AKUREYRI – North Iceland is a region of incredible natural beauty, rich culture heritage and unique experiences, offering breathtaking scenery and diverse activities for visitors.
Whether visitors are adventure-seekers or simply looking to relax and soak up the beauty of North Iceland, there is something for everyone in this stunning region and travel agents are a key part of getting the word out about the destination.
“Travel agents are essential to our work at Visit North Iceland, and we continue to enjoy some great partnerships. We have seen people visit our region again and again through the same agents, as there is somehow always more and more to discover,” says Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Managing Director, Visit North Iceland.
“Natural highlights offer something different in each season of the year and the winter, which means that tourism in North Iceland gets a boost during the months when we have seen fewer travelers.”
To access the area, travellers can hop on a 45 minute Icelandair flight with departures multiple times per day (icelandair.com) Transatlantic flights with Icelandair too can add an 1 to 7 day stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare, perfect to discover the country including the North.
Options for accommodation include Siglo Hotel in Siglufjörður, surrounded by mountains with a view from every room, and Hotel Kea in Akureyri, overlooking a stunning fjord. Both hotels are part of the Kea Hotels network (kiahotels.is), which offers 9 charming hotels across Iceland.
To get around, try Europcar Iceland (europcar.com) or leave the driving to someone else and join the tours and activities operated by The Traveling Viking (ttv.is).
Here are ten of the best things to do in North Iceland:
- Explore the Dettifoss Waterfall: Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and a breathtaking sight to see. The waterfall is located within the Vatnajokull National Park, where you can also enjoy hiking and exploring the rugged terrain.
- See the Northern Lights: North Iceland is one of the best places in the world to witness the Northern Lights, with clear skies and minimal light pollution. Book a tour or head out on your own to witness this natural wonder.
- North Iceland is known for its stunning landscapes, powder snow and pristine ski touring terrain. The area is suitable for skiers of all levels and offers a variety of slopes, valleys, and mountains to explore. Ski touring involves climbing up slopes on skis and then descending, which typically takes place in remote mountain areas and involves navigating through un-groomed and often challenging terrain. Helicopter skiing is also available. Check out, Bergman.com
- Hike in the Vatnajokull National Park: Vatnajokull National Park is a hiker’s paradise, offering a range of trails from easy walks to challenging backcountry treks. Explore glaciers, waterfalls, and volcanic landscapes in this stunning park.
- Take a whale watching tour: North Iceland is a prime location for whale watching, with many species of whales and dolphins frequenting the waters. Book a tour to see these magnificent creatures up close.
- Visit the Godafoss Waterfall: The “Waterfall of the Gods” is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland and a must-visit for any traveler.
- Explore the Husavik Village: Husavik is a charming coastal village known for its whale watching tours and picturesque harbor. Stop by the Whale Museum to learn more about these magnificent creatures.
- Visit the Asbyrgi Canyon: Asbyrgi is a horseshoe-shaped canyon created by a glacial river. Explore the lush vegetation and hike along the canyon rim for stunning views.
- Relax at the new Forest Lagoon geothermal spa, which is a 1,300 square-meter complex includes a bistro, two infinity pools with two swim-up bars, a cold tub and a sauna. The pools are heated up with natural water that is sourced directly from the mountain and forest beside the facility.
- Walk along the Raudanes Peninsula: Raudanes is a stunning coastal trail offering breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding landscapes. Hike along the cliffs and enjoy the fresh sea air.
For more information, visit northiceland.is
Freelance travel writer Toby Lubkowski travelled to Iceland earlier this month for the Icelandair Mid-Atlantic conference in Reykjavik. Watch for more of his trip coverage in future editions of Travelweek Daily.