Getty Images/Design Pics RF

Arctic Henge

North Iceland

The striking stone arches of Arctic Henge are the darling of many a brochure, and in real life they live up to the exalted mood. The massive stone circle on the hill just north of Raufarhöfn is 50m in diameter with four giant gates (representing the seasons) up to 7m in height. The goal: a finely tuned sundial to celebrate the solstices, view the midnight sun, and explain the strong local beliefs in the mythology of the Edda poem Völuspá (Wise Woman’s Prophecy).

This ambitious long-term building project is still underway.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North Iceland attractions

1. Melrakkaslétta

6.64 MILES

The unsealed but magnificent old coastal road (Rte 870) around the wildlife-rich and little-visited Melrakkaslétta (Arctic Fox Plain) bumps along for 55km…

2. Byggðasafn Norður-Þingeyinga

17.12 MILES

South of the village, the folk museum at Snartarstaðir farm highlights local textile and handicraft traditions. Look for cute, fully dressed scarecrows in…

3. Earthquake Centre

17.46 MILES

On 13 January 1976 Kópasker suffered a severe earthquake that destroyed several buildings and cracked the harbour wall. Today, there’s a small earthquake…

4. Sauðaneshús

24.45 MILES

Sauðaneshús, the old vicarage on the church estate 7km north of town (en route to Langanes), provides insights into how locals lived a century ago, and…