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North Iceland The Official Tourist Guide


GENERAL INFORMATION

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TOWNS & VILLAGES

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NATURE HIGHLIGHTS

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HISTORY AND CULTURE

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ACTIVITIES

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NATIONAL PARKS - NATURE RESERVES

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ACCOMMODATION

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WINTER ACTIVITIES

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EVENTS / FESTIVALS

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Tourist Information Centers Welcome to North Iceland North Iceland Marketing Office How to use the book How to get to North Iceland

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TOWNS & VILLAGES

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Places of Interest

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Hotels 108 Icelandic Farm Holidays 116 Guesthouses 126 Holiday Cottages / Apartments 138 Hostels 145 Mountain Huts 148 Campsites 149 DINING

HISTORY AND CULTURE

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ACTIVITY

River Rafting 56 Canoeing 56 Paragliding 56 Scuba Diving 57 Boat tours / Whale and Seal Watching 60 Golf 64 Fishing / Hunting 65 Jeep Tours / Bus Tours 68 Hiking Tours / Running 74 Snowmobile Tours / ATV Tours 77 Riding Tours / Horse Shows 80 Open Farms 83 Geothermal Swimming and Bathing 86 Spa and Wellness 89 Sightseeing Flights 92 Paintball 92 Bowling 92 Bicycling 93 Tours - All year round 94

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WINTER ACTIVITY

Sheep / Horse Round-up 173 Skiing 174 Alpine Ski Touring 176 Heli Skiing 176 Nordic Skiing 176 Ice Climbing 176 Cat Skiing / Cat Boarding 178 Skating 178 Scuba Diving 178 Snowmobile Tours 180 Dog Sledging 180 EVENTS / FESTIVALS

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GENERAL INFORMATION Weather and road conditions: Weather and road conditions in Iceland can change dramatically at short notice, so it is important to check the webpage of The Icelandic Road Administration www.vegagerdin.is/english for road conditions and distances.

Emergency: Ambulance – Fire – Police; Tel: 112 Road Conditions; Tel: 1777 Weather Forecast: en.vedur.is ICE-SAR offers you to send the information needed to start search or rescue, in case something happens while you’re on you trip; safetravel.is/en/

Tourist Information Centres: Húnaþing West - Hvammstangi, The Icelandic Seal Center Tel. +354 451 2345 or +354 898 5233, selasetur@selasetur.is, www.selasetur.is, www.northwest.is Blönduós - Tourist Information and Camping Tel. +354 820 1300 or +354 452 4520, gladheimar@simnet.is, www.northwest.is Varmahlíð - Tourist Information Tel. +354 455 6161, upplysingar@skagafjordur.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is Sauðárkrókur - Tourist Information, Regional Museum, (Minjahúsið), Aðalgötu 16b Tel. +354 453 6870, info@skagafjordur.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is Siglufjörður - Tourist Information, Public Library Tel. +354 464 9120, info@fjallabyggd.is, www.fjallabyggd.is/en Dalvík - Tourist Information at the Swimming Pool Tel. +354 466 1500, sundlaug@dalvik.is, www.dalvik.is/en Hrísey Island - Tourist Information, The House of Shark - Jörundur Tel. +354 695 0077, hrisey@hrisey.net, www.hrisey.net Akureyri - Tourist Information, HOF Cultural Center, Strandgötu 12 Tel. +354 450 1050, info@visitakureyri.is, www.visitakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Vitinn Visitors Centre - Open in summer Tel. +354 461 7771, theviking@simnet.is Fosshóll - Tourist Information - Open in summer Tel. +345 464-3400, info@thingeyjarsveit.is Mývatn - Tourist Information and Visitors Centre, Reykjahlíð Tel. +354 464 4390, info@visitmyvatn.is, www.visitmyvatn.is Húsavík - Tourist Information, Húsavíkurstofa at The Whale Museum Tel. +354 464 4300, info@visithusavik.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is Ásbyrgi - Gljúfrastofa - Tourist Information and Visitors Centre, Vatnajökull National Park Tel. +354 470 7100, asbyrgi@vjp.is, www.vjp.is Raufarhöfn - Tourist Information, Ljósfang Café - Open in summer Tel. +354 465 1115, ljosfang@gmail.com Þórshöfn - Tourist Information in the Sports Centre Tel. +354 468 1515, sund@langanesbyggd.is, www.langanesbyggd.is

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GENERAL INFORMATION Welcome to North Iceland! North Iceland is an extensive, enchanting region, where you can find most of Iceland’s attractive aspects all in one area - varied culture and flourishing communities, endless opportunities for entertainment and outdoor recreation, picturesque nature wherever you look, and more natural phenomena than almost anywhere else. Some wish to go walking, swimming or golfing, while others choose fishing, hunting, horse riding, or even something more adventurous, such as whale watching , river rafting or heli-skiing. Wherever you go, there is, something on offer to suit everyone. All types of excursions to explore the area, the islands and the highlands, to view extraordinary landscapes, mountain ranges, hot springs, waterfalls, glacial rivers, volcanic craters and other geological features. 
A tour into the highlands is an experience never to be forgotten. All seasons of the year bring an array of breathtaking colours, and all seasons have their own charm in the North of Iceland. In the summer the light nights have a romantic uniqueness, and in the winter the northern lights dance in the cold sky, and the darkness itself provides inspiration and spiritual uplifting.

The Old Turf Farm at LaufĂĄs / Folk-Dance

North Iceland Marketing Office North Iceland Marketing Office is responsible for marketing and promoting North Iceland in the tourism industry. The goal of North Iceland Marketing Office is to strengthen the image of North Iceland and promote it as the ideal tourist destination for visitors to Iceland.

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How to use the book!

To help you plan your journey each chapter is organised in geographical order from West to East as shown by the arrow.

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GENERAL INFORMATION How to get to North Iceland:

By air:

From Reykjavík three airlines offer scheduled flights to Sauðárkrókur (www.airarctic.is), Húsavík (www.eagleair.is), Akureyri, Grímsey and Þórshöfn: (www.airiceland.is). Scheduled flights to Grímsey are available from Akureyri www.airiceland.is. In summertime there are direct international connecting flights to Akureyri: www.icelandair.is. Charter fligts are available to East Greenland from Akureyri: www.norlandair.is Charter flights / sightseeing flights in the area: www.airiceland.is, www.eagleair.is, www.myflug. is, www.norlandair.is, www.airarctic.is

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www.airiceland.is

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+354 570 3000

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websales@flugfelag.is

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www.icelandair.is

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+354 505 0100

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fjarsala@icelandair.is

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www.eagleair.is

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+354 562 2640

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Two operators offer scheduled bus tours, both from Reykjavík to the north of Iceland, and also between towns and villages in the north. For further information go to: www.straeto.is and www.sterna.is. The distance from Reykjavík to Akureyri is about 380 km. A number of car rentals operate in the north of Iceland and surrounding areas: www.holdur. is/en, www.hertz.is, www.budget.is, www.avis.is, www.thrifty.is, www.bilaleigahusavikur.is The ferry Norröna travels from Hirtshals, Denmark, via the Faroe Islands to Seyðisfjörður on the east coast of Iceland. Travellers from Europe can bring their own vehicles on the ferry: www.smyrilline.com.

Strætó.is Sterna

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www.holdur.is

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www.sba.is

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+354 550 0700

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sba@sba.is

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Borðeyri - www.bordeyri.is

Borðeyri is a former important trading and commercial village on the west coast of Hrútafjörður. In the era which saw Iceland’s export of sheep to Europe, and the emigration of Icelanders to America, Borðeyri was an important harbour. Services in Borðeyri consist of a guesthouse, camping site, and car repair garage.

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Laugarbakki - www.northwest.is

Laugarbakki is close to Ring Road No. I, on the east bank of Midfjarðará river. According to the Saga of Grettir the Strong, horse fights were performed on the river banks, at Langafit. The former boarding school now houses the primary school of the district in winter and a hotel during the summer. .Other services provided at Laugarbakki include a crafts workshop and a farmers´ market with handicrafts and local food inspired by the Saga Age, a fuel station, camping ground and overnight facilities. From Laugarbakki, the road leads to the highland region Arnarvatnsheiði. Population 48

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Hvammstangi - www.northwest.is

Hvammstangi lies on the eastern coast of Miðfjörður. The economic base of the community is tourism and services. Hvammstangi is the centre for seal-watching in the Vatnsnes peninsula, and a good place to start is The Icelandic Seal Centre. Other services include seal-watching tours by boat during the summer months, the Museum of Local Trade, also housing a crafts gallery, a super-market, garages, a camping site, cafés, a guesthouse, wool factory shop, diner and fuel station, as well as a health care centre and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 546

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Blönduós - www.northwest.is

Blönduós is situated on the eastern coast of Húnaflói and straddles the Blanda river. The economic activities include various services for the local agricultural area, food processing and production. The Handcraft and Textile Museum and a Sea Ice Exhibition Centre are located in Blönduós. Other services are a hotel, a guesthouse, and self catering accommodation, as well as a camping site, restaurants, cafés, a diner and a fuel station, super-market, garages, a health care centre and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 813

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Skagaströnd - www.skagastrond.is / www.northwest.is

Skagaströnd is on the east coast of Húnaflói and is known as Iceland´s Country Town. Walking paths on Spákonufellshöfði and Spákonufell provide views of sea and shoreline. The main economic activity used to be the fishing industry, and this village still boasts an important fishing and commercial port. At Nes Artist Residency, international guest artists come to stay and work. Services include overnight facilities, a restaurant, café, local museum, country museum, prophecy centre, camping site, grocery store, mini-mart and fuel station, garages and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 501

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Sauðárkrókur - www.visitskagafjordur.is

Sauðárkrókur is the largest town in northwest Iceland, located along the southwest shore on the innermost part of Skagafjörður. Settlement began in 1871. Today the economy is primarily based on fishing and fish processing, industry and the provision of services, particularly to agriculture. Services in Sauðárkrókur are hotels, guesthouses, museums, camping site, restaurants, cafés, pubs, a diner and fuel station, supermarket, and garages as well as health care centre and geothermal swimming pool. Population 2,575

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Varmahlíð - www.visitskagafjordur.is

Varmahlíð is in Skagafjörður, by Ring Road No. 1. Since 1931 local services and catering have been the primary economic activities in Varmahlíð. Geothermal heat provides heating for houses. A school, services to the agricultural industry, shops and tourism constitute the main sources of employment. The main services in Varmahlíð are a hotel, holiday cottages, a restaurant, diner and fuel station as well as a geothermal swimming pool. Population 128

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Hólar - www.visitskagafjordur.is

Hólar in Hjaltadalur is one of Iceland’s best-known historical sites. From 1106-1801 it was an episcopal see, as well as being the main regional centre. The current cathedral at Hólar was consecrated in 1763. Hólar is home to Hólar University College which specialises in equine studies, aquaculture fish biology and rural tourism. Hiking paths are to be found in Hólaskógur, Services at Hólar are accommodation in apartments or cottages, as well as a camping site, The Icelandic Horse History Center, Auðun’s house, restaurant, and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 78

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Hofsós - www.visitskagafjordur.is

Hofsós, with over 400 years of history behind it, lies on the eastern shore of Skagafjörður and was once its the main trading centre. In the lower town near the harbour is The Emigration Center, an exhibition telling the story of the mass migration of Icelanders to North America in the late 18th century. Services in Hofsós are a restaurant and overnight facilities, a supermarket and a geothermal swimming pool, often named Infinity Pool because of its stunning design and uninterrupted ocean view. Population 181

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Siglufjörður - www.fjallabyggd.is/english

Siglufjörður stands by a fjord of the same name, on the Tröllaskagi Peninsula between Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður. Harbour conditions are very good and Siglufjörður has always been a fishing town. For years it was the largest herring centre in Iceland with a population of 3,100. The Herring Era Museum commemorates the “herring years”. A tunnel was opened in the autumn of 2010, which connects Siglufjörður to its sister town of Ólafsfjörður, and to the Eyjafjörður region. Services in Siglufjörður are various overnight facilities, restaurants, cafés, museums, a diner and fuel station, super-market and garages, a health care centre and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 1,190

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Ólafsfjörður - www.fjallabyggd.is/english

Ólafsfjörður stands by a fjord of the same name that cuts into the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, between Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður. It is sister town to Siglufjörður and together the municipalities are known as Fjallabyggð. Ólafsfjörður was first settled at the beginning of the 19th century, when increased emphasis on fishing attracted people to its sheltered natural harbour. The economy of the town is based on fisheries. Services in Ólafsfjörður are overnight facilities, a restaurant, nature museum, diner and fuel station, a super-market, garage and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 790

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Dalvík - www.dalvik.is/en

Dalvík is a fishing town, on the west coast of Eyjafjörður. The area is known for its hiking trails and hiking trips led by professional guides in the summer, and winter extreme sports. Recreation for tourists in the area also includes a local museum, bird exhibition and bird watching, skiing facilities, a golf course, sea angling, whale watching, and horse rental. Other services are a hotel, guesthouse, restaurant, café, diner and fuel station, a super-market, garages and a geothermal swimming pool. The scheduled ferries to Grímsey island are from the harbour in Dalvík. Population 1,359

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Hrísey - www.hrisey.net/en

The island of Hrísey with its small fishing village is a nature pearl in the middle of Eyjafjörður. The island has rich birdlife and several hiking paths. Other tourist attractions on the island are a tractor-driven sightseeing trip, a shark museum with information both about shark fishing and the local history. The island’s gourmet speciality is the blue mussel. Services include overnight facilities, a restaurant, café, shop and a geothermal swimming pool. Scheduled ferry crossings are from the village Árskógssandur to Hrísey Island. The crossing takes about 15 minutes. Population 171

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Árskógssandur / Hauganes - www.dalvik.is/en

These two small sea villages are located at Árskógsströnd on the west coast of Eyjafjörður. In both communities the economy is based on fishing and fish processing. Scheduled ferries ply to Hrísey Island from the harbour at Árskógssandur. The villages are a 20 minute drive from Akureyri. Recreation on offer includes a open farm, whale watching, laser tag and paintball, a tour of the local brewery and various day trips. Population: Árskógssandur 112 / Hauganes 105

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Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri lies on the western shore of Eyjafjörður and in the early 20th century, used to be one of the centres of the herring industry. Today there is an experimental fish farm in Hjalteyri that hatches halibut. Art exhibitions and performances in the old herring factory have become popular.

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Akureyri - www.visitakureyri.is/en

Akureyri bustles with life all year round. The town’s 18,000 residents make it the most highly populated town by far outside the capital city area. It is an entrepreneurial and service centre for the whole of North Iceland. It is also a town built on a firm foundation of culture and education. Akureyri is a popular tourist destination for foreigners as well as domestic travellers. The town itself has much to offer, e.g. all kinds of services, activities, nightlife and recreational areas – all within the municipal boundaries. The town lies in the centre of North Iceland and is close to many well known tourist destinations and natural wonders in the north.

