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.
Iceland’s premier whale-watching venue, where you’re almost guaranteed sightings through the summer.
Superb camping and hiking among heath and weird rock formations at this deep river gorge and National Park.
This huge horseshoe-shaped cliff face is said to be a hoofprint made by the Norse god Oðinn’s eight-legged horse.
Europe’s most powerful waterfall is spectacular at the start of summer, when glacial melt upstream turns the river into a furious brown torrent.