Visit North Iceland, Iceland
Wild and remote, north Iceland rewards those who make it here with little-visited historic towns, large thundering waterfalls and vast swathes of volcanic wasteland watched over by the brooding peaks of volcanoes.
Quirky Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, is in this region, as well as the heritage town of Siglufjörður, once known as the ‘herring capital of the world’. You can go whale watching in Húsavík, laze in geothermal baths overlooking the ocean, meander between bubbling mud pools or feast on ‘lava bread’ baked in the hot, steamy ground.
Our specialists have explored the main sights and the lesser-known ones, and they’ll carefully plan your visit to north Iceland as an individual, tailor-made trip to match your preferences. They’ll use their first-hand knowledge and experience to guide you on where to go and what to do.
You could hike through black lava fields and to crater summits, birdwatch around otherworldly Lake Mývatn, explore the scenic fjordlands of the Troll Peninsula, photograph Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, or laze in natural baths with views of volcanic fields that offer a more serene environment than the far more commercial Blue Lagoon.
Places to visit in North Iceland
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting North Iceland, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring North Iceland
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in North Iceland, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of North Iceland
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around North Iceland
- Akureyri North Iceland
- Dettifoss North Iceland
- Lake Mývatn North Iceland
- Troll Peninsula North Iceland
- Vatnajökull National Park 158 kilometers away
- Langjökull 188 kilometers away
- Eastfjords 213 kilometers away
- Flatey 214 kilometers away
- South Iceland 222 kilometers away
- Golden Circle 224 kilometers away
- West Iceland 227 kilometers away
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula 246 kilometers away
- Jökulsárlón 253 kilometers away
- Reykjavík 267 kilometers away
- South Coast 288 kilometers away
- Blue Lagoon 305 kilometers away
- Westman Islands 306 kilometers away
- Southwest Iceland 308 kilometers away
Accommodation choices for North Iceland
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit North Iceland. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing North Iceland
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting North Iceland, and which use the best local guides.