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Hrafnagilshverfi - www.northiceland.is

The farm Hrafnagil in Eyjafjarðarsveit was once a chieftain’s estate and the site of a church. Eyjafjarðarsveit is a thriving agricultural community, one of the best and most fertile in Iceland. Hrafnagilshverfi is a small community with a service centre for visitors. Eyjafjarðarsveit has many attractions, such as the Christmas Garden, Sverrir Hermannsson’s Sundry Collection, and several beautiful old churches. Other services are overnight facilities, a vegan restaurant, cafés and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 1,031

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Svalbarðseyri - www.northiceland.is

Svalbarðseyri is situated on the eastern shore of Eyjafjörður, overlooking Akureyri. It is a predominantly agricultural community, with farming and related food industries. The main tourist attractions are the Icelandic Folk and Outsider Arts Museum, and the vantage points overlooking Akureyri. Services are overnight facilities and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 274

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Grenivík - www.northiceland.is

Grenivík is located in a cove of the same name on the eastern shore of Eyjafjörður. The small fishing village, which began to develop during the first decade of the 20th century, grew significantly after a new harbour was constructed in 1965. Among services to be found in Grenivík are overnight facilities, horse rental, a fisheries museum and a geothermal swimming pool. Population 278

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Grímsey - www.visitakureyri.is/en

Grímsey island is the northernmost settlement in Iceland. It is 5.3 square kilometres and lies in the Atlantic Ocean 41 km from the mainland. At its highest point, the island is 105 m above sea level, and is crossed by the Arctic Circle at 66° N. Grímsey is well vegetated and ideal for birdwatching, the main attraction being the puffin. The economy of the inhabitants is mainly based on fisheries. A ferry from Dalvík and flights from Akureyri serve the island several times a week during the winter months. During summer there are daily flights to Grímsey from Akureyri and a schooner sails to the island from Húsavík. Visitors coming to Grímsey can get a certificate confirming that they have crossed the Arctic Circle. Services in Grímsey are overnight facilities, restaurant, mini-markt. Population 76

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Laugar - www.edgeofthearctic.is

Laugar is a small community which has sprung up in the active geothermal area of Reykjadalur valley. It has a district school which also serves as a summer hotel. Other types of accommodation can be found in the vicinity. At Laugar you will also find a restaurant, fuel station and geothermal swimming pool. Population 111

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Húsavík - www.visithusavik.com

Húsavík, on the eastern shore of Skjálfandi bay, provides a variety of services for the neighbouring communities. Húsavík is considered to be the oldest settlement in Iceland, dating from 870 AD and is known for whale watching trips in Skjálfandi. The Húsavík Whale Centre and other museums in Húsavík are worth a visit, and a botanical garden is in the heart of town. Services include different types of accommodation, restaurants and cafés, a geothermal swimming pool and campsite as well as a golf course on the outskirts of town. Population 2,228

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Mývatn / Reykjahlíð - www.visitmyvatn.is

Reykjahlíð is a small village by Lake Mývatn. The Mývatn region is one of the highlights of the north, known for its geothermal activity and the exceptional beauty of its natural phenomena. Birdlife by the lake is abundant and Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum is well worth visiting, as are the Mývatn Nature Baths. From Reykjahlíð many marked hiking routes are to be found. Different types of accommodation are available in the Mývatn region, as well as restaurants and cafés. All major services are provided in Reykjahlíð, such as a supermarket, bank, post office, health care centre, and geothermal swimming pool. Population 385

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Kópasker - www.edgeofthearctic.is

Kópasker is a fishing village on the eastern shore of Öxarfjörður. The village is a service centre for the farms in the area and the economy revolves mainly around meat processing and nearby fish farming as well as fisheries. Services in Kópasker are overnight facilities, the Earthquake Centre with special focus on an earthquake of great magnitude which shook the region in 1976, a local museum, a mini-mart, and car repairs. Population 122

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Raufarhöfn - www.edgeofthearctic.is

Raufarhöfn, the northernmost village in Iceland, is on Melrakkaslétta peninsula with the ArcticCircle lying just off shore. The fishing industry has been the village’s main economic activity and during the herring years in the middle of the 20th century this was a flourishing community. Today, Raufarhöfn is adapting to changing times with an increased focus on catering for tourists. Among services there are a hotel, a shop, car repairs, camping, an indoor geothermal swimming pool and a health care centre. The Arctic Hedge is under construction. Population 169

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Þórshöfn - www.visitnortheasticeland.is

Þórshöfn is a fishing village on the eastern shore of Þistilfjörður.The economy is based on fishing and fish processing and Þórshöfn provides services to the surrounding countryside. Direct flights and scheduled bus tours to Þórshöfn are run from Akureyri all year round. Services provided in Þórshöfn are overnight facilities, a restaurant, supermarket, car rental, bank and post office, a health care centre and geothermal swimming pool. Population 379

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Bakkafjörður - www.visitnortheasticeland.is

Bakkafjörður is a small fishing village on the south coast of the fjord of the same name. A good harbour makes fishing from small vessels and fish processing the main economic base. From Bakkafjörður, boat trips and sea angling is possible, and marked hiking paths are laid out. Services include a guesthouse, shop and campsite. Population 80

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Vatnsnes peninsula possesses a highly diverse wildlife, many natural wonders, hiking trails steeped in the history of the area, and a beautiful environment. At Vatnsnes is one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland, where seals have been protected for many years. The creatures are very tame so it is a simple matter to take photographs at close quarters, and observe their apparently lazy life-style. Colonies are to be found at Illugastaðir and Ósar. The Icelandic Seal Centre (Selasetur Íslands) is located at Hvammstangi. For those who enjoy walking, there are many excellent hiking paths in Vatnsnes.

A 15m high monolith just off shore on the eastern side of Vatnsnes peninsula. Many bird species live on the rock and the leaving of their mark is evident in the whiteness of their droppings. Good seal spotting at the estuary of Sigríðarstaðir lake, south of the rock.

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Kolugljúfur In Víðidalur valley, the river Víðidalsá flows past the farm Kolugil. Below the farm, the river makes its way peacefully down into a magnificent gorge, Kolugljúfur. Kolufossar, the powerful waterfall tumbling down the gorge takes its name from the Troll-woman Kola. It is a breathtaking experience to watch the peaceful Víðidalsá plunge over the edge of the rocks to create this magnificent waterfall. Onsite you will find a signboard providing local information and history.

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Borgarvirki Borgarvirki is a volcanic plug and stands at 177 m above sea level dominating the surrounding landscape. It is a unique natural phenomenon which has, however, been altered by human hand over the centuries; for example, the Icelandic Sagas tell us that, in earlier times, Borgarvirki was used as a military fortress.

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This is a cluster of hills of various shapes and sizes in the mouth of Vatnsdalur valley and spread over 4 km2. Thought to have been formed by a catastrophic landslide, Vatnsdalshólar are considered to be one of the three “innumerable” phenomena in Iceland, together with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheiði and the islands in Breiðafjörður in the west. The last execution in Iceland took place at Þrístapar in Vatnsdalshólar, when Friðrik Sigurðsson and Agnes Magnúsdóttir were put to death on the 12th of January 1830.They had murdered Natan Ketilsson and Pétur Jónsson at Natan’s farm, Illugastaðir, in 1828. The bodies of Friðrik and Agnes were interred without ceremony at the site of execution, and their heads displayed on pikes. They were later reburied in the cemetery at Tjörn in Vatnsnes. Spákonufellshöfði west of Skagaströnd village offers a variety of hiking routes. This is a popular destination for people wanting to enjoy nature where the ocean, diverse bird species and the majestic circle of mountains stimulate the senses. Spákonufellshöfði offers a view of mountains and valleys to the south and north, as well as to the Strandir area across the panoramic Húnaflói Bay. A brochure about Spákonufellshöfði is available in shops and restaurants in Skagaströnd.

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Hveravellir A unique nature reserve situated on the Kjölur route deep in the west highlands between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. Hveravellir ranks among the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world with smoking fumaroles and hot pools with sky-blue boiling water. 31


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Drangey This rocky island in Skagafjörður is a flat-topped mass of tuff, rising almost 200 meters out of the ocean. The cliffs serve as nesting sites for millions of sea birds and have been used throughout Iceland’s history for egg collection and bird netting. Grettis Saga recounts that both Grettir and his brother Illugi lived in Drangey for three years and were slain there. The island can only be ascended at one spot. Boat tours to the island from Fagranes and Sauðárkrókur.

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It is in Hjaltadalur valley that one of Iceland’s best-known historical sites, Hólar, is situated. Hólar was the northern bishopric from 1106 as well as the educational capital of the north. The current Cathedral at Hólar was consecrated in 1763. The University in Hólar has been operated since 1882. Pleasant hiking trails and an aquarium.

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Héðinsfjörður Héðinsfjörður is a deserted fjord, 6 km in length, that cuts into the Tröllaskagi peninsula between Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður.This area, with its lake, majestic mountains and hills, is a popular destination for hiking and other outdoor activities. The sister towns belonging to Fjallabyggð community, Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður, are now connected by a tunnel that cuts through Héðinsfjörður and was opened in October 2010.

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Ólafsfjörður Lake The still waters of Ólafsfjörður Lake often mirror Ólafsfjörður town, its surrounding mountains and the sky above. Occasionally a trout breaks the surface, as a reminder of what is up and what is down in this mysterious mountain retreat. The lake has a long-lived reputation for mystery, not least because both fresh-water and salt-water fish are caught in it.

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Grímsey Island Grímsey is the northernmost point of Iceland, situated on the Arctic Circle. It is home to one hundred people, one million seabirds and one of the biggest puffin colonies in Iceland. It is a great place to enjoy the midnight sun around summer solstice. A ferry serves the island from Dalvík and flights are provided from Akureyri. A schooner sails from Húsavík during the summer.

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Akureyri´s ski centre at Mt. Hlíðarfjall is surrounded by high mountains ranging from 1,000 to 1,538 metres above sea level. The ski slopes are 5 km up the mountain from the town of Akureyri and for nearly 40 years, this has been one of the prime skiing areas in Iceland. The hallmarks of Hlíðarfjall are high quality snow, extensive cross country tracks and exciting ski slopes with a breathtaking view of Eyjafjörður. Recently purchased snow blowers are capable of providing fine skiing conditions during the entire winter.

An attractive woodland on the southern outskirts of Akureyri. The area has a 7 km lit trail in addition to a vast network of backcountry tracks, plus a specially designed mountain bike trail. Playground, picnic areas, restrooms and a volley ball course. When weather permits, up to 10 km of trails trimmed for cross country skiing.Varied birdlife, and a bird watching shelter at Hundatjörn. Campsite at nearby Hamrar with easy access to the woodland. 33


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Laugafell An oasis in the barren expanse between the glacier Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull. The site is about 25km to the west of the best known highland route “Sprengisandur”. On the north-western slopes of the mountain Laugafell, bubbling hot geothermal springs present a pleasant contrast to the surrounding coldness. Three mountain huts are open in the summer, with kitchen facilities and a nice geothermal nature pool outside.

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Fjörður

The peninsula between Eyjafjörður and Skjálfandi Bay is a paradise for hikers. Two 4WD tracks lead to the north of the peninsula, one to Hvalvatnsfjörður and the other to Flateyjardalur. No services, but camping allowed in specific areas.

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The “Waterfall of the Gods” is in the glacial river Skjálfandafljót, just off the Ring Road by Fosshóll. The name of the waterfall refers to an incident in one of the Sagas where Thorgeir the Lawspeaker, threw his symbolic likenesses of the old Nordic gods into the waterfall.

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The most common highland route in Iceland crossing from north to south. The route is a 4WD track across rivers and rough terrain. On a clear day the view of the glaciers is magnificent and the vast interior is an unbelievable sight. Only passable in summer.

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The Mývatn basin sits squarely on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Mývatn, Iceland’s fourth largest lake 37 km2 in area, has a shoreline deeply incised by numerous small creeks and is speckled with about 50 islands and small islets. The Mývatn region is famed for its birdlife on and around the lake, as the area is favoured by diverse species of duck and wetland birds. Indeed, Mývatn is considered one of the best birdwatching locations in Iceland. Craters and volcanoes have sculpted the landscape of the Mývatn region, many of which are famous attractions and spots of special interest; places to visit include the pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, Höfði peninsula, Dimmuborgir lava formations, Hverfjall/fell crater, Hverir hotsprings, Krafla volcanic area and the Mývatn Nature Baths.

A stubby peninsula between Skjálfandi bay and Öxarfjörður bay. Layers of fossil shells and lignite can be found on the coastal cliffs down from Ytri-Tunga farm on the western side of Tjörnes. Colonies of puffins and other sea birds nest on the cliffs along the eastern coast. The bird colonies are accessible by the road marked “Tungulending”.

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Ásbyrgi This is one of the wonders of nature, a well forested horseshoe shaped canyon in Öxarfjörður. Ásbyrgi is part of Jökulsárgljúfur within the Vatnajökull National Park. In the immediate neighbourhood of Ásbyrgi, you will find a visitors’ information centre, shop, golf course and camping, as well as many diverse hiking tracks. 35


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Jökulsárgljúfur

Declared one of Iceland’s National Parks in 1973 and now part of Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárgljúfur extends from Ásbyrgi to Dettifoss along the canyon of Jökulsá, one of the most powerful glacial rivers in Iceland and the second-longest, 206km.

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Melrakkaslétta A remote headland between Öxarfjörður and Þistilfjörður. Renowned for the natural splendour of its spring and summer nights, its large number of lakes and the rich bird life it supports. On the western side is the red coloured, 73m high rock formation Rauðinúpur. Further north the small peninsula Hraunhafnartangi is the northernmost point of the Icelandic mainland, being only 3km south of the Arctic Circle.

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The cape Rauðanes is located south of Viðarfjall mountain, midway between Raufarhöfn and Þórshöfn. This small but scenic peninsula is endowed with offshore sea stacks, an exposed rock face called Stakkatorfa, caves and steep cliffs which are home to numerous nesting birds. 36


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Langanes A narrow peninsula between Þistilfjörður and Bakkaflói shaped like a goose with a very large head. A rough road leads to Fontur at the tip of the peninsula which is characterised on the northern and southern shores by steep sea cliffs known as Skoruvíkurbjarg and Skálavíkurbjarg. The Langanes peninsula is known for its rich birdlife, and excellent birdwatching spots where it is possible to watch the gannet and Brünnichs guillemot from land.

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Herðubreið Mt. Herðubreið on the Öskjuleið Route is a 1,682m high table mountain. It is the national mountain of Iceland and often called the “Queen of Icelandic Mountains”. There is a hiking trail to the top of the mountain, but due to loose rock this route is difficult and steep, requiring extreme caution.

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Askja Askja is a 50km² caldera in the Dyngjufjöll mountains in Vatnajökull National Park. In an eruption in 1875, an area of 11km² on the south-eastern side of Askja caved in to form Lake Öskjuvatn, and a tephra crater known as Víti (Hell) north of it. The area is still very geologically active, with the last eruption in 1961.

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Kverkfjöll Kverkfjöll is a big massif in Vatnajökull National Park, lodged between two tongues from the main glacial cap of Vatnajökull glacier. One of Iceland’s most powerful hightemperature geothermal areas is located in Kverkföll at a height of some 1,700m. By the edge of the icecap is an ice cave of particular interest, about a 3km drive from the mountain lodge.

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HISTORY AND CULTURE Saga Trails: Icelandic SagaTrail Association. info@sagatrail.is www.sagatrail.is Vatnsdæla Saga. The Saga is believed to have been written about year 1270, probably in the monastery at Þingeyrar. info@vatnsdalur.is, www.vatnsdalur.is Skagafjörður, Flugumýri and Sturlunga Saga. Although the Age of the Sturlunga Saga was marked by acts of cruelty and gruesome battles, the events have an air of adventure. Walking tours with a guide. Tel. +354 867 4213, sturlungaslod@sturlungaslod.is, www.sturlungaslod.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Hrútafjörður, Reykir Regional Museum. Museum with objects characterising the old farming community in Iceland as well as details on shark fishing in the old days. Website

www.simnet.is/reykirmuseum/munir.htm

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+354 451 0040

E-mail

reykjasafn@simnet.is

Hvammstangi Seal Centre. A remarkable exhibition of the seals´ way of life and their interaction with humans from a wide perspective. Website

www.selasetur.is

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Hvammstangi Trade Museum / Bardúsa.

A commercial museum and market; the Bardúsa handicraft group is located in the same house. Tel. +354 451 2747, unnur@forsvar.is

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Þingeyrar Church.

One of Iceland´s greatest historical places. The church was built in 1864-1877. Guided tours and exhibition on site. thingeyrar@thingeyrar.is

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Blönduós, The Icelandic Salmon Centre.

An exhibition on the background of the biology and habitats of the salmon as well as their part in Icelandic food culture and the history of salmon fishing. Tel. +354 452 2900, laxasetur@laxasetur.is, www.laxasetur.is

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Blönduós, Domestic Textile Museum.

The museum exhibits a unique collection of homemade wool and textile items, Icelandic national costumes and artistic embroideries. Tel. +354 452 4067, textile@textile.is, www.textile.is

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Blönduós, Icelandic Textile Center.

Promotes Icelandic and international textiles, by holding seminars and encouraging research. Ongoing project of embroidering the 46 metre long tapestry that tells the story of the Vatnsdæla Saga, which took place in the Northwest. Everyone is welcome to come and sew a portion of the tapestry, beginners and experts alike. Tel. +354 452 4300 or +354 894 9030, textilsetur@simnet.is, www.textilsetur.is

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Blönduós, Sea Ice Centre in Hillebrandtshus. The ancient curse of the sea ice has threatened the north coast of Iceland through the ages. An interesting look at the sea ice phenomenon. Polar bear exhibition. Website

www.blonduos.is/hafis

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Blönduós, Eyvindarstofa. A theme exhibtion on the lives of the most famous and notorious outlaws in Iceland, the couple Eyvindur and Halla, who challenged the authorities for 40 years, and always escaped the claws of justice. Website

www.eyvindarstofa.is

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+354 453 5060 or +354 898 4685

E-mail

pot@pot.is

Skagaströnd, Árnes Museum. Árnes is the oldest house in Skagaströnd that still stands, built in 1899. The museum shows facilities and living conditions in the early 20th century. Website

www.skagastrond.is/arnes.asp

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+354 861 5089

E-mail

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Skagaströnd, The Country Music Museum of Iceland. Dedicated to the life and history of the one and only Country King of Iceland, Hallbjörn Hjartarson, and country music in general. Website

www.kantry.is

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+354 452 2829 or +354 869 1709

E-mail

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Skagaströnd, Spákonuhof.

Exhibition on Þórdís the Fortune Teller, that features interesting information on prophecies and fortune telling. Visitors can have their fortune told and palms read on request. +354 455 2700, skagastrond@skagastrond.is, www.skagastrond.is

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Sauðárkrókur, Minjahúsið Historical Exhibitions. An exhibition showing the workshops of a mechanic, carpenter, watchmaker and saddler in the past. And “Treasures in the Earth” a display of archaeological finds in the Skagafjörður area. Polar Bear exhibiton. Website

www.skagafjordur.is/byggdasafn

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+354 453 6173

E-mail

byggdasafn@skagafjordur.is

Sauðárkrókur, The Tannery Visitor Centre. Provides visitors with an unusual way to experience the tannery and its products. Guided tours of the actual tannery, where fish-skin is processed to make high-quality leather. Website

www.sutarinn.is

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+354 453 5910 or +354 512 8025

E-mail

gestastofa@sutarinn.is

Sauðárkrókur, The Center for Natural Research.

