8-day: Best of the North

Mountains, Fjords, Volcanoes and Desert Landscape

Best of North Iceland 2013.jpgSample program for 8 days/7 nights

This tour focuses on guided excursions from Akureyri in North Iceland where you stay five nights. Staying in the same hotel for many nights means packing less and having more free time for you to enjoy. With about 17.000 inhabitants, Akureyri is pleasant and Iceland's largest town outside of the Reykjavík area. Its beautiful location near the head of the fjord and its small city center make it popular with the visitors. This is an ideal unique tour to explore North Iceland and the interior highlands. 

Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY (50 km/31 mls)

Private transfer to Reykjavik. Overnight stay in a superior hotel in Iceland's capital. Welcome drink & gourmet dinner at nearby restaurant.

Optional activities: Horseback riding or whale watching or extra sightseeing, depending on arrival time.

Glaumbaer Folk Museum (2).jpgDay 2: WEST ICELAND AND OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO THE NORTH (500 km/310 mls)
After leaving Reykjavík, we explore Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a long row of lava fields into Hvítá River. Barnafoss "the Children's fall" is nearby and has its own tragic tale. Then we visit Europe's most powerful hot spring and climb the Grábrók volcano crater in West Iceland. We get an insight to Iceland's past at Glaumbær turf farm & folk museum. We continue along fjords and over mountains to Akureyri - the capital of North Iceland, our base for the next five nights. 

Optional activity: Horseback riding

Botanical Garden Akureyri (1).JPGDay 3: AKUREYRI AND HRÍSEY ISLAND (110 km/68 mls)
In the morning, you have a guided walk through Akureyri, which has a charming city center and a fine botanical garden. The afternoon we travel by car and ferry to Hrísey Island, located in the middle of Iceland's longest fjord and home to thousands of sea birds.  This day excursion includes some walking/hiking.

Optional activity: Whale watching & sea angling in Eyjafjordur fjord

We explore Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to Lake Mývatn, known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. Visit pseudo craters, walk in the lava field Dimmuborgir, climb up to the rim of the ash crater Hverfjall, see the hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, and travel to Víti crater lake  in the Krafla geothermal fields. This day excursion includes some walking/hiking.

Optional activities: Bird museum or Mountain biking or Mývatn Nature Baths

Siglufjördur (8).jpgDay 5: DAY TOUR TO SIGLUFJÖRDUR (300 km/186 mls)
Today we see spectacular fjord landscapes while travelling to Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town and known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Siglufjörður is located on the mountainous Tröllaskagi Peninsula. On the way we pass small fishing villages and stop at a deserted valley that even most Icelanders have not seen. Near to Siglufjörður is Hofsós, a small and friendly village on the eastern shores of the Skagafjörður bay. Its natural harbour makes it one of the oldest trading ports in Iceland dating back to the 16th century. The Icelandic Emigration Centre focuses on the mass emigration from Iceland to North America in the late 19th century and is interesting to locals and visitors alike. If you feel like swimming in one of Iceland's most beautiful outdoor geothermal swimming pools, Hofsós is the place. The view is superb!

Optional activities: Hofsós geothermal swimming pool, Visit to small local Turf church or Visit to cultural site Holar


Húsavík is a picturesque small fishing town only an hour from Akureyri, where you join a whale watching cruise and  visit the whale museum. We continue to the northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, stop at bird cliffs where puffins may be seen, and visit the huge canyon of Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. This day excursion includes some walking/hiking.

We go through the heart of Iceland today – travelling on the Kjölur Trail, between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. We stop at the hot springs of Hveravellir, where you can soak in a natural hot pool. This region is shrouded in mystery, with folktales of ghosts, giants and outlaws. You experience one of Europe's last wildernesses! Short stop at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs before returning for the last overnight in Reykjavík.

Hveravellir hot springs (1).jpgDay 8: DEPARTURE DAY (50 km /31 mls)

Private transfer to Keflavík airport.

Optional activities: Blue Lagoon or ATV tour subject to flight schedule


  • The tours includes about 1-2 hours light walking each day, mainly several short walks from the vehicle to explore the different nature sights.
  • Total mileage is about 1990 km (1234 miles) for the tour (excluding airport transfers). You spend about 4,5 hours per day driving, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

PRICE: contact our group department for an offer - email groups@gjtravel.is