North Iceland is the region of Iceland along the Greenland Sea, flirting with the Arctic Circle. There is no exaggeration in describing North Iceland as Iceland in miniature. It is an area of extremes: The lush farmland of Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður, the rugged mountains of Tröllaskagi many capped by small glaciers, the almost desert-like landscapes of the far north-east, and Grímsey sitting on the arctic circle.


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The region as a whole is characterised by wide bays and fjords, surrounded by mountains on two sides and long river-shaped valleys on the third. It is probably the region in Iceland best suited for outdoor activities, but the north is also interesting for its cultural heritage. As Iceland's second largest urban area, Akureyri is an important centre for art and commerece. Many of the smaller villages offer an experience that rustic, rural Iceland with its deep traditions in farming and fishing.

Akureyri city

Akureyri is a town in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's second largest urban area (after the Greater Reykjavík area) and fourth largest municipality (after Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, and Kópavogur). Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre, with a population of 17,754. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786.

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Akureyri

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Akureyri City - Capital of the North

Akureyri City - View to the North East

Hlidarfjall mountain - Skiing area - Akureyri

Hlíðarfjall is a mountain located west of the Icelandic town Akureyri in Eyjafjörður. It is the site of one of two major ski resorts in Iceland. The former hotel no longer offers accommodation and is now mostly used for meetings. Hlíðarfjall is generally considered to be named after Lögmannshlíð, a (formerly important) homestead and church site on the slopes of the mountain.

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Eyjafjordur fjord

Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland. It is located in the central north of the country, near the second most populous region of Iceland.

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Eyjafjordur fjord - Laufas

Olafsfjordur town

Ólafsfjörður is a town in the northeast of Iceland located at the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður. The town is connected to Eyjafjordur via a 3.5 km one-lane tunnel. Fishing is the main industry in the town and several fishing trawlers make their home in the town's harbor. The municipality of Ólafsfjörður and Siglufjörður has merged to form a municipality called Fjallabyggð, which literally means Mountain Settlement.

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Ólafsfjörður

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Olafsfjordur town

Sauðárkrókur town

Sauðárkrókur has an endless number of natural treasures, from the mountaintops to the sea and islands, from the glacial ice in the south to the outermost tips of land in the north.

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Sauðárkrókur town

Dalvik village

Dalvík the main village of the Icelandic municipality Dalvíkurbyggð in Iceland. The population of the village Dalvík is approximately 1,400.

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Dalvík

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Dalvik village - From the skiing area

Skagastrond town

Skagaströnd is a town and municipality on the north coast of Iceland, on the east coast of the bay Húnaflói. Notable landmarks include the mountain Spákonufell and the Cap of Spákonufell. The population is 530.

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Skagaströnd

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Blonduos town

Blönduós is a town and municipality in the north of Iceland, in the county of Austur-Húnavatnssýsla, 245 km from Reykjavík. The town has a population of around 850 and a small 9-hole golf course, and is a good base for touring the Húnaflói area.

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Blönduós

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