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by LifeInCamelot

The Icelandic people are welcoming and want their visitors to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture and activities, But… … immersion somehow always involves visitors getting wet! My visit to Iceland was on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria and consisted of 4 days in 3 different ports – Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjavik – so my husband and I had to pack a lot in to this short visit. Our first port was Akureyri, the capital of the north of Iceland. This city sits on one of the longest fjords in Iceland, Eyjafjordur, which holds quite a bit of water. Due to overcast weather – and my head cold – we were having a quiet day; wandering the streets and browsing. We found a cafe for food, drinks and free wifi, searched for the perfect Icelandic jumper (sweater), chatted with local trolls, and popped into the Hof, the centre for performing arts. Then as we headed back to the ship my husband was lured over to a Midnight Sun tour bus by the driver. They struck a deal and I, ever sceptical about these things, reluctantly hopped on for some sort of tour. On board we found 3 other Queen Victoria passengers who had also been reassured that we’d be back in time for sail away. And then we were all whisked away to God-Knows-Where! It turns out it is actually pronounced Godafoss, or Waterfall of the Gods; one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country, falling from a height of 12 metres (39 feet) over a width of 30 metres (98 feet). The Icelandic countryside is pretty but the gentle undulating movement of the bus, combined with my head cold, had me snoozing for part of the journey. When we arrived at our destination, the bus dropped us off as close as possible and then we walked to where the falls were hidden, behind car park construction works. Most waterfalls are generally awe inspiring but we weren’t expecting the majesty and might of Godafoss. I almost held my breath when taking in the beauty of this spot, and had to take lots of photos in case I never get to return to these falls of the Gods. As visitors, we naturally wanted to stand as close as we could to the water while trying to stay dry. But then we saw the trio of crazy kids with kayaks, who were intent on getting wet! Have a look at the video I shot of these guys going over the falls, in a spectacular fashion – crazy kayaking kids - posted on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwxOpOD1aNY After all that excitement (and unexpected water sports) it was time to return to the bus in order to get back to Queen Victoria in time for departure to the next port. So it was farewell to the falls and the Gods of fortune who favoured us on this unexpected excursion, and we hopped back on the Midnight Sun bus for the 35km drive back to Akureyri. And we made it in time.


by danaschafer

We walked through the town and to a small museum about 3km further. Not great signage but people very happy to assist. Majestic place. The fiord was by far the most scenic spot on the entire cruise.

Visited: May 07, 2019

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by ubazame

Enjoyed walking around Akureyri and went on an excellent horse ride excursion after our prebooked excursion - flight to the Arctic Circle - was delayed for two hours and then cancelled because of weather.. Windstar said this hardly ever happens but the tour rep says it happens all the time.

Visited: Jul 17, 2017

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by rskirbal

Saw lots of Minke whales coming into the fjord. Visit to Godafos falls, and to geothermal site. Very beautiful scenery and landscapes, but lots of flying bugs that were a bit annoying.

Visited: Jul 16, 2017

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