The Center for Natural Research North West Iceland. Tel. +354 453 7999, nnv@nnv.is, www.nnv.is

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Skagafjörður, Glaumbær Folk Museum. Exhibitions in an old turf farm and a timber house. A regional museum and café. Website

www.glaumbaer.is

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+354 453 6173

E-mail

bsk@skagafjordur.is

Skagafjörður, Víðimýri Church.

The old turf church on the site dates from 1834 and is considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. Tel. +354 453 5095 / +354 849 5674, skagafj@simnet.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Skagafjörður, Hólar in Hjaltadalur. Hólar in Hjaltadalur is among Iceland´s most remarkable historical and cultural sites. Historical trail through the area. Educational centre since 1106. Website

www.holar.is

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+354 455 6333

E-mail

booking@holar.is

Skagafjörður, Hólar, The Icelandic Horse History Centre. An international centre for research, knowledge and education about the Icelandic horse. Website

www.sogusetur.is

Phone

+354 455 6345

E-mail

sogusetur@sogusetur.is

Skagafjörður, Stóragerði, Transport Museum.

A museum of motor vehicles and equipment illustrating the history of road transportation in Iceland. Tel. +354 845 7400, storag@simnet.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Hofsós, The Icelandic Emigration Center. Illustrates the history of the Icelandic exodus to America in the 19th century. Website

www.hofsos.is

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+354 453 7935

E-mail

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Siglufjörður, Herring Era Museum.

The Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður – award-winning maritime museum where the “glory days” of Iceland’s herring fisheries and industry are brought back to life. Winner of the Micheletti Museum Award 2004. Tel. +354 467 1604, safn@sild.is, www.sild.is

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Siglufjörður, Icelandic Poetry Centre.

In the Icelandic Poetry Centre you can learn about the development of Icelandic poetry and look through poetry books which can also be purchased. Open during summer. Tel. +354 865-6543, hafnargata22@hive.is, www.ljodasetur.123.is

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Ólafsfjörður, Museum of Natural History. A nature and bird museum in Ólafsfjörður. Polar Bear exhibition. Website

www.fjallabyggd.is

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+354 464 9200

E-mail

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Dalvík, Hvoll, Local Folk Museum. The museum has three departments; focusing on regional aspects, natural science and also includes exhibits on a number of famous people from the community. Website

www.dalvik.is/byggdasafn

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+354 466 1497 or +354 892 1497

E-mail

hvoll@dalvikurbyggd.is

Dalvík, Berg Cultural House.

Local culture house. Facilities for art exhibitions, concerts, meetings and conferences. Tel. +354 460 4000 or +354 861 4908, berg@dalvikurbyggd.is, www.dalvik.is/Menningarhus

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Dalvík, Húsabakki, The Birdland Exhibition. The exhibition comprises science, folklore and superstition relating to Icelandic birds, and features some surprising phenomena. It can be said for sure that BIRDLAND is an exhibition, where birds finally “come out of the closet”. Website

www.birdland.is

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Hrísey Island, The House of Shark-Jörundur. Exhibition and items related to shark fishing as well as the history of Hrísey, in a house built in 1885-1886. Location for tourist information in summer. Website

www.visitakureyri.is, www.hrisey.net

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+354 695 0077

E-mail

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Hrísey Island, The Memorial Museum of Alda Halldórsdóttir. The home of Alda, born in 1913, the interior of which shows in a unique way a typical working class home of that era where the past meets the present. Website

www.visitakureyri.is, www.hrisey.net

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+354 695 0077

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Eyjafjörður, Gásir, Medieval Trading Site.

Archaeological excavation in the area has shown that it was a trading post from the 12th century to the 16th century, possibly longer. Medieval market 19-21July. Tel. +354 896 7399, gasir@gasir.is, www.gasir.is

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Akureyri, The Icelandic Aviation Museum. Museum relating to the history of Icelandic aviation. Website

www.flugsafn.is

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+354 461 4400

E-mail

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Akureyri, The Akureyri Industrial Museum. The museum was founded to commemorate the industrial heritage of Akureyri and exhibits machinery, tools of various trades and manufactured products from last century. Website

www.idnadarsafnid.is

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Akureyri, Center for Visual Arts. Founded in 1993 the Akureyri Art Museum is a creative force on the national front and an active participant on the international art scene. Website

www.listasafn.akureyri.is

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+354 461 2610

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listasafn@akureyri.is, art@art.is

Akureyri, The Akureyri Museum. Portraying the life and work of past inhabitants of Eyjafjörður and Akureyri. Unique artefacts relating to the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, religion and everyday life in Eyjafjörður and Akureyri. Website

www.minjasafnid.is

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+354 462 4162

E-mail

minjasafnid@minjasafnid.is

Akureyri, Davíðshús. A memorial museum of one of Iceland’s most beloved poets, Davíð Stefánsson from Fagriskógur. His living quarters are preserved in the same condition as when he lived in the house 1944-1964. Website

www.minjasafnid.is

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+354 462 4162

E-mail

minjasafnid@minjasafnid.is

Akureyri, Sigurhæðir. A memorial museum of the Reverend and poet Matthías Jochumsson (1835-1920), best known for writing the text to Iceland’s National Anthem. The house was home to Matthías from 1903 until the end of his life. Website

www.minjasafnid.is

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+354 462 6649 or +354 462 4162

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Akureyri, Nonni´s House Museum. Childhood home of the writer and Jesuit priest Jón Sveinsson, Nonni, in one of Akureyri´s oldest buildings. Website

www.nonni.is

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+354 462 3555

E-mail

nonni@nonni.is

Akureyri, Public Park and Botanical Garden. One of the northern most botanical gardens in the world. Opened in 1912; the Botanic section was added in 1957. About 6,600 alien taxa growing in the garden in beds and nursery. Approx. 430 species of the native taxa. Website

www.lystigardur.akureyri.is

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+354 462 7487

E-mail

bjorgvin@akureyri.is

Akureyri, Húni II, Historic Oak Boat. The renovated 130 ton oak fishing-boat built in Akureyri in 1963, serves as a historic monument to the Icelandic boat and fishing industry. Website

www.huni.muna.is

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+354 699 1950 or +354 848 4864

E-mail

steinipje@simnet.is

Akureyri, Friðbjarnarhús, Old Toys on Display. An exhibition of 20th century toys in a house built 1856. Website

www.visitakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Motorcycle Museum. Exhibits telling the history of motorcycles in Iceland. Website

www.motorhjolasafn.is

Phone

+354 866 3500

E-mail

motorhjolasafn@motorhjolasafn.is

Akureyri, Hof Cultural and Conference Center. Hof is a cultural building designed for music and other performing arts, as well as top-notch facilities for conferences, meetings and exhibitions. Website

www.menningarhus.is

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+354 450 1000

E-mail

info@menningarhus.is

Eyjafjörður, The Christmas Garden. A museum and shop open all year round, about Christmas and the traditional Icelandic Yule Lads. Website

www.esveit.is

Phone

+354 463 1433

E-mail

jolagard@simnet.is

Eyjafjörður, The Sverrir Hermannsson´s Sundry Collection. A private collection of thousands of small everyday objects. Website

www.smamunasafnid.is

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+354 463 1261

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Eyjafjörður, The Icelandic Folk Art and Outsider Museum, Safnasafnið. Exhibitions of folk and experimental art, design, handicraft, dolls, toys and illusions. A reconstructed women´s store from the beginning of the 20th century. Website

www.safnasafnid.is / www.folkart.is

Phone

+354 461 4066

E-mail

safngeymsla@simnet.is

Eyjafjörður, Laufás Farm. A typical Icelandic turf farm, equipped with household items and utensils resembling those in use at the beginning of the 20th century. Church built 1865. Website

www.akmus.is

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+354 463 3194

E-mail

laufas@akmus.is

Grenivík, Fisheries Museum.

The Fisheries Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the fishing industry in the region. Tel. +354 698 5610 or +354 463 3124

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Þingeyjarsveit, Þorgeirskirkja by Ljósavatn.

Þorgeir’s Church is a “travellers’ church”. It is staffed in summer by a guide who provides visitors with information about the place and its history. Tel. +354 464 3320, www.sagnagardur.is

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The Transportation Museum at Ystafell.

This museum collects and preserves machinery for transportation, as well as information and photographs from Iceland’s history of transport. Tel. +354 464 3133 or +354 861 1213, sverrir@islandia.is, www.ystafell.is

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Bárðardalur, Kiðagil – Exhibition on Icelandic Outlaws.

An exhibition on the Icelandic outlaws and their life in older days. Tel. +354 464 3290, kidagil@kidagil.is, www.kidagil.is

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Grenjaðarstaður Old Farmhouse. Regional museum in a traditional turf farmhouse. Website

www.husmus.is

Phone

+354 464 3688

E-mail

safnahus@husmus.is

Mývatn, Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum. Exhibition of Sigurgeir´s bird collection, consisting of hundreds of birds and egg specimens Website

www.fuglasafn.is

Phone

+354 464 4477

E-mail

fuglasafn@fuglasafn.is

Húsavík, Whale Museum. A comprehensive museum on whales, their habitat and way of life. Website

www.whalemuseum.is

Phone

+354 414 2800

E-mail

info@whalemuseum.is

Húsavík, District Cultural Center, Museum House. A general museum of nature, industry and culture in the district of Þingeyjarsýsla. Winner of The Icelandic Museum Award 2012. Website

www.husmus.is

Phone

+354 464 1860

E-mail

safnahus@husmus.is

Tjörnes, Mánárbakki Folk Museum.

A comprehensive museum of human activities in the region. Tel. +354 464 1957, manarbakki@visir.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Ásbyrgi Visitors Center, National Park - Gljúfrastofa.

Providing comprehensive information about the National Park, its surroundings, hiking trails, natural attractions, history, services and recreational options. Tel. +354 470 7100, asbyrgi@vjp.is, www.vjp.is

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Kópasker, Snartarstaðir Library and Local Folk Museum. A diverse selection of handicrafts in the farming community, together with a library and a collection of photographs. Website

www.husmus.is

Phone

+354 465 2171

E-mail

safnahus@husmus.is

Kópasker, Earthquake Center.

An exhibition which explores regional geography with special focus on a big earthquake which shook the region in 1976. Tel. +354 465 2105, earthquake@kopasker.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Raufarhöfn, Arctic Henge. Harnessing the Midnight Sun at the Arctic Circle, and the limitless expanse where nothing encroaches on the horizon. The Henge is inspired by the cosmos and dwarflore of the ancient Eddic poem Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seeress). The Arctic Henge is under construction. Website

www.heimskautsgerdi.is

Phone

+354 465 1233

E-mail

etb@vortex.is

Langanes, Local Folk Museum at Sauðaneshús.

The priest’s cottage, Sauðaneshús was built in 1879. Today it houses a heritage exhibition, information centre and a café where national refreshments are available. The house is part of The National Museum Historic Buildings Collection. Tel. +354 468 1430, www.langanesbyggd.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH River Rafting For anyone seeking excitement, rafting down the glacial rivers, Jökulsá Vestari or Jökulsá Austari is an ideal option. Such trips are immensely popular, since the rivers flow through unique, spectacular canyons and tempt an ever-increasing number of people to experience this challenging sport.

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River Rafting on Jökulsá

Website

www.bakkaflot.com

Phone

+354 453 8245 or +354 899 8245

E-mail

bakkaflot@bakkaflot.is

Skagafjörður, Hafgrímsstaðir, Arctic Adventures - Arctic Rafting on Austari Jökulsá and Vestari Jökulsá. Location

River Rafting on Blanda / Jökulsá

Website

www.rafting.is

Phone

+354 571 2200

E-mail

info@arcticrafting.is

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Dalvík, Húsabakki Guesthouse, canoeing. Website

www.husabakki.is

Phone

+354 859 7811

E-mail

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Sporttours, Scubadiving: Eyjafjörður, Grímsey and Ásbyrgi. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

Strytan Divecenter: Eyjafjörður, Grímsey and Ásbyrgi. Website

www.strytan.is

Phone

+354 862 2949

E-mail

saevor@eyjar.is

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Boat Tours / Whale Watching / Seal Watching / Sea Angling Sailing out on the Atlantic Ocean, towards or even beyond the Arctic Circle is something unique. Little can compare to feeling the fresh ocean breeze whipping your face while riding the waves in search of seals or whales and watching the sea birds soaring into the sky. Sea-angling is fun and if you are lucky you might even catch some of the ocean’s “silver darlings” which will doubtless taste delicious at the end of an enjoyable day.

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Hvammstangi, Seal Watching. Sea angling, boat tours. Website

www.sealwatching.is

Phone

+354 897 9900

E-mail

selasigling@simnet.is

Skagafjörður, Drangeyjarferðir. Boat tours to Drangey Island. Website

www.drangey.net

Phone

+354 821 0090 or +354 821 0091

E-mail

drangey@fjolnet.is

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Skagafjörður, Málmey Boat Tours. Tel. +354 453 7380 or +354 896 2881, palli@pardusehf.is

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Ólafsfjörður North Sailing. Whale watching, sea angling.

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www.northsailing.is

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+354 464 7272

E-mail

info@nordursigling.is

Dalvík, Arctic Sea Tours, whale watching, sea angling. Website

www.arcticseatours.is

Phone

+354 771 7600

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Hauganes, Níels Jónsson. Boat tours, whale watching, sea angling. Website

www.niels.is

Phone

+354 867 0000

E-mail

niels@niels.is

Hrísey boat tours, look at mussel farming, fishing, bird watching, trips around the island. Website

www.hrisney.net

Phone

+354 695 0077

E-mail

hrisey@hrisey.net

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Hrísey boat tours, look at mussel farming, fishing, bird watching, trips around the island. Tel. +354 695 0077, hrisey@hrisey.net, www.hrisney.net

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Akureyri, Nökkvi Sailing Club. Boat and sea kayak rental, sailing courses. Tel. +354 694 7509, runar.thor.bj@simnet.is, www.nokkvi.iba.is

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Akureyri, Húni II. Boat tours. Website

www.huni.muna.is

Phone

+354 848 4864

E-mail

steinipje@simnet.is

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Akureyri, Knútur Karlsson. Yacht sailing. Tel. +354 892 8329

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Akureyri, Ambassador Whale Watching. Website

www.ambassador.is

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+354 842 5400

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Húsavík, Salka Whale Watching. Website

www.salkawhalewatching.is

Phone

+354 464 3999

E-mail

info@salkawhalewatching.is

Húsavík, Gentle Giants. Whale watching, sea angling. Website

www.gentlegiants.is

Phone

+354 464 1500

E-mail

info@gentlegiants.is

Húsavík, North Sailing. Whale watching, sea angling. Website

www.northsailing.is

Phone

+354 464 7272

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Golf The popularity of golf has been rising steadily, as golfers manage to combine the enjoyment of sport and outdoor exercise. Many interesting golf courses can be found in the North of Iceland. The famous Arctic Open tournament at Akureyri Golf Course, the northernmost 18 hole golf course in the world, takes place around summer solstice, under the rays of the midnight sun. Come to the North and indulge yourself by taking part in a round or two of golf. For further information: www.nordurland.is or www.golf.is.

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Blönduós, Vatnahverfi Golf Course, 9 holes, par 70 Tel. +354 452 4980

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Skagaströnd, Háagerði Golf Course, 9 holes, par 72 Tel. +354 892 5089

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Sauðárkrókur, Hlíðarendi Golf Course, 9 holes, par 72 Tel. +354 453 5075

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Siglufjörður, Hóll Golf Course, 9 holes, par 70 Tel. +354 846 2576

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Ólafsfjörður, Skeggjabrekka Golf Course, 9 holes, par 66 Tel. +354 466 2611

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Dalvík, Arnarholt Golf Course, 9 holes, par 70 Tel. +354 466 1204

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Akureyri, Jaðar Golf Course, 18 holes, par 71 Tel. +354 462 2974

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www.leifsstadir.is

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leifsstadir@sveit.is

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Mývatn, Krossdalur Golf Course, 9 holes, par 66 Tel. +354 856 1159

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Húsavík, Katlavöllur Golf Course, 9 holes, par 70 Tel. +354 464 1000

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Öxarfjörður, Ásbyrgi Golf Course, 9 holes, par 66 Tel. +354 892 2145

Fishing / Hunting Many of Iceland’s leading salmon and trout streams and rivers are located in the North. Fresh and unpolluted, they receive the salmon in summer and provide it with optimal conditions. Not to be forgotten are the numerous lakes near lowland farms, among lofty mountains, or up in the highlands. These lakes are replete with energetic arctic char and muscular brown trout that provide a dream catch for the fisherman. Those wishing to fish on the deep blue ocean can choose sea angling, with departures from several harbours; see the chapter on boat tours. For fishing permits and availability, please contact the tourist information centres all over the north of Iceland. Hunting and shooting game is also becoming popular in the north. In autumn it is possible to hunt the greylag goose and in November-December ptarmigan shooting is allowed over a certain period. For further information on these sports, please contact tourist information centres in the north.

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Eyjafjörður, Sporttours. Shore fishing and deep sea fishing in the Eyjafjörður area. Website

www.sporttours.is

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+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

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sporttours@sporttours.is

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Iceland Unlimited. Fishing and hunting. Tel. +354 415 0600, booking@icelandunlimited.is, www.icelandunlimited.is

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Icelandic Hunting Adventures. Fishing and hunting. Tel. +354 896 8404, stong@stong.is, www.icelandichunting.com

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Jeep Tours / Bus Tours Jeep/Bus tours through the rough terrain of the mountainous landscape of the north constitute the highlight of your visit to Iceland. The breathtaking beauty of North Iceland’s highland wilderness will remain in your memory for ever.

