North Iceland Coastal Charm

North Iceland is Icelanders’ favourite winter activity destination. Discover why with this driving holiday.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:All year
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days

North Iceland Coastal Charm


North Iceland is Icelanders’ favourite winter activity destination. Discover why with this driving holiday while you stay in culturally-vibrant Akureyri and the newly-popular winter destination of Siglufjörður for fun, scenery and local charm. You can even create a flexible ski holiday by adding in the 5x5 Ski Iceland pass and try skiing and snowboarding at scenic resorts, along with ice skating, snowmobiling and whale watching.

The 5x5 Ski Iceland Pass Add-on

Winter in the North offers a true winter sports paradise, promising pleasure and spiritual renewal in the embrace of snow-covered mountains.  There is even the chance of skiing under northern lights. The new 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass gives you access to five well-equipped and well-lit ski resorts open between November and May. Each ski area has its own special focus within North Iceland’s magnificent landscape. Both families and extreