around the lake Mývatn area where we see how the power of nature has formed the country and how it's still working beneath our feet. We explore beautiful spots and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. Remember our small group guarantee, we have a maximum of 8 passengers per group
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Full-Day Spectacular Tour in Northern IcelandDay Trips

Full-Day Spectacular Tour in Northern Iceland

Discover the natural beauty of northern Iceland on this once-in-a-lifetime tour. In this full-day tour you'll visit the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall, explore the Nature Baths of Myvatn and learn about the history of the mining of the sulphur springs in Namaskard. This tour is a fantastic way to see Iceland's natural side and will leave you with memories and photographs which you can share forever.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures

See iconic Icelandic sights Dettifoss Waterfall & Lake Myvatn on a Private TourDay Trips

See iconic Icelandic sights Dettifoss Waterfall & Lake Myvatn on a Private Tour

Your driver will pick you up at Akureyri Port or hotel. Then you will drive to Dettifoss Waterfall - the most powerful waterfall in Europe and widely regarded as the most incredible falls in Iceland. There’s a great viewing platform where you can take in all the glory. Around the waterfall you will find amazing locations - other unimaginably pretty waterfalls such as Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss. You also visit Lake Myvatn and its surrounding area among which are Námaskarð mud pools also known by the name Hverir Geothermal Area, Grjotagja cave, pseudo-craters of Skutustaoagigar, Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to the cruise terminal in Akureyri where you can board your ship or to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,896.00 
Price varies by group size
From  
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Discover the Godafoss Waterfall and the diverse landscapes of Lake MyvatnDay Trips

Discover the Godafoss Waterfall and the diverse landscapes of Lake Myvatn

Your driver will pick you up at Akureyri Port or hotel. Then you will drive to Godafoss Waterfall - one of the most beautiful sights in Iceland. There’s a great viewing platform where you can take in all the glory. Then you'll visit Lake Myvatn and its surrounding area among which are Námaskarð mud pools also known by the name Hverir Geothermal Area, Grjotagja cave, pseudo-craters of Skutustaoagigar, Dimmuborgir Lava Formations. At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to the cruise terminal in Akureyri where you can board your ship or to your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,570.00 
Price varies by group size
From  
$1,570.00 
Price varies by group size
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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