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The rich bird life of the North, distributed over widely varying habitats, displays a diversity seldom surpassed in Iceland. Wetlands are important as a habitat for many Icelandic breeding species, and of the Icelandic wetlands which are famed for rich bird life, several of the most renowned are in North Iceland.

Mývatn lake and the nearby Laxá river are home to more duck species than any other place in the world, while examples of other wetlands include Svarfaðardalur and the islets at the mouth of Eyjafjarðará. Some well-known bird cliffs are located in the North, such as at Grímsey, Rauðinúpur and Langanes, besides the islands of Lundey in Skjálfandi and Mánáreyjar just eastwards, with their large puffin colonies. The seaward end of the peninsula off which these islands lie, Tjörnes, has abundant puffins at points where it is easy to approach and observe them.

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Dimmuborgir Guesthouse
  • Geiteyjarströnd 1
  • 660 Mývatn
  • 464-4210
North Aurora Lodge
  • Bollastaðir
  • 650 Laugar
  • 860-2206
Bakkakot Cabins
  • 892-7278


Tour Operators
  • Brekkukot
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 699-6102
Akureyri Whale Watching
Tour Operators
  • Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 497-1000
Day Tour Provider
  • 837-7100
Tour Operators
  • Tindastóll
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 895-4475, 453-5065
Day Tour Provider
  • 451-2994, 868-4149
Snjólína ehf.
Tour Operators
  • 845-9009
Natura Travel
Travel Agency
  • 697-9515
Wild Tracks
Tour Operators
  • 788-6992
Tour Operators
  • 896-6001
Venture North
Day Tour Provider
  • 848-4190
Travel Agency
  • 451-2631
Imagine Iceland
Travel Agency
  • 659-1015
Bicycle Tours - Biking
  • 680-4976
Volcano Air
Tour Operators
  • 863-0590
Örvar Dóri Rögnvaldsson
Tour Operators
  • Lækjartún 16
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 862-9127
AVE Travel
Travel Agency
  • 895-9712, 893-5201

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