What to do in Northwest Iceland
1. River Rafting
There are white water river rafting tours from 2 hours up to 3 days, starting from Varmahlíð. Some tours offer also a break at a hot spring and a superb opportunity to attempt cliff-diving. Activity Tours in Varmahlíð is specialised in white water river rafting both for beginners and the more experienced.
2. Horseback Riding, horse shows and sheep roundups
Multi-day horseriding tours can be organised by Hestasport in Varmahlíð, as well as both short and longer day trips. Visits to the September Réttir, the traditional sheep roundups, can also be arranged. There are also a fine 90 minute long horse shows on the subject of the history and development of the Icelandic horse breed, with its five different gaits.
3. Seal & bird watching
See information: Vatnsnes Peninsula
4. Drangey Adventure boat trips
See information: Drangey island
There is an ideal trek from Sauðárkrókur up Mt. Tindastóll (989 m high). The panoramic view from the top is unrivalled, from the sea and islands of the coast, throughout the beautiful Skagafjörður district and into the highlands and glaciers. Mt. Tindastól is central in various local folk tales. According to one of the legends it is one of the three mountains in the country where wishing-stones can be found.
1. Kjölur & Hveravellir - crossing the interior highlands
The highland road leads southwards from Skagafjörður, past the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull, to Gullfoss and Geysir. The waterways on the route are bridged, so the way is open to all vehicles, although the journey is slow. The geothermal fields of Hveravellir, with a natural hot bathing pool and good hiking trails, are passed on the way.