North Iceland Road Trip

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North Iceland

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The Highlights of the North

There are so many gorgeous attractions in the northern part of Iceland. Here's the best of the best.

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Hilmar Þór:Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. You can drive there from Akureyri, or include it in your Diamond Circle Route.
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A Morning Dip in Grettislaug Hot Pool, Northwest Iceland
Hilmar Þór:Grettislaug hot pool is a calm, warm pool in the Troll Peninsula.
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Mývatn Nature Baths
Hilmar Þór:North Iceland's answer to the Blue Lagoon. Definitely worth checking out.
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Hilmar Þór:The area surrounding Mývatn is simply amazing. Drive there from Akureyri and spend the day exploring the area on foot.
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Goðafoss Waterfall
Hilmar Þór:One of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. If you're driving the Diamond Circle, you will see it from the road.
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Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall: the Hidden Treasure in North Iceland
Hilmar Þór:This waterfall has until now remained off the tourist radar. A hidden gem in the north.
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An Unconventional Arctic Getaway: A Day Trip to Grimsey Island
Hilmar Þór:Grimsey Island is the northernmost island in Iceland, located right on the Arctic Circle.
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Hilmar Þór:Ásbyrgi Canyon is a horseshoe-shaped rock, surrounded by greenery. A stunning place to visit, especially if your camping.
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The rock Hvitserkur
Hilmar Þór:Hvítserkur Rock is a majestic rock formation in Húnafjörður Fjord.
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Sundlaugin á Hofsósi
Hilmar Þór:The location of this swimming pool couldn't be better. Enjoy the sea while swimming in a geothermally heated pool.
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Húsavík Original Whale Watching Tour
Hilmar Þór:Húsavík is a small town just east of Akureyri, known for whale watching.
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Hilmar Þór:A calm little village close to the town of Akureyri. Try the geothermal hot pool by the beach and jump into the ocean afterwards if the weather is nice.
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Akureyri - the "Capital" of the North

Akureyri is the second biggest town in Iceland. Here's where to go and what to see.

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Akureyri's Best Coffee and Cake
Hilmar Þór:Akureyri does indeed have a number of cafés that offer great cakes and good coffee. Check out this article for more info.
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Hilmar Þór:Akureyri's beautiful church.
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Happy Hours in Akureyri
Hilmar Þór:Booze is expensive in bars in Iceland so knowing where and when happy hours take place is just crucial.
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The Magical Year Round Christmas Garden in Akureyri
Hilmar Þór:If you wish it could be Christmas every day, the solution for you is visiting the Christmas Garden in Akureyri.
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Akureyri: Paradise of the North
Hilmar Þór:A great article about Akureyri, written by a local.
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Hilmar Þór:Brynja is a famous ice cream shop in Akureyri. Icelanders just really love it.
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Botanical Garden Akureyri
Hilmar Þór:The Akureyri Botanical Garden is so pretty in the summer. Don't forget to visit Café Flora, which is located in the Garden.
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Listasafnið á Akureyri / Akureyri Art Museum
Hilmar Þór:The Akureyri Art Museum was renovated last year and it has become one of Iceland's most interesting museums.

The Best Campsites in North Iceland

If you are on a road trip in the northern region of Iceland, make sure you camp at the nicest campsites!

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Mánárbakki Museum
Hilmar Þór:Manarbakki also has a campsite with amazing ocean view.

Guided Tours and Activities

Here are some amazing tours and things to do in north Iceland.

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  1. Dettifoss
  2. Mývatn Nature Baths
  3. Mývatn
  4. Goðafoss Waterfall
  5. Ásbyrgi
  6. Sundlaugin á Hofsósi
  7. Hjalteyri
  8. Akureyrarkirkja
  9. Brynja
  10. Botanical Garden Akureyri
  11. Listasafnið á Akureyri / Akureyri Art Museum
  12. Vaglaskógur Camping
  13. Ásbyrgi Camp Site
  14. Dalvik Campsite
  16. Camping Hamrar
  17. Mánárbakki Museum
  18. Systragil Camping Ground
  19. Siglufjörður Campsite
  20. The Beer Spa

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