Northeast, Iceland

Day 5 on the road. . .

Starting Location: Akureyri
End Location: Seyðisfjörður
Distance: 181 miles
Accommodations: Seyðisfjörður Hostel

 

The Northeast was scattered with a slew of beautiful and natural places.  The area around Lake Mývatn is a popular destination for Icelanders during the summer months when temps are cooler than those in the South.  Only having a day to get from Akureyri to Seyðisfjörður really didn’t give us enough time to thoroughly explore this area.  But we managed to make the most of it, stopping at 7 different scenic locations.

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Akureyri, Iceland

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Day 4 on the road. . .

Starting Location: Hólmavík
End Location: Akureyri
Distance: 184 miles
Accommodations: Akureyri Backpackers Hostel

 

Akureyri is Iceland’s second biggest city, however, it is far smaller than what you would think that title would entail.  Regardless, I was completely smitten with Akureyri.  The Backpackers Hostel were we stayed was right downtown and made for a great base camp to explore the city.  Beautiful churches, colorful buildings, creative murals, and a picturesque port are just a few of the things that make Akureyri so charming.

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Ísafjörður and Arctic Fox Center, Iceland

Day 3 on the road. . .

Starting Location: Þingeyri
End Location: Hólmavík
Distance: 187 miles
Accommodations: Broddanes Hostel

 

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Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the westfjords, but despite this fact it can be explored in just a few hours.  Although mostly a fishing town, the tourist industry has increased within the last few decades with many hotels and restaurants available to visit.  We only stayed here for about an hour due to our strict schedule.  It would of been nice to have spent longer because I love quiet town like this.  If you can stay a few days, you can take a ferry to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.  This reserve looked like an beautiful place for hiking and your best bet for seeing arctic fox in the wild.  Unfortunately we didn’t have several days to spend here if we wanted to get around the whole Ring Road, so after walking around a little, and stopping in to a cute bakery, we were back on the road.

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Sea Kayaking, Iceland

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One of the adventures I really wanted to do in Iceland was to go sea kayaking.  I kayak at home on rivers regularly so I thought seeing Iceland by water would be a wonderful experience.  Our tour group picked us up in Reykjavik and before we knew it we were outside the city looking at a beautiful fjord.  The boats were already on location so all we had to do was get our gear and get started.  We booked our sea kayaking tour here.

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The Golden Circle, Iceland

The Golden Circle might be the most popular tourist route in Iceland but it doesn’t have to be cookie cutter, especially if you rent your own car and experience it for yourself.  Even though it is only about 3 hours of actual driving, be prepared for it to take ALL day.  There is a lot to see and it will give you a good taste of everything Iceland has to offer including history, waterfalls, churches, craters and geysers.

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