North Iceland Coastal Charm

North Iceland is Icelanders’ favorite winter activity destination. Try skiing and snowboarding, along with ice skating, snowmobiling and whale watching. North Iceland Coastal Charm is the perfect Road Trip for the active traveler.

Northern Iceland has long been a favourite outdoor recreation destination for Icelanders. While once difficult to reach in cold weather months, new roads and tunnels have opened up the area for year-round driving. With this road trip, you’ll have access to a variety of activities available in the north – from skiing, snowmobiling to river rafting – for the whole family to enjoy. Stay in the culturally-vibrant Akureyri and the newly-popular actvity destination of Siglufjordur to enjoy northern Iceland’s brand of outdoor fun, beautiful scenery and local charm.

Whether you are using the direct flights between Keflavik airport and Akureyri or are adding on a visit to Akureyri to your Iceland package, this is a great option for outdoors and local culture enthusiasts!

Summer: The long daylight hours make it possible to fill your itinerary with activities! Hike on trails taking you to breath-taking scenic vistas. Paddle through glacier-white water on rafting trips. Ride a surefooted, friendly Icelandic horse into beautiful landscapes. Go whalewatching in a traditional oak boat or a RIB boat. Play golf long into the evening. Afterwards, relax in geothermal pools and friendly cafes. Recommended car type: Category 2.0 or higher.

Winter: North Iceland is a winter sports paradise! Try skiing and snowboarding at scenic resorts, along with ice skating, snowmobiling and whalewatching. Warm up in geothermal pools and cosy cafes. Create a flexible ski holiday by adding in the 5×5 Ski Iceland pass (details below). Category 1.3 (Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar).

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6- day rental is up and use our FlyBus departure transfer.

Please note the ring road today contains a toll tunnel

Winter Idea:  The 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass Add-on

Winter in the North offers a true winter sports paradise, promising pleasure and spiritual renewal in the embrace of snow-covered mountains. There is even the chance of skiing under northern lights. The new 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass gives you access to five well-equipped and well-lit ski resorts open between November and May. Each ski area has its own special focus within North Iceland’s magnificent landscape. Both families and extreme ski adventurers can experience their own type of fantastic ski holiday with excellent facilities for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and extreme sport experiences. Ski rental and instruction in English is also available.

The Ski Iceland pass grants you access to five resorts over five days. Whether you ski at all the resorts or focus on one resort for the period, the pass gives you total flexibility at a great price.


  • Visit Akureyri, famous for its year-round natural beauty and lively cultural scene.
  • Stay in Siglufjordur, a colorful town with its own distinctive heritage and great access to outdoor activities
  • Discover the charming coastal culture of Eyjafjordur, Skagafjordur and the Troll Peninsula, areas gaining international popularity for year-round recreation and stunning views of the sea and mountains.
  • Wind along roads taking you by black-sand beaches, beautiful old churches and quality local museums.
  • Indulge in locally-crafted delights in area microbreweries, bakeries, and dairy farms.
  • Enjoy fun winter activities like skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling in an outdoor adventure paradise.
  • Stay in a part of Iceland ideal for glimpsing the amazing northern lights. (For travel between Mid-September and mid-April)
  • If travelling in summer, enjoy whale watching, bird watching, fishing, golf, river rafting, hiking and so much more under the midnight sun.

What you get

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening.


  • 2 nights in Akureyri at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar
  • 2 nights in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo, or similar
  • Daily breakfast (except for arrival day)
  • 4WD Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Akureyri Airport
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Customer Care service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekends and public holidays.
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:
    •  Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services that can be filtered to suit your interests
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day.
  • International airfare.
  • Airfare to/from Akureyri  (can be arranged through Iceland Travel).
  • Hotel nights in Reykjavik (can be arranged through Iceland Travel).
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended).
  • Gasoline/petrol.
  • Admissions and activities.
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary .
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00pm).
  • Guaranteed late check-out .
  • Winter Ski rental (available at Hlidarfjall ski area).
  • Winter Admission to ski areas (can be included with purchase of 5 X 5 pass).
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”.


Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.

With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.

Day 1 – Akureyri:

Highlights: Akureyri Akureyri Folk Museum Nonni House

Cultural Capital of Northern Iceland – Eyjafjordur – Year-Round Outdoor Fun

Pick up your car from the Akureyri airport and drive to your hotel in Akureyri.

