The Ultimate Tour – 7 days sunna
THE ULTIMATE TOUR
North Iceland has an abundance of natural wonders, opportunities for adventures and interesting landmarks to explore. This is why we recommend that you spend at least a few days in North Iceland to make sure you are not missing out on some of the most popular sights. To help you make your journey more efficient we have put together three itineraries that cover all the major attractions in North Iceland.
This journey is an idea on how you can spend 7 days of exploring North Iceland. Few areas in Iceland have as many attractions within such a short distance of each other so although the itinerary covers a lot of places it is well possible to stay the nights in the same location, to visit the attractions during the day and return to your place of accommodation before the end of the day.
If you are driving from the capital area looking for adventures in north Iceland, you should consider making a stop by Bakkaflot. Bakkaflot is an adventure company that offer both accommodations and they run their own river rafting operation, how cool is that? Bakkaflot is located in Skagafjordur in north Iceland, close to the village of Varmahlid. If you are looking for an adventure that will get your adrenaline pumping, river rafting will not disappoint.
After you’ve rafted Hvítá river, head towards the scenic town of Siglufjordur. It will take you around one and a half hour to get there, but you’ll encounter some stunning landscapes along the way.
Siglufjordur is a historic fishing village, so starting the day going to the award winning Herring Museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in Iceland. After you’ve learned about the hunting and processing of the Herring, it’s time for lunch. Aðalbakarí is a bakery and coffee house that offers fresh baked bread and pastries every day as well as offering hot food during lunch on weekdays. After you’ve fuelled up on delicious food from Adalbakari, continue to explore the village and it’s surroundings. Taking a hike, pay a visit to the local swimming pool or just having a stroll around the beautiful village.
The next part of your journey is to drive to Ólafsfjordur. It takes only around 20 minutes to there from Siglufjordur and these two villages from the municipality of Fjallabyggd. There are some beautiful hiking trails near Ólafsfjordur, and if you are visiting during winter, Arctic Freeride is a company that specialises in cat-skiing but offer all kinds of winter tours. During the evening, get back on the road and drive to Akureyri. The journey will take you around 50 minutes and you’ll drive through the fishing village of Dalvík on your way there.
Spend today in Akureyri. The town offers a great variety of activities and things to explore. We recommend booking a guided tour to really get the most of Akureyri and it’s surroundings. Sport Tours is a company that operate tours in and around Akureyri. Snow-mobile, super jeep tours and fishing tours and horseback riding tours are just to name of few of the adventures Sport Tours can arrange for you.
If you want to use the opportunity to do some shopping, Glerártorg is a shopping mall located around 10 minutes walking distance from downtown Akureyri. There you will find fashion stores, a large grocery store, a pharmacy and much more. If you are looking to shop for something more unique, Háaloftið, or The Attic, is an antique store you should look into. You can most definitely lose track of time looking through this charming store. You can also check out some of the museums, take a walk around the old town or pay a visit to the swimming pool.
For dinner, Akureyri has some great restaurants and one that we recommend is La Vita E Bella. It is located downtown, next to Bautinn. As the name suggests, it’s a restaurant that specialises in Italian cuisine, and they are pretty good at it, to say the least. A creamy pasta or a crusty pizza never seem to disappoint.
Today you will have the chance to cross the Arctic Circle. On today’s adventure, you are heading to Grimsey, the northernmost Icelandic island. You can either take the ferry from Dalvik or book a guided tour. We thoroughly recommend the latter. Ambassador offers tours from Akureyri to Grimsey four times a week, and each tour is around 6 hours. You will see the stunning scenery of Eyjafjordur, Hrisey island, and even spot some whales. When you’ve arrived on Grimsey island, you will watch puffins, eat delicious food and have the chance to photograph yourself next to the sign that marks the Arctic Circle.
If you tend to get seasick, we recommend that you’ll get medicine for travel sickness. This can be purchased in any pharmacy.
For dinner, you should try Goya Tapas Bar in Listagilid. They mix the Spanish tapas culture with the best that Eyjafjordur has to offer from food and culture.It’s a cosy restaurant with high-quality food and is a great way to end your stay in Akureyri as tomorrow you will hit the road and explore Mývatn
You are now heading to Mývatn Lake, where you can spend the day exploring this magnificent area of natural wonders. It is a good idea to start by stopping at Grjótagjá and Stóragjá. You can even dip your toes in the hot cave water in Grjótagjá. We recommend taking a short hike in Leirhnjúkur at Krafla and in Hverir to the top of Námafjall. This hike covers the main attractions of the area. After a good hike, you can visit Sigurgeir’s Bird museum, book a sightseeing flight with Mýflug, or relax your muscles in the Myvatn Nature Baths.
End the day with a lovely dinner at Hotel Laxá restaurant while you enjoy a beautiful view. An evening stroll along Myvatn Lake shores is also a nice way to reflect on a great day of sightseeing.
Head to Husavik the next day. Húsavík is the whale watching capital of Iceland therefore, it is a must to take a whale-watching tour while in Husavik. Gentle Giants is a leading whale-watching company in Húsavík and offer tours throughout the day. Otherwise, Húsavík is a beautiful town worth seeing. It has great hiking routes, a whale-watching museum, cultural house with exhibitions and café and, of course, a local swimming pool.
On the last day of the itinary, head to Ásbyrgi canyon. Spend the day exploring Ásbyrgi canyon and it’s surroundings. Trek to the top of Eyjan and the cliff over the canyon for a breathtaking view. Take trails that allow you to explore the dark basalt rock formations at Hljóðaklettar, or the Whispering Rocks and the colourful Rauðhólar hills.
Now you are almost at the end of this tour but you have one more stop to make. When you hit the road again, make sure you take the route that leads you to the mighty Dettifoss. The waterfall is the most powerful in Europe and makes you truly feel the power of the Icelandic nature. We recommend that you also take some time to walk towards Selfoss waterfall. It is not as majestic as Dettifoss but it is very beautiful and well worth seeing.
From Dettifoss you can either travel back to Myvatn or Akureyri, or you can continue on your quest in Iceland by going east to explore the East Iceland.