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Visit North Iceland is responsible for marketing and promoting North Iceland, a friendly and tranquil area with a population of 36 thousand, including Akureyri, the largest town outside Reykjavík, and several historic coastal towns. The most visited attractions are Vatnajökull National Park, where you find Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, and lake Mývatn geothermal region with hot springs, volcanic areas, craters, geothermal nature baths, and fantastic lava formations. Here you'll find magical winters, Iceland's most popular ski area, energizing off-piste skiing slopes, the13 Yule Lads (Santas), and unique locations for Northern Lights observation.

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Direct flights to North Iceland
Akureyri International Airport is located only 3 km from the center of Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Akureyri Airport has a relaxing atmosphere and flexible services. The airport is well located for international flights, only 3 hours from London and 6.5 hours from New York. Akureyri International Airport serves domestic flights, a series of inbound charters, outbound charters and incoming private jets. It is also the base for ambulance flights in Iceland.

Unique Activities

Midnight Sun
During the summertime, you can see the sun go down and then back up again in a matter of minutes. This is truly an Arctic unique experience.
Northern lights
The chances of seeing the Northern Lights are 66% during a three nights stay in North Iceland, and 90% for a five nights stay.

Winter Magic

Film in North Iceland

Practical Information

Destinanation management plan

The Destination Management Plan for North Iceland presents a plan for the development of tourism services for the three years of 2021-2023. There is focus on the development of the destination as a single entity, as much work and investment has been devoted to building up the image of North Iceland ever since the year 2003.

Part of the Destination Management Plan is a list of priorities for projects that must be completed in order to ensure strong tourism services. These projects are submitted by municipalities and tourism clusters.

Click here to see a summary of the plan



Sustainable tourism might be a challenge, but it is also an opportunity, and tourism in Northern Iceland takes this responsibility seriously. Through the development of specific projects such as the Arctic Coast Way or the Birding Trail, a more balanced distribution of visitors is achieved which relieves visitor pressure on individual natural areas. By developing sights and attractions in remoter areas, the economically weaker communities benefit from tourism as a new source of local income.

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  • Opodo offers flights to Akureyri with Condor

    This week the pan-European tour agency  Opodo started its campaign for flights to Akureyri from Frankfurt with the German airline, Condor.
  • Mannamót - Natural Iceland Tourism Workshop

    Mannamót - Natural Iceland Tourism Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 19th, 2023. Mannamót is an annual event taking place in Kópavogur, hosted by six marketing offices around Iceland, Eagle Air airline, and Isavia the Icelandic airport operator.
  • Edelweiss Air offers flights to Akureyri from Zurich

    Edelweiss Air, the leading leisure airline in Switzerland, now offers direct flights to Akureyri from Zurich.
  • Destination management plan has been published

    For the first time, a summary of the Destination management plan has been published in English.