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Northeast Iceland Overview

Northeastern Region is one of the traditional eight regions of Iceland, located in the north of the island. The biggest town in the region is Akureyri, with a population of 17,300.In this remote and little-visited region you can see sea birds and whales in their natural, unspoilt environment, and visit the unexpectedly lush Jökulsárgljúfur area, the northern section of Vatnajökull National Park.However, if you’re looking to explore off-the-beaten-track Iceland, this is one of the best places in the entire country. True, tourist attractions as such are few and far between, but the real draw of this corner of Iceland is to experience nature in the raw and to see a side of Icelandic life which is rarely glimpsed in some of the more cosmopolitan centres of the country. Dozens of atmospheric fishing villages cling precariously to this shore just south of the Arctic Circle. Exploring these quiet, conservative outposts and the craggy cliffs and wilderness areas around them reveals the harsh seafaring world that is in many ways Iceland’s backbone.