Insider's Guide to Akureyri

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Lake Mývatn

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As Iceland’s fourth largest lake, Mývatn is an important stop on any north Iceland road trip. Formed by a massive volcanic eruption over two millenniums ...  Read more

Vatnajokull National Park

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Covering an area of 12,000 square-kilometers and encompassing the former National Parks of Jökulsárgljúfur and Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National ...  Read more

Akureyrarkirkja

One of the city’s most unique landmarks, Akureyrarkirkja, or Akureyri Church, is perched on a hilltop above the town center and serves as the town’s most ...  Read more

Akureyri Museum

The city’s namesake museum focuses on the history of Akureyri, the Eyjafjörður fjord and the region’s former inhabitants, displaying a sizable ...  Read more

Ásbyrgi Canyon

As one of the highlights of the Diamond Circle, Ásbyrgi Canyon doesn’t disappoint. The horseshoe-shaped depression is technically part of the ...  Read more

Dalvik

Home to just over 1,500 souls, “the bay of the Svarfaðardalur valley," as per its Icelandic name, is located in the north-central part of the country ...  Read more

Dettifoss

With an immense 500 cubic meters of water falling each second, Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and one of Iceland’s most extraordinary ...  Read more

Dimmuborgir

Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles” in Icelandic) is a surreal, unusually shaped lava field composed of volcanic caves and rock formations resembling an ancient ...  Read more

Gjastykki

For those looking to venture off-the-beaten-track, the rift valley of Gjástykki makes a worthwhile side trip from the Mývatn area or Akureyri - a ...  Read more

Godafoss

Frequently cited as being one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Godafoss is a 40-foot (12-meter) high and 100-foot (30-meter) wide fall located ...  Read more

Húsavík

Albeit being one of the main settlements in North Iceland, Húsavík is home to only 2,500 inhabitants. It is, however, considered to be the ...  Read more

Hverir

With its gurgling mud pools, hissing steam vents and plumes of volcanic rock, it’s easy to see why the Hverir geothermal area was chosen as one of the ...  Read more

Icelandic Aviation Museum

Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or just looking for something unique to do, the Icelandic Aviation Museum is one of Akureyri’s most impressive museums. ...  Read more

Lofthellir

Descending via rope ladder from the Laxardalshraun lava field, the first that hits you upon entering Lofthellir cave is the temperature, which plummets to ...  Read more

Lystigardur

Iceland’s most famous garden and the northernmost botanical garden in the world, Lystigardur, or Akureyri Botanic Garden, defies its close proximity to the ...  Read more

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