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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.

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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 travellers. 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

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    Places in and around North Iceland

    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.

    • Hotel Sigló, Siglufjörður

      Sigló Hótel

      First Class

      With a scenic setting in the heart of Siglufjörður, Sigló Hótel has clean and comfortable rooms with mountain or marina views, several dining options, and helpful staff. It’s also ideally located for visiting North Iceland’s coastline, lava fields, waterfalls, and rock formations.

    • Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula

      Deplar Farm

      Deluxe

      Set in a remote valley and surrounded by the mountains of the Troll Peninsula, Deplar Farm offers elegant rooms and a wide range of included activities to fill your days, from hiking to surfing.

    • Hotel Kea Akureyri, Akureyri

      Hotel Kea Akureyri

      Medium

      A contemporary property in the heart of Akureyri, Hotel Kea offers welcoming rooms, an on-site bistro and bar, and easy access to the north of Iceland’s natural attractions. It’s also near to the cultural building, outdoor public swimming pool, and marina.

    • Icelandair Hotel Mývatn, Lake Mývatn

      Icelandair Hotel Mývatn

      Medium

      An ideal base from which to explore Lake Mývatn and the natural wonders of Iceland’s north, Icelandair Hotel Mývatn offers attentive service, quirky rooms, modern cuisine, and interesting art installations for design lovers.

    • Hestasport Cottages, Varmahlíð

      Hestasport Cottages

      Simple

      Set in the rolling farmland of northern Iceland, Hestasport Cottages offer a comfortable stopover on a road trip. Each of the seven authentically decorated, self-catering cottages is fully equipped for ease and comfort.

    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.

    • Drangey Island boat tour
      Drangey Island

      Drangey Island boat tour

      Drangey Island boat tour

      Sheer cliffs drop into the sea on tiny Drangey Island, an uninhabited outcrop that’s home to thousands of nesting seabirds. A dramatic ascent by rope and ladder takes you to the summit for panoramic views and a chance to learn about saga-era outlaws.

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    • Small group tour to Dettifoss Waterfall
      Dettifoss in winter

      Small group tour to Dettifoss Waterfall

      Small group tour to Dettifoss Waterfall

      This half-day, small-group tour takes in three Icelandic waterfalls, including the thundering cascade of Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and the more peaceful Selfoss waterfall. Along the way, you’ll learn about Iceland’s geology and the myths and traditions surrounding the falls.

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    • Family rafting
      River rafting in north Iceland

      Family rafting

      Family rafting

      North Iceland’s West Glacial River runs through a steep, stony canyon in the heart of the wilderness and plays host to family-friendly rafting trips with slow-moving water for swimming, rapids for exhilaration and the chance to brew hot chocolate in a natural spring.

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    • Varmahlíð horse riding
      Icelandic horses

      Varmahlíð horse riding

      Varmahlíð horse riding

      Ride out into the Icelandic countryside on a one-hour ride that offers the chance to experience the country’s distinct breed of horses known for their gentle nature, sure-footedness and unusual additional gaits not seen in other breeds.

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    • Geosea geothermal baths
      Geosea geothermal baths

      Geosea geothermal baths

      Geosea geothermal baths

      Take part in an Icelandic tradition and relax in the Geosea Geothermal Baths just outside Húsavík and enjoy the sleek design, balmy waters and views as far as the Arctic Circle. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some whales.

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    • Hauganes whale watching & sea angling
      Hauganes whale watching

      Hauganes whale watching & sea angling

      Hauganes whale watching & sea angling

      One of the world’s premier whale-watching destinations, Hauganes is the jumping-off point for boat trips around Eyjafjörður, where you’re almost guaranteed to spot humpback whales and possibly minke whales, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins, and harbour porpoises.

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