Holidaymakers looking for somewhere different to travel to in the far north of Europe should pay a visit to Northeast Iceland. Although not commonly considered as a popular tourist destination, this part of Iceland has many fantastic things to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, cottages, apartments and campsites.
Holidaymakers can enjoy many scenic and varied landscapes via the hiking trails in Northeast Iceland, which vary in length and difficulty. The coastal and mountain trails are also popular for horse riding. Nature lovers also come to this area for whale and bird watching.
There are four nine-hole golf courses in the Northeast including the newest at Lundsvöllur and with the midnight sun here, it is possible to play well into the night during the summer. Northeast Iceland has many lakes, pools and rivers that enable visitors to go fishing for salmon and trout amongst other species. Geothermal pools can be found in many towns and villages here, giving holidaymakers the chance to relax in the hot water.
Numerous bars, cafes and restaurants can be found in this part of the country with a variety of dining options including plenty of seafood and Scandinavian dishes. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from grocery stores and supermarkets. Tourists will also find some markets and shops selling souvenirs and gifts.
This part of Iceland has some wonderful places to visit including several museums. These include the Transportation Museum at Ystafell and the Maritime Museum and Photograph and Film archives in the Museum House in Húsavík. The National Park at Jökulsárgljúfur is a fantastic place to visit for its canyons, gullies and rock formations. Northeast Iceland is not all volcanic rock as there is some beautiful greenery to be found such as the Vaglaskógur forest in Fnjóskadalur. The region has some spectacular waterfalls as well, the greatest being the Dettifoss Waterfall. In the ÃžingeyjarsÃ½sla area there are 14 lighthouses lining the coast including Kopasker Lighthouse.
The mildest time of the year in this part of the country is July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 13 degrees centigrade. The coldest month of the year is January when the average minimum temperature is approximately -3 degrees centigrade. Precipitation is quite evenly spread throughout the year. October is usually the wettest with an average of 85mm of rainfall spread over 14.5 days.
Keflavik International Airport (KEF) is located in south west Iceland and 50 kilometres from the capital city, Reykjavik. Flights arrive here from various international airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN), Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and Vienna (VIE) amongst others. Visitors should fly to Keflavik and either drive to their holiday destination in Northeast, or transfer to Reykjavik Airport (RKV) and fly to Akureyri Airport (AEY). Several car hire firms are located at Keflavik airport including Avis, Budget, Car Rentals, Europcar and Hertz.