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North Iceland Guide May 9-16

By Staff

  • Is the model sporting a black eye? Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the North Iceland chapter of What to Do and See this Week Around Iceland, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Seal Watching at the Vatnsnes peninsula
Some of Iceland’s best seal watching locations are at the Vatnsnes peninsula in north Iceland. Closely monitored by the nearby Icelandic Seal Center in the town of Hvammstangi together with local land owners, each area offers visitors a different perspective of the seals. It is not unusual to see large numbers of them resting on the rocks and beaches, or playing close to the coast.

The perfect Saturday night out in Akureyri town
“The perfect Saturday night out in Akureyri would begin with dinner at Rub 23, which serves mostly seafood. Then I’d go for a mojito at Strikið restaurant, which is on the fifth floor of a building located in the city center. It has a splendid view over Eyjafjörður fjord and Hof, the new Cultural and Conference Center. I’d end the night at Götubarinn, which translates to The Street Bar. It’s a charming little bar in the city center, and its interior is reminiscent of old Akureyri.”
Recommended by Margrét Helgadóttir, a lawyer living in Akureyri

Heading to the top of Mount Kaldbakur. 

Skiing from the top of Mount Kaldbakur
Kaldbakur Tours offer fantastic daily skiing trips on Mount Kaldbakur. Spring is the prime time for these trips. Peaking 1174 metres (3852 feet) above sea level, Mount Kaldbakur is the longest skiing slope in Iceland. Pisten bullies transport passengers to the top of the mountain where they can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view before skiing, snowboarding or walking back down. Kaldbakur Tours offer up to three trips a day. A minimum of ten passengers is required for each trip.  The company also provides tailor-made tours for private groups.
The meeting point is in the car park north of the town of Grenivík. The pisten bullies have roofless passenger cabins, so it is important that passengers are dressed accordingly. More information here.

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