North Central Iceland Attractions
North-central Iceland consists of three peninsulas protruding into the Arctic Ocean.The landscape is a patchwork of mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, marsh-land and lava deserts.Home to some of Iceland's finest agricultural land it is also an important region for fishing and fish processing.
The Arctic Circle runs straight through the island of Grímsey, and travelers receive certificates for crossing it. Here the sun doesn't set at summer solstice, but despite its northerly latitude, the weather is relatively mild: the average temperature in January is -1.1°C/30°F and in August, 8.3°C/47°F.The 115 inhabitants of Grímsey mostly live from fishing though farming is important on this green island, as are such activities as bird-hunting and egg-collecting.Chess is a favorite diversion of the residents and Grímsey's tiny library was bequeathed by an American chess-lover.Grímsey, lies about 41km/25.5mi from Iceland's north coast and is 5.3 sq km/2 sq mi in area at its highest point reaches 105m/344ft above sea-level.A great number of birds come to the island in the summer. Polar bears have appeared on the island, being brought there by the drifting ice floes from Greenland.Boat trips around Grímsey, are available, during which islanders discuss the island's history and guide visitors around its places of interest. There is a guesthouse with a restaurant on the island.
During the summer months the nights are bright in all of Iceland but in Grímsey the sun never fully sets in the month of June.
Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland and surrounded by mountains, most of which exceed a height of 1,000m/3,300ft and provide well-sheltered spots for farms and fields.The Eyjafjörður area is suitable for hikes in places such as the Tröllaskagi mountain range, or the wooded park of Kjarnaskógur which is a five-minute drive from Akureyri. Other activities horseback tours, 4x4 vehicle safaris, and sightseeing by boat, coach, plane or car.One of the most special characteristics of Iceland is the midnight sun and Eyjafjörður is one of the best places to see it.
Siglufjördur is the northernmost town in Iceland, and signs of its past glory as the herring capital of Iceland are still evident.Siglufjördur's population of 1,800 still depends on the sea for work and enjoys a dramatic setting beside a small fjord at the northern tip of the Tröllaskagi mountain range.The historic architecture, the colorful rooftops of upper town, the harbor and the backdrop provide a photographic setting. The modern sculpture near the shore, a gummi boat confronting monster waves, provides a feel for Siglufjördur's past.
Herring Era Museum
The Herring Era Museum specializing in the history of the herring may be the only museum of its kind in the world.The museum is located in Róaldsbrakki, an old Norwegian herring station built in 1907. Inside are fishing exhibitions and old films and photographs.The lodgings for the young women who worked at the station have been untouched nor has "the office of the herring speculator" from which the salting station was managed.In front of Róaldsbrakki there is an old-fashioned quay with everything set up for the salting process.Realistic performances of the local theatrical group re-enact the working methods and often end in everyone dancing to music played on the accordion.
Address: Snorragata 15, Siglufjördur, Nordurland vestra IS-580, Iceland
Myvatn is a lake district famous for its abundant bird life and large, shallow body of water.The surroundings are volcanically active with a volcanic eruption occurring as recently as the mid-1980s. Bubbling clay pits, sulphuric fumes and lava formations are witnessed by travelers.
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