FRI, 30 SEP 2022 – Day 5: Lake Myvatn/Akureyri - Set off for magnificent Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall at 100-metres wide and with a 45-metre drop into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below. It’s so powerful that it’s vibrations can be felt underfoot. Continue to volcanic Lake Myvatn. Next is Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and it’s hard to believe you’re on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir. Continue to the crescent shaped Godafoss waterfall, where legend says a lawmaker priest threw the idols of the Norse gods when Christianity became Iceland’s official religion in AD1000. Travel on to Akureyri and settle into your accommodation for the evening.
Total driving distance - approximately 250 kilometres (155 miles), or 3 hours
UNCLE LARRY'S NOTE: Common sense kept me from taking the hike to Godafoss Waterfall. Our tour leader took two of us "less fit" members to a nature preserve for a short, less strenuous walk. Also, you can use this hyperlink to learn more about The Yule Lads.
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Icelandic Christmas FolkloreOur Tour Leader Explaining Icelandic Christmas Folklore which depicts mountain-dwelling characters and monsters who come to town during Christmas.
Icelandic Christmas FolkloreThe Yule Lads are the sons of Grýla and Leppalúði, a group of 13 mischievous pranksters who steal from or otherwise harass the population. All have descriptive names that generally convey their favorite way of causing mischief.
Icelandic Christmas FolkloreThey arrive one by one over the final 13 nights leading up to Christmas (Yule) and leave small gifts in shoes that children place on window sills. But, if the child has been disobedient, they leave a rotten potato in the shoe instead.
Icelandic Christmas FolkloreIn modern times the Yule Lads have also been depicted in a more benevolent role comparable to Santa Claus and other related figures. They are generally portrayed wearing late-medieval Icelandic clothing, but are sometimes shown in the costume traditionally worn by Santa Claus, especially at children's events.