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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 Icelandic in Dalvík

Gísli, Eiríkur, Helgi

Named after three brothers from a folk tale, this might just be the perfect small-town cafe. It's decked out in timber, full of vintage bric-a-brac and mismatched china (it's owned by the folks behind the town's ret…
Top Choice Icelandic in Reykjahlíð

Vogafjós

The ‘Cowshed’, 2.5km south of Reykjahlíð, is a memorable restaurant where you can enjoy views of the lush surrounds, or of the dairy shed of this working farm (cows are milked at 7.30am and 5.30pm). The menu is an o…
Top Choice Cafe in Around Akureyri

Kaffi Kú

Kaffi Kú is a perfect pit stop in pastoral Eyjafjarðarsveit (11km from Akureyri). Dine above a high-tech cowshed (you can watch the cows queue to be milked by a 'robot') on excellent beef goulash or roast-beef bagel…