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Discover the Troll Peninsula, overseeing waterfalls and preserved old houses

Seek out historical sites and outdoor activities in Skagafjörður

Experience the health benefits of the Geothermal ocean water of Husavik's GeoSea Baths

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Day 1

AKUREYRI – LAKE MÝVATN

Drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Here, glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle-shaped cascade. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Mývatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir. 

Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colors of the Namaskard geothermal area. Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region.

Mývatn’s fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies (Star Wars, Oblivion, Fast and Furious).

Day 2

HÚSAVÍK – ÁSBYRGI CANYON – AKUREYRI

Visit Húsavík, a charming fishing town known for its great whale-watching opportunities, or enjoy Húsavík’s relaxing GeoSea Baths. The baths are healthy and soothing geothermal ocean water, and the view over the Arctic Circle is beautiful.

Drive around the Tjornes peninsula to northern Vatnajokull National Park, where you can visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon. A series of trails lead to the canyon’s lake and scenic overlooks.
Next, head to Akureyri, the largest town and “capital” of North Iceland. This town has gained an international reputation for its combination of small-town charm and a great cultural scene.

Take a stroll down the art gallery street and catch the vibes of North Iceland’s creative culture at a coffee shop. Visit the fantastic Akureyri Geothermal Swimming Pool. It is one of the largest in the country and has a variety of pools, hot tubs, and a steam room you can enjoy. (B)

Day 3

THE TROLL PENINSULA

Drive along Eyjafjordur fjord, Trollaskagi - the Troll Peninsula, and Siglufjordur fjord. You’ll see waterfalls dropping into the ocean and pass through charming fishing villages. Your destination is beautiful Siglufjordur town with carefully preserved old houses and new buildings cleverly constructed to blend in with the historical architecture.

On the way, you might consider a visit to the one-of-a-kind Beer Bath Spa for a skin-soothing geothermal bath made from a mixture of beer, water, hops, and yeast. Though this mixture is not drinkable, you can enjoy a glass or two of local craft beer while you bathe. If you like quirky museums, visit Dalvik town’s wonderfully eclectic Hvoll Museum. Discover some local history, including the story of Iceland’s most famous giant. Dalvik and Hauganes town both offer wonderful whale watching tours. (B)

Day 4

SKAGAFJÖRÐUR

Explore Skagafjörður, known for interesting historical sites and outdoor activities. If you want to enjoy a swim with a great view, visit the Hofsos Swimming Pool, nicknamed by locals as the “Infinity Pool.”. Created and given to the village by an artist and architect duo, this public swimming pool is set up with an optical illusion. It seems to extend forever into the ocean and has fantastic views of Drangey Island. Drangey is the legendary hideout of the Viking saga outlaw, Grettir the Strong.

Depending on your schedule, you might also visit Glaumbaer, an interesting turf manor house. Occupied between the 18th century and the 1940s, Glaumbaer is now a museum showing how rural Icelanders lived. The building was an inspiration for the manor farm in Hannah Kent’s famous novel Burial Rites. (B)
 

Day 5

AKUREYRI

Drive back to Akureyri, visiting towns and perhaps enjoying a last outdoor adventure or a visit to the Beer Spa. There’s also plenty of time to enjoy Akureyri’s museums, galleries, and restaurants. (B)
 

Day 6

AKUREYRI AIRPORT - SOUTH ICELAND

Drop off your car at Akureyri airport before your flight back to South Iceland. We suggest departing your hotel no later than 90 minutes before your flight. (B)
 

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