This North Iceland fly-drive begins in Akureyri, Iceland's capital of the north, and travels along the coast where the island’s best whale watching opportunities can be found. Discover rare species of duck at Lake Myvatn, visit Europe's most powerful waterfall, spend time in the fishing village of Husavik and venture to the very edge of the Arctic Circle. This incredible journey may be short on time but is sure to be rich in the memories it provides.
North Iceland becomes easily accessible during the summer months with the introduction of direct flights from Keflavik Airport to Akureyri which allow a short and seamless connection with the international flights from Heathrow.
Fly to Akureyri, the largest town outside the capital Reykjavik. Collect the rental car and drive to the accommodation in Akureyri for an overnight stay. (5Km)
Travel through the farmlands of north west Iceland to the Skagafjordur area, which is often referred to as the 'horse country of Iceland'. The farmers of Skagafjordur pride themselves in owning more horses than they can count and the area is perfect for those who wish to go riding. Whilst here learn about Iceland’s Viking history and discover the special map which shows locations of importance from the Viking times. Take an optional boat tour to Drangey Island where it is possible to see guillemots, auks and puffins. (B) (120Km)
It is only two years since the road around Trollaskagi peninsula opened, with the completion of a new tunnel on the east part, connecting towns Siglufjordur and Olafsfjordur. Why not stop at the swimming pool in Hofsos and enjoy the the view to the island of Drangey before heading to Siglufjordur -a town which bloomed in the 1950‘s when herring fishing was the main industry and the town played a key role in the export of herring. In the afternoon drive through the new tunnel and along Eyjafjordur fjord to the small town of Dalvik and check in to the accommodation for an overnight stay. (B) (130Km)
Enjoy a morning whale watching excursion from Dalvik and in the afternoon drive via the town of Akureyri to Godafoss waterfall and onwards to Lake Myvatn. On arrival check in to the accommodation for two nights. (B) (140Km)
Spend a full day exploring the area around Lake Myvatn, a panoramic patchwork of black lava fields, blue lakes and green hillsides. Discover volcanic rock formations at Dimmubogir and Skutustadir, hike to Leirhujukur and see a large number of ducks nesting by the lake. Visit the Hverarond geothermal area and at end the day relax in the geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths. (B) (0Km)
Drive to Dettifoss waterfall, Europe's most powerful waterfall before travelling north to Asbyrgi Canyon - a huge horseshoe-shaped rock formation that, according to Norse mythology, was formed by the hoofprint of Slippy (Sleipnir), Odin´s eight-legged horse. Overnight in Oxarfjordur. (B) (150Km)
Travel back to Akureyri along the north coast, stopping at the fishing town of Husavik for an overnight stay. (B) (20Km)
Return the rental car to the airport in Akureyri and fly to Reykjavik to connect with the flight back to the UK. (B) (95Km)
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