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Active North

Active North specializes in day-and private tours in Northern Iceland. Active North was founded in 2012 and is currently based in Ásbyrgi inside Vatnajökull National Park. We offer tours in various categories; horseback riding, mountain biking, super-jeep/excursions and horse carriage. Our main focus is on smaller and private groups, because our main goal is to make sure that our customers experience the magic of Iceland in comfort, at you own pace and with the people you chose. Quality is very important to us and in 2014 Active North received the official "Vakinn" quality certifications. To our customers this means that; you will have a great tourism experience, you can book with confidence, the business operates in an ethical, professional and environmentally friendly and sustainable way, and the business has the required systems and policies for a safe and happy holiday in Iceland We always aim to keep our tours/business as sustainable as possible. It is very important to us that our staff and guests disrupt the environment as little as possible, therefore it is crucial that our staff and guests are aware of the following rules; we always follow marked trails/roads meant for horses, bikes, humans or cars, we try to minimize and recycle our waste as much as possible. The fact that we mainly operate inside Vantajökull National Park makes it extremely important that we follow the rules stated. All our tours are available all year round, but Active North reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of clients and staff.

Active North

Ásbyrgi

GPS Points N66° 1' 34.442" W16° 29' 49.375"
Telephone

+354 894-4411

Opening period All year
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Service Caveing Horse riding

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Hljóðaklettar

Hljóðaklettar in the canyon Jökulsárgljúfur is a distinctive cluster of columnar rock formations standing at the entrance to Vesturdalur, down by the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River. The columns lie at all angles, and it could be an entertaining exercise for one's imagination, to interpret their patterns in as many different ways as possible.

The road to Hljóðaklettar (862) is closed over the winter months.

Nature
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Asbyrgi

Ásbyrgi is one of the wonders of nature, a well forested horse-shoe shaped canyon in Oxarfjordur. Asbyrgi is a part of Jökulsárgljúfur, within the Vatnajökull National Park. The Jökulsárgljúfur site of the National park reaches from highway 85, by Asbyrgi south to Dettifoss, covering an area of 120 km2. Informative visitors centre, shop, golf course and camping is located by Asbyrgi.
Many hiking tracks are in the vicinity of Asbyrgi.

Many hiking tracks are in the vicinity of Asbyrgi.

Nature
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Hólmatungur

Hólmatungur is an expanse of rich vegetation in the Jökulsárgljúfur area, and there are many beautiful columnar rock formations to be found there.

The footpath between Hljóðaklettar and Hólmatungur, alongside Jökulsá á Fjöllum, is among the most beautiful in Iceland. The waters of countless streams bubble up in Hólmatungur, then tumble over ledges into Jökla. Here, you will also find Gloppuhellir cave in Gloppa, which is a very special natural creation.

Nature
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Jokulsargljufur

This dramatic canyon, Jökulsárgljúfur, was formed by the actions of water, fire and ice. Enormous, catastrophic glacial bursts are believed to have carved out the deep ravines and rocky basins, the most famous of which is Ásbyrgi.
The Hljóðaklettar outcrops are the cores of ancient volcanoes, revealed when the river swept away all the loose volcanic material.
The waterfalls on the River Jökulsá á Fjöllum, Selfoss, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss and Réttarfoss are powerful and impressive.
The Hólmatungur district is an area of contrasts: crystal clear streams and bubbling brooks cross the land before emptying into the raging, chocolate-coloured torrent. A delicate balance of flora and fauna thrives under the protection of cliffs and scree slopes.

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.

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