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The Yule Lads at Dimmuborgir Lake Mývatn area

13 Yule Lads live in Iceland

13 Yule Lads live in Iceland, the sons of the old trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. Grýla and Leppalúði keep a pet, a wicked cat, which may sometimes catch children. Grýla, who is big and formidable, was said to collect the naughty children in a sack and take them home to eat for Christmas dinner. If a child is naughty, Grýla finds out immediately. Grýla can´t lay her hands on good children.
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Bonefight at the Icelandic Winter Games

Bonefight at the Icelandic Winter Games

The Icelandic Winter Games will be held at Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort in Akureyri, the next weekend. The IWG is now returning after a one year pause, but they were first held in 2014. Contestants from all over the world are expected, from the USA, Canada and Austria to name a few nationalities.
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The 3rd Update report for ACW

The 3rd Update report for ACW

The 3rd Update Report about the Arctic Coast Way – Norðurstrandarleið has now been published. This report is focused on the process of the experience development, which we run in cooperation with Blue Sail, the consultancy from the UK.
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Arctic Coast Way gets further funding

Arctic Coast Way gets further funding

We are very happy to announce that the Arctic Coast Way got further support from the regional associations Eything and SSNV.
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Matarauður Íslands becomes a new partner for the Arctic Coast Way

Matarauður Íslands becomes a new partner for the Arctic Coast Way

We are very happy to announce the cooperation with Matarauður Íslands for the food-experience development along the Arctic Coast Way. The financial support will span two years and cover the consultancy of Blue Sail for the development of food-experiences in 2018.
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Very successful first direct flight from the UK to Akureyri

Very successful first direct flight from the UK to Akureyri

Today at Akureyri Airport a Boeing 737-800 from Enter Air landed for the first time, full of passengers from Cardiff, Wales. These passengers were the first to fly directly from the UK to Akureyri, that was recently selected as the number one place to visit in 2018 by The Guardian. The travel agency Super Break is responsible for the flights to Akureyri from 11 different locations and 14 flights in total, from January to February. Super Break is already planning flights next winter, increasing the number up to 22 flights to start with.
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Fly straight to Akureyri from the UK!

Fly straight to Akureyri from the UK!

The British travel agency Super Break is now offering flights from various cities in the UK, that all go straight to the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. The agency specializes in short breaks and so these trips are either for 3 or 4 nights. The departure cities include Cardiff, London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Norwich and more.
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Iceland Airwaves now in Akureyri as well as Reykjavík

Iceland Airwaves now in Akureyri as well as Reykjavík

In an exciting new development, Reykjavík's longest running and finest music festival is going to be happening across two cities this year. Iceland Airwaves is expanding to Akureyri in Northern Iceland for the first time.
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●	Inspired by Iceland invites visitors to take ‘The Icelandic Pledge’, a unique ‘oath’ for tourists, agreeing to respect Iceland’s nature and to travel responsibly this summer .

Iceland leads the way on responsible tourism with unique Tourist Pledge

Iceland has announced a new initiative to positively affect visitor behavior and promote a happy and meaningful travel experience by launching a first-of-a-kind pledge for visitors.
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From the first meeting of the new steering committee for the Arctic Coast Way

Second phase of the Arctic Coast Way project has started

The steering committee for the Arctic Coast Way has grown larger, from 7 members to 17 members. The second phase of the project has now started, following successful applications for further funding. The committee now represents the whole area of the Arctic Coast Way and combines a broad range of working fields.
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North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri