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
Explore vibrant cities, glaciers, lagoons and volcanic landscapes on this seven-day escorted tour around Iceland.
Iceland's wildlife is best seen in summer, when humpback, minke and giant blue whales can be spotted off the coast at Reykjavik and Húsavík, and millions of puffins draw birders to the clifftops of the Westman Islands
Lake Myvatn in Iceland is one of the best places in the world to view the magical Northern Lights. It is also an area of outstanding natural beauty where you can discover the wonders of the Icelandic winter landscape.
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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