Last week I joined Air Iceland on one of their day tours to the beautiful Lake Mývatn. I had an unexpected day off, because for some reason no one ever books my tours on Wednesdays, and I had notice that the weather forecast for north Iceland was particularly promising that day. I have also been traveling so much around the south and the west of the country recently that I really wanted to do something else for a change. I didn’t have time to drive up north because I had bookings on the Tuesday and again on the Thursday and just the drive to Akureyri is around five hours. Then, like in a cartoon, a light bulb went off in my head: A day tour with Air Iceland!
Thankfully the nice folks at Air Iceland were gracious enough to let me tag along on one of their tours and at 06:45 Wednesday morning I checked in for my flight in the domestic airport here in Reykjavík. The flight was mere 40 minutes and I didn’t even get through half of the playlist I had prepared for the journey. Once I landed in Akureyri the guide was waiting for me and two other girls in the arrivals hall but we were then joined by two more people who had been staying in Akureyri that night. A short while later we were on our way towards our destination in the best weather imaginable.
Our guide, Trausti, was great. He was funny, knowledgeable and just the right amount of silly and had the two girls more or less giggling the whole way. The car was small and comfortable and we got plenty of time at every stop to really take in the views. The guide would always tell us exactly how much time we had in each place but he was super punctual and followed the plan to the minute. This is important when you have a flight back to Reykjavík the same day.
After making a stop at Goðafoss, Skútustaðagígar, Dimmuborgir, Grjótagjá and Námafjall we stopped at the Nature Baths in Mývatn where we got two hours to go for a dip. Bathing suits and towels are included in the price of the tour, so if you happen to forget yours you don’t have to worry, but the entrance fee is extra. I didn’t notice this in the itinerary and had not brought my bathing suit and feel a bit icky about using borrowed swimsuits so I didn’t go in. I also didn’t bring a hairbrush, face cream or any of the things I need after a bath (uncombed, dry skinned, no mascara me is not a pretty sight) but it was actually welcomed because I needed to prepare for the next day and could do so in the cafeteria while the others soaked in the Nature Baths. Next time I go up there I will not forget my swimsuit though because it looked amazing!
Because the tour was booked for me I didn’t get to decide with what flight I’d go back home with. We got back to Akureyri around 16:00 and I wasn’t booked on a flight until 18:40. This gave me some time to explore around Akureyri and grab dinner before my flight. Since the weather was BEAUTIFUL I was very happy to spend that extra time in Akureyri and I even contemplated “accidentally” missing my flight just so I could enjoy the sun a bit longer.
I enjoyed this tour a lot and I would definitely recommend it for anyone that has a short time in Iceland but would like to see some more than just the south west corner of the country. Of course this tour is quite a lot pricier than the golden circle for example but if you compare it to the price of some of the super jeep tours around Reykjavík it’s actually not that bad.
This tour is operated in cooperation with SBA Norðurleið so if you want to fly to Akureyri for a couple of days you can book the flight and the tour separately.
The flight back was scheduled to leave at 18:40 from Akureyri and it was right on time. An hour later I was at home and in my PJs. Pretty brilliant if you ask me.