Northern Region

You will find approximately 14 towns and villages in the Northern Region in Iceland. Each and everyone by the shore.  Despite some excellent farmlands and fertile areas for agriculture, not a single town or a village developed in the inland in the Northern Region.  The westernmost village is Hvammstangi stretching al the way east to the remote little village of Raufarhöfn.  In all the towns you will find useful service if you are traveling in Iceland. Most of the towns and villages have convenient accommodation, a camping site, a gas station, a convenience store, a restaurant or a café, a swimming pool and some form of recreational activity, museums, and tours. Also, the Northern Region also has some of the most spectacular natural wonders in Iceland like Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi, Námaskarð, and Dimmuborgir.  

  • A walk up the stairs to the church that towers over the center is a must.
    Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside the Reykjavík and the Capital City area.  Akureyri is also one of the few places around the coastline that formed a cluster of houses as early as the 17th century that developed into a town. If you travel the Ring Road, you will come to Akureyri while in the Northern Region.  Akureyri is located near some of the most spectacular natural wonders in Iceland, Jökulsárgljúfur, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, and Námaskarð, to name a few. In a historical sense, the town is a product of the Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly when merchants from Denmark got permission to trade in the Eyjafjörður region. The trading began in the first decade of the 17th century...
  • Bakkafjörður is a tiny village in the Northern Region in Icedland
    The tiny village of Bakkafjörður is probably the smallest, most remote and most isolated village in Iceland.Both regarding activity and geography.  It is more or less a cluster of houses with a small harbour.  The population is less than 80 people, and everyone depends on fishing and fish processing.   As part of the Langanesbyggð municipality after merging with Þórshöfn in 2006, most of the service provided to the residents is in Þórshöfn approximately 40 kilometres north of the village. Almost the only service provided to the residents of the village locally is a primary and secondary school where currently there are less than 20 pupils. Most of the boats in Bakkafjörður are a small...
  • Blönduós is a village in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Blönduós village is one of the towns by the Ring Road in the Northern Region in Iceland with a population of 865 in 2016. The town has always been a service center and a popular pit stop for those traveling from the south to the north in Iceland. Also for those on a road trip traveling the Ring Road and looking for great thing to see in the Icelandic nature.  The village is placed near the Vatnsnes Peninsula and is a neighbor to some stunning natural wonders. Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki on the east side of Vatnsnes and many interesting natural wonders like Kálfhamarsvík and Kolugljúfur. Blönduós, which means the mouth of the river Blanda, is one of the busiest tourist stops in Iceland. For...
  • Dalvík is a small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Visiting the neat small town of Dalvík is a joy.  Placed in a beautiful landscape on the west side of the deep fjord Eyjafjörður, it is like most towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland, a fishing town that developed from rich fishing grounds in the first decades of the 20th century. Up until that time, the area only consisted of farms. It was a typical rural agricultural area. The first houses were built in the first decade as fishing and fish processing started to develop when a few farmers purchased motorboats.  Consequently, trading did not appear before this development was under way and the first stores opened in the twenties.  Like the whole Eyjafjörður area, the Coop...
  • Grenivík is a tiny village in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Grenivík is a tiny village on the east coast of Eyjafjörður, named after the bay in front of the town.  Although the bay and nearby places are mentioned in the Book of Settlement, the village has only been around for a few decades.  It is probably the newest and youngest village in Iceland.  Even in 1935, the town didn’t count more than 20 houses, and most of the inhabitants had their income from agricultural related activities. This was probably due to lack of natural harbor or good landing place for boats. A small but clever community In the middle of the 20th century, the first fishing vessels arrived at Grenivík, and fish processing began. A few years later a better harbor was built,...
  • Hofsós is a tiny village in the Northern Region in Iceland and has one of the nicest swimming pools in Iceland
    The tiny village Hofsós in the Northern Region in Iceland was a rather busy trading post in the 17th  and 18th century, but despite the merchant activities, this small village did not develop into a larger village or a town in the 20th century.  Located at the wesern side of the large Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) Hofsós had all the historical prerequisites to become a large town.  It was a trading post for the Danish Trade Monopoly, it was not far away from the fishing grounds, it was central in the region, and it had a relatively good landing spot for boats.  Somehow in the late 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century, most of the activity in the region moved to...
  • The Church in Húsavík is a timber building, built in 1906 and consecrate in 1907.
      Húsavík town, part of the Norðurþing munipalicity with a population of 2.815 in 2016, is a beautiful fishing town in the Northern Region in Iceland.  Húsavík is Nr. 1 on our list of the most interesting towns and village in Iceland.  It is located near the most beautiful and most interesting tourist attractions and natural wonders in Iceland.  Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, the home of many natural wonders and breathtaking places. Places like Dettifoss waterfall, Hólmatungur, Ásbyrgi and Mývatn to name a few.  Historically it is also a place of great importance.  One could argue that Húsavík (the bay of houses) is the first place inhabited by people in Iceland.  The second Viking Explorer, who...
  • The old church is located by the Camp Site and is in care of the National Museum
