We wanted to take a look back at the unforgettable time we’ve had in Akureyri, North Iceland over the last couple of months…
Starting in January 2018 our Incredible Iceland breaks gave customers the chance to experience the very best of North Iceland with direct flights to Akureyri which was a first for the UK. Home to the Aurora Borealis, Godafoss Waterfall and the mudpools of Namafjall, Akureyri offered a break like no other, so much so, we’re heading back there later this year in December.
During our time in Akureyri, a range of optional excursions were available too which offered some incredible experiences and made this break one of our most exciting yet. From whale watching in the Eyjafjörður fjord to relaxation in the Bjorbodin beer spa, or of course, skiing – with Akureyri being Iceland’s number one ski resort, this was an absolute must do.
Some of our lucky staff members also had the chance to experience all of this – here is what they had to say…
Ali – Internal Communications Manager
“I have just got back from Akureyri and the experience was well organised from the start to finish… We arrived in Akureyri to the most breath-taking views, landing right over the Eyjafjörður fjord between the mountains. Whilst we arrived to blue skies, bad weather was predicted for the Saturday which meant our whale watching trip was moved forward to Friday afternoon. After we arrived at our 3-bedroom Saeluhus apartment (which had panoramic views over the fjord, underfloor heating and a lovely garden & balcony area with a huge hot tub!), we headed straight into town for the whale watching. The trip was a great way to see the fjord and dramatic mountain landscape and we were lucky enough to see two humpback whales.
After, we had a couple of hours rest before we headed out on the ‘Search for the Northern Lights’ excursion, which was a truly memorable experience. They gradually got stronger and started dancing across the sky. Not only were the lights an incredible experience, but the stars were just as stunning too. I have wanted to see these since I was a child, so I can’t explain how much this moment meant to me.
Saturday, we woke up to heavy snow falling, which continued to fall all day. We got about 2.5 feet in total, but we took in the weather by sitting in the hot tub with the snow falling all around us – our drinks certainly stayed cold! The snow just made the trip so special and created the winter wonderland I’ve always dreamed of.
On Sunday we were picked up for the Lake Mývatn tour in which we got to see some of the stunning volcanic views around northern Iceland. The mighty Goðafoss waterfall was amazing and so powerful…
We then saw the frozen Lake Mývatn and had several opportunities for great photos. We also visited the Dimmuborgir lava fields – a stunning yet mystical labyrinth of rock formations and also home of the Yule Lads. The landscape was just breath taking, each way you looked made the perfect photo with the crisp white snow, bright blue sky and low bright sunshine!
I literally can’t recommend Akureyri enough. It was a lovely town, with stunning scenery and lovely people too. If you’re lucky enough to get snow and see the Northern Lights and whales, then it’s even more fantastic! A place full of magic, myths and history.”
Naaman – Product Manager
“It becomes clear why this new break is called ‘Incredible Iceland’ even before touching down. Looking through the plane’s small windows across the vast and rugged landscape, watching the roll over the hills in the wind, I knew I was somewhere unquestionably incredible. Akureyri is an amazing town nestled on the shore of the Eyjafjörður Fjord at the base of a valley, despite the somewhat inhospitable environment the locals were warm and welcoming and more than happy to help you.
It was an amazingly humbling experience to be able to see the two humpback whales called Pepper and Giljagaur in the fjord, the Northern Lights and the wonders of Goðafoss & Mývatn. I will be visiting Iceland again as soon as possible.”
Calum – Social Media & PR Manager
“If Iceland isn’t on your ‘must visit’ list, then it should be! From chasing the Northern Lights and going snowmobiling next to a frozen lake, to a spa where you bathe in BEER as well as whale watching, Akureyri is the place to visit in 2018.
The Icelandic’s are the most welcoming people I’ve ever met, and their folklore stories are fascinating – especially the thirteen Yule Lads… To round up, the views are breathtaking, the food is delicious and the experiences are ‘bucket list’ worthy.”
Dawn – Marketing Communications Manager
“Whilst this may have been my first ‘Super Break’, it certainly won’t be my last! On our 3 day adventure to Akureyri, everything from start to finish felt truly magical – from the hard work of the Super Break Reps and meeting the friendly locals, to seeing humpback whales in the wild and watching the magical Aurora Borealis dance across the Night sky… it’s safe to say Iceland is incredible by name and incredible by nature!”
Join us as we head back to Akureyri this December for an experience of a lifetime & make sure you read more about Iceland on the blog: