North Iceland is the land of huge fjords and valleys. Flourishing villages and farming communities, soaring mountain peaks, offshore islands and a landscape in formation make the North of Iceland a unique world of its own.
The Midnight Sun is an extraordinary spectacle in the latitudes of North Iceland: around the summer solstice, the sun sinks down to touch the horizon before rising again in breathtaking tones of red and gold.
In the western part of North Iceland, volcanic forces are no longer active, and since the end of Ice Age the landscape has been moulded by rivers into smooth hills interspersed with some of Iceland’s finest angling rivers. On either side of Eyjafjörður rise high, ancient mountain ranges opening here and there into valleys, and in the North, marine erosion has created splendid cliffs. This area is popular with mountain hikers.
Further east in North Iceland, other forces are at work: fresh lava flows, fissures and gullies are clues to recent volcanic activity. It is only a little over twenty years since the last eruption in the geothermal area adjacent to Krafla, and the unrest in the earth continues. North Iceland is like laboratory for those who are interested in geology.
Akureyri, nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, is situated in Eyjafjordur, the longest fjord in Iceland. Akureyri is the second largest urban area after the capital area of Reykjavík with a population of about 18.000. As the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is a great destination for short or long visits, offering a wide range of activities and interesting places; museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, cafés, clubs, concert venues, the world's most northerly botanic garden and an 18-hole golf course.