Eyjafjarðarsveit is the valley south of Akureyri, accessed by Rtes 821 and 829. The Eyjafjarðará River runs through fertile farmland with idyllic pastoral views and mountain backdrops.

A rich agricultural region runs north from Akureyri to Dalvík along Rte 82, punctuated by side roads to tiny fishing villages on the western shore of Eyjafjörður – from south to north these are Hjalteyri, Hauganes and Árskógssandur. Árskógssandur is the main jumping-off point for exploring little Hrísey island, out in the middle of the fjord.

Eyjafjörður’s eastern shore is much quieter than its western counterpart, and offers a few good places to pause among the sweeping vistas, including the eclectic Icelandic Folk & Outsider Art Museum, 12km from Akureyri on Rte 1.

Further north, Rte 83 branches off the Ring Road to lead you 20km north to the tiny, tidy fishing village of Grenivík, which has a spectacular outlook and good facilities: campground and pool, a small maritime museum, and a small supermarket with attached restaurant. En route (along Rte 83) are the photogenic turf roofs at Laufás and the acclaimed stables of Pólar Hestar.