North Iceland is famed for its pretty fishing villages, whale-watching, active volcanoes, and geothermal springs. Icelandic horses roam desolate landscapes and riverbanks of Skagafjörður Valley – a perfect place to pursue the Northern Lights, while Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods” captivates photographers as part of the thrilling Diamond Circle route.
Discover Akureyri, the country’s second city and cultural hub – home to the world’s northernmost botanical garden, and Akureyrakirkja – one of Iceland’s most beautiful churches. In summer, enjoy a chairlift ride to the top of Mount Hlíðarfjall for incredible views of Eyjafjörður, and in winter months enjoy downhill or cross country skiing.
Húsavík is also a highlight of North Iceland – a colorful seafront town showcasing traditional architecture from the early 1900s. This is the whale-watching capital of Iceland – organized trips can transport you to see blue, humpback, minke whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
While in the land of “Fire and Ice”, drive to Krafla Volcanic Area. Krafla has erupted almost 30 times throughout the centuries, and to this day remains one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland. While here, hike aside bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and lava rocks to Viti Crater Lake. The crater mesmerizes with jade green waters, which appear to change color in the sunlight.
To relax after a hike, drive south to Mývatn Lake and Mývatn Nature Baths. The latter is one of the finest geothermal lagoons in Iceland, where temperatures reach a pleasant 38-40° Celsius and mineral rich waters boast a multitude of healing benefits.
Continue your adventure at beautiful Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and marvel at Dettifoss – the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Also take a trip to Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe canyon steeped in myths and legends. During summer months the canyon floor is carpeted with willow and birch trees, and locals say that this place is home to the magical Icelandic Huldufólk…