1 Lake Mývatn

Clock up the birdlife, explore the craters and hot mud pools, and bathe in the northeast’s only geothermal spa.

2 Jarðböðin Nature Baths

Glorious thermal spa, where you can soak in warm water whilst admiring the view down over Lake Mývatn.

3 Krafla and Leirhnjúkur

Spend a half-day hiking around this volcano crater and rugged lava flow, still steaming after an eruption in the 1980s.

4 Húsavík

Iceland’s premier whale-watching venue, where you’re almost guaranteed sightings through the summer.

5 Jökulsárgljúfur

Superb camping and hiking among heath and weird rock formations at this deep river gorge and National Park.

6 Ásbyrgi

This huge horseshoe-shaped cliff face is said to be a hoofprint made by the Norse god Oðinn’s eight-legged horse.

7 Dettifoss

Europe’s most powerful waterfall is spectacular at the start of summer, when glacial melt upstream turns the river into a furious brown torrent.

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