Despite being a sparsely populated region of farmland and fishing villages, North Iceland boasts some of the country’s biggest attractions. Therefore, you shouldn't ignore the area on a holiday to Iceland. Dettifoss waterfall in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, while the fishing town of Húsavík is known as Iceland’s whale watching capital. Board a traditional oak boat and sail out in search of minke whales with the stunning snow-capped peaks of Víknafjöll as the backdrop.
Lake Mývatn is the region’s biggest draw; created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2,300 years ago, the shallow lake and its islands are surrounded by volcanic landforms’ including black lava fields, cones and calderas, as well as wetlands which attract huge numbers of ducks. The area’s Nature Baths are a less touristy alternative to the Blue Lagoon – enjoy a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth’s surface or swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 metres.
Twenty five miles off the mainland lies Grímsey island, the northernmost inhabited Icelandic territory. This remote, rocky island is home to just 100 people as well as a summer population of a few million sea birds. A day trip by plane offers travellers the opportunity to set foot inside the Arctic Circle as well as to experience nature at its most raw.