A five-hour drive away from the capital area, the North’s spectacular sights and vast unspoiled nature will amaze the most seasoned of travellers. Drive towards its coastline where the sun never sets and enjoy everything the North has to offer—from its many canyons and hiking trails, to more urban environments. Whether you choose to visit the up-and-coming town of Siglufjörður or fine-dine in the countryside; whether you go for a week-long hike in Fjörður or decide to travel all the way to Húsavík for a whale watching tour; whether you’ll be driving across the otherworldly landscape of Askja or the mellow hills of Mývatn, you’re inevitably bound to take on an adventure you’ll never forget.
No amount of reading and scrolling over Instagram posts will prepare you for an adventure in the otherworldly landscape of Askja. This caldera formed centuries ago from a massive eruption, and it has since been the perfect place to get lost in pure nothingness, from canyons and craters to vast stretches of red and black lava. Enjoy a hike during summertime, but make sure you rent a Super Jeep tour during the winter or opt for the stunning aerial view from a helicopter.
“We’ve been much more successful with whale watching here than in Reykjavík,” one panellist said. “Sometimes if you’re lucky you can even spot seals on the shore.” Video-camera in hand, hop on a boat in Húsavík and look for these majestic sea creatures with a crew that knows what it’s doing. Just sit down, lean back, and keep watching the waves.
The North is famous for its winter sports, from heli-skiing to snowmobiling, but there is nothing like some good river rafting in Varmahlið to shake up an otherwise boring summer day. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll be able to find plenty of interesting guided tours, while the less experienced will be able to choose between calm rivers and uncontrollable whirlwinds of water.
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