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Skagafjörður, JRJ Super Jeep Tours. Tel. +354 453 8219 / +354 892 1852, jeppaferdir@simnet.is, www.simnet.is/jeppaferdir

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Eyjafjörður, Sporttours. Super jeep tours, guided day tours, tailor-made tours. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

Akureyri, SBA-Norðurleið. Scheduled bus tours, sightseeing tours, bus tour. Website

www.sba.is

Phone

+354 550 0700

E-mail

sba@sba.is

Akureyri, Saga Travel. Guided day tours, jeep tours, private guiding and tailor-made travel. Website

www.sagatravel.is

Phone

+354 558 8888

E-mail

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Akureyri, Extreme Icelandic Adventure. Tours to Súlur Mountain and the mountain hut Fálkafell. Tel. +354 862 7988, extreme@extreme.is, www.extreme.is

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Akureyri, HBA Transfer. Tel. +354 898 5156 or +354 895 7922, hba@hba.is, www.hba.is

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Akureyri, Hópferðamiðstöðin – TREX. Scheduled bus tours, sightseeing tours, bus tours.

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www.trex.is

Phone

+354 587 6000

E-mail

info@trex.is

Akureyri, The Traveling Viking. Mini bus service, private guiding, tailor-made sightseeing tours. Website

www.ttv.is

Phone

+354 896 3569

E-mail

ttv@ttv.is

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Akureyri, Fabtravel. Group tours, health and wellbeing package trips. Tel. +354 571 2282, fabtravel@fabtravel.is, www.fabtravel.is

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Akureyri, Sterna. Bus passports and scheduled buses. Tel. +354 550 2555, sterna@sterna.is, www.sterna.is

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Akureyri, Icelandic Outback. Superjeep tours. Website

www.icelandicoutback.is

Phone

+354 690 8466

E-mail

icelandicoutback@icelandicoutback.is

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www.taxi-no17.com

Phone

+354 892 4257

E-mail

taxi@taxi-no17.com

Akureyri, Fjallasýn. Guided private and group travel and sightseeing. Prepared and tailor-made day tours and travel packages. Website

www.fjallasyn.is

Phone

+354 464 3940 or +354 464 3941

E-mail

info@fjallasyn.is

Akureyri, Inspiration Iceland. Guided day tours, jeep tours and tailor-made travel. Website

www.inspiration-iceland.com

Phone

+354 865 9429

E-mail

info@inspiration-iceland.com

Akureyri, Nonni Travel. Jeep tours, guided day tours, tailor-made tours. Website

www.nonnitravel.is

Phone

+354 461 1841

E-mail

nonni@nonnitravel.is

Mývatn, Saga Travel. Guided day tours, jeep tours, private guiding and tailor-made travel. Website

www.sagatravel.is

Phone

+354 558 8888

E-mail

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Mývatn, SBA-Norðurleið. Scheduled bus tours, sightseeing tours, bus tours. Website

www.sba.is

Phone

+354 550 0700

E-mail

sba@sba.is

Mývatn, Sel Hótel Mývatn. Jeep safaris. Website

www.myvatn.is

Phone

+364 464 4164

E-mail

myvatn@myvatn.is

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Mývatn Tours. Guided day tours to Askja and Herðubreiðarlindir. Tel. +354 464 1920, myvatntours@emax.is, www.askjatours.is

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Mývatn, Fjallasýn. Guided private and group travel and sightseeing. Prepared and tailor-made day tours and travel packages.

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www.fjallasyn.is

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+354 464 3940 or +354 464 3941

E-mail

info@fjallasyn.is

Mývatn, Geo Travel. Super jeep, climbing and cave exploring tours. Website

www.geotravel.is

Phone

+354 864 7080

E-mail

info@geotravel.is

Húsavík, Fjallasýn. Guided private and group travel and sightseeing. Prepared and tailor-made day tours and travel packages. Website

www.fjallasyn.is

Phone

+354 464 3940 or +354 464 3941

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info@fjallasyn.is

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www.sba.is

Phone

+354 550 0700

E-mail

sba@sba.is

Langanes, Fjallasýn. Langanes guided tours. Website

www.fjallasyn.is

Phone

+354 464 3940 or +354 464 3941

E-mail

info@fjallasyn.is

Möðrudalur, Fjalladýrð. Jeep tours to Askja and Kverkfjöll. Website

www.fjalladyrd.is

Phone

+354 471 1858

E-mail

fjalladyrd@fjalladyrd.is


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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Hiking Tours / Running During recent years, services relating to walking and hiking have increased significantly in North Iceland. Trail maps have been published in many areas and can be bought at tourist information centres. Just put on your hiking boots - here you will find adventure. Special hiking programmes are on offer during summer in the north of Iceland, where each district plans “hikes for the day” in their area, during a whole week. See page 208 for information on scheduled hiking programmes. For further information, see www.nordurland.is or the website of the district you will be visiting.

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Húnaflói, Brekkulækur. Touring service. Website

www.abbi-island.is

Phone

+354 451 2938

E-mail

brekka@nett.is

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Skagafjörður. History walks, Sturlungaslóð. Tel.+354 455 6161, sturlungaslod@sturlungaslod.is, www.sturlungaslod.is

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Skagafjörður, Hólar í Hjaltadal. Guided tours, history walks. Tel.+354 455 6333, booking@holar.is, www.holar.i

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Dalvík, Bergmenn Mountain Guides. Hiking and mountaineering trips. Website

www.bergmenn.com

Phone

+354 698 9870

E-mail

info@bergmenn.com

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Dalvík, Svarfaðardalur, Kristján Eldjárn Hjartarson. Guided hiking tours. Tel. +354 466 1855, keld@simnet.is, www.dalvik.is

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Grímsey. Hiking tours around the island. Tel. +354 467 3148, www.visitakureyri.is

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Hrísey. Hiking tours. Website

www.hrisey.net

Phone

+354 695 0077

E-mail

hrisey@hrisey.net

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Eyjafjörður, Hörgur Touring Club, Tröllaskagi – hiking tours. Tel. +354 692 6826

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Akureyri, The Touring Club of Akureyri, Hiking Club. Tel. +354 462 2720, ffa@ffa.is, www.ffa.is/en

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Akureyri, Naturalis. Mountain Guides. Website

www.naturalis.is

Phone

+354 822 7900

E-mail

halli@naturalis.is

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Akureyri, 24x24 Tindar - Glerárdalshringur, Hiking Club. Tel. +354 822 7900 or +354 896 7606, info@24x24.is, www.24x24.is

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Grenivík, Fjörðungar. Hiking Tours, Látraströnd-Fjörður. Tel. +354 463 3236, joning@emax.is, www.fjordungar.com

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Mývatn - Hike and Bike. Scheduled hiking and trekking tours.

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www.hikeandbike.is

Phone

+354 899 4845

E-mail

info@hikeandbike.is

Website

www.geotravel.is

Phone

+354 864 7080

E-mail

info@geotravel.is

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Húsavík, Mývatn, Ásbyrgi, Melrakkaslétta, Langanes, Fjallasýn. Guided hiking and group service. Website

www.fjallasyn.is

Phone

+354 464 3940 or +354 464 3941

E-mail

info@fjallasyn.is

Ásbyrgi/Mývatn, Arctic Running. 3-4 days running tours. Website

www.arcticrunning.is

Phone

+354 857 9797

E-mail

info@arcticrunning.is

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Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre Gljúfrastofa. Guided tours with rangers. (June-August) Tel. +354 470 7100, asbyrgi@vjp.is, www.vjp.is

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Þistilfjörður, Ytra-Áland. Guided hiking tours. Website

www.ytra-aland.is

Phone

+354 468 1290 or +354 863 1290

E-mail

ytra-aland@ytra-aland.is

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Kjölur Route, Hveravellir mountain hut. Tel. +354 452 4200, hveravellir@hveravellir.is, www.hveravellir.is

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+354 471 1858

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Snowmobile Tours / ATV Tours

Snowmobile tours provide a unique opportunity to mix adventure and sightseeing experiences together, and are a key to a great day in the north of Iceland.

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Troll Peninsula, Sporttours. Snowmobile tours. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

Engimýri, Mounteineers of Iceland. Snowmobile and ATV tours. Website

www.mountaineers.is

Phone

+354 580 9900 or +354 663 1601

E-mail

ice@mountaineers.is

Grenivík, Kaldbakur Tours. Snocat tours to Mt. Kaldbakur. Website

www.kaldbaksferdir.com

Phone

+354 867 3770

E-mail

info@kaldbaksferdir.com

Mývatn, Sel Hótel Mývatn. Snowmobile tours. Website

www.myvatn.is

Phone

+354 464 4164

E-mail

myvatn@myvatn.is

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Riding Tours/Horse Shows Why not go on a riding adventure in the north of Iceland - it is a truly unique experience. Icelandic horse shows demonstrate this beautiful creature’s special gaits and temperament as well as its traditional uses.

Icehorse. Information on all major horse based services in the Northwest of Iceland. www.icehorse.is

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Húnaflói, Brekkulækur. Horse riding tours. Website

www.abbi-island.is

Phone

+354 451 2938

E-mail

brekka@nett.is

Gauksmýri Lodge. Horse riding, riding lessons, horse shows and longer tours. Website

www.gauksmyri.is

Phone

+354 451 2927

E-mail

gauksmyri@gauksmyri.is

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Víðigerð. Riding tours. Tel. +354 451 2592, vidigerdi@vidigerdi.is, www.vidigerdi.is

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Kjölur Route, Hveravellir mountain hut. Tel. +354 452 4200, hveravellir@hveravellir.is, www.hveravellir.is

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Blönduós, Hvammur II. Horses and tours. Tel. +354 452 7174, haukur74@mmedia.is, www.isdirect.de

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Blönduós, Galsi Horse Riding Tours. Tel. +354 692 0118, galsihestur@gmail.com, www.galsi.is

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Skagafjörður, Hestasport. Activity tours, horse riding tours. Website

www.riding.is

Phone

+354 453 8383

E-mail

info@riding.is

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Skagafjörður, Varmilækur. Icelandic horse shows. Tel. +354 898 7756 / +354 453 8021, varmilaekur@varmilaekur.is, www.varmilaekur.is

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Skagafjörður, Lýtingsstaðir. Horse rental and riding tours.

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Website

www.lythorse.com

Phone

+354 453 8064 or +354 893 3817

E-mail

lythorse@gmail.com

Skagafjörður, Flugumýri. Horse shows, riding tours. Website

www.flugumyri.com

Phone

+354 453 8814 or +354 895 8814

E-mail

flugumyri@flugumyri.com

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Dalvík, Hringsholt, Tvistur. Horse rental and riding tours. Tel. +354 466 1679 or +354 861 9631, ebu@ismennt.is

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Eyjafjörður, Sporttours. Horse riding tours. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 / +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

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Eyjafjörður, Skjaldarvík. Riding tours. Website

www.skjaldarvik.is

Phone

+354 552 5200

E-mail

skjaldarvik@skjaldarvik.is

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Akureyri, Kátur. Horse rental and riding tours. Tel. +354 695 7218, hestaleiga@hestaleiga.is, www.hestaleiga.is

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Akureyri, Léttir. Horse shows. Tel. +354 896 5309, lettir@lettir.is, www.lettir.is

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Grenivík, Pólar Hestar. Horse riding tours. Website

www.polarhestar.is

Phone

+354 463 3179

E-mail

polarhestar@polarhestar.is

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Aðaldalur, Garður. Horse rental. Tel. +354 464 3569, gaestehaus-gardur@hotmail.com, www.gardur.de

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Mývatn, Safarihorses, Álftagerði III. Horse rental and riding tours. Tel. +354 464 4203, safarihestar@gmail.com

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Mývatn, Saltvík Horse Centre. Horse rental and riding tours.

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Website

www.saltvik.is

Phone

+354 847 9515

E-mail

saltvik@saltvik.is

Húsavík, Saltvík Horse Centre. Horse rental and riding tours. Website

www.saltvik.is

Phone

+354 847 9515

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Ásbyrgi, Active North. Day tours - riding. Website

www.activenorth.is

Phone

+354 858 7080

E-mail

info@activenorth.is

Open Farms In the north of Iceland, many farms are open to visitors. Farmers are pleased to allow you to visit their stables and barns and learn more about their animals.

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Gauksmýri Farm. Horses, birds and travel services. Website

www.gauksmyri.is

Phone

+354 451 2927

E-mail

gauksmyri@gauksmyri.is

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Skagafjörður, Keldudalur Farm, a mixture of animals, booking required. Tel. +354 453 6233, keldudalur@keldudalur.is, www.keldudalur.is

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Eyjafjörður, Stóri Dunhagi Farm. A mixture of animals, booking required. Tel. +354 694 9753, eydis3003@hotmail.com

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Mývatn, Vogar I. Vogafjós Café, Cowshed Café.

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www.vogafjos.net

Phone

+354 464 4303 or +354 464 3800

E-mail

vogar@emax.is

Langanes, Ytra-Lón. Sheep farm and travel services. Website

www.visitlanganes.com

Phone

Tel. +354 846 6448

E-mail

ytralon@visitlanganes.com

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Geothermal Swimming and Bathing Spa and Wellness

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Geothermal Swimming and Bathing Swimming is a very popular activity all year round in Iceland. Most towns and villages in the north have outdoor and/or indoor swimming pools filled with water from natural hot springs. There are also natural bathing places in the north, such as the Hveravellir Nature Pool, the Mývatn Nature Baths and the crater Víti in Askja.

Swimming pools are open all year round!

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Hrútafjörður, Geothermal natural pool, Hveraborg at Síka river. Tel. +354 451 1150

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Hvammstangi, Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 451 2532

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Húnavellir, Hótel Húnavellir Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 453 5600

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Blönduós, Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 452 4178

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Hveravellir, Geothermal pool by the mountain hut. Tel. +354 452 4200

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Skagaströnd, Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 452 2806

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Skagafjörður, Varmahlíð Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 453 8824

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Skagafjörður, Bakkaflöt Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 453 8245

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Skagafjörður, Steinsstaðir Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 453 8812

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Skagafjörður, Sauðárkrókur, Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 453 5226

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Skagafjörður, Grettislaug, Geothermal natural pool. Tel. +354 455 6161

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Skagafjörður, Hólar in Hjaltadalur Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 455 6333

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Skagafjörður, Hofsós Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 455 6070

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Skagafjörður, Sólgarðar Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 467 1033

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Siglufjörður Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 9170

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Ólafsfjörður Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 9250

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Grímsey Island Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 467 3155

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Dalvík Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 466 3233

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Eyjafjörður, Hrísey Island Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 461 2255

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Eyjafjörður, Þelamörk Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 462 4718

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Akureyri, Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 461 4455

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Akureyri – Glerárlaug, Indoor Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 462 1539

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Eyjafjörður, Hrafnagil Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 8107

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Eyjafjörður, Svalbarðseyri Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 461 2074

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Eyjafjörður, Grenivík, Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 463 3218

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Fnjóskadalur, Illugastaðir Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 462 6199

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Hótel Edda Stórutjörnum Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 444 4890

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Reykjadalur, Laugar Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 6308

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Húsavík, Heiðarbær Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 3903

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Mývatn, Reykjahlíð Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 4225

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Mývatn Nature Baths. Geothermal spa. Website

www.jardbodin.is

Phone

+354 464 4411

E-mail

info@jardbodin.is

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Húsavík Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 464 6190

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Öxarfjörður, Lundur Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 465 2248

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Raufarhöfn Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 465 1144

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Þórshöfn Geothermal Swimming Pool. Tel. +354 468 1515

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Askja, the volcanic crater Víti, a natural crater with geothermal water.

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Spa and Wellness

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Dalvík, Skíðadalur, Klængshóll. Wellness and yoga. Website

www.skidadalur.is

Phone

+354 466 1519

E-mail

skidadalur@skidadalur.is

Dalvík, Húsabakki. Hiking tours, barefoot path. Website

www.husabakki.is

Phone

+354 859 7811

E-mail

husabakki@husabakki.is

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Akureyri, FAB Travel. Health and wellbeing package trips. Tel. +354 571 2282, fabtravel@fabtravel.is, www.fabtravel.is

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Akureyri, Inspiration Iceland. Wellness, yoga & adventure holiday.

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www.inspiration-iceland.com

Phone

+354 865 9429 / +354 846 2692

E-mail

info@inspiration-iceland.com

Mývatn Nature Baths. Geothermal spa. Website

www.jardbodin.is

Phone

+354 464 4411

E-mail

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Sightseeing Flights Paintball Bowling Bicycling

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Sightseeing Flights Lift your spirits and view the geographical wonders of the north more clearly. It is a totally different experience to see volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers, while soaring above them in the sky.

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Akureyri Airport, Mýflug Sightseeing Offered during summer months. Tel. +354 464 4400 or +354 847 8976, myflug@myflug.is, www.myflug.is

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Mývatn, Reykjahlíð Airport, Mýflug Sightseeing Offered during the summer months. Tel. +354 464 4400, myflug@myflug.is, www.myflug.is

Paintball Paintball and laser tag are very popular ways to build up a team spirit within companies and groups of friends. These games test logical thinking, trust, creativity, fast decision-making, cooperation and leadership – all geared to achieve the same end; to reach the given goal.