    There are many reasons to stop at the pleasant village Hvammstangi in the Northern Region in Iceland.  Located at the Vatnsnes Peninsula, it is a neighbor to some stunning natural wonders. Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki on the east side of Vatnsnes and many interesting seal colonies north of the village on the west side of Vatnsnes. The village became a certified trading post at the end of the 19th century.  At that time, no one lived there. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that people started to build houses and move to the area around the trading post that a community began to form.  Before the trading certification was issued,  the surrounding area consisted only of farms...
  • The village of Ólafsfjörður is placed in a small fjord with steep mountains
    The village Ólafsfjörður is more or less a fishing village today.  Like many towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland, the community came into existence at the end of the 19th century and developed mainly in the first half of the 20th century.  Like its sister town, Siglufjörður in the Fjallabyggð Municipal, the fjord where the village is located has a history of isolation and lack of communication throughout the centuries.  It is placed in a small fjord with steep mountains. Unlike Siglufjörður though, the lowland in a valley south of the shore is considerably larger, which made a much better room for agriculture and farming.  So for centuries, the area was mainly a typical...
  • The church was designed by Iceland's most prominent architect, Guðjón Samúelsson and built in 1927
    It is hard to imagine when you come to this tiny village on the edge of becoming deserted, that it was once one of the largest export harbors in Iceland. Labeled as the northernmost village in Iceland, Raufarhöfn is also one of the smallest and most isolated villages in the country.  In the forties and the fifties when the Herring frenzy dominated Iceland’s economic life Raufarhöfn became one of the main centers for salting and processing herring. Processing plants were built, and people invested in houses and companies.  Hundreds rushed to Raufarhöfn because there was a lot of work and good salary. Hope and further development disappeared with the Herring Although the distance to the...
  • Sauðárkrókkur is a small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    The town of Sauðárkrókur is the center town for the west part of the Northern Region. It is a town that has quite a remarkable status in Iceland.  One of the most powerful and strongest companies in Iceland, Kaupfélag Skagfirðinga (The Skagafjörður Cooperative Society) is located in Sauðárkrókur.  The company stretches its economic and political influence to many corners in the Icelandic society.  The town has a unique and remarkable history and status among towns and villages.  It has continually fought any setback and difficulties throughout the last one and a half century to become a town with the most diverse economy of all the smaller towns and villages in Iceland.   Today Sauðárkrókur...
  • At Siglufjörður town there are still signs from the old docks visable in the town center
    Geographically the town of Siglufjörður is an isolated place.  It is a narrow fjord surrounded by steep mountains. The first road built to connect Siglufjörður to the main road was in 1940 when the Siglufjörður mountain pass opened.  But all this has changed dramatically in recent years with a new tunnel from Ólafsfjörður village from the east side, a new hotel, modern restaurants, and large projects aimed at attracting tourism to this beautiful old fishing town. A place to have in mind if you are looking for a place to stay or a place to visit when planing a vacation in Iceland.  Although mentioned in the Book of Settlement, settled by Þormóður Rammi, Siglufjörður is seldom mentioned up...
  • Skagaströnd is a village in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Although at some distance from the main traffic and Ring Road Skagaströnd is a village worth visiting.  It is also a logical stop if you are visiting the magnificent Kálfhamarsvík basalt column bay.  It is also a great place to visit if you intend to take the loop from the ring road and travel to Sauðárkrókur and Siglufjörður. Like Blönduós the village is a neighbor to some stunning natural wonders. Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki on the east side of Vatnsnes and many interesting natural wonders like Kálfhamarsvík and Kolugljúfur.  Somewhere in the cliffs, on top of the Prophetess Mountain that towers over the village Skagaströnd, is an enormous treasure chest loaded with valuables. What is more...
  • Þórshöfn is a small village in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Þórshöfn is a small village in the Northeast region in Iceland, remote and far away from most places. Although Þórshöfn was never a large village, it reached its peak in the seventies, when around 500 people lived in the village. Since then, there has been a decline in the population and today less than 400 people live in the village. Historically Þórshöfn is a village that developed from trading, not fishing and fish processing like most villages around the coast in Iceland. On the other hand, the main economic base and livelihood of the residents today is more or less related to the fish industry. Þórshöfns origin can be traced to trading Trading by German merchants was documented as...

Tours and things to do in the North Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

River Rafting in Iceland

A rafting tour on a whitewater glacial river floating through a canyon is probably something you can not experience in many places.  Floating in a raft on the strong stream through a magnificent landscape is likely to be once in a lifetime experience for most people. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy some adventure but still have a relaxing trip and inhale some breathtaking scenery and landscape as part of the river is quite calm.  For family rafting, the West Glacial River is the best and is classed 2-3. 

River Rafting in Bakkaflöt in the Northern Region

Whale Watching in Húsavík

At Húsavík town in the Northern Region, you are in the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world. This whale watching tour is unique as you take the tour on a traditional Icelandic sailing boat. It is an experience quite unlike any other taking the course under sails aiming to see the magnificent animals of the ocean. It is a combination of adventure and anticipation. 

Whale Watching in Húsavík

Húsavík in the Northern Region is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  North Sailing has operated their tours for more than two decades and is the most experienced whale watching company in Iceland.  It was our first choice when looking for a partner to offer a whale watching tour on Hit Iceland.