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Winter adventure

Winter adventure

North Iceland is the number one destination for Icelander's winter activities. Here you'll find six ski resorts, one of them being Hlíðarfjall in Akureyri that is considered one of the best in Iceland.

For those seeking a bit more action, the home of heli-skiing is in the Tröllaskagi peninsula. Seemingly endless mountains make it the perfect location. If you are more interested in going to the top by other vehicles or on foot, that is on offer as well. Skiing from the top of a mountain down to the sea is an experience unlike any other.

In winter, there are multiple attractions and tours available. Go on a whale-watching trip, discover the dancing northern lights or soak in the geothermal pools. The culture blossom's during the winter with live theater and music. During Christmas time, make sure not to miss the Yule Lads. They live in Dimmuborgir near Lake Mývatn and tease people that come around. In December, you can expect a white Christmas in North Iceland. From October to April, the North is truly a winter wonderland.


Iceland Unlimited
  • Borgartún 27
  • 105 Reykjavík
  • 415-0600
Arctic Freeride
  • Bylgjubyggð 41
  • 625 Ólafsfjörður
  • 848-4668
Arctic Surfers
  • Eyjaslóð 3
  • 101 Reykjavík
  • 5512555, 691-2345
The Touring Club of Akureyri
  • Strandgata 23
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 462-2720
Arctic Advanced
  • Þorláksgeisli 47
  • 113 Reykjavík
  • 777-9966
Hey Iceland
  • Síðumúli 2
  • 108 Reykjavík
  • 570-2700
Boreal Super Jeep Tours
  • Austurberg 20
  • 111 Reykjavík
  • 8646489
Iceland Untouched
  • Meistaravellir 11
  • 107 Reykjavík
  • 696-0171, 696-0171
Icelandic Adventure
  • Hrafnagilsstræti 38
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 6601642
Arctic Nature Experience
  • Smiðjuteigur 7
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3940, 464-3941
GJ Travel
  • Vesturvör 34
  • 200 Kópavogur
  • 5205200
Wide Open
  • Aðalstræti 54a
  • 600 Akureyri
  • 659-3992
Ski Service - Akureyri
  • Fjölnisgata 4b
  • 603 Akureyri
  • 462-1713

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