World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

Reykjavik to Akureyri

Listed under Road Trips in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Photo of Reykjavik to Akureyri
Photo by flickr user Ronsonn
Pin It

The 339km journey from Reykjavik to Akureyri passes all kind of varied and interesting sights, from volcanoes, to farmlands, to hot springs, all in a journey that can be comfortably done in a day or spread over multiple days of relaxed exploration and driving.

Starting in Reykjavik the site seeing begins before you even get in the car, with the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon - then there's the Kerið volcanic crater, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir hot springs. The drive starts along Hvalfjord and then heads north into the Borgarfjörður Valley, where there are waterfalls, hot springs and historic sites to be explored.

Next, along Highway 1, is the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the unique fishing village, Stykkishólmur. Admire the glacier covered volcano, Snæfellsjökull, which you can journey to the top of if weather permits.

Further north is the Skagafjörður, the Valley of the Horses, where it's said horses outnumber people. There is water rafting, horse riding and trekking available for the less time pressed roadtripper, and beautiful sites to be seen through windows for the daytrippers. Continue across the valley and into the northern town of Siglufjörður, where there's a historic church and charming buildings. Back on the road, and the end of the trip arrives as you pull into Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland.

Written by  Emily Christian-Michaels.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • The Alaskan Highway

    For beauty, stillness and serenity, the Alaskan Highway claims priority. With little to distract your attention, this drive fro…

  • Drive New Zealand's South Island

    From majestic glacial peaks of the Southern Alps to rainforest wildlife, turquoise sea and soothing waterfalls, New Zealand’s S…

  • Garden Route: Slang River to Tsitsikamma

    With several forest and marine reserves, and offering snorkelling, scuba diving, boat trips to see dolphins, whales and sharks,…

Nearby Experiences

  • Sjómannadagurinn

    Fishing is important to the Icelandic way of life, especially in the small rural areas where the way of life is shaped to fit a…

  • Iceland Airwaves

    It's 4 a.m. You've been to five cool clubs, seen ten great bands, made 15 new friends and fallen in love 20 times. You're tired…

  • 101 Hotel

    Hip design hotel with minimalist style in the heart of Reykjavik Reykjavik’s only boutique hotel, named after the city’s 101 n…

Related links

Contribute to this page