Travel to Iceland

Day 8 Akureyri - Myvatn - Akureyri (250 Km.)

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(48 Km.) Godafoss: It is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. According to the Saga of Christianity, the chief Thorgeir, before pagan, released images of pagan gods of wood to the waterfall after that Christianity had been accepted into the plains of parliament in 1000 . The name of the waterfall, "the waterfall of the gods", derived from this event.

Godafoss
Godafoss

(39 Km.) Skútustadir: This town near the lake highlights by their little herb-coated craters of Skútustadagígar and the formations of Kálfaströnd, which remember the cataclysm that in the past created the Lake Myvatn. Myvatn means "lake of the flies", which can verified when making a tour of the craters. If we want to enjoy the views of this area must stoically endure the constant attacks of these insects.

Lake Myvatn
Lake Myvatn

(8 Km.) Dimmuborgir: Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) is a spectacular maze of strange structures that formed 2000 years ago when the lava cools quickly in its upper layers while remaining below the lava was still flowing, forming many galleries, caves and figures, which were defined as the lava was cooling. In this environment we must add the fact of being amazingly decorated with plants. There are excellent views of Myvatn and surroundings, including the crater Hverfell.

Dimmuborgir - Kirkjan
Dimmuborgir - Kirkjan

(6 Km.) Grjótagjá: It´s a crack with underground pools of hot water. It was a place where people were bathing until the water became too hot (60 degrees) as a result of the Krafla eruptions in 70 years.

(8 Km.) Námaskard: Along the eastern slope of Mount Namajall of 482 meters in height, Námaskard is a large region geothermal phenomena, fumaroles, boiling mud pools and Solfatara, which are mixed with water to reach one hundred degrees temperature. You can climb to the top of Namajall, where you can see a panoramic view of Lake Myvatn.

Namaskard - Steams
Námaskard - Steams
Namaskard - Mudpots
Námaskard - Mudpots

(12 Km.) Krafla: It is a volcanic caldera 10 km in diameter that was filled with eruptive material in the last glacial period. Since then there have been about 29 eruptions, the last of which occurred in 1984, forming a crater crack which emanated from both sides large lava. In 1724, began a Krafla eruption that lasted 5 years. This rash is called "The Myvatn Fires" because the lava flowed to the Myvatn area, ravaging farms in the area. During this eruption the lava that emerges from the Krafla fissure reached 20 miles away after a year. A walk around the fissure allow to see the successive lava emitted along various eruptions and smoky layers. Another attraction of the Krafla area is to visit the explosive cone of Viti, the steams and boiling pools.

Krafla - Sulphurous waters
Krafla - Sulphurous waters
Krafla - Steaming lava
Krafla - Steaming lava

(16 Km.) Reykjahlid: From here we return to Akureyri, but this time on the north side of Lake Myvatn.

(107 Km.) Akureyri: Go back to sleep at the hostel in this city.


 

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