Information about North Iceland

North Iceland is very popular area in Iceland and contains some of the best attractions on the island. Akureyri is the capital of North Iceland and is the second largest "city" in Iceland. Around 20.000 people live in North Iceland.

The North coast has four major fjords (or bays) with mountain ridges between them and each of the fjords has corresponding agricultural districts.

The main districts are: Hunathing, Skagafjordur district, Eyjafjordur district and the amazing Thingeyjarsysla county, home to Lake Myvatn. 

More attractions in the amazing Thingeyjasysla are mentioned below. Note that the first three areas are geologically speaking ancient formations, while Thingeyjasysla is recent and full of volcanic activity, young lava fields and tuff mountains.

Siglufjordur and Grimsey island are also part of the north but listed separately.

Eyjafordur

In Eyjafjörður is the capital of the North, Akureyri with 17.000 inhabitants. It is a very charming town and highly popular with travelers, so we advise you not to miss it. Many cruisers land in the port of the town.

The older part of Akureyri is particularly worth a stroll. If you like skiing or snowboarding, one of the best skiing sites in the country is located nearby.

We also recommend the botanical gardens there, fine restaurants and many interesting museums, such as Davidshus and Nonnahus, dedicated to the memory of poet David Stefansson and Jon Sveinson, author of the Nonnabaekur ('Nonni’s books'). 

Not far from Akureyri is the unique turf framhouse of Laufas, a museum and a prime example of the old architecture and farmlife. Also not far from Akureyri are the submarine geothermal silica cones of Strytur, a natural wonder and an excellent place for a dive.

One of Iceland's most beloved poets, Jonas Hallgrimsson was born in Eyjafjordur, at the farm Hraun in Oxnadalur valley and the knife-edged lava peaks there are particularly stunning. Also essential when traveling in the area is the beautiful and peaceful island Hrisey, often called 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur'.

Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur has the distinction of not falling under the regular four part division, as it straddles the border of Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur. Here we highly recommend the herring era museum and the folk music museum. Indeed, Siglufjordur hosts an annual folk music festival that is truly worth experiencing.

Hunathing

Among major attractions in Hunathing are the Regional Museum at Reykir in Hrutafjordur, the Seal Watching Center at Vatnsnes and the Arnarvatnsheidi heath, with a large numbers of ponds and lakes full of trout.

Skagafjordur

In Skagafjordur, the largest town of which is Saudarkrokur, we particularly recommend the historical bishop’s seat of Holar and the agricultural university there, the Glaumbaer museum, and Drangey island.

Thingeyjarsysla 

Thingeyjarsysla county is the home of the beautiful waterfalls Godafoss and Aldeyjarfoss as well as the amazing Lake Myvatn with its fascinating pseudocraters and rich birdlife.

Near Myvatn is the chaotic lava field Dimmuborgir, a truly amazing sight (and paid homeage to by the Norwegian Black Metal band of the same name).

Husavik is the whale watching capital of the North so don’t miss that one either.

The Jokulsargljufur National Park is home to some of Iceland's most beloved natural attractions,  Holmatungur, Hljodaklettar and the Asbyrgi canyon. In the river Jokulsa a Fjollum is Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss

At the Melrakkasletta peninsula you can see fascinating birdlife and there is good trout fishing to be made there. Seals may be sighted as well as whales off the coast. The vegetation is rich and this is an ideal place to enjoy the midnight sun. Northern lights may also be spotted from late August to early April.

Grimsey

Far north, straddling the Arctic Circle is Grimsey island, the northernmost inhabited territory of Iceland, with a population of about 100 people. It is renowned for its fishermen, its rich vegetation and birdlife.

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Attractions nearby North Iceland

Öxnadalur

Oxnadalur is a magnificent valley in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Priest, poet and translator Jon Thorlaksson lived there in his later da...

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Austurdalur

  Austurdalur is a valley in Skagafjordur district in Northwest Iceland. The mighty glacier river Austari Jokulsa runs through the valley and pu...

