Bizarre rock formations, towering waterfalls, striking highlands and expansive low lands dotted with little hamlets and traditional turf houses: the wild charms of Iceland‘s rugged North make it the perfect destination for those looking for enchantment during their Iceland tour.

The territory is almost entirely surrounded by volcanoes, which have left their mark on the area. The volatile Bardarbunga and the huge abyss of the Viti caldera can be found here, alongside the pseudo craters of Skutustadagigar which form an otherworldly landscape. The North has its share of aquatic grace too: Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls are spectacular, and the milky hue of the Myvatn geothermal baths is enough to convince anyone of its magical properties. The bays of Skjalfandi and Eyjafjordur are two of the very best whale spotting areas – speak to your travel designer about the best time of year to visit on your Iceland tour for an opportunity to see these majestic giants.

Offering a plethora of museums and authentic restaurants, the energetic town of Akureyri is Iceland‘s second city and a great base from which to explore. Reykjahlid village near Lake Myvatn is also not to be ignored, and island communities such as Malmey, Drangey and Grimsey are rich in folklore.

When to go

Visit from November to April for the Northern Lights, or from June to August for almost 24 hours of sun.


What to do

  • Hiking
  • Bath in geothermal pools
  • Spectacular golf
  • Glacial river rafting

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