Dimmuborgir Tours

Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles” in Icelandic) is a surreal, unusually shaped lava field composed of volcanic caves and rock formations resembling an ancient collapsed citadel. It is frequently cited as being one of the most striking naturally-formed landscapes in a country filled with exceptional scenes– that’s saying something. It is consequently one of Iceland’s most visited attractions.

Although Dimmuborgir recently gained worldwide popularity after being featured in the acclaimed TV show Games of Thrones, it has long been part of Icelandic folklore. Indeed, Dimmuborgir is said to be the home of homicidal troll Grýla, her husband Leppalúði and their mischievous sons the Yule Lads; the story of this psychopathic family has been told to Icelandic children for centuries now as a means to get them to behave.

Moreover, Icelandic folklore says that Dimmuborgir connects earth with the infernal regions, and is rumored to be the very place where Satan landed when he was cast from the heavens. But contrary to popular beliefs, the Dimmuborgir area was not born out of divine intervention; science has a more plausible explanation. It was formed about 2,300 years ago during a volcano eruption caused by the Þrengslaborgir crater row. Lava started flowing in the area, forming a massive lava pool in the process and bringing water from nearby marshes to a boil. The vapor resulting from this chemical reaction created lava pillars that measured up to a few meters in diameter. But eventually the reservoir’s top crust collapsed under the lava’s weight, miraculously leaving the hollow pillars that we see today completely intact.

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Dimmuborgir is located just east of Lake Mývatn, 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of Akureyri. It can be reached via route 1 in just over an hour. Many day trips to the Diamond Circle include Dimmuborgir.  
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Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

Get a firsthand look at the wild beauty of Lake Mývatn on an 8-hour tour from Akureyri. Learn about the geology, geothermal activity, flora, and fauna of the area from your guide as you travel. Visit Goðafoss Waterfall and the Mývatn Nature Baths (entrance included). Hotel pickup and drop-off provided.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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Private Tour: 'Game of Thrones' North of the Wall Locations and Lake Mývatn

Go north of the wall on a full-day, private tour to the rugged landscape and locations of ‘Game of Thrones,’ . Head into the wilderness in mini bus and watch for white walkers as you explore an eerie lava field film site and see the ruined site of Castle Black. Gaze into the Grjótagjá Rift, whose steamy interior inspired the setting of a pivotal love scene between Jon Snow and Ygrette. Make a final stop at Höfði forest, then finish your day in the mineral-infused, water at Mývatn, entrance fee its not included.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri

Of all the natural jewels in northern Iceland, see the ones that most interest you on a customizable private day trip from Akureyri for up to eight people. Travel by 4x4 vehicle to waterfalls, craters, lakes and more, such as Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss or the Mývatn Nature Baths. With a guide, create an itinerary that suits you and your group.
  • Duration: 1 day
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