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Skagafjörður. Adventure tours, paintball. Website

www.activitytours.is/Paintball/

Phone

+354 453 8383

E-mail

info@activitytours.is

Bowling The bowling rink “Keilan Akureyri” has eight lanes. Open all year round.

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Bicycling Cycling is a mode of travel which gives you the chance to be in close contact with nature all year round. Renting a bike is a great way to explore this land of fire and ice.

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Mývatn, Hike and Bike. Scheduled mountainbike tours and bike rental. Website

www.hikeandbike.is

Phone

+354 899 4845

E-mail

info@hikeandbike.is

Mývatn, Reykjahlíð. Hlíð campsite, bicycle rental. Website

www.myvatnaccommodation.is

Phone

+354 464 4103

E-mail

info@myvatnaccommodation.is

Mývatn, Reykjahlíð. Bjarg campsite. Tel. +354 464 4240, ferdabjarg@simnet.is

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Tours - All year round In Iceland there are many professional travel agencies licensed by The Icelandic Tourist Board, that offer all year round tourist services. If you need any help in planning your vacation in the north of Iceland, summer or winter, please do not hesitate to contact any of the many licensed travel agencies listed here in alphabetical order.

Alkemia: Trips, with or without a guide, for families, groups of friends, individual, and for different durations at all times of the year. Mývatn, Tel. +354 445 1078, contact@alkemia.is, www.alkemia.is Auðun Benediktsson / Taxi nr. 17: Private tours, sight-seeing tours with or without a guide and general taxi service in the north of Iceland. Location Website Phone E-mail

Akureyri www.taxi-no17.com +354 892 4257 taxi@taxi-no17.com

Bergmenn Mountain Guides: Offer Iceland’s first and only UIAGM-IFMGA certified mountain guide. Bergmenn specialize in ski touring, ski mountaineering, heli skiing, ice and alpine climbing. Location Website Phone E-mail

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FAB Travel: Specialises in trips around Iceland, day tours, and longer excursions. Akureyri | Reykjavík, Tel. +354 571 2282, fabtravel@fabtravel.is, www.fabtravel.is Ferðaskrifstofa Akureyrar: A travel agency offering various travel services to groups and individuals. The only travel agency outside the Reykjavík area that has an IATA licence. Location Website Phone E-mail

Akureyri www.aktravel.is +354 460 0600 aktravel@aktravel.is

Nonni Travel: Encourages travel to Iceland and its neighbouring countries, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Assists individuals, groups and also other agencies with clients wishing to travel to these destinations. Location

Akureyri

Website

www.nonnitravel.is

Phone E-mail

+354 461 1841 nonni@nonnitravel.is

Brekkulækur, Arinbjörn Jóhannsson, Erlebnistouren: A licensed travel and tourist office on a farm which has been owned by the same family for the past 100 years. Gentle tourism in harmony with people and nature. Location

Brekkulækur

Website

www.abbi-island.is

Phone

+354 451 2938

E-mail

brekka@nett.is

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Fjallasýn Rúnars Óskarssonar /Arctic Nature Experience: A licensed coach and travel operator who offers comprehensive service and advice to groups of all sizes. The company specialises in sightseeing tours and excursions throughout the entire country. Location Website Phone E-mail

Húsavík www.fjallasyn.is +354 464 3941 or +354 464 3940 info@fjallasyn.is

Fjörðungar: A hiking tour operator for tours in the area of Fjörður and Látraströnd. Experienced guides. Grenivík, Tel. +354 463 3236, joning@emax.is, www.fjordungar.com

Hike and Bike: An adventure and activity oriented company by Lake Mývatn. Selection of guided hiking and mountain-biking tours in north east Iceland. Tours for people of all levels of ability. Location Website Phone E-mail

Mývatn www.hikeandbike.is +354 899 4845 info@hikeandbike.is

Iceland Hunting Adventures: Hunting adventures in Iceland and Greenland. All hunting trips are organized by experienced guides. Akureyri, Tel. +354 896 8404, stong@stong.is, www.icelandichunting.com

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northiceland.is Iceland Unlimited: Iceland Unlimited is an independent tour operator in Iceland. Specialising in tailor-made self drive holidays and guided private tours in Iceland and Greenland. Akureyri, Tel. +354 415 0600, booking@icelandunlimited.is, www.icelandunlimited.is Inspiration Iceland: Specialised in wellbeing, health, yoga and adventure holidays. Location Website Phone E-mail

Akureyri www.inspiration-iceland.com +354 865 9429 info@inspiration-iceland.com

Lýtingsstaðir Riding Tours: A horse farm in Skagafjörður. Besides horse breeding, a riding holiday company and tour operator. Location Website Phone E-mail

Lýtingsstaðir www.lythorse.com +354 453 8064 or +354 893 3817 lythorse@gmail.com

North Sailing: A whale watching company using renovated traditional Icelandic oak boats, and the only traditional gaff rigged sailboats in Iceland. Sea angling tours, and tailor made tours. Location

Húsavík

Website

www.northsailing.is

Phone E-mail

+354 464 7272 info@northsailing.is

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ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH Pólar Hestar: Riding tours of different length and suitable for experienced and less experienced riders. Location

Grenivík

Website

www.polarhestar.is

Phone E-mail

+354 463 3179 polarhestar@polarhestar.is

Saga Travel: Guided tours, jeep tours, private guiding and tailor-made travel to experience North Iceland privately or in small groups, led by qualified guides. Each adventure is filled with places, sights or interactive experiences you might never find when travelling on your own. Location Website Phone E-mail

Akureyri www.sagatravel.is +354 558 8888 sagatravel@sagatravel.is

SBA Norðurleið: A bus company specialising in bus rental and offering high-grade buses. The company also offers a variety of sightseeing tours from Akureyri to the natural beauty spots in the NorthEast of Iceland. Location

Akureyri

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www.sba.is

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Sport tours: We operate our tours all over Iceland and offer a variety of tailor-made and activity-packed tours for groups. Private and scheduled tours for groups and individuals. Location

Dalvíkurbyggð

Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone E-mail

+354 899 8000 or +354 461 2968 sporttours@sporttours.is

Sterna Travel: A bus company and tour operator with a varied and extensive fleet of buses. Day-tour bus passports. Reykjavík, Tel. +354 551 1166, sterna@sterna.is, www.sterna.is

Arctic rafting: An adventure and activity company with an emphasis on eco tourism and environmentally friendly river trips in Icelandic nature. Arctic rafting on Austari Jokulsá and Vestari Jokulsá. Day trips, activities and adventure. Location Website Phone E-mail

Reykjavík www.rafting.is +354 571 2200 info@arcticrafting.is

Svartárkot culture-nature: The Svartárkot Centre for Research & Education invites academics and educational institutions from all areas of the educational spectrum. Bárðardalur, info@svartarkot.is, www.svartarkot.is

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ACTIVITY IN THE NORTH TREX: Travel Experiences. Tours of all sorts in Iceland. Comprehensive programme and first rate service. Has access to a modern and versatile fleet of coaches. Location

Reykjavík

Website

www.trex.is

Phone E-mail

+354 587 6000 info@trex.is

Trans-Atlantic: A Travel Agency offering a variety of tours in Iceland and Greenland. Tailor-made and activity-packed tours for individuals and groups. Akureyri, Tel. +354 588 8900, info@transatlantic.is, www.transatlantic.is

Hestasport -Activity Tours: Offer a wide variety of tours to suit anyone from fanatical horse enthusiasts to first-time riders, with the additional possibility of staying at our cottages. Location Website

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Varmahlíð www.riding.is

Phone

+354 453 8383

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NATIONAL PARKS - NATURE RESERVES National Parks / Nature Reserves A large section of Vatnajökull National Park, Europe´s largest National Park, lies in the north of Iceland, the canyon of Jökulsá river forming its northernmost part. There are several interesting places to visit in the park, such as Dettifoss waterfall, Hólmatungur, Hljóðaklettar, Ásbyrgi, Askja, Kverkfjöll Mountains and the lavafield of Ódáðahraun. For further information see www.vjp.is. In the north there are also several Nature Reserves which are areas protected because of the landscape and their importance to wildlife (flora and fauna).

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Kattarauga – Vatnsdalur Valley.

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Hveravellir – Kjölur Highland Route.

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Guðlaugstungur – Northwest of Hofsjökull Glacier.

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Hrútey Island in Blanda River - Blönduós.

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Spákonufellshöfði – Skagaströnd.

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Hraun – Öxnadalur Valley.

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Böggvistaðafjall Mountain – Dalvík.

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Svarfaðardalur Valley Nature Reserve – Dalvík.

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Krossanesborgir – Eyjafjörður.

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Eyjafjörður Fjord – Giant submarine smectite cones that rise from the seafloor at a depth of 70 metres.

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Vestmannsvatn Lake – Reykjadalur.

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Mývatn Lake and Laxá River.

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Skútustaðagígar, Pseudocraters – Lake Mývatn.

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Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss Waterfalls in Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon – Vatnajökull National Park.

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Askja Caldera, Vatnajökull National Park and Nature Reserve – Herðubreiðarlindir.

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Kverkfjöll Mountains, Vatnajökull National Park and Hvannalindir Nature Reserve.

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NATIONAL PARKS - NATURE RESERVES Birdwatching The North of Iceland is a great place for birdwatching. The sea cliffs around the coast are teeming with birds such as puffins, gulls and guillemots, while the lakes and moors of the north provide an excellent habitat for ducks and waders. There are many designated birdwatching areas with bird watching shelters that provide an excellent way to view and photograph the birds from the land, while taking a boat out to sea is also a great way to watch sea birds. For more information, please check the chapter on boat tours. The Birding Trail guides you along birding sites in Northeast Iceland from Lake Mývatn to Langanes peninsula.This area is probably the richest birding area in Iceland in terms of number of species and abundance of birds.

www.birdingtrail.is

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Vatnsnes – Illugastaðir in Vatnsnes, birdwatching and seal spotting locations. Tel. +354 451 2345, info@selasetur.is, www.selasetur.is

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Gauksmýri – reactivated pond, rich birdlife, 30-40 species. Path accessible for wheelchairs, birdwatching shelter. Tel. +354 451 2927, gauksmyri@gauksmyri.is, www.gauksmyri.is

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Skagafjörður, Sauðárkrókur, coastland and lakes, an interesting birdwatching area. Miklavatn, south of Sauðárkrókur, is a protected wetland with substantial birdlife. Tel. +354 455 6161, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Grímsey Island, rich birdlife especially seabirds e.g. puffin, guillemot, fulmar, arctic tern and eider. www.grimsey.is

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Tröllaskagi, Fjallabyggð, interesting birdwatching. www.arcticaves.is, www.birdforamillion.com

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Dalvík, Svarfaðardalur Nature Reserve. An area of about 8 km² of wetland that is an excellent habitat for many species of breeding birds. Tel. +354 466 1551 or +354 861 8884, natturusetrid@simnet.is, www.dalvik.is/natturusetrid/

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Hrísey Island, moorland, bushes and rich vegetation, bird sanctuary, birdwatching shelter. www.hrisey.net

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Akureyri, Krossanesborgir – wetland rich in birdlife. Birdwatching shelters. Tel:+354 450 1050, info@visitakureyri.is, www.visitakureyri.is

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Akureyri, estuary of river Eyjafjarðará, birdwatching shelter. Tel:+354 450 1050, info@visitakureyri.is, www.visitakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Naustaborgir, marsh and bushes, birdwatching shelter. Tel:+354 450 1050, info@visitakureyri.is, www.visitakureyri.is

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Aðaldalur, Rauðaskriða, Birdwatching Tours in North Iceland, Guided Tours, Taylor made Tours. Website

www.hotelraudaskrida.is

Phone

+354 464 3504

E-mail

hotel@hotelraudaskrida.is

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Mývatn, Ytri-Neslönd – Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum. Tel. +354 464 4477, fuglasafn@fuglasafn.is, www.fuglasafn.nett.is

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Lake Mývatn is one of the best birdwatching locations in Iceland. Birdwatching shelters are to be found close to the Bird Museum. Tel. +354 464 4477, fuglasafn@fuglasafn.is, www.fuglasafn.nett.is

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Birding Trail in Northeast Iceland, Fjallasýn. Website

www.fjallasyn.is

Phone

+354 464 3940 or +354 464 3941

E-mail

info@fjallasyn.is

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Skjálfandi, Lundey “The Puffin Island”. The birdlife on both land and sea is colourful, with puffins, arctic terns, guillemots, gannets and many more species. Tel: +354 464 4300,info@visithusavik.is , www.birdingtrail.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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The lake Víkingavatn has abundant birdlife, with great numbers of ducks and grebes. About 60 species of birds are seen around the lake annually. www.birdingtrail.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Rauðinúpur is an impressive bird-cliff that hosts northern gannets and auks, including Brunnich’s guillemot. The 30 minute hike each way is well worth it. www.birdingtrail.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is Skoruvíkurbjarg on Langanes is one of the best places to observe seabirds at their nesting sites, e.g. northern gannets, Brunnich’s and common guillemots. www.birdingtrail.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Laugarbakki, Hótel Edda, summer hotel Website

www.hoteledda.is

Phone

+354 444 4920

E-mail

edda@hoteledda.is

Website

www.borgarvirki.com

Phone

+354 451 2290

E-mail

info@hotelborgarvirki.com

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Blönduós, Hótel Blönduós Tel. +354 452 4205, hotelblonduos@simnet.is, www.hotelblonduos.is

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Website

www.hotelvarmahlid.is

Phone

+354 453 8170

E-mail

info@hotelvarmahlid.is

Sauðárkrókur, Hótel Mikligarður, summer hotel Website

www.mikligardur.is

Phone

+354 453 6330

E-mail

mikligardur@mikligardur.is


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Sauðárkrókur, Hótel Tindastóll Website

www.hoteltindastoll.com

Phone

+354 453 5002

E-mail

tindastoll@mikligardur.is

Ólafsfjörður, Hótel Brimnes Website

www.brimnes.is

Phone

+354 466 2400

E-mail

hotel@brimnes.is

Dalvík, Fosshótel Dalvík - Íslandshótel Website

www.fosshotel.is

Phone

+354 466 3395

E-mail

bokun@fosshotel.is

Website

www.keahotels.is

Phone

+354 460 2000

E-mail

kea@keahotels.is

Akureyri, Hótel KEA

Akureyri, Hótel Norðurland Website

www.keahotels.is

Phone

+354 462 2600

E-mail

nordurland@keahotels.is

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Akureyri, Hótel Edda, summer hotel Website

www.hoteledda.is

Phone

+354 444 4900

E-mail

edda@hoteledda.is

Akureyri, Icelandair Hótel Website

www.icelandairhotels.is

Phone

+354 518 1000

E-mail

akureyri@icehotels.is

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Akureyri, Hótel Akureyri Tel. +354 462 5600, hotelakureyri@hotelakureyri.is, www.hotelakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Sæluhús - Hótel Apartments

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Website

www.saeluhus.is

Phone

+354 618 2800

E-mail

saeluhus@saeluhus.is

Hótel Edda, Stórutjarnir, summer hotel Website

www.hoteledda.is

Phone

+354 444 4890

E-mail

edda@hoteledda.is

Reykjadalur, Fosshótel Laugar - Íslandshótel (summer hotel) Website

www.fosshotel.is

Phone

+354 464 6300

E-mail

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Mývatn, Hótel Reynihlíð Website

www.reynihlid.is

Phone

+354 464 4170

E-mail

bookings@reynihlid.is

Mývatn, Sel-Hótel Mývatn Website

www.myvatn.is

Phone

+354 464 4164

E-mail

myvatn@myvatn.is

Website

www.keahotels.is

Phone

+354 464 4455

E-mail

gigur@keahotels.is

Mývatn, Hótel Gígur

Mývatn, Hótel Reykjahlíð Website

www.reykjahlid.is

Phone

+354 464 4142

E-mail

reykjahlid@islandia.is

Húsavík, Fosshótel Húsavík- Íslandshótel Website

www.fosshotel.is

Phone

+354 464 1220

E-mail

bokun@fosshotel.is

Húsavík, Húsavík Cape Hótel Tel. +354 463 3399, info@husavikhotels.com, www.husavikhotels.com

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www.hotelnordurljos.is

Phone

+354 465 1233

E-mail

hotelnordurljos@hotelnordurljos.is


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Staðarskáli, Country Hótel. Tel. +354 451 1190, stadur@stadarskali.is, www.stadarskali.is

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Brekkulækur, Farmers guesthouse.

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Website

www.abbi-island.is

Phone

+354 451 2938

E-mail

brekka@nett.is

Gauksmýri, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.gauksmyri.is

Phone

+354 451 2927

E-mail

gauksmyri@gauksmyri.is

Neðra Vatnshorn, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.vatnshorn.is

Phone

+354 451 2928

E-mail

vatnshorn@simnet.is

Víðidalur, Dæli, Farmers guesthouse & cottages. Website

www.daeli.is

Phone

+354 451 2566

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Vatnsdalur, Hof, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.hof-is.com

Phone

+354 452 4077

E-mail

hof@simnet.is

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Stóra-Giljá, Cottages, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 452 4294, erlendurge@simnet.is, www.farmholidays.is

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Húnavellir, Hótel Húnavellir, Farmholidays.

