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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, the 13 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

Bathing & wellness
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Horseback Riding
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Whale Watching
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White water rafting
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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

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Film in North Iceland

Practical Information

Icelandic Water
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Icelandic Krona and Creditcard use
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Icelandic Weather
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Road Conditions in Iceland
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What to Pack for the Seasons
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Safe Travel
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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.

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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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  • Edelweiss's maiden flight bathed in the Midnight Sun

    It was a beautiful summer evening as the maiden flight of Edelweiss between Zurich and North Iceland landed in Akureyri. The flight was the first in a series over a seven-week period as the airline looks to extend the period for 2024 in addition to scheduled flights to Keflavík airport.
  • Connect with Akureyri from far and wide

    Icelandair is now offering direct flights between Keflavík International Airport and Akureyri, which makes the connection from an international flight with Icelandair much easier using a single ticket. The flights are available from October 25th and November 30th, 2023.
  • easyJet announces direct flights from London to Akureyri

    The UK’s largest airline easyJet has announced it will be launching nine new routes from the UK from next winter, including flights to Akureyri in North Iceland, for the very first time.
  • Kontiki offers winter trips with direct flights from Zurich to Akureyri

    The Swiss travel agency Kontiki, is now offering travel packages to North Iceland in February and March 2024. These trips will include direct flights from Zurich to Akureyri.