Northern Region

  • Hólar í Hjaltadal usually referred to as simply "Hólar", a site of historical buildings and archeological excavation, played a significant role in Iceland's history from the twelfth century until the eighteenth. After the Icelanders had converted to Christianity, Hólar became the Episcopal see in the north with Skálholt serving the same function in the south. Still, Hólar didn't become a diocese until 1106. During the next seven centuries, it was one of Iceland's two main cultural and...
  •   Hólmatungur is considered by many Icelanders to be the island's most serene place. It has an almost dreamlike quality. If you want to drive there, you need a 4WD but camping at Hólmatungur is prohibited.  The good new is though that the hiking trail from the mighty waterfall Dettifoss to Hljóðaklettar in Vesturdalur through Hólmatungur is the single most beautiful hiking trail in Iceland. It will be worth your while to take a day off from driving the Ring Road; to hike along the trail and...
  •   Although this majestic rock was never a popular sight or attraction among Icelanders in the past, it has become an important tourist attraction today.  The reason is not a big puzzle as it is a magnificent work of nature and its origin has both geological and supernatural explanation.  When visiting Hvítserkur the neighboring Borgarvirki and Kolugljúfur are also interesting places to visit.  Blönduós town and Hvammstangi village are both good places to stay if you want to take some time in...
  •   Jökulsárgljúfur or Glacial River Canyon is a 25-kilometer canyon in the northeastern part of Iceland. The canyon is two and a half kilometer wide and in many places, the height of the cliff on both sides is about one hundred meters. The canyon is a product of the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum ( The Glacial River in the Mountains), a powerful river that has its source in the unstable part of Vatnajökull, Bárðarbunga. Throughout thousands of years, the river has shaped its path with water and...
  •   Kálfshamarsvík is a small cove on the northwest shore of Skagi Peninsula in the north region in Iceland. The main attraction is the unusual and stunning formation of basalt columns at the bay as well the surrounding area.  The Cove is a spectacular sight, where the ocean meets the amazingly shaped rocks and small cliffs. The Cove Kálfhamarsvík is of particular interest to photographers as the area offers many angles with interesting views, foregrounds, and backgrounds.  Mind you, though, like...
  • Kjarnaskógur, the "forest" south of Akureyri is so much more than a forest. In 1952, the first trees were planted in Kjarnaskógur with a plan for the woods to encircle Akureyri in the future. Gradually, as the woods grew; the area was also being developed into a leisure and recreation area. Today it has a 2 km long, athletic course, hiking trails, picnic areas with BBQ facilities and a children's playground. At the upper end, you'll find a camping site in the hills with a majestic view over the...
  •   When driving the main road, the Ring Road, in North Iceland, most of the natives are in a hurry. Mostly trying to get as fast as possible from Reykjavík to Akureyri or any other town or village in the Northern Region. As a result, they usually miss one of nature's most stunning sculptures, Kolugljúfur, also referred to as Kolugil.  Kolugljúfur is a gorge in the river Víðidalsá river, a great salmon river running through the valley of Víðidalur. The canyon is one km long,  approximately 25...
  • In Iceland, Melrakkaslétta is usually referred to as merely "Sléttan."It is the area least visited by the Icelanders who often maintain there is nothing to see. To them, this relatively flat Peninsula is a whole lot of nothings.  Well, this attitude is possibly due to the Icelander's love of big, powerful elements of nature, something dramatic, devastating and dangerous. The fact is that Sléttan has a different quality of beauty to the rest of the island. With a coastline indented with creeks...
  •   Mývatn is a lake in the northeast part of Iceland and one of the largest lakes in the country approximately 36 square kilometers. The lake is not deep, and the deepest part is only four and a half meter.  It is and has been for a long time, one of the main tourist attractions in the country renowned for its beautiful small islands, exceptional shore, exceptional flora, and abundant birdlife. The area has a dreamlike and mysterious quality and was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300...
  • If there is a place with apparent "wow" factor in Iceland, it has got to be Námaskarð. Located a short distance from the spectacular volcanic mountain, Krafla, Námaskarð, Hverarönd, is an expanse of hot springs, fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots. Everything is at a boiling point in the stunning arctic desert. No vegetation in sight. The constant emission of fumes has made the ground completely sterile and acidic, thus unfit to sustain flora and fauna. But, the colorful minerals defy imagination...

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