North Iceland offers a huge spectrum of scenery to explore, from the soft and gentle to the awesomely spectacular. In the vast remoteness of North Iceland wild and powerful glacial rivers carve their way through deep volcanic canyons on their unrelenting journey to the ocean. The northern part of Vatnajokull National Park is located in North Iceland. Despite a large part of Vatnajokull National Park being underneath the icecap of the glacier Vatnajökull, its landscape is diverse, predominantly due to the interplay of volcanic activity and glaciers.
Central volcano Askja is a part of Vatnajökull National Park, a 50 km2 caldera in the Dyngjufjoll mountains. The mountains emerged in volcanic eruptions under an Ice Age glacier cap. Askja itself was formed at the end of the Ice Age in a major ash eruption.The caldera contains several volcanoes, including Víti (explosive volcanic crater). Herdubreidarlindir, an highland oasis situated north of Vatnajokull glacier, is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots of the interior. Traveling to Askja and Herdubreidarlindir requires a 4x4 transport.
Jökulsárgljúfur National Park is one of North Iceland´s""must sees"" stretching along an awesome canyon carved out by river Jokulsa a Fjollum. Within Jokulsargljufur is waterfall Dettifoss, Europe´s greatest waterfall. Dettifoss is 45 m high and 100 m wide, with 500 cubic metres of water per second plunging over the edge.
The Goðafoss waterfall, in the Myvatn district, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Godafoss is impressive in shape as it divides into two horseshoe-shaped falling from river Skjálfandafljót.
On Skjálfandi Bay, the town of Húsavík has established itself as Europe´s main whale watching centre. The number of whale species, along with favourable weather and sea conditions, make North Iceland one of the best Icelandic areas for spotting whales. Skjálfandi and Eyjafjörður are sheltered bays, perfect for a boat ride on a summer's day, surrounded by birds and beautiful scenery. Eyjafjördur, in North Iceland, is one of the best places in Iceland for cross-country, downhill skiing and snowboarding. The most famous place for skiing in North Iceland is mountain Hlidarfjall, lying just above
The Skagafjörður fjord, is the northern drainage for Hofsjökull, Iceland's third largest glacier, and is naturally suited for whitewater rafting on the East- and West Glacier Rivers. Anyone seeking excitement will find river rafting down these two adventurous glacial rivers ideal. Another reason for adventure seekers and explorers to visit Skagafjord in North Iceland is its equestrian tradition. Skagafjord is the heart of horse riding in Iceland and famous for its horses and horseback riding tours all over North Iceland.
Many of Iceland's leading salmon fishing rivers and trout streams are located in North Iceland. Fresh and unpolluted, they receive the fish in summer and provide it with optimal conditions. Numerous lakes near lowland farms or up in the highlands provide a dream catch for the fisherman. Those wishing to fish on the deep-blue ocean can opt for sea angling, with departures from several harbours