The rest of the day is open to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings. This town has gained an international reputation for its combination of small-town charm and a great cultural scene. Take a stroll down the art gallery street and drink in the atmosphere of a local coffee shop. Enjoy outdoor fun just on the city‘s door step. The surrounding Eyjafjordur area also has a nice focus on local food culture with microbreweries, family-run bakeries, ice cream shops and a cafe located on a dairy farm. A great selection of restaurants and pubs makes Akureyri a great town for friendly nightlife.  After enjoying a day of fun, you can relax in the Akureyri Geothermal Swimming Poolwith its lap pool, varied hot tubs and steam room.

Winter Activity Recommendations:

  • Hlidarfjall (Akureyri Ski area) is a favourite ski area of Icelanders located just a short drive from the town centre. You can also take a local bus from the town to the ski area. Enjoy high-quality snow, great cross country ski tracks and exciting ski slopes with breath-taking views over Eyjafjordur Fjord.  Snow blowers and well-lighted slopes ensure fine skiing conditions through the winter.  Expert ski and snowboard trainers are on hand to assist skiers from all experience levels.  Ski rentals are available.  Hlidarfjall admission is included in  the Ski Iceland Pass add-on
  • Horseback Riding – A winter ride on friendly Icelandic horses in the beautiful area around Eyjafjordur is a memorable and fun experience for people of all riding abilities.  All necessary riding equipment is provided.
  • The Akureyri Skating Hall, operated by the Akureyri Skate Association, is a first-class skating rink within walking distance of the old city centre. The rink is open for general skating on weekends.  Skate rental available
  • Dogsledding – Experience a fun ride in a sled pulled by friendly huskies.   You can even try your own hand at dog mushing.
  • Snowmobiling – Take a thrilling one-hour snowmobile through areas with spectacular views over the Eyjafjordur Fjord and the mountains of Troll Peninsula.
  • Take a northern lights excursion by bus or jeep. The area makes a stunning backdrop if the conditions are right for the elusive northern lights to make an appearance.
  • Buggy Rides- Hurtle along coastal paths and roads in a special all-terrain Buggy vehicle.  Guided tours are available near Akureyri

Summer Activity Recommendations

  • Whale Watching- The deep waters of Eyjafjordur make this area ideal for whale watching, especially for glimpsing humpbacked whales (whale sightings are very likely but not guaranteed): Try classic whale watching in a boat or board an adrenaline –pumping high speed RIB boat
  • Golf- Play golf in a spectacular natural setting at the Jadar Golf Course in Akureyri.  The course is open May – October, and it has the distinction of being the world’s northernmost 18-hole golf course.
  • Hiking- There are great hiking paths in and around Akureyri.  Kjarnaskogur forest reserve is a local favourite with a vast network of backcountry trails winding through the forest, and even a bird watching shelter. You can also hike up Sulur mountain to get an astonishing view over the town and the fjord.
  • Trout Fishing– several local operators offer guided fly fishing tours for Brown Trout or Arctic Char on rivers and lakes in North Iceland
  • Horseback Riding – A summer ride on friendly Icelandic horses in the lush green nature around Eyjafjordur is a memorable and fun experience for people of all riding abilities.  All necessary riding equipment is provided.
  • Biking- If you have brought your own bike to Iceland, enjoy the specially-designed mountain bike trail in Kjarnaskogur forest.
  • Buggy Rides- Hurtle along coastal paths and roads in a special all-terrain Buggy vehicle.  Guided tours are available near Akureyri
  • Boat trips- Take a guided boat tour to Grimsey island (population 80), located only 25 nautical miles from the Arctic Circle.  Learn about the area’s whale and bird life and enjoy the scenery.  You’ll also meet some of the locals and try a delicious island fish dish.
  • Bird Watching- There are11 sites in and around Akureyri that are ideal for bird watching.
  • Rafting- North Iceland’s glacier fed rivers offer an ideal blend of adventure and scenery.  Rafting trips are available from scenic floats to action-packed adrenaline day tours.

Day 2 – Open Day in Akureyri:

Highlights: Akureyri The Christmas Garden Kjarnaskógur

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today is yours to enjoy more of the Akureyri area and its great outdoor recreation. If you didn’t manage to yesterday, why not try river rafting (in summer), a dip in the warm waters of Lake Myvatn’s Nature Baths, whale watching or skiing (in winter)?

Overnight in Akureyri

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