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Austari-Jökulsá

  Austari-Jokulsa (East Jokulsa River), 'The Beast of the East', is a glacier river in Skagafjordur district. With its strong stream, wi...

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Varmahlíð

  Varmahlid is a small village by Highway Route 1 in Skagafjordur. It is a popular nesting place and resort. Varmahlid features a hotel, a res...

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Vesturdalur

Vesturdalur is a green and lush mountainous valley in Skagafjordur, cutting deep into the mid highlands. The place is a popular campsite. The river H...

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Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Holar in Hjaltadalur valley, in the east of Skagafjordur is an ancient bishop seat and an important historical site. It currently has a female ordaini...

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Glaumbær

Glaumbaer, in the Skagafjordur district in North Iceland, is a museum featuring a renovated turf farm and timber buildings, showcasing 18th and 19th-c...

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Vestari Jökulsá

Vestari Jokulsa, a.k.a. Jokulsa vestri ('West Glacial River') is a glacial river in Skagafjordur. It is a highly popular river for rafting. T...

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Saurbæjarkirkja

Saurbaejarkirkja is a beautiful 19th century Lutherian turf church in the fjord of Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. The church site is an old one, ...

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Drekagil

Drekagil is a beautiful canyon in the south part of volcanic mountain range Dyngjufjoll, in the south of Odadahraun lava field. By the gully is Drek...

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Akureyrarkirkja

Akureyrarkirkja is a Lutheran church in the town Akureyri in North Iceland. It is one of the town’s most distinctive landmarks. The...

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Akureyri

Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’ is a town in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It lies just 100 km away from the Arctic Circle....

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Skagafjörður

  Skagafjordur is a fjord in North Iceland. Saudarkrokur is its largest village. Skagafjordur district has strong agriculture and a rich history...

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Sauðárkrókur

Sauðárkrókur (a.k.a. 'Krókurinn'), is the largest urban area in Skagafjörður in north Iceland and the second...

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Svarfadardalur

Svarfaðardalur is a wide, fertile and densely populated valley in north Iceland, dotted with quintessential farmsteads, gurgling streams and surro...

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Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri is a community of around 40 people, located on the western shores of Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Until the early 20th century it was one...

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Hofsós

Located in the north-west, Hofsós is one of the oldest trading posts in Iceland, dating back to the 1500s. Today, it is a sleepy fishing villag...

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Strýtur

  The Strytur in are giant submarine geothermal silica cones that rise like towers from the seafloor at Ystuvik and Arnarnes in the fjord E...

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Álftavatn

Alftavatn is a deep and decorative lake on the Laugavegur hiking trail in South-West Iceland. Alftavatn is a place of great serenity and beautiful la...

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Fnjóskadalur

Fnjoskadalur is a valley in South-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. It is home to Vaglaskogur, the country's largest birch forest. The r...

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Tours near North Iceland

Exciting Rafting Tour in North Iceland

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Family Rafting Tour in North Iceland

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Dettifoss Waterfall & Asbyrgi Canyon Tour from Akureyri

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Caving Tour to Lofthellir Cave with Flight from Reykjavik

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Diamond Circle Tour in North Iceland from Reykjavik with Flight

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Dettifoss Waterfall from Akureyri | Super-Jeep Day Tour

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The Northern Lights Tour from Akureyri

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5 Day Tour | Northern Lights Holiday by Lake Myvatn Offer

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5 Day Tour | Northern Lights Holiday by Lake Myvatn - Winter Offer

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5 Day Tour | Northern Lights Holiday by Lake Myvatn - Winter Offer

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Private Northern Lights

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Northern Lights Cruise From Akureyri Harbour

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Grand Lake Myvatn Tour | Nature Baths & Lunch

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Wilderness Lava Walk | Lake Mývatn & Krafla Volcano

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Lake Myvatn with North Iceland Waterfalls & Nature Baths

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Sightseeing Tour from Akureyri | Waterfalls & Myvatn Nature Baths

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Diamond Circle Excursion from Akureyri | Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi

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