Step into one of the most magical places on Earth and uncover secret natural wonders. Thundering waterfalls. Volcanic valleys. Ancient caves. All echoing treasured traditions of fairy and Viking folklore. Be blown away on this unforgettable family adventure on roads and trails less traveled in Northern Iceland—even when the sun finally goes to sleep, you might not want to!
1 Get a bird's-eye view of Iceland's wild landscape as you fly from the capital to the country's second-largest city, Akureyri | Discover Eyjafjördur, Iceland's longest fjord, as we make our way along its shore with lush green meadows and mountainous border | Step off a boat for an exploration of Hrísey Island—a bird-lover's paradise and home to a picturesque fishing village with tidy traditional houses and exquisite views of the mainland.
2-3 From the flanks of Illvidrishnjúkur our climb reveals panoramic vistas of headlands blanketed in vibrant green hues, descending sharply to the sea | Find yourself a mere 25 miles from the Arctic Circle and enjoy views of nearby mountains | Stroll through the quaint and historic village of Siglufjördur while kids get a taste of Icelandic culture with the locals | Pedal through the picturesque fishing communities lining Eyjafjördur's shores | Visit Ektafiskur and try a taste of hákarl (fermented shark)—if you dare! | Take a stroll to Godafoss, one of Iceland's largest and most spectacular waterfalls.
4-5 Wake up in Húsavik, one of Iceland's most beautiful towns | Set sail on the area's nutrient-rich waters for a view of the impressive coastline and a chance to spot whales | Back on land, ride past farms, ranchland, emerald green hills and the shores of Lake Mývatn, with landscape carved by molten lava | Climb to an up-close view of Hverfjall Volcano's caldera and surrounding otherworldly crater-like depressions | Kids meet up with Icelandic horses for a riding adventure while adults cross through lava fields to the beautiful natural hot spring hiding in the Grjótagjá lava cave | Relax with a soak in the steaming waters of the Jardbödin lagoon.
6 Your Icelandic adventure perfectly concludes with an exploration of the Krafla lava fields | Witness energy from the Earth's core feeding Krafla's power station and navigate the smoldering spectrum of colorful paths through Leirhnjúkur | Marvel at the bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles and boiling pools of azure water against steep black-and-ocher slopes at the Hverir Volcano vents.