iceland tour: North Iceland: WInter

Self Drive
Explore Akureyri & Siglufjordur
Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr
5 days
Itinerary
General Prices

Northern Iceland has long been a favourite destination for Icelanders. New roads and tunnels have opened up this area for year-round driving, so you can enjoy  the vast variety of activities offered in the north - from skiing and snowmobiling to river rafting - plus admire the amazing scenery. Stay firstly in Akureyri and then in nearby Siglufjordur, to enjoy northern Iceland’s unique brand of outdoor fun, beautiful scenery and local charm.

Day 1 Akureyri Arrival
On arrival into Akureyri Airport pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel. Akureyri has gained an international reputation for its combination of small-town charm and a great cultural scene. Take a stroll around the streets to explore art galleries, boutiques and cafes.  A great selection of restaurants and pubs makes Akureyri a wonderful town for dining and for friendly nightlife. 

Or  enjoy some of the many great winter activities the Akureyri has to offer - see our suggestions below. Tonight, perhaps relax in the Akureyri Geothermal Swimming Pool with its lap pool, varied hot tubs and steam room. Maybe the Northern Lights will come out to play.............

Cross Country Skiing:  Hlidarfjall is located just a short drive from the town centre.  Enjoy high-quality snow, and great cross country ski tracks and slopes with breath-taking views over Eyjafjordur Fjord.  
Horseback Riding : ride charming and friendly Icelandic horses in the beautiful area around Eyjafjordur,  a memorable and fun experience for people of all riding abilities. 
Ice Skating: Akureyri Skating Hall is within walking distance of the old city centre. 
Dogsledding: Experience a fun ride in a sled pulled by friendly huskies.   
Snowmobiling: Take a thrilling 1 hour snowmobile safari through areas with spectacular views over the Eyjafjordur Fjord and the mountains of Troll Peninsula. 2 persons per snowmobile. 
Buggy Rides: Hurtle along coastal paths and roads in special all-terrain Buggy vehicles 
Northern Lights: search for the fabled Aurora by bus or jeep , in the town's stunning suroundings 

Day 2 Akureyri Day at Leisure
Today enjoy more of the Akureyri area and its great outdoor recreation. Or maybe take a dip in the warm waters of Lake Myvatn's Nature Baths.  2nd overnight in Akureyri

Day 3 Akureyri -  Siglufjordur: The Troll Peninsula  Approximate distance 75km 
Today depart Akureyri and follow the scenic and winding coastal roads. Drive along Eyjafjordur Fjord to the area of Trollaskagi, the "Troll Peninsula" which has been moulded by glaciers during the ages, creating powerful mountains, beautiful valleys and gorgeous mountain lakes. Continue through charming fishing villages and along the Siglufjordur Fjord to Siglufjordur, a town considered one of Iceland‘s most beautiful, with carefully-preserved old houses.  There is a feeling of magic and tranquillity here, and in addition to offering lots of  outdoor fun, Siglufjordur is an excellent base to explore the area‘s history and culture. The town has the award-winning Herring Era Maritime Museum, a new microbrewery, and great dining at several restaurants. Overnight in Siglufjordur.  If conditions are right, you might see the Northern Lights this evening.

Today and tomorrow enjoy some of the many great activities the Siglufordur area has to offer. These include: 

Skiing:  try the Skardsdalur Valley, the Olafsfjordur area, or the Dalvik Ski area, for some of the best skiing  
Snowboarding enthusiasts also have large pristine nearby areas at their disposal within easy reach of the town.
Whale Watching: search for whales and other wildlife and try some sea angling.

Day 4  Siglufjordur: Day at Leisure
Today explore the areas of Troll Peninsula, Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur. Holar has interesting buildings of religious and historical significance reflecting 900 years of Icelandic history, including a beautiful church,  the Emigration Centre in Hofsos focuses on the experiences of 19th-century Icelanders who sought a new life in the North and South America (Both places open during the winter by appointment), and Dalvik‘s wonderfully-eclectic Hvoll Museum focuses on local history, including Iceland‘s famous giant. Icelandic handicrafts enthusiasts might also enjoy visiting Suturann, a unique Icelandic tannery in Saudarkrokur that includes fish skin among its quality products. Or try some of the great outdoor activities suggested above. 2nd overnight in Siglufjordur.

Day 5 Siglufjordur to Akureyri Approximate distance 75km
Today drive back to Akureyri, and return your rental car to Akureyri Airport. End of arrangements. 

Departures: daily in October, November, February, March and April

Includes: 2 nights in Akureyri at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar including breakfast; 2 nights in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo or similar including breakfast; 4WD Rental car for 4 x 24 hour days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection, VAT, GPS, 2nd authorised driver; emergency phone line 24 hours; use of tablet with travel app with information, maps and suggestions.

Excludes: flights, suggested activities, fuel, extras.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1094.00
Single AUD$ 1846.00

Includes: 2 nights in Akureyri at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar including breakfast; 2 nights in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo or similar including breakfast; 4WD Rental car for 4 x 24 hour days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection, VAT, GPS, 2nd authorised driver; emergency phone line 24 hours; use of tablet with travel app with information, maps and suggestions.