Below are suggestions for day trips to explore the northeast of Iceland. Húsavík is the main base and all tours start and end here. Feel free to pick the one you like the most, complete all of them in several days or take your time and just take parts of them. If you complete all tours you’ll discover the northeast from east to west. Whenever possible each tour offers a different rout on the go and return to make sure you see as much as possible.
If not mentioned otherwise, the tours are suitable for regular cars. If you want to complete all tours, a 4×4 WD car is recommended. Each hiking area offers hiking paths with different levels of difficulty and length so they suit everyone.
Please note that all tours are open during the summer month June, July and August. Snow might come early and stay long or be missing entirely, the weather is different every year. To make sure that the tour you selected is doable check road.is for the actual road condition on a daily basis.
More hidden gems and real insights can be explored with a local guide. They can also take you to places that are nor reachable with a regular car or unsafe for inexperienced drivers. Learn more about their offers here.
There are many things to think of when you pack your luggage: socks, drinking bottle, a hat,… but don’t forget the most important item: time. Make sure you have enough time to allow impressions to sink it, enjoy the moment, be there with all your senses. Make sure you can there is time to fully soak int he moment or activity without being in a constant rush. If this is what you are aiming at, then the following suggestions for day trips may be of great help. Promise, it will be a great adventure and if there is something you might regret then it is not staying longer in the area.
Day Trip 1: Whales, Húsavík and the Ocean
This day is entirely entitled to whales and the ocean: starting with a whale watching tour, education about whales and a life-size blue whale skeleton at the whale museum to a real polar bear. The day ends in the comfortable warmth of a geothermal sea bath. Read more>