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.
Best part of going to this town is the trip there - nice scenery at the top of the world! Town is nice, we went on the Akureyri Nature and History excursion which was interesting.
Visited: May 24, 2019
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
Ship excursion was lengthy but that was necessary as sites are located a good distance from one another.
Visited: Sep 02, 2017
go now as the ship has more people than most of the places visited
Visited: May 10, 2016
we did the godafoss fall and the city tour. falls were great and city is beautiful. this one we did the bus tour.
Visited: Jul 29, 2010
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
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
Again great want to go back did golden tour
Visited: May 16, 2019
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