North Iceland’s exciting diversity
Life under the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights
Summer in the North is characterised by the midnight sun. You can play golf, go seal and whale watching, horse riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, river rafting, bird-watching, camping or simply enjoy the disparate forms of nature. The region wears a different coat in winter, when you can ride horses on the frozen lakes in Mývatn under the Northern Lights or ski the slopes just minutes from Akureyri town centre. The town is known as the winter sports capital of Iceland.
Northern Iceland is probably Iceland’s most diverse region—in every sphere. Nature varies from the mystical area around Mývatn Lake, a birdwatching paradise, to the awesome horse-shoe canyon of Ásbyrgi, the thunderous waterfalls at Goðafoss and Dettifoss, Askja’s calderas and volcanos, or islands like Drangey, to name a few. Tours to the Highlands are unforgettable.
The region is bursting with vibrant history, just waiting to be enjoyed. Museums are found in almost every town, with fascinating insights into fields such as the seals at Selasettur in Hvammstangi or the Whale Museum in Húsavík to the turf house of Glaumbær farm in Sauðárkrókur, also home to the Museum of Prophecies and known as the country music capital of Iceland. Close by is Hólar, formerly the bishop’s seat and site of the first printing press. Siglufjörður hosts the Folk Music and Herring museums. Blonduos has several museums, as does Akureyri, the largest town of the north, along with its art galleries and rich culture.