To start the day, we recommend taking your family on a short ferry ride to Hrísey, a small island with a population of only about 180 people. Not surprisingly, it is well known for its tranquil surroundings and great bird-watching opportunities for species like ptarmigan, arctic tern and eider duck. Hay cart tours (optional) are also available, and there are a number of easy hiking trails you may explore on your own.
Your ultimate destination today is Iceland’s second largest town, Akureyri, nicknamed the “Capital of North Iceland“. Here you can enjoy the little shops and cafes in the downtown, along with the well-preserved old houses, interesting museums and the beautiful botanical garden. You can also go for a swim in the town pool, one of the best in Iceland, or check out the small Kjarnaskógur forest nearby.
Spend the next three nights in the Akureyri area.
Driving distance approx. 79 km / 49 mi.