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Akureyri & the North of Iceland

There is plenty of adventure waiting for you in the North of Iceland filled with action packed excursions, breathtaking landscapes and a vast culture dying to be absorbed. See our list of all the best things to do in North Iceland:

Godafoss Waterfall

Known as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Godafoss can be found just south of Husavik and is located in the river Skjálfandafljót, the fourth largest river in the country. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters and is definitely a sight to see on your visit to Iceland.

Rock Arch of Hvitserkur 

Standing out at sea, the Rock Arch of Hvitserkur is certainly a sight to see. Situated on Vatnsnes peninsula in North-West Iceland, just offshore is this majestic rock formation standing 15 metres high. Legend says that Hvítserkur was once an Icelandic troll that lived in Strandir in the Wesfjords. One day he went to tear down the bells at Þingeyraklaustur convent, but the sounds of the bells sent him into the ocean and the strong sunshine turned him to stone. 

Akureyri

Considered the capital of the north, Akureyri is the largest outside of the capital area. This place itself is packed full of incredible things to see and do with stunning forests surrounding the area, famous ice cream shops to taste, the Akureyri swimming pool, ski slopes, golf courses and a huge selection of museums including the Akureyri Museum of Industry, The Old Toy Display, The Motorcycle Museum and The Aviation Museum.

Myvatn Nature Baths

Relax in the nature baths in Myvatn where you can enjoy the alkaline bathing lagoon while admiring the stunning scenery that surrounds you. Myvatn Nature Baths can be found about two kilometres east of the village of Reykjahlíð, and are fantastic example of Iceland’s hot spring culture.

Whale Watching in Husavik

Experience the gentle giants of the north on a spectacular boat trip around the coast of north Iceland. The Husavik Whale Watching tour has given the town a reputation of being Europe’s whale watching capital. As well as witnessing the beauty of the Icelandic whale, you may get to see other signs of Icelandic wildlife like the colourful puffin

Dettifoss waterfall

Often referred to by some as ´The Beast’ in comparison to ‘The Beauty’ of Goðafoss, this monstrous behemoth of a waterfall is guaranteed to steal your breath away. Set within stark, rocky surrounds with bone-shatteringly sheer drops on either side, there couldn´t be a more fitting backdrop for such untethered natural power. It is over 45 m high and 100m wide with stunning hiking trails nearby.

Northern Lights

Just like anywhere in Iceland, the northern lights are waiting to be seen between the months of September to March. This spectacular display showcases mesmerising colours of greens, blues and purples across the nights sky. We highly recommend taking yourself on a northern lights tour on your visit to North Iceland to see this once in a lifetime show.

Grjótagjá Lava Cave

Another excuse to bath in Iceland’s famous geothermal waters, Grjótagjá small lava cave is located near lake Mývatn in north Iceland and features a beautiful hot spring in its depths. What makes this place so truly interested though is the fact that the water is heated from volcanic activity deep within the earth. 

Fishing Village of Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur is a picturesque village in North Iceland that is worth visiting at any point during the year. The winter turns the town into a paradise for the skier and is a dream come true for the outdoor enthusiast. During the summer, it is the mountains, the lake and the black sandy shores which call to us, and there is a wide selection of walks and hikes in both mountain and valley to tempt every visitor.

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