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The northeast

Iceland’s extreme northeast corner is, frankly, a bit of a backwater; there are no great sights and Route 85 between Ásbyrgi and the town of Vopnafjörður traverses a barren, underpopulated countryside (most people left in the late nineteenth century after the volcanic activity at Askja had sterilised the region). Having said this, the northeast’s scattering of small fishing towns and an understated landscape of moorland and small beaches have their own quiet appeal; and the Langanes peninsula also has some great – and relatively undemanding – hiking potential. Don’t forget that you’re almost inside the Arctic Circle here, and summer nights are virtually nonexistent, the sun just dipping below the horizon at midnight – conversely, winter days are only a couple of hours long.