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Website

www.hotelhunavellir.is

Phone

+354 453 5600

E-mail

info@hotelhunavellir.is

Geitaskarð, Farmhouse, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 452 4341, geitaskard@emax.is, www.geitaskard.com

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Stekkjardalur, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 452 7171, stekkjardalur@emax.is, www.sveit.is

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Skagafjörður, Glæsibær Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 892 5530, www.sveit.is

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Keldudalur Cottages, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 453 6233, keldudalur@keldudalur.is, www.keldudalur.is

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Hofsstaðir, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.hofsstadir.is

Phone

+354 453 6555 / +354 898 6665

E-mail

vesteinnv@simnet.is

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Hofsstaðir, Sveitasetrið, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.hofsstadir.is

Phone

+354 896 9414

E-mail

info@hofsstadir.is

Flugumýri, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.flugumyri.is

Phone

+354 453 8814

E-mail

flugumyri@flugumyri.is

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Lauftún, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 453 8133, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Steinsstaðir, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 453 8812, steinsstadir@simnet.is, www.steinsstadir.is

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Skagafjörður, Bjarnargil, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 467 1030, sigb@ismennt.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Sölvanes, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.solvanes.com

Phone

+354 453 8068

E-mail

solvanesskag@simnet.is

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Skagafjörður, Brúnastaðir Cottage. Tel. +354 467 1020 / +354 869 1024, bruna@simnet.is, www.sveit.is

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Eyjafjörður, Ytri-Vík, Farmers guesthouse & cottages.

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www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

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Eyjafjörður, Syðri Hagi, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 466 1961, sydrihagi@hotmail.com, www.dalvik.is

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Hrísey, Jónatanshús / Mínukot Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 989 9408, visithrisey@visithrisey.is, www.visithrisey.is

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Eyjafjörður, Öxnadalur, Engimýri, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.engimyri.is

Phone

+354 462-7518 or +354 663 1601

E-mail

engimyri@engimyri.is

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Eyjafjörður, Sílastaðir / Fagravík, Farmers Cottages. Tel. +354 462 1924, fagravik@fagravik.is, www.fagravik.is

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Eyjafjörður, Skjaldarvík, Farmers guesthouse.

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Website

www.skjaldarvik.is

Phone

+354 552 5200

E-mail

skjaldarvik@skjaldarvik.is

Akureyri, Lónsá, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.sveit.is

Phone

+354 462 5037

E-mail

lonsa@simnet.is

Akureyri, Pétursborg, Farmers guesthouse & cottages. Website

www.petursborg.com

Phone

+354 461 1811

E-mail

guesthouse@petursborg.com

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Eyjafjörður, Hrafnagil, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.hrafnagil.is/guesthouse

Phone

+354 463 1197 or +354 693 6524

E-mail

hrafnagil@gmail.is

Eyjafjörður, Brúnalaug Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.sveit.is

Phone

+354 463 1206 or +354 848 8479

E-mail

brunalaug@simnet.is

Eyjafjörður, Ytra Laugaland, Farmers house. Website

www.ytra-laugaland.net

Phone

+354 463 1472

E-mail

villag@nett.is

Eyjafjörður, Öngulsstaðir III, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.ongulsstadir.is

Phone

+354 463 1380

E-mail

hrefna@ongulsstadir.is

Eyjafjörður, Leifsstaðir, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.leifsstadir.is

Phone

+354 462 1610

E-mail

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Eyjafjörður, Safnasafnið apartment Website

www.safnasafnid.is

Phone

+354 461 4066

E-mail

safnageymsla@simnet.is

Eyjafjörður, Hótel Natur, Þórisstaðir, Country Hotel. Website

www.hotelnatur.com

Phone

+354 467 1070

E-mail

hotelnatur@hotelnatur.com

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Eyjafjörður, Bjarnargerði, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 663 9363, info@bjarnargerdi.is, www.bjarnargerdi.is

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Eyjafjörður, Sveinbjarnargerði Country Hótel. Website

www.countryhotel.is

Phone

+354 462 4500

E-mail

countryhotel@countryhotel.is

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Grenivík, Ártún, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 892 3591 / +354 463 3267, artun@artun.is, www.artun.is

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Fnjóskadalur, Draflastaðir, Farmers guesthouse.

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Website

www.sveitarsetrid.is

Phone

+354 898 0444

E-mail

siddi@sveitarsetrid.is

Bárðardalur, Fosshóll, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3108, fossholl@nett.is, www.nett.is/fossholl

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Bárðardalur, Kiðagil, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3290, kidagil@kidagil.is, www.kidagil.is

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Reykjadalur, Einishús Farmers Cottage. Tel. +354 865 4910 / +354 894 9669, info@einishus.com, www.einishus.com

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Reykjadalur, Stóru Laugar, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 2990, gisting@storulaugar.is, www.storulaugar.is

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Reykjadalur, Narfastaðir, Country Hotel.

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Website

www.farmhotel.is

Phone

+354 464 3300

E-mail

farmhotel@farmhotel.is

Aðaldalur, Hótel Rauðaskriða, Country Hotel. Website

www.hotelraudaskrida.is

Phone

+354 464 3504

E-mail

hotel@hotelraudaskrida.is

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Aðaldalur, Þinghúsið Hraunbær, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3695, thinghus@simnet.is, www.sveit.is

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Aðaldalur, Brekka, Farmers guesthouse. +354 899 4218 / +354 892 3008, brekka@brekkubol.is, www.brekkubol.is

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Aðaldalur, Hagi I, Farmers house & cottages. Tel. +354 464 3526, bergljot@simnet.is, www.sveit.is, www.hagi-1.is

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Aðaldalur, Garður, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3569, gaestehaus-gardur@hotmail.com, www.gardur.de

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Aðaldalur, Björg, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464-3737 or +354 845-4800 , bjorgum@bjorgum.is, www.bjorgum.is

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Klambrasel / Langavatn, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3514, ksel@emax.is, www.sveit.is

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Mývatn, Stöng, Farmers guesthouse & Cottages. Tel. +354 464 4252, stongmy@emax.is, www.stong.is

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Mývatn, Skútustaðir 2b, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 4212, info@skutustadir.is, www.skutustadir.com

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Mývatn, Vogafjós, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.vogafjos.net

Phone

+354 464 4303 / +354 464 3800

E-mail

vogar@emax.is

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Mývatn, Eldá, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 4220, info@elda.is, www.elda.is

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Öxarfjörður, Skúlagarður, Farmers guesthouse. Website

www.visitnortheasticeland.is

Phone

+354 465 2280 or +354 821 1388

E-mail

skulagardur@simnet.is

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Öxarfjörður, Keldunes 11, Farmers guesthouse & cottages. Tel. +354 465 2275, info@keldunes.is, www.keldunes.is

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Þistilfjörður, Ytra Áland, Farmers guesthouse.

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Website

www.ytra-aland.is

Phone

+354 468 1290 or +354 863 1290

E-mail

ytra-aland@ytra-aland.is

Grímstunga I, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 4294, djupadokk@simnet.is, www.sveit.is

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Borðeyri, Tangahús Guesthouse. Tel. +354 849 9852, kollsa@simnet.is, www.tangahus.is

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Laugarbakki, Langafit, Guesthouse. Tel. +354 451 2987, olina@simnet.is

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Hvammstangi, Guesthouse Hanna Sigga. Website

www.simnet.is/gistihs

Phone

+354 451 2407

E-mail

gistihs@simnet.is

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Víðigerði, Guesthouse. +354 451 2592, vidigerdi@vidigerdi.is, www.vidigerdi.is

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Vatnsdalur, Hvammur II Guesthouse. Tel. +354 452 7174, haukur74@mmedia.is, www.isdirect.de

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Stóra Vatnsskarð, Guesthouse. Tel. +354 453 8152 or +354 895 8152, vatnsskard@simnet.is, www.simnet.is/vatnsskard

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Sauðárkrókur, Guesthouse Mikligarður. Website

www.mikligardur.is

Phone

+354 453 6880

E-mail

mikligardur@mikligardur.is

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Skagafjörður, Brennigerði Guesthouse. Tel. +354 453 5521, alfurk@simnet.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Skagafjörður, Bakkaflöt Guesthouse.

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Website

www.bakkaflot.com

Phone

+354 453 8245

E-mail

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Skagafjörður, Lýtingsstaðir, Guesthouse. Website

www.lythorse.com

Phone

+354 453 8064 / +354 893 3817

E-mail

info@lythorse.com

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Skagafjörður, Syðsta Grund, Guesthouse. Tel. +354 453 8262, sydstagrund@gmail.com, www.sydsta-grund.is

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Skagafjörður, Lónkot, Guesthouse. Website

www.lonkot.com

Phone

+354 453 7432

E-mail

lonkot@lonkot.com

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Skagafjörður, Egilsá, Guesthouse Himnasvalir. Tel. +354 453 8219, jeppaferdir@simnet.is, http://frontpage.simnet.is/jeppaferdir/

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Hofsós Travel Service Guesthouses. Website

www.visitskagafjordur.is

Phone

+354 453 7310

E-mail

gisting@hofsos.is

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Skagafjörður, Sólgarðar. Tel. +354 467 1054, ornalb@simnet.is, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Siglufjörður, The Herring Guesthouse.

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Website

www.theherringhouse.com

Phone

+354 868 4200 or +354 899 4183

E-mail

info@theherringhouse.com

Siglufjörður, Guesthouse Hvanneyri. Tel. +354 467 1506, order@hvanneyri.com, www.hvanneyri.com

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Siglufjörður, Siglunes Guesthouse. Website

www.hotelsiglunes.is

Phone

+354 467 1222 or +354 659 9699

E-mail

info@hotelsiglunes.is

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Grímsey, Gullsól Guesthouse. Tel. +354 467 3190, idajons@simnet.is, www.grimsey.is

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Grímsey, Básar Guesthouse. Tel. +354 467 3103, gagga@simnet.is, www.grimsey.is

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Dalvík, Svarfaðardalur, Skeið Guesthouse.

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Website

www.thule-tours.com

Phone

+354 466 1636

E-mail

mail@thule-tours.com

Dalvík, Guesthouse Vegamót Gimli. Website

www.vegamot.net

Phone

+354 865 8391

E-mail

vegamot@vegamot.net

Dalvík, Húsabakki Guesthouse. Website

www.husabakki.is

Phone

+354 859 7811

E-mail

husabakki@husabakki.is


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Hrísey, Guesthouse Brekka. Website

www.brekkahrisey.is

Phone

+354 466 1751

E-mail

brekkahrisey@brekkahrisey.is

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Akureyri Guesthouse. Tel. +354 462 5600, hotelakureyri@hotelakureyri.is, www.hotelakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Gula Villan Guesthouse.

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Website

www.gulavillan.is

Phone

+354 896 8464

E-mail

gulavillan@nett.is

Akureyri, Súlur Guesthouse. Website

www.sulurguesthouse.is

Phone

+354 461 1160 or +354 863 1400

E-mail

sulur@islandia.is

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Akureyri, Sólgarðar Guesthouse. Tel. +354 461 1133, solgardar@simnet.is, www.visitakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Akur-Inn Guesthouse. Tel. +354 461 2500, akurinn@akurinn.is, www.akurinn.is

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Akureyri, Hrafninn Guesthouse. Website

www.hrafninn.is

Phone

+354 661 9050

E-mail

info@akureyriguesthouse.is

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Akureyri, Guesthouse Brekkusel. Website

www.brekkusel.is

Phone

+354 461 2660

E-mail

info@brekkusel.is

Akureyri, Akureyri Backpackers. Website

www.akureyribackpackers.com

Phone

+354 571 9050

E-mail

akureyri@backpackers.is

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Aðaldalur, Staðarhóll Guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3707, stadarholl@simnet.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Mývatn, Hlíð Guesthouse.

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Website

www.myvatnaccommodation.is

Phone

+354 464 4103

E-mail

info@myvatnaccommodation.is

Mývatn, Vogar Travel Services. Website

www.vogahraun.is

Phone

+354 464 4399

E-mail

info@vogahraun.is

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Mývatn, Bjarg Travel Services. Tel. +354 464 4240, ferdabjarg@simnet.is

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Mývatn, Guesthouse Dimmuborgir. Tel. +354 464 4210, dimmuborgir@emax.is, www.dimmuborgir.is

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Húsavík, Skógar I, Guesthouse. Website

www.skogar1.is/

Phone

+354 464 3919

E-mail

saraholm@magnavik.is

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Húsavík, Helga Guesthouse. Tel. +354 848 2205, info@helgaguesthouse.com

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Húsavík, Heiðarbær Guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3903, heidarbaer@simnet.is, www.heidarbaer.is

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Húsavík, Árból Guesthouse. Website

www.arbol.is

Phone

+354 464 2220

E-mail

guest.hus@simnet.is

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Húsavík, B&B Baldursbrekka 17. Tel. +354 464 1618, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Húsavík, B&B Baldursbrekka 20. Tel. +354 464 1005, onod@simnet.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Húsavík, Guesthouse Sigtún. Tel. +354 464 1674, gsigtun@gsigtun.is, www.gsigtun.is

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Húsavík, Vísir, Guesthouse. Tel. +354 856 5750, dora@visirhf.is, www.visitnortheasticeland.is

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Húsavík Guesthouse. Tel. +354 463 3399, info@husavikguesthouse.is, www.husavikguesthouse.is

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Húsavík, Höfði Guesthouse. Tel. +354 852 0010, info@hofdiguesthouse.is, www.hofdiguesthouse.is

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Árdalur, Guesthouse. Tel. +354 849 3208, ardalur@ardalur.is, www.ardalur.is

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Öxarfjörður, Lundur Travel. Website

www.visitnortheasticeland.is

Phone

+354 465 2247 or +354 821 1388

E-mail

lundur@dettifoss.is

Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum Guesthouse. Website

www.grimsstadir.is

Phone

+354 464 4292

E-mail

grimsstadir@simnet.is

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Raufarhöfn, Sólsetur Guesthouse. Tel. +354 476 1300 or +354 899 8250, sunset@simnet.is, http://sunset.123.is/

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Þórshöfn, Lyngholt Guesthouse.

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Website

www.lyngholt.is

Phone

+354 468 1238

E-mail

lyngholt@lyngholt.is

Langanes, Ytra-Lón Farm Hostel. Website

www.visitlanganes.com

Phone

+354 846 6448

E-mail

ytralon@visitlanganes.com

Möðrudalur, Fjalladýrð Guesthouse. Website

www.fjalladyrd.is

Phone

+354 471 1858

E-mail

fjalladyrd@fjalladyrd.is


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Hafnarstræti 98, Akureyri • Tel: 571 9050 akureyri@backpackers.is

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Víðidalur, Dæli Cottages. Website

www.daeli.is

Phone

+354 451 2566

E-mail

daeli@daeli.is

Website

www.thorsteinshus.com

Phone

+354 864 6140

E-mail

thorsteinshus@simnet.is

Blönduós, Þorsteinshús.

Blönduós, Glaðheimar Cottages. Website

www.gladheimar.is

Phone

+354 820 1300

E-mail

gladheimar@simnet.is

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Blönduós, Blönduból Cottages. Tel. +354 892 3455, osinn@simnet.is, www.osinn.is

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Skagaströnd, Steinnýjarstaðir, Fjallagisting. Tel. +354 452 2945, fjallagisting@simnet.is

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Skagaströnd, Hafnir Tel. +354 452 4163, hafnir@simnet.is

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Svartárdalur, Húnaver, sleeping bag accommodation. Tel. +354 452 7110, hunaver@visir.is, www.northwest.is

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Skagafjörður, Skagasel. Tel. +354 453 6740

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Reykir, Reykjaströnd Guesthouse. Website

www.drangey.net

Phone

+354 821 0090 or +354 821 0091

E-mail

drangey@fjolnet.is

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Sauðárkrókur, Gamla Pósthúsið Holiday Apartment. Tel. +354 892 3375, vicki@ausis.is

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Sauðárkrókur, Tröð Cottage. Tel. +354 453 5225, trod@fjolnet.is

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Skagafjörður, Gil. Tel. +354 453 6780, palina.skarphedinsdottir@gmail.com

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Skagafjörður, Varmahlíð - Hestasport Cottages.

