Spend the last day of the year on a journey of extreme contrasts, with rich bird life, unique flora, and bubbling geothermal activity. The Lake Mývatn area is by many considered the most beautiful region in North Iceland and at the same time the most catastrophic place on the island. The day begins by stopping at the gigantic Goðafoss, a picturesque waterfall that empties into the Skjálfandafljót River. The first stop near Lake Mývatn is at the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar, where you can see mounds of earth rising, with bubble like forms jutting from the ground. From there, you will visit highlights of the area, such as the Hverir mud pools, Grjótagjá rift, Dimmuborgir lava fields and more. The final stop in Mývatn before returning to Akureyri is at the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you will enjoy a relaxing time in natural pool of geothermal water based in the middle of lava fields with a great view over the area. The admission fee is included in the tour price.
Tonight, you will ring in the New Year with a festive dinner with fellow travellers at the hotel, starting with an aperitif at 6pm. After dinner, we recommend visiting the local bonfire (15 minute walk) and watching the locals light up fireworks and at midnight, a fireworks display around town will light up the sky . If you're in a party mood, you can continue your night out at one of the town’s bars with music and dancing.