Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Siglufjörður

Herring Era Museum

Lovingly created over 16 years, this award-winning museum does a stunning job of recreating Siglufjörður’s boom days between 1903 and 1968, when it was the herring-fishing capital of Iceland. Set in three buildings …
Top Choice Island in Tindastóll & Grettislaug

Drangey

The tiny rocky islet of Drangey (drown-gay), in the middle of Skagafjörður, is a dramatic flat-topped mass of volcanic tuff with 180m-high sheer cliffsides rising abruptly from the water. The cliffs serve as nesting…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Eastern Mývatn

Dimmuborgir

The giant jagged lava field at Dimmuborgir (literally ‘Dark Castles’) is one of the most fascinating flows in the country. A series of nontaxing, colour-coded walking trails runs through the easily anthropomorphised…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Eastern Mývatn

Hverfjall

Dominating the lava fields on the eastern edge of Mývatn is the classic tephra ring Hverfjall (also called Hverfell). This near-symmetrical crater appeared 2700 years ago in a cataclysmic eruption. Rising 452m from …
Top Choice Cave in Eastern Mývatn

Lofthellir

The dramatic lava cave at Lofthellir is a stunning destination, with magnificent natural ice sculptures (ice trolls?) dominating the interior.Although it's one of Mývatn’s highlights, the cave is on private property…
Top Choice Museum in Western Mývatn

Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum

For some birdwatching background, swing by Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum, housed in a beautiful lakeside building that fuses modern design with traditional turf house. Inside you’ll find an impressive collection of taxide…
Top Choice Geyser in East of Reykjahlíð

Hverir

The magical, ochre-toned world of Hverir (also called Hverarönd) is a lunar-like landscape of mud cauldrons, steaming vents, radiant mineral deposits and piping fumaroles. Belching mudpots and the powerful stench of…
Top Choice Museum in Varmahlíð

Glaumbær

Following Rte 75 north from Varmahlíð leads to the 18th-century turf-farm museum at Glaumbær. It’s the best museum of its type in northern Iceland and worth the easy 8km detour off the Ring Road.The traditional Icel…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Vesturdalur

Hljóðaklettar

The bizarre swirls, spirals, rosettes, honeycombs and basalt columns at Hljóðaklettar (Echo Rocks) are a highlight of any hike around Vesturdalur and a puzzling place for amateur geologists. It's difficult to imagin…
Top Choice Waterfall in Goðafoss

Aldeyarfoss

If you're looking for more waterfall wonder after Goðafoss and have some time up your sleeve, photogenic Aldeyarfoss is worth the journey. It's 41km from the Ring Road on an unsealed road (Rte 842, just west of Goða…