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Northern Iceland sits closer to the Arctic Circle, meaning that in the winter you will have the chance to spot the Aurora and in the summer enjoy amazing long nights beneath the Midnight Sun.

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Northern Iceland at a glance

Akureyri is known as the capital of the North of Iceland. There are cool cafes and great quality restaurants with a handful of art galleries and a great night life despite being in the heart of the rural Icelandic countryside.

Akureryi is found at the top of Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord at the base of snow-capped peaks. A relaxed attitude it is the perfect base away from the city to explore Northern Iceland.

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Experiences in Northern Iceland

In the summer the North of Iceland becomes a wildlife lover's paradise with whales galore in the fjords and seas above Akureyri and Husavik and puffin colonies dominating the coastlines. When the winter comes, being close to the Arctic Circle is an advantage for an amazing Northern Lights experience you will never forget!
A fast-paced and personal whale safari in Northern Iceland by RIB boat.

Whale Safari in Akureyri

A fast-paced and personal whale safari in Northern Iceland by RIB boat.
If you are a fun, hungry or an adventurous traveller (or maybe all three!) you have found the perfect way to explore the capital of the North!

Akureyri Food Walk

If you are a fun, hungry or an adventurous traveller (or maybe all three!) you have found the perfect way to explore the capital of the North!
On this private 'Game of Thrones' and Lake Mývatn tour you will go behind the scenes of the popular series Game of Thrones and go beyond the Wall!

Lake Myvatn and GOT

On this private 'Game of Thrones' and Lake Mývatn tour you will go behind the scenes of the popular series Game of Thrones and go beyond the Wall!
Stay off-grid in the amazing Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland.

Deplar Farm

Stay off-grid in the amazing Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland.

General Information

The North of Iceland is home to Akureyri. A slower way of life than the capital city of Reykjavik there is an extensive choice of accommodation here. It is the perfect base for exploring Eyjafjörður and the surrounding area such as Lake Mývatn and Húsavík. Here you can explore all the natural wonders such as whale watching in the fjords and also gazing up at the Aurora in the wintertime.

Capital

Reykjavik

Population

280,795

Area

103,000 SQ KM

Language

Icelandic

Currency

Icelandic Króna

Best time to visit

Summer: May- August Winter: December- March

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Destinations in Northern Iceland

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Akureyri

Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri, sits on the shores of the north coast’s Eyjafjordur Fjord – one of the most stunning fjords in Iceland.

  • Head out on a whale watching tour to see many different species of whale who are residents in the waters around this coastline.
  • Explore the countryside on a beautiful Icelandic horse ride!

Travel Facts

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

Getting to Akureyri generally requires a domestic flight from Reykjavik, but during the summer direct flights from Copenhagen are possible.

Most major airports support flights direct to Reykjavik with flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri running regularly throughout the day.

Akureyri has one of the warmest average climates in Iceland, with an average summer temperature of 14°C which drops to 0.9°C in the winter. The mountains surrounding the town help to shield it from much of the wind.

Located in the north of Iceland 100 km from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri is surrounded by many mountains with the highest being Kista standing at 1447 metres.

The river Glerá runs through the centre of the town. It originates from the Tröllaskagi glacier located inland.

Akureyri has similar wildlife to that of Reykjavik. Wild horses roam free in many areas and can be seen from the roadside.

Much of the island is barren and lacks plants which make Iceland a truly spectacular and special destination.

Many species of marine life thrive in the Icelandic waters including a variety of species of whale making it a great base from which to take a whale watching trip.

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