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What to see and do

What to see and do

North Iceland is a veritable string of jewels, whose nature attracts people of all ages. 

On the west side of Hunafjordur, the rock arch of Hvitserkur towers just off the shore; far to the south, nearly at the pass out of North Iceland, Hveravellir adds colour to the highlands with one of the country's largest geothermal fields. 

The islands of Malmey and Drangey in Skagafjordur exude folklore, while the people of Eyjafjordur boast of more magnificent mountains and more prosperous farming communities than one can generally find. 

The two Þingey counties present nature that is simultaneously rough, mild and breathtaking, with so many sights you would be hard put to find more natural masterpieces anywhere else. Take, for example, the waterfalls of Godafoss and Dettifoss, the latter Europe's mightiest. Downstream from Dettifoss, explore Jokulsargljufur, one of the country's most awe-inspiring canyons. Here can be found theHljodaklettar formations and Asbyrgi, where the rushing waters of the Jokulsa river have shaped stark cliffs. Far to the south, Askja epitomises calderas and volcanoes. 
Although Myvatn and its entire environs are world-famous for their beauty, the cliffs of Dimmuborgir comprise a wondrous world of their own, this is the where the Yule Lads live, don't miss them if you are passing around. 

North Iceland offers a multitude of opportunities for those who want adventurous activities in a true natural paradise. There are untold possibilities for outdoor recreation, so that everyone will find something to enjoy; river rafting, horse riding, whale watching, golf, see angling, hiking and alot more.
 Organised excursions and outdoor activity tours will take one between towns, out to islands and into the highlands, allowing the chance to see the magnificent landscape the North has to offer. Nearly every area has an outdoor swimming pool, and facilities for tourists are top-notch.

Adventure awaits you in the North.


North Iceland offers a multitude of opportunities for those who seek adventurous activities in a true natural paradise. There are countless possibilities for outdoor recreation so that everyone will find something to enjoy. 

Go “hunting” for the Northern lights, relax in a local swimming pool, or one of our fantastic bathing sites. See the whales with your own eyes or the seals lying around on the shores. Explore the caves, see the rich birdlife, hike in the mesmerizing nature of North Iceland, or buy a guided tour through its highlights.

Organized excursions and outdoor activity tours will take one between towns, out to islands, and into the highlands, allowing the chance to see the magnificent landscape the North has to offer.

Adventures await in North Iceland.


All sorts of information and services are available for people on the go. The tourist information centers located in all parts of the country provide information on everything having to do with travel in Iceland. Travel agents can also provide answers and good advice. 


North Iceland is the number one destination for Icelander's winter activity's. In North Iceland are six ski resorts. In the north is the best ski resort in Iceland and that is Hlíðarfjall. If you like action heli skiing in Tröllaskagi could be something for you. In winter there are multiple attractions in the North, you can go on a whale watching trip from Akureyri, Dalvík and Húsavík, northern light trips are just around the corner and the culture blossom's during the winter with live theater and music. You should not miss the Yule Lads, they live in Dimmuborgir and tease people that come around. In December you can expect a white christmas in North Iceland and from October to April the North is truly a winter wonderland.

Day Tours

There is no better way to travel through the country than with the locals. Discover the hidden gems, get that little extra memorable experience, listen to their stories, and learn the knowledge they pass on. The Icelandic sagas and the natural wonders are often showcased as one with natural beauty when travelling in North Iceland.

Day tours can, of course, also include various activities. Whatever the season, you’ll find tours that require a little physical exercise, such as skiing, snowmobiling, jet skiing, horseback riding, sleighing, biking, hiking, rowing, or diving. For those looking for a bit more comfort, hop on a boat, bus, super-jeep, airplane, helicopter, or even a snowcat and experience all the best that North Iceland offers.

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