1 Seal watching, Ósar

Get close to a rare seal-breeding colony on the Vatnsnes peninsula.

2 Þingeyrakirkja, Þingeyrar

One of Iceland’s most spectacular church interiors, with an intricate wooden pulpit from the late 1600s.

3 Skagi peninsula, Skagafjörður

Witness the austere beauty of one of Iceland’s most exposed coastlines.

4 Herring museum, Siglufjörður

Get to grips with Icelanders’ fascination with fish in this excellent museum.

5 Botanical Garden, Akureyri

Seemingly defying the northerly latitude, this delightful garden is awash with colour during the short summer months.

6 Ptarmigan spotting, Hrísey

In summer dozens of these plump game birds waddle through Hrísey’s main village with their offspring in tow.

7 Hiking in Í Fjörðum

Hike through uninhabited valleys and mountain passes, all within easy striking distance of Akureyri.

8 The Arctic Circle, Grímsey

Crossing the magic line gives a real sense of achievement, and Grímsey is one of the best places to see the Midnight Sun.

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