North Iceland

Tindastóll (989m) is a prominent Skagafjörður landmark, extending for 18km along the coast. The mountain and its caves are believed to be inhabited by an array of sea monsters, trolls and giants. The summit of Tindastóll affords a spectacular view across all of Skagafjörður. The easiest way to the top is along the marked trail that starts from the high ground along Rte 745 west of the mountain (it's a strenuous hike). There's skiing here in winter (see http://skitindastoll.is).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North Iceland attractions

1. Puffins & Friends

6.54 MILES

Learn about puffins, whales and their seal friends, as well as watch a 360-degree movie of puffins and the Northern Lights.

2. Minjahúsið

6.64 MILES

There’s a quirky ensemble of exhibits at the excellent 'heritage house', including a series of restored craftsmen's workshops, a pristine A-model Ford…

3. Tannery Visitor Centre

7.37 MILES

At 9am and 2pm weekdays (from mid-May to mid-September) you can tour Iceland’s only tannery (500kr), or stop by the visitor centre anytime to admire (and…

4. Drangey

7.49 MILES

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…

5. Icelandic Emigration Center

9.83 MILES

Several restored harbourside buildings have been turned into a museum exploring the reasons behind Icelanders’ emigration to North America, their hopes…

6. Glaumbær

17.21 MILES

The 18th-century turf-farm museum at Glaumbær is the best museum of its type in northern Iceland and worth the easy 8km detour off the Ring Road,…

7. Cathedral

19.13 MILES

Completed in 1763, Hólar’s red-sandstone cathedral is the oldest stone church in Iceland and brimming with historical works of art, including a 1674…

8. Icelandic Horse History Centre

19.2 MILES

The admission price gets you a personalised tour around this comprehensive exhibit on Iceland’s unique horse breed and its role in Iceland’s history. It’s…