West and North Iceland

West and North Iceland
From fjiords to volcanic lakes, waterfalls and canyons, the Snæfellnes peninsula boasts a great variety of landscapes. Don't miss the Dynjandi Falls in the West, and look for whales at Húsavík.
This snow-capped volcanic cone served as a setting for Jules Verne's book Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Today, the adventure continues with a ski tow and snowmobile tours to its 1,446m summit crater. Situated on the most western part of Snæfellsnes peninsula, this 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano is one of the most famous sites in Iceland, and the mountain is actually called Snæfell, which is part of the Snæfellsjökull National Park.
The park is perfect for hiking, as you glide along cliffs of jointed basalt columns, past sea stacks, craters and rugged lava. Located 170km north-west of Reykjavík, the best time to visit the national park if you fancy volcanic excursions is spring and early summer.
Don't miss out on visiting the peninsula's north shore and Bjarnahöfn where you can sample local delicacies, including hákarl (cured shark) and dried fish. Even if you don't like the taste of shark, don't miss out on Bjarnarhöfn's Shark Museum which is open daily all year.
Get up close and personal with puffins on Látrabjarg, a 14km-long cliff, which rises over 400m at Iceland's westernmost tip. In May, puffins flock ashore to nest in burrows, so that's the perfect time to observe them. Nearby you'll also find deals and Arctic foxes.
If you fancy whale watching, Húsavík's harbour is the best spot in the area. This is a great place to spot minke whales and white-beaked dolphins - humpbacks and giant blues. If find sealife fascinating, you can't miss out on the Whale Museum.
Located 40km off the north coast and the only accessible place in Iceland within the Polar Circle, Grímsey is a small island where you can experience the midnight sun to the fullest. The perfect time to spot the midnight sun is between 12 June and 1 July. This lush island is home to thousands of sea birds and even a few sheep.
This famous lake and nature reserve attracts tourists from far and wide to see its volcanic and geothermal oddities. Upon admiring the round of craters, fissures, lava beds and solfataras, get on a plane at the local airfield to get a top-class view of the lunar landscape from above. A sightseeing flight costs around £71 and itlasts approximately 20 minutes.
After an adrenaline-filled day, take a dip in the Nature Baths, which is a geothermal spa that overlooks the lake. The ticket to the Nature Baths costs £15 from September to May, while it is priced at £18 between June and August.


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