Visit North Iceland
The north has its own version of the popular Golden Circle route, known as the Diamond Circle; the main difference between this and the route in the south is that the Diamond circle circumvents the crowds.
This route takes you through the geothermal Mývatn area, then down to the waterfall at Dettifoss, before finally ending on the sheer walls of the Ásbyrgi crater. The beauty of Mývatn is the crown of Northern Iceland; sprung from thermal wells and tectonic fissures this region is every bit as spectacular as the southern highlands.
Top itineraries in North Iceland
Embark on an odyssey with this six day itinerary, visiting the famous Blue Lagoon, spotting whales, sinking into hot springs, absorbing the cities and admiring the landscapes of the less crowded Northern Iceland.
Explore vibrant cities, glaciers, lagoons and volcanic landscapes on this seven-day escorted tour around Iceland.
Free car hire
Packed with adventure, this comprehensive nine-day self-drive tour offers the chance to drive on two of Iceland's remote highland tracks, only accessible during the summer months, as well as seeing many of Iceland's major attractions along the country's coastal artery, the Ring Road.
Top places to stay in North Iceland
Well situated in the village of Reykjahlio, this family owned hotel offers comfort, delicious local cuisine and exclusive excursions
Where to go in North Iceland
The charming costal village of Húsavík began life as a small fishing hamlet. Although some fishing boats remain, today whale watching vessels, ready to ferry throngs of tourists out to the deep-water habitat favoured by minke, fin and humpback whales, dominate the harbour.
The unusual geographical formations of Mývatn testify to the region's explosive past; in the 1700's this area was subjected to a series of volcanic episodes so violent that they have become known as the Mývatn Fires. These eruptions occurred along huge rifts and have created an alien landscape of r…
In a country so exposed to the elements, Akureyri's sheltered location and reliable sunshine are one of its biggest attractions. Located inland, at the head of a fjord, this is one of the greenest places in Iceland, with tree-lined streets and the most northerly botanical gardens in the world. It's…
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