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13

Website

www.riding.is

Phone

+354 453 8383

E-mail

info@riding.is

Skagafjörður, Bakkaflöt Cottages. Website

www.bakkaflot.com

Phone

+354 453 8245

E-mail

bakkaflot@bakkaflot.is

Skagafjörður, Lýtingsstaðir Cottages. Website

www.lythorse.com

Phone

+354 453-8064 or +354 893 3817

E-mail

info@lythorse.com

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Skagafjörður, Hólar in Hjaltadalur - Cottages. Website

www.holar.is

Phone

+354 455 6333

E-mail

booking@holar.is

Siglufjordur, The Herring Guesthouse. Website

www.theherringhouse.com

Phone

+354 868 4200 or +354 899 4183

E-mail

info@theherringhouse.com

Dalvík, Vegamót Cottages. Website

www.vegamot.net

Phone

+354 466 1060 / +354 865 8391

E-mail

vegamotdalvik@vegamot.net

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Dalvík, Höfði Cottage. Tel. +354 696 5309, zoph@simnet.is

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Dæli, Skíðadalur, Farmers guesthouse. Tel. +354 466 1658, http://asp.internet.is/daeli/

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Eyjafjörður, Ytri-Vík Cottages. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

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Hrísey, Jónatanshús Cottage. Tel. +354 898 9408, visithrisey@visithrisey.is, www.visithrisey.is

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Hrísey, Mínukot Cottage. Tel. +354 898 9408, visithrisey@visithrisey.is, www.visithrisey.is

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Hjalteyri, Arnarnes. Tel. +354 894 5358, eyglojo@internet.is

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Akureyri, Gista.is, apartments. Tel. +354 694 4314, gista@gista.is, www.gista.is

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Akureyri, 6-Ravens Apartments. Tel. +354 770 2020, info@6hrafnar.is, www.6hrafnar.is

22

Akureyri, Ak-Guesthouse. Tel. +354 659 3181, frygg1@simnet.is, www.blogg.visir.is/minna61/gisting-a-akureyri

23

Akureyri, Stapi Guesthouse. Tel. +354 691 5520, gudrun@stapigisting.is, www.stapigisting.is

24

Akureyri, Glerá II, Apartments.

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Website

www.glera2.is

Phone

+354 462 5723

E-mail

glera@glera2.is

Akureyri Elves Apartment. Website

www.inspiration-iceland.com

Phone

+354 865 9429 / +354 846 2692

E-mail

info@inspiration-iceland.com

Akureyri, Sæluhús - hotel apartments / holiday cottages. Website

www.saeluhus.is

Phone

+354 618 2800

E-mail

saeluhus@saeluhus.is

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Akureyri, Fagravík Cottages. Tel. +354 462 1924, fagravik@fagravik.is, www.fagravik.is

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Akureyri, Hótel Akureyri Apartments. Tel. +354 462 5600, hotelakureyri@ hotelakureyri.is, www.hotelakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Apartment Kotárgerði. Tel. +354 462 5668 / +354 849 9812, kotargerdi29@gmail.com

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Akureyri, Lækjargata Bed ‘n’ Breakfast. Tel. +354 691 7606, info@bednbreakfast.is

31

Akureyri, Hafnarstræti 81. Tel. +354 695 3366, info@ibudir.is

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Akureyri, Hotel Apartments. Tel. +354 892 9838, hotelibudir@hotelibudir.is

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Akureyri, Apartment Holtakot. Tel. +354 659 3544, holtateigur@gmail.com

34

Akureyri, Centrum Hostel. Tel. +354 892 9838, centrumhostel.is

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Akureyri, Holtagata 5 Apartment. Tel. +354 892 8583, guffi@simnet.is

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Akureyri, Apartment Hóll II. Tel. +354 463 1336 or +354 894 1303, edda@krummi.is

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Akureyri, Helgi Magri Apartment. Tel. +354 820 1950, helgimagri@helgimagri.com, www.helgimagri.com

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Akureyri, GistingAkureyri.is, apartments Website

www.gistingakureyri.is

Phone

+354 858 7900

E-mail

gisting@gistingakureyri.is

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Akureyri, Holiday Apartments. Tel. +354 892 6515, info@ibudagisting, www.ibudagisting.is

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Akureyri, Holiday Homes. Tel. +354 695 3366, info@icelandicholidayhomes.com, www.icelandicholidayhomes.com

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Akureyri, Orlofshus.is, Hvammur II. Website

www.orlofshus.is

Phone

+354 897 5300

E-mail

leo@orlofshus.is

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Eyjafjörður, Geldingsá Apartment. Tel. +354 663 4646, jfossdal@simnet.is, www.gisting.blog.is

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Eyjafjörður, Sólheimar. Tel. +354 461 2962 or +354 897 7613

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Eyjafjörður, Halllandsnes Cottage. Tel. +354 895 6029 or +354 895 6049, halllandsnes@halllandsnes.is, www. halllandsnes.is

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Svalbarðseyri, Guesthouse and apartments. Tel. +354 462 5043, birna.gunnlaugs@gmail.com, http://gistiheimili-smaratun.blogcentral.is

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Fnjóskadalur, Illugastadir Holiday Cottages. Tel. +354 462 6199, hlif@est.is

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Bárðardalur, Stóratunga Guesthouse. Tel. +354 464 3282, pksb@simnet.is, www.midlari.net/storatunga/

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Mývatn, Hlíð Campsite and Cottages.

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Website

www.myvatnaccommodation.is

Phone

+354 464 4103

E-mail

info@myvatnaccommodation.is

Mývatn, Vogar Travel Service. Website

www.vogahraun.is

Phone

+354 464 4399

E-mail

info@vogahraun.is

Mývatn, Dimmuborgir Cottages. Tel. +354 464 4210, dimmuborgir@emax.is, www.dimmuborgir.is

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Húsavík, Kaldbakskot Cottages. Website

www.cottages.is

Phone

+354 464 1504

E-mail

cottages@cottages.is

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Kópasker, Víðihóll Holiday Apartment. Tel. +354 869 8166 or +354 465 2106, valholl@kopasker.is, www.vidiholl.com

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Þistilfjörður, Ytra-Áland Website

www.ytra-aland.is

Phone

+354 468 1290 or +354 863 1290

E-mail

ytra-aland@ytra-aland.is

Eyjafjörður, Hauganes

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Hrútafjörður, Sæberg Hostel at Reykir. Tel. + 354 894 5504, saeberg@hostel.is, www.hostel.is

2

Vatnsnes, Ósar Hostel. Tel. +354 862 2778, osar@hostel.is, www.hostel.is

3

Siglufjörður, Hostel. Tel. +354 467 1506, siglufjordur@hostel.is, www.hostel.is

4

Dalvík, Vegamót Hostel.

5

Website

www.hostel.is

Phone

+354 466 1060 or +354 865 8391

E-mail

dalvik@hostel.is

Akureyri, Hostel Stórholt 1. Website

www.hostel.is

Phone

Tel. + 354 462 3657

E-mail

akureyri@hostel.is

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Aðaldalur, Berg Hostel. Tel. + 354 464 3777, berg@hostel.is, www.hostel.is

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Aðaldalur, Árbót Hostel. Tel. + 354 464 3677 or +354 894 6477, arbot@hostel.is, www.hostel.is

8

Kópasker, Hostel Akurgerði 7. Tel. +354 465 2314, hostel@kopasker.is, www.hostel.is

9

Langanes, Ytra-Lón Hostel. Website

www.hostel.is/ytralon

Phone

Tel. +354 846 6448

E-mail

ytralon@hostel.is

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ACCOMMODATION Mountain Huts

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Kjölur Route, Áfangi Mountain Hut. Website

www.northwest.is

Phone

+354 869 0334

E-mail

afangi@emax.is

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Kjölur Route, Hveravellir Mountain Hut Tel. +354 452 4200, hveravellir@hveravellir.is, www.hveravellir.is

3

Tungnahryggsskáli Mountain Hut Tel. +354 466 3273

4

Sprengisandur Route, Laugafell Mountain Hut Tel. +354 462 2720, ffa@ffa.is, www.ffa.is

5

Sprengisandur Route, Nýidalur Mountain Hut Tel. +354 568 2533, fi@fi.is, www.fi.is

6

Askja Route, Herðubreiðarlindir Mountain Hut Tel. +354 822 5191, ffa@ffa.is, www.ffa.is

7

Askja Route, Dyngjufjöll, Dreki Mountain Hut Tel. +354 822 5190, ffa@ffa.is, www.ffa.is

8

Kverkfjöll, Sigurðarskáli Mountain Hut Tel. +354 863 5813, ferdafelag@egilsstadir.is, www.fljotsdalsherad.is/ferdafelag

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Hrútafjörður, Reykir camping Tel. +354 451 0015

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Laugarbakki, camping Tel. +354 451 2987 Hvammstangi, camping Tel. +354 899 0008 or +354 615 3779

4

Vatnsnes, Hamarsbúð camping Tel. + 354 451 2696

5

Víðidalur, Dæli camping Tel. +354 451 2566

6

Kjölur Route, Hveravellir camping Tel. +354 452 4200

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Svínadalur, Húnavellir camping Tel. +354 453 5600 Svartárdalur, Húnaver camping Tel. 354 452 7110

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Blönduós, Glaðheimar camping Tel. +354 820 1300 Blönduós, Blönduból camping Tel. +354 892 3455

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Skagaströnd camping Tel. +354 848 7706

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Sauðárkrókur camping See also No. 13: Varmahlíð camping, No. 17: Hólar in Hjaltadalur camping and No. 18: Hofsós camping. Furthermore, we have a campsite for groups in Hegranes, Skagafjörður.

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Website

www.tjoldumiskagafirdi.is

Phone

+354 899 3231

E-mail

tjaldstaedi@gmail.com

Skagafjörður, Varmahlíð, camping Tel. +354 899 3231

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Skagafjörður, Lauftún camping Tel. +354 453 8133

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Skagafjörður, Steinsstaðir camping Tel. +354 453 8812

16

Skagafjörður, Bakkaflöt camping Tel. +354 453 8245

17

Skagafjörður, Hólar in Hjaltadal camping Tel. +354 455 6333

18

Skagafjörður, Hofsós camping Tel. +354 899 3231

19

Skagafjörður, Lónkot camping Tel. +354 453 7432

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Skagafjörður, Sólgarðar / Akrar Tel. +354 467 1054

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Siglufjörður, camping Tel. +354 464 9100

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Siglufjörður, Hóll camping Tel. +354 860 8417

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Ólafsfjörður, camping Tel. +354 464 9250

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Ólafsfjörður, Hringver camping Tel. +354 466 2489

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Dalvík, camping Tel. +354 466 3233 Dalvík, Húsabakki camping Tel. +354 859 7811

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Hrísey, camping Tel. +354 461 2255

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Akureyri, in town camping Tel. +354 862 2279 or +354 462 3379

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Akureyri, Hamrar camping in Kjarnaskógur Tel. +354 461 2264

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Eyjafjörður, Hrafnagil camping Tel. +354 464 8107

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Eyjafjörður, Laugaland camping Tel. +354 895 6543

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Eyjafjörður, Leyningshólar camping

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Grenivík, camping Tel. +354 463 3218

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Fnjóskadalur, Draflastaðir camping Tel. +354 461 1726

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Fnjóskadalur, Vaglaskógur camping Tel. +354 8949378 or +354 462 4755 Fnjóskadalur, Systragil camping Tel. +354 860 2213

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Þingeyjarsveit, Sigríðarstaðir camping Tel. +354 462 6731 or +354 894 0520

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Bárðardalur, Fosshóll camping Tel. +354 464 3108

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Reykjadalur, Stóru Laugar camping Tel. +354 464 2990

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Reykjadalur, Laugar Dalakofinn camping Tel. +354 464 3344

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Mývatn, Hlíð camping Tel. +354 464 4103 Mývatn, Bjarg camping Tel. +354 464 4240

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Mývatn, Vogar camping Tel. +354 464 4399 Aðaldalur, Staðarhóll camping Tel. +354 464 3707

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Aðaldalur, Jónasarvöllur camping Tel. +354 464 3400

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Húsavík, Heiðarbær camping Tel. +354 464 3903

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Húsavík, camping Tel. +354 845 0705

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Vesturdalur camping, Vatnajökull National Park Tel. +354 470 7100

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Ásbyrgi camping, Vatnajökull National Park Tel. +354 470 7100

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Öxarfjörður, Lundur camping Tel. +354 465 2247 or +354 821 1388

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Kópasker, camping Tel. +354 465 2150

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Raufarhöfn, camping Tel. +354 465 1144

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Þórshöfn, camping Tel. +354 468 1515

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Bakkafjörður, camping Tel. +354 473 1686

56

Grímstunga 1, camping Tel. +354 464 4294

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Möðrudalur, Fjalladýrð camping Tel. +354 471 1858

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Highland, Herðubreiðarlindir camping Tel. +354 822 5191

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Highland, Dreki camping Tel. +354 822 5190

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Highland, Nýidalur camping Tel. +354 568 2533

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Highland, Laugafell camping Tel. +354 822 5192

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Laugarbakki, Hótel Edda, Summer hotel. Website

www.hoteledda.is

Phone

+354 444 4920

E-mail

edda@hoteledda.is

Website

www.gauksmyri.is

Phone

+354 451 2927

E-mail

gauksmyri@gauksmyri.is

Gauksmýri Farm House.

Víðidalur, Dæli, Café Sveitó. Website

www.daeli.is

Phone

+354 451 2566

E-mail

daeli@daeli.is

Húnavellir, Hótel Húnavellir, Summer hotel. Website

www.hotelhunavellir.is

Phone

+354 453 5600

E-mail

info@hotelhunavellir.is

Blönduós, Potturinn Restaurant. Website

www.pot.is

Phone

+354 453 5060

E-mail

pot@pot.is


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Blönduós, Við árbakkann Café. Website

www.vidarbakkann.is

Phone

+354 452 4678

E-mail

info@vidarbakkann.is

Skagaströnd, Kántrýbær Restaurant. Website

www.kantry.is

Phone

+354 452 2829 or +354 869 1709

E-mail

kantry@kantry.is

Sauðárkrókur, Ólafshús / Café Krókur. Website

www.olafshus.is

Phone

+354 453 6454

E-mail

olafshus@olafshus.is

Skagafjörður, Glaumbær, Áskaffi. Website

www.askaffi.is

Phone

+354 453 8855 / +354 699 6102

E-mail

askaffi@askaffi.is

Skagafjörður, Hótel Varmahlíð. Website

www.hotelvarmahlid.is

Phone

+354 453 8170

E-mail

info@hotelvarmahlid.is

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Skagafjörður, Bakkaflöt Farm House. Website

www.bakkaflot.com

Phone

+354 453 8245

E-mail

bakkaflot@bakkaflot.is

Skagafjörður, Sveitasetrið Hofsstaðir. Website

www.hofsstadir.is

Phone

+354 896 9414

E-mail

info@hofsstadir.is

Skagafjörður, Hólar in Hjaltadalur, Undir byrðunni. Website

www.holar.is

Phone

+354 455 6333

E-mail

booking@holar.is

Siglufjörður, Hannes Boy Restaurant. Website

www.raudka.is

Phone

+354 461 7730

E-mail

raudka@raudka.is

Siglufjörður, Rauðka Café. Website

www.raudka.is

Phone

+354 461 7730

E-mail

raudka@raudka.is


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Ólafsfjörður Brimnes hótel. Website

www.brimnes.is

Phone

+354 466 2400

E-mail

hotel@brimnes.is

Dalvík, Fosshótel - Íslandshótel. Website

www.fosshotel.is

Phone

+354 466 3395

E-mail

bokun@fosshotel.is

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Dalvík, Húsabakki Guesthouse. Website

www.husabakki.is

Phone

+354 859 7811

E-mail

husabakki@husabakki.is

Hrísey Island, Brekka Restaurant. Website

www.brekkahrisey.is

Phone

+354 466 1751

E-mail

brekkahrisey@brekkahrisey.is

Öxnadalur, Engimýri Guesthouse. Website

www.engimyri.is

Phone

+354 462 7518

E-mail

engimyri@engimyri.is

Eyjafjörður, Skjaldarvík, Guesthouse. Website

www.skjaldarvik.is

Phone

+354 552 5200

E-mail

skjaldarvik@skjaldarvik.is

Akureyri Hótel Edda, Summer hotel. Website

www.hoteledda.is

Phone

+354 444 4900

E-mail

edda@hoteledda.is


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Akureyri, Icelandair H贸tel, restaurant. Website

www.icelandairhotel.com

Phone

+354 518 1000

E-mail

akureyri@icehotels.is

Akureyri, Hotel KEA, R贸sagar冒urinn. Website

www.keahotels.is

Phone

+354 460 2000

E-mail

kea@keahotels.is

Akureyri, Bautinn Restaurant. Website

www.bautinn.is

Phone

+354 462 1818

E-mail

bautinn@bautinn.is

Akureyri, Striki冒 Restaurant. Website

www.strikid.is

Phone

+354 462 7100

E-mail

strikid@strikid.is

Akureyri, Bryggjan pizzeria. Website

www.bryggjan.is

Phone

+354 440 6600

E-mail

bryggjan@bryggjan.is

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Akureyri, RUB 23 Restaurant. Website

www.rub.is

Phone

+354 462 2223

E-mail

rub23@rub23.is

Akureyri, Botanical Garden, Café Björk. Website

www.cafebjork.is

Phone

+354 460 5600

E-mail

info@cafebjork.is

Akureyri, La Vita é Bella Restaurant. Website

www.bautinn.is

Phone

+354 462 1818

E-mail

bautinn@bautinn.is

Akureyri, Akureyri Backpackers Restaurant Bar. Website

www.akureyribackpackers.com

Phone

+354 571 9050

E-mail

akureyri@backpackers.is

Akureyri, Kaffi Ilmur / Amts Café Ilmur. Phone

+354 571 6444 or +354 618 9007

E-mail

kaffiilmur@internet.is


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Eyjafjörður, Holtsels-Hnoss Café Homemade ice cream. Website

