North Iceland

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All four elements meet at North Iceland, where fiery lava fields, snow-capped mountain peaks, bubbling mud pots, and stunning seaside views await travelers. With such a spectacular array of geological wonders, it’s no surprise that North Iceland is very popular among outdoor enthusiasts, particularly those interested in geography. Though you’ll be spending most of your time in nature, it’s also recommended to sightsee the nearby towns and meet the local crowds, who can give you some ideas on things to do in North Iceland. Check out our guide below for some recommendations:


Known for its geothermal hot springs and a beautiful landscape, the Mývatn is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Northern Iceland! Here you can spend a day or two wandering around the area, where you can enjoy a variety of activities such as exploring the nearby caves, walking around to admire the rugged terrain and the craters, and relaxing in the thermal spas. If you’ve got some free time, spend an hour or two watching the birds fly over the lake’s pristine waters and the surrounding mountains.
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Witness Europe’s most powerful waterfall in all its glory with a stop Dettifoss, one of the most popular attractions in North Iceland. Located inside the Vatnajökull National Park, this majestic waterfall is famous for its appearance in the film “Prometheus”, where many non-locals saw the sheer force of the Dettifoss’ thundering waters for the first time. During your visit, make sure to bring a raincoat, as the waters will drench you as you walk around. Try to go during sunny days to get a chance to see a rainbow or two in the mist.
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Goðafoss Waterfall

Located along North Iceland’s main ring road and easily accessible by car, the Goðafoss Waterfall is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the area! The turquoise waters of the Goðafoss Waterfall drop from a height of 12 meters, which makes for an impressive sight as you observe it from various angles along the viewing platform. Locals recommend visiting during winter months when thick snow and icicles in the blue water are present, which offer a more dramatic view.
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A glacial canyon said to have been formed after the last Ice Age, Ásbyrgi is the perfect destination for hiking and nature enthusiasts! As you hike or go on a leisurely walk, take in the beautiful landscape of the area, where the green trees in the forest greatly contrast the typical Icelandic sights. Follow the trail to the end of the valley to find the Botnstjörn lake, where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic as you enjoy the fresh breeze and the vegetation.
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