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Seasonal Suggestions

North Iceland offers a wide choice of experiences for the traveller, regardless of when you visit the country. Every season has its own unique charm and there are always opportunities to experience new things, discover beauty and be mesmerized by the freshness and colours of nature. Every season will leave you with a host of unforgettable memories.


Spring is the time when the sun climbs ever higher, warming up the earth and all living things. The grass turns bright green and the migrant birds return, so it is the perfect time for bird watching. In spring, anglers rejoice in the blue lakes and roaring rivers that abound with fish of superb freshness. The island dwellers celebrate the new life that is created in spring.


In summer the sun hardly sets and the summer days are never-ending. Visit the highlands and experience the vastness, pureness and wondrous views of this uninhabited area, Askja, Dettifoss waterfall and Mt. Herðubreið are places that will take your breath. Summer also offers a great choice of activities, such as whale watchinganglingriver rafting, horse back riding and playing golf in the midnight sun.  


In autumn, brooks and rivers, swollen with melt water, rush down to the lowlands, feeding the earth and ultimately the ocean. Green vegetation turns red, yellow or brown, resulting in picturesquely colorful landscapes. No wonder photographers find autumn an exciting time, with all its different shades and magnificent skyscrapers. In autumn, sheep and horses that have been grazing in the mountains are driven back to inhabited areas and sorted in the yearly round-ups. These are lively and social occasions, in which visitors are welcome to participate.


Winter is the time of amazing contrasts. Peaceful white snow accentuates the black lava fields, resulting in magical artistry. In the evening the blackness of the sky may be suddenly disturbed by dancing, flickering veils of light, in green, white or red, for the northern lights are often visible in cold, clear weather. Winter is a great time for winter activity and in North Iceland you find yourself surrounded by scenic landscapes and tremendous views.

Even though each season has its own charm and character, many activities can be enjoyed all year around – Welcome to North Iceland where the adventure awaits you.

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 Eyjafjarðarsveit 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