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Akureyri

Northern Iceland has gained notoriety in the last few years thanks to multiple seasons of Game of Thrones and two volcanic eruptions. With the the crash of the Icelandic Krona in 2008, visiting has never been more affordable. Read more...

The colourful port town of Akureyri in Iceland is a great base to explore the surrounding countryside. Thought of as the capital of the North, Akureyri is 60km from the Arctic Circle and a fantastic place from which to enjoy the Northern Lights from September through to April.

Topping Lonely Planet's list of places to visit in Europe in 2015, the once sleepy Akureyri has become a mecca for intrepid travellers over the past five years. Nestled beneath snow-capped peaks and at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, evidence of the sheer power of nature abounds with glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and stacks of basalt as far as the eye can see. In the winter, Akureyri is a skiing paradise, while in summer, scuba divers congregate to see the fascinating rock formations that have formed over millennia below the surface.

Akureyri is only a stones throw from Lake Myvtan, with a large bird sanctuary and natural geothermal baths. Game of Thrones fans will recognise this northern Icelandic landscape as North of the Wall, while Burial Rites fans can visit the Vatnsnes Peninsula to learn about Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the inspiration for Hannah Kent's famous book.

The Godafoss Waterfall is perhaps one of the most impressive sites to behold above surface in Iceland, while below surface you can visit an ice-cave or go inside the magma chamber of a volcano. The Iceland Complete TourIntroducing Iceland and Scenic Trails of Iceland packages (and more!) all take in this amazing part of the world.