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
- Bath in geothermal pools
- Spectacular golf
- Glacial river rafting
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Top hotels in Nothern Iceland
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Deplar FarmIn a remote valley in the middle of the Troll Peninsula, Deplar Farm is perhaps the most unique place to stay in Iceland. Once a working sheep farm, this sprawling property with its grass roof may look traditionally Icelandic on first glimpse, but its luxurious transformation into an opulent lodge soon becomes apparent. There are 13 en suite rooms that accommodate up to 28 guests, including cosy family options. The rest of the farm is home to a fabulous indoor-outdoor salt water pool and bar, a sauna, gym, dining area, spa, lounge area and more. How you experience this incredible landscape depends on the time of year you visit. During the winter, opt for the heli-ski package to fly up onto the surrounding peaks then slalom down virgin runs to the ocean accompanied by expert guides. You can also go cat skiing, hot spring hopping, snowmobiling, whale watching and even surfing (for the brave). End the day back at the lodge, under the glow of the Northern Lights with a little luck. Long summer days bring fabulous fly fishing on exclusive beats and the chance to join a local captain at sea, returning to Deplar to eat your catch. Hiking guides can lead you on trails along endless valleys and dramatic cliffs dotted with waterfalls or perhaps kayak down dramatic rivers and out at sea. Other activities include horse riding, mountain biking and day trips out to nearby islands.