Visitors have to understand that the Northeastern Region of Iceland is not just about tourist hotspots. The very essence of this region is its pure and wild beauty that offers amazing sensory experiences to those who visit. Here, you can see astounding natural views to your heart’s content, from sunrise to sunset. Tourists who love nature walks, wild exploration and hiking will feel at home in the Northeastern Region. Although Húsavik is one of the most popular places in the region, it is minute compared to the myriad wonders of this region. Part of the expansive Vatnajökull National Park also lies within this region of Iceland.
You can spend your time watching the whales at Húsavik, observe puffins and many other types of seabirds on the seaside cliffs, and enjoy the many sights and sounds of nature. Northeastern Region is considered as one of the most underrated regions of Iceland, and a paradise for lovers of the wilderness. You can go click-happy at various places due to the stunning beauty of the landscape. But even the most beautiful photographs will fail to capture the aura of locations like Mývatn, Krafla, and Dettifoss. It makes sense to plan at least a week-long trip to Northeastern Iceland. This will ensure that you have enough time not just for sightseeing, but also enjoy being in the heart of nature.
The key attractions of the Northeastern Region of Iceland include -
Mývatn - Mývatn is one of the most impressive and surreally beautiful lakes in the Northeastern Region of Iceland. It is the fourth largest water body in the country and one of the most popular centers of tourism. Mývatn Lake is spread over a huge 36 square kilometer area and is home to a diverse selection of flora and fauna. It is situated in a region that has a lot of volcanic activity and has a volcanic origin. This is one of the must-see attractions that you should not miss during your trip to the Northeastern Region. It is a feature attraction of the famous Diamond Circle travel route. The lake has several islands that add to its unique and mesmerizing beauty. Most of these were formed by intense volcanic activity over thousands of years. You can choose to take a bath in the geothermally heated waters of the Mývatn Lake at the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Dettifoss - Dettifoss is considered by many as the mightiest waterfall in Iceland, and all of Europe. This magnificent natural wonder is situated within the boundaries of the Vatnajökull National Park in the Northeastern Region of Iceland. Originating from the Vatnajökull Glacier, this waterfall comes down with a voluminous roar and descend 150 feet into the ground beneath. The waters hit the ground and create a gigantic spray that can be spotted from miles away. You will find it difficult to get incredibly close to the waters of the Dettifoss waterfall, and doing so is not safe. But there are observation points where you can descend to, and feel the spray of the fresh glacier water. Dettifoss is widely regarded as the Niagara Falls of Iceland due to its massive scale and ferocity.
Grjótagjá - Grjótagjá is a small lava cave situated in the proximity of Mývatn Lake in Northeastern Iceland. This famous cave is a geological wonder of Iceland with a thermal spring within it. Grjótagjá became popular as it was the hideout of the 18th-century outlaw named Jón Markússon. Although it features a hot spring, the water temperature is more than 50 degrees and unsafe to bathe in. But, you can explore the insides of this famous cave, which was used as a location for the filming of the popular TV series Game of Thrones. The combination of the volcanic rock interiors with the water-filled cave floor creates amazing views for visitors to enjoy. Grjótagjá is a type of place that you are unlikely to come across anywhere in the world.
Aldeyjarfoss - The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is a picturesque attraction in Northeastern Iceland and a popular tourist destination. It is a part of the Skjalfandafljot River and descends amidst vertical basaltic columns. Although this waterfall is not so tall with just 20 meters height, its surrounding regions are quite beautiful and interesting examples of Icelandic geology. To reach this waterfall, you have to climb to the highest region of the Budardalur valley. Once you reach this attraction, look down to enjoy stunning views of the basin into which the waterfall descends. The bordering basaltic columns will give you a lot of opportunities for clicking amazing photographs, but watch your step on the rugged surface. Some say the fall resembles the veil of a bride.
Heimskautsgerðið - Heimskautsgerðið or the Arctic Hedge is a set of manmade rock sculptures situated at Raufarhöfn in the Northeastern Region of Iceland. It is a major tourist hotspot even though the construction has not been completed yet. The protruding structures of the hedges are inspired by a famous Eddic poem named Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seeress), and also pay homage to the Nordic roots of the country’s population and culture.
Krafla - Krafla is a 10-km wide caldera situated in the Mývatn area of Northeastern Iceland. It is a crater of one of the most active Icelandic volcanoes, with an expansive 90-km fissure zone. The Krafla fissure zone is home to the famous Viti crater, another major tourist destination of the region. You can take a trip to this caldera when you are doing your tour of Mývatn Lake. Krafla is situated right on the edge of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a great place to witness amazing volcanic landscapes and a lake with amazing teal-colored waters. The Krafla volcanic system encompasses the Leirhnjúkur Lava Fields and Víti Maar, both of which are accessible to tourists. This area of intense volcanic activity has a distinct appeal that cannot be described in words.