Day Eight, Circular trip from Akureyri
As we were based in Akureyri for two nights, this gave us the opportunity to tour some of the northern peninsular and venture off the A1 Ring Road for a while.
Back in the 4x4 we headed north out of town and picked up route 82, immediately the hustle-bustle of a larger town has gone & we’re back on the quiet deserted Icelandic roads.
Iceland’s historical past has partially revolved around whale hunting, although nowadays the tracking of whales is mainly for tourism or scientific reasons. However, we came across this sculpture of a whale tail and had to stop.
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Northern Icelandand its fishing communities
Driving in Icelandand then came the tunnels
Well, when I say ‘interesting’ Gary & I weren’t quite prepared that partially through the narrow dark tunnel, priority was for oncoming traffic and we had to pull over into a layby that was bored out in the side of the tunnels rock face.
There’s a first time for everything!
Useful driving tips
If you are planning a road trip around Iceland particularly over the winter months you need to be very aware of the ever-changing road and weather conditions.
During winter, parts of the Ring Road may be impassable, and you may not get to areas of the country you intended to.
Regularly check the conditions by using these useful websites and apps, believe me, they will come in handy.
Discovering Northern Iceland TownsSiglufjörður
Exploring IcelandAs far as the eye can see
Finding the right car for you
Discover Iceland’s enchanting Ring Road with its rugged landscape or the waterfalls and geysers around the Golden Circle for yourself.
If you want to explore Iceland's F-Roads, you must have a 4x4, but we'd recommend one anyway for the improved driving position, and if the weather turns, you have a touch of added protection.
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The best of North IcelandI’ll say it again
A must try in IcelandIce cream
A look around AkureyriTake a stroll
In search of the Northern Lights
If you are Northern Light hunting, you need to be aware of the sunset & darkness times and the KP Index for the evening. It also requires dark and partly clear skies.
KP Index scale ranges from 0 to 9;
4-6: A big solar storm is coming
7-9: Highly unusual
You can monitor this via the Icelandic Met Office which is updated around 6 pm.
Our Iceland Road TripThe route
Highlight of the Day
Trips to try in IcelandSomething from Get Your Guide?
Where we stayed in AkureyriOur stopover
For the two nights, we were based in Akureyri; we stayed at Hotel Kea, in the centre of town. The hotel was comfortable and had a broad range of facilities.
The only issue was that it had limited parking on site and certain in town areas of Akureyri require a parking disc. The hotel gave us a disc; however, it works on time restrictions.
Go for a 4×4 for the reasonable ground clearance it affords you. You can, of course, hire a 2-wheel drive vehicle, but you are not permitted to drive on ‘F’ roads and other tracks.
Our experience was that even access to certain Points of Interest along roads a regular 2-wheel drive wouldn’t get you there. Trust us.
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