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How to get to North Iceland?

To get to the north, one can fly, drive or take scheduled bus.


If you want to fly up north there are three domestic airline companies that offer scheduled flights, to Akureyri and Husavik.

Akureyri airport keeps track of all flights from and to Akureyri you can see the list here

To Akureyri:
Check the domestic airline Air Iceland;
Air iceland flies out of Reykjavik and Keflavík to Akureyri in the north. Several departures every day, check their homepage for schedule. You can fly from Reykjavík and Keflavík to Akureyri.

Keflavík connection

Air Iceland connects with flights Icelandair via Keflavík the International airport, more information here

To Husavik:
Check the domestic airline Eagle air;
Eagle air flies out of Reykjavik to the whale watching capital Husavik. Several departures every week, check their homepage for schedule.

Occasionallythere are direct flights from Europe to Akureyri airport. Information about these flights will be shown here.

Charter flights / Sightseeing flights:
If the scheduled flights do not suit your itinenary you can contact these airlines for special charter flights: and
The airline Myflug specializes in sightseeing flights during the summer season, around the Myvatn area.Check their for further information.


By bus:
There are two companies that run scheduled bustours to the north, Strætó. They operate 7 days a week in summer and Strætó operates 7 days a week all year. The distance from Reykjavik to Akureyri is 380km, and the trip takes about 6 1/2 hrs. For further information and schedule check their homepages at

If you are travelling around Iceland you can always use Strætó. Fill out the empty boxes below to see the schedule:


By car:
Renting a car and driving yourself is another possibility. The Ring Road no. 1, goes around the island and is mostly asphalted two lane road. Check the homepage of the road administrator at for the distances and condition of the road.

During the summer months it is possible to cross the highland from on a 4x4 vehicle.
The two most common routes are Sprengisandur route, road no. F26 or Kjolur route, road no.35
Check the homepage for further information on the conditions of those roads.

If you are coming from Europe it is possible to bring your own vehicle with the ferry Smyril line. The ferry sails from Denmark via Faro islands to Seydisfjordur, on the east coast of Iceland. For further information check

Domestic flights

Iceland has a few airlines, international ones as well as local. Flights can be booked through their websites or via telephone.

Car Rentals

There are plenty of car rentals all over the country. Some are part of an international chain and others are privately owned. Prices and quality may vary so it´s important to carefully examine all the possibilities.


Most of the more populated areas of Iceland have taxis. They all have meters, and charge a starting fee and on top of that they charge by the minute.

Bus tours

Buses operate all over the country. Some routes are driven year round but some roads are only open during the summer. Detailed maps of different routs are available at the tourist informatin centers as well as in certain other public areas.

Public Transportation

Buses go around the greater city area every day from early in the morning until late in the evening. The same bus company also has schelduled routes outside of the city. For frequent users, special bus cards are a good option but those who use the bus less frequently may want to purchase some bus tickets for a slight discount. You can also use this site


Several ferries sail from the mainland to the local islands. The international ferrie Norræna also docs in Iceland, in Seyðisfjörður, which is in the east part of the country.

To Iceland by Sea

Though the most common way of traveling to and from Iceland is by plane, several people travel by ship. The ferrie Norræna docs in the east part of Iceland but the country is also visited by quite a few cruise ships during the summer, which dock in different parts of the country.

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