www.holtsel.is

Phone

+354 463 1159

E-mail

holtsel@holtsel.is

Eyjafjörður, Syðra Laugaland, Silva Green Food. Website

www.silva.is

Phone

+354 861 4078

E-mail

vokuland@simnet.is or silva@silva.is

Eyjafjörður, Garður, Kaffi Kú, Cowshed Café. Website

www.nautakjot.is

Phone

+354 867 3826

E-mail

naut@nautakjot.is

Eyjafjörður, Sveinbjarnargerði Country Hótel. Website

www.countryhotel.is

Phone

+354 462 4500

E-mail

countryhotel@countryhotel.is

Uglan, kaffihús, Skógum Fnjóskadal. Website

www.vanadis.is

Phone

+354 895 3319

E-mail

uglan@vanadis.is

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Stórutjarnir, Hótel Edda, Summerhotel. Website

www.hoteledda.is

Phone

+354 444 4890

E-mail

edda@hoteledda.is

Fosshóll, Goðafossveitingar. Website

www.sveitasetrid.is

Phone

+354 464 3332

E-mail

siddi@sveitasetrid.is

Reykjadalur, Laugar, Dalakofinn-útibú. Website

www.facbook.com/dalakofinn

Phone

+354 464 3344

E-mail

halli@dalakofinn.is

Reykjadalur, Laugar, Fosshótel-Íslandshótel, Summer hotel. Website

www.fosshotel.is

Phone

+354 464 6300

E-mail

bokun@fosshotel.is

Reykjadalur, Narfastaðir Guesthouse. Website

www.farmhotel.is

Phone

+354 464 3300

E-mail

farmhotel@farmhotel.is


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Mývatn, Hótel Reynihlíð / Restaurant Myllan. Website

www.myvatnhotel.is

Phone

+354 464 4170

E-mail

info@myvatnhotel.is

Mývatn, Reynihlíð, Gamli Bærinn Restaurant. Website

www.myvatnhotel.is

Phone

+354 464 4170

E-mail

info@myvatnhotel.is

Mývatn, Magma Café - Mývatn Nature Baths. Website

www.jardbodin.is

Phone

+354 464 4411

E-mail

info@jardbodin.is

Mývatn, Sigurgeir’s Bird museum Café. Website

www.fuglasafn.is

Phone

+354 464 4477

E-mail

fuglasafn@fuglasafn.is

Mývatn, Vogar, Cowshed Café. Website

www.vogafjos.net

Phone

+354 464 4303

E-mail

vogar@emax.is

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Mývatn, Vogar, Daddis pizza. Website

www.vogahraun.is

Phone

+354 773 6060

E-mail

info@vogahraun.is

Mývatn, Sel Hótel Mývatn. Website

www.myvatn.is

Phone

+354 464 4164

E-mail

myvatn@myvatn.is

Mývatn, Hótel Gígur, KEA Hotels. Website

www.keahotels.is

Phone

+354 464 4455

E-mail

gigur@keahotels.is

Aðaldalur, Hótel Rauðaskriða, Restaurant. Website

www.hotelraudaskrida.is

Phone

+354 464 3504

E-mail

hotel@hotelraudaskrida.is

Húsavík, Veitingahúsið Salka. Website

www.salkarestaurant.is

Phone

+354 464 2551

E-mail

salka@salkarestaurant.is


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Húsavík, Pakkhúsið Bistro/bar – Local food. Website

www.salkarestaurant.is

Phone

+354 698 2551

E-mail

salka@salkarestaurant.is

Húsavík, Salka Coffee House. Website

www.salkarestaurant.is

Phone

+354 464 3999

E-mail

salka@salkarestaurant.is

Húsavík, Gamli Baukur Restaurant. Website

www.gamlibaukur.is

Phone

+354 464 2442

E-mail

gamlibaukur@gamlibaukur.is

Website

www.skuld.is

Phone

+354 464 7272

E-mail

info@northsailing.is

Húsavík, Café Skuld.

Húsavík, Fosshótel - Íslandshótel. Website

www.fosshotel.is

Phone

+354 464 1220

E-mail

bokun@fosshotel.is

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Öxarfjörður, Skúlagarður Guesthouse. Website

www.visitnortheasticeland.is

Phone

+354 465 2280

E-mail

skulagardur@simnet.is

Raufarhöfn, Hótel Norðurljós. Website

www.hotelnordurljos.is

Phone

+354 465 1233

E-mail

hotelnordurljos@hotelnordurljos.is

Möðrudalur, Fjalladýrð, Fjalla Café. Website

www.fjalladyrd.is

Phone

+354 471 1858

E-mail

fjalladyrd@fjalladyrd.is


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WINTER ACTIVITIES Skiing Alpine Ski Touring Heli Skiing Ice Climbing Nordic Skiing Cat Skiing/Cat Boarding Skate Rink Dog Sledging

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WINTER ACTIVITIES Winter Adventures in North Iceland Northern Iceland is a land of winter adventures, offering diverse options for those who want to combine relaxation with fun and excitement in a veritable paradise of nature. There are countless opportunities for outdoor activities to suit everyone’s taste. North Iceland boasts seven skiing areas, each of which has its own special character.The ski slopes are among the best in the country, featuring gradients and lifts which suit both children and grownups together with excellent facilities for cross-country skiing. In addition, other outdoor sports are on offer, such as snowmobile tours, horse trekking, jeep excursions and visits to a skating arena. The Mývatn nature baths are the latest trump card to be played in winter excursions to North Iceland and of course every district offers access to an excellent outdoor swimming pool. As is generally known, North Iceland also offers accommodation of diverse character, restaurants and interesting museums as well as thriving theatrical performances

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Sheep/Horse Round-up in September - October Horse Round-up Nowhere in the Iceland are more horses gathered in the round-ups than in the north. Hundreds of horses are herded into the mountains in July, then, at the end of September and the beginning of October, farmers drive both sheep and horses down from their summer pastures in the highlands to lower land - just as they have done for centuries. The main roundups are Víðidalstungurétt in Húnaþing-vestra, Skrapatungurétt in East Húnavatnssýsla and Laufskálarétt in Skagafjörður. Further information at www.northwest.is and www.visitskagafjordur.is

Sheep Round-up The rounding up of sheep usually occurs during the month of September in the north of Iceland. This takes place in all districts and if you are interested, please check with tourist information centres in each district for further details on time and location.

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WINTER ACTIVITIES Skiing The ski areas in North Iceland all occupy their own niche in the region’s magnificent landscape. They offer slopes and lifts suited to both children and adults, and the season can extend from mid-November to May. Outside the organized ski areas, the possibilities for backcountry skiing are endless, with the Troll Peninsula being the centre of activity. The terrain looks as though it had been specially created for Alpine ski touring, cat skiing and heli skiing, all of which are activities currently on offer for the avid skier. Skiing on virgin slopes all the way down to the Arctic Ocean is what characterizes this skiers´ paradise where snow conditions remain favourable well into spring, the season lasting from mid-February to the end of May. Facilities for cross-country skiers, with prepared trails can be found in many locations and also some organized cross country and alpine ski touring trips. Winter in the North offers a true family paradise, promising pleasure and spiritual renewal in the embrace of snow-covered mountains.

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Sauðárkrókur, Tindastóll Skiing Area, one ski lift. Tel. +354 453 6707, www.visitskagafjordur.is

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Siglufjörður, Skarðsdalur Skiing Area, three ski lifts. Tel. +354 467 1806, http://skard.fjallabyggd.is/

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Ólafsfjörður, Tindaöxl Skiing Area, one ski lift. Tel. +354 466 2527, http://skiol.fjallabyggd.is

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Dalvík, Böggvistaðafjall Skiing Area, two ski lifts. Tel. +354 466 1010, www.skidalvik.is

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Akureyri, Hlíðarfjall Skiing Area, seven lifts. Tel. +354 462 2280, www.hlidarfjall.is

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Grenivík, Kaldbak Tours. Snocat tours to Mt. Kaldbakur.

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Website

www.kaldbaksferdir.com

Phone

+354 867 3770

E-mail

info@kaldbakur.com

Húsavík Skiing Area, one ski lift. Tel. +354 464 6199, www.volsungur.is/skidi


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WINTER ACTIVITIES Alpine Ski Touring

1

Dalvík, Bergmenn Mountain Guides, Alpine Ski touring. Website

www.bergmenn.com

Phone

+354 698 9870

E-mail

info@bergmenn.com

Heli Skiing

1

Dalvík, Arctic Heli Skiing. Helicopter skiing. Website

www.bergmenn.com

Phone

+354 698 9870

E-mail

info@bergmenn.com

Nordic Skiing

1

Mývatn, Hike and Bike. Guided tours on Nordic skis and snowshoes. Website

www.hikeandbike.is

Phone

+354 899 4845

E-mail

info@hikeandbike.is

Ice Climbing

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Dalvík, Bergmenn Mountain Guides. Ice climbing. Website

www.bergmenn.com

Phone

+354 698 9870

E-mail

info@bergmenn.com

Þingeyjarsveit, Björg, Ísbjörg. Ice climbing. Tel. +354 464 3636, hp.bjorg@simnet.is, www.bjorgum.is


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WINTER ACTIVITIES Cat Skiing / Cat Boarding

1

Troll Peninsula, Sporttours. Cat skiing & cat boarding. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 / +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

Skating

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Akureyri Skating Rink. Tel. +354 461 2440, vidar@sa-sport.is, www.sasport.is

Scuba Diving

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Sporttours. Scuba diving: Eyjafjörður, Grímsey and Ásbyrgi. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

Strýtan Divecenter: Eyjafjörður, Grímsey and Ásbyrgi. Website

www.strytan.is

Phone

+354 862 2949

E-mail

saevor@eyjar.is


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WINTER ACTIVITIES Snowmobile Tours Snowmobile tours provide a unique opportunity to mix adventure and sightseeing experiences together, and are a key to a great day in the north of Iceland.

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Troll Peninsula, Sporttours. Snowmobile tours. Website

www.sporttours.is

Phone

+354 899 8000 or +354 894 2967

E-mail

sporttours@sporttours.is

Grenivík, Kaldbakur Tours. Snocat tours to Mt. Kaldbakur. Website

www.kaldbaksferdir.com

Phone

+354 867 3770

E-mail

info@ kaldbaksferdir.com

Mývatn, Sel Hótel Mývatn. Snowmobile tours. Website

www.myvatn.is

Phone

+354 464 4164

E-mail

myvatn@myvatn.is

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Akureyri, Inspiration Iceland. Dog sledging. Website

www.inspiration-iceland.com

Phone

+354 865 9429 or +354 846 2692

E-mail

info@inspiration-iceland.com


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Events / Festivals All through the year the people in the North of Iceland arrange various events and festivals to celebrate local customs, history and culture.

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28 April-5 May Skagafjörður, Sæluvika. Annual culture festival. www.visitskagafjordur.is

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3-31 May Art Without Borders – art festival. www.listanlandamaera.blog.is

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4 May Museum Day in Eyjafjörður: free admission to all museums. www.museums.is

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18 May International Museum Day, Svalbarðsströnd. Opening of 15 new exhibitions at The Icelandic Folk and Outsiders Art Museum. www.ba.is/

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1 June Lake Mývatn, Mývatn Marathon. www.hlaup.is

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2 June Sjómannadagurinn /Seaman´s Day, on the first Sunday in June, is an annual event. This day honours the fishermen in Iceland and all those who make their living from the sea. The day is celebrated in towns throughout the country.

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13-16 June Akureyri Car Events 2013, Bíladagar is an annual celebration of all car, motorbike, and motorsports enthusiasts in general. www.ba.is/

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17 June Icelandic National Day is a holiday in Iceland, celebrating the day in 1944 when the Republic of Iceland was formed.

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22 June Akureyri Flight Days 2013. During the weekend aircraft of many types, old and new, are on display and in action. www.flugsafn.is

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20-23 June Skagafjörður, Hólar in Hjaltadalur. Baroque Music Festival. www.barokksmidjan.com 22 June Vatnsnes, Hamarsbúð. Buffet on the beach to celebrate St John’s Mass on Midsummer Eve. Local ladies present “local food” at its best. www.northwest.is

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27-30 June Skagafjörður, Lummudagar. Local culture festival. www.visitskagafjordur.is

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27-29 June Ólafsfjörður, Blue North Music Festival. http://blues.fjallabyggd.is

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27-29 June Akureyri, Arctic Open. International golf tournament which takes place at the end of June around Summer Solstice. http://www.gagolf.is/

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3-7 July Siglufjörður, Folk Music Festival and a Folk Music Academy to coincide with the festival. www.folkmusik.is 6 July Eyjafjörður, Glerárdalshringur, 24 mountain peaks in 24 hours. www.24x24.is or www.naturalis.is

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6-27 July Akureyri. Summer concerts in Akureyri Church, every Sunday in July. www.akirkja.is/page/sumartonleikar

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14 July The Icelandic Museum Day. Celebrated in museums all over the country.

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12-14 July Hrísey, Eyjafjörður, Shellfish Festival. A family festival focusing on the shellfish harvested from the ocean around the island. www.hrisey.net

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19-21 July Eyjafjörður, Gásir. Medieval market held at an archaeological excavation site near Akureyri, a trading post at least from the 12th to the 16th century. www.gasir.is

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19-21 July Blönduós, Húnavaka. Local culture festival. www.northwest.is

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24-28 July Hvammstangi, Borgarvirki. “Fire in Húnaþing”, a festival for the whole family.

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25-28 July Húsavík, Mærudagar. Local family festival. www.visithusavik.is

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28 July Hvammstangi, Laugarbakki. Grettistak Viking Festival. www.grettistak.is

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1-5 August Akureyri, Festival, “Ein með öllu” is a family oriented festival. http://einmedollu.is/frettir/english

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1-5 August Siglufjörður, Herring Adventure. Family festival. www.fjallabyggd.is/en

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8-11 August The “Great Fish Day” is an annual festival in Dalvíkurbyggð. Fish producers and other members of society invite guests to a sea food buffet between 11:00 and 17:00 at the harbour in Dalvík. www.fiskidagur.muna.is/

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9-12 August Hrafnagilshverfi, Arctic Handicraft and Design Iceland. Exclusive handicraft, art and design on display and for sale. Website

www.handverkshatid.is

Phone

+354 824 2116

E-mail

handverk@esveit.is

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10 August Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárhlaupið. The Dettifoss run takes you along hiking paths through the unique natural wonders of the area. www.jokulsarhlaup.is

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16-18 August Ólafsfjörður. Berjadagar, Music Festival. http://berjadagar.fjallabyggd.is

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16-18 August Grenivík, Grenivíkurgleði. Local family festival. www.grenivik.is

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16-18 August The Hólar celebration in Hjaltadalur. Celebrate old traditions; pilgrimage walks and cultural events. www.visitskagafjordur.is

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17 August Raufarhöfn, Sléttuganga á Melrakkasléttu. A 27km guided hike along a diverse and interesting route. Departure 9:00 from Raufarhöfn - no registration required.

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17-18 August Bárðardalur, Kiðagil. Outlaws Festival. http://kidagil.is/

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30 August-1 Sept. Akureyri Town Festival, Akureyrarvaka is celebrated the last weekend in August every year. www.visitakureyri.is

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September Siglufjörður, Poetry Festival. www.ljodasetur.123.is

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14-15 sept. District of Austur Húnavatnssýsla, Skrapatungurétt horse round-up. Hundreds of horses are gathered from the highlands. One of the largest social events of the year for the locals. www.northwest.is

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28 September Raufarhöfn, Hrútadagur. Local festival celebrating the Icelandic sheep.

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28 September Laufskálarétt in Hjaltadalur, the most popular horse round-up in Iceland. Every year thousands of guests come to the event. www.visitskagafjordur.is

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5 October Húnaþing West, Víðidalstungurétt, a popular horse round-up. www.northwest.is

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11-13 Oct. Akureyri, Ladies Days. Pink and shimmery days in the town, with concerts, exhibitions and everything women love. www.visitakureyri.is

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11-12 Oct. Maturinn 2013. A local food and gourmet festival and exhibition. www.visitakureyri.is

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24 October The First Day of Winter - celebrated at the Akureyri Museum. www.visitakureyri.is

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11 November Grímsey, Fiske-Celebration. Celebration on the birthday of the island’s patron, Mr. Daniel Willard Fiske. www.grimsey.is

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December Skagafjörður. Christmas twilight walk at Glaumbær Folk Museum. www.glaumbaer.is

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30 Nov.-23 Dec. Akureyri, Advent and Christmas programme. Enjoy celebrating the holiday season with colourful decorations, bonfires and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Hiking programmes

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10-14 June The Hiking Week of the Touring Club of Akureyri. www.ffa.is

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29 June-7 July Dalvíkurbyggð. Annual Hiking Week in the mountains of the Tröllaskagi peninsula (Troll peninsula). Different levels of difficulty. www.dalvik.is/gonguvika

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1-4 July Hiking Week, Akureyri and surroundings. Annual week where different hikes in and around Akureyri are offered at varying levels of difficulty. www.visitakureyri.is

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9-12 August The Hiking Week of the Touring Club Hörgur. http://horgur.123.is/

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Events / Festivals 2014

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13-16 Feb. Akureyri, ร‰ljagangur / Blizzard. An annual winter festival taking place at the beginning of February. www.eljagangur.is, www.visitakureyri.is

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3-6 April Akureyri, AK-Extreme, snowboarding competition. The best snowboarders/skiers in Iceland get together and organise this event. www.akextreme.is

Siglufjรถrรฐur, Herring Adventure, Family festival.

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