North Iceland is an expansive, enchanting region, where you can find all of Iceland's attractive aspects: culture and a flourishing society, endless opportunities for entertainment and outdoor recreation, picturesque nature in all directions, and more natural sights than almost anywhere else. Spring, when the sun melts the snow and the land takes on the green of summer, is a time of renewal, travel and being outdoors. Some people go walking, swimming or golfing, while others choose fishing, hunting, riding horses, or adventurous trips on the sea, lakes or rivers. All around, something is offered to suit everyone, such as trips to other towns, out to islands, or into the highlands to view mountains, hot springs, waterfalls, glacial rivers, volcanic craters, extraordinary landscape and other geological features. Highland trips are experiences never to be forgotten. The season of autumn brings its marvellous colours, while winter has its own charm, as winter sports take over, the northern lights dance in the cold sky, and the darkness itself provides inspiration and spiritual uplifting.
North Iceland is a veritable string of jewels, whose nature attracts people of all ages. On the west side of Húnafjörður, the rock arch of Hvítserkur towers just off the shore; far to the south, nearly at the pass out of North Iceland, Hveravellir adds colour to the highlands with one of the country's largest geothermal fields. The islands of Málmey and Drangey in Skagafjörður exude folklore, while the people of Eyjafjörður boast of more magnificent mountains and more prosperous farming communities than one can generally find. The two Þingey counties present nature that is simultaneously rough, mild and breathtaking, with so many sights you would be hard put to find more natural masterpieces anywhere else. Take, for example, the waterfalls of Goðafoss and Dettifoss, the latter Europe's mightiest. Downstream from Dettifoss, explore Jökulsárgljúfur, one of the country's most awe-inspiring canyons. Here can be found the Hljóðaklettar formations and Ásbyrgi, where the rushing waters of the Jökulsá have shaped stark cliffs. Far to the south, Askja epitomises calderas and volcanoes. Although Mývatn and its entire environs are world-famous for their beauty, the cliffs of Dimmuborgir comprise a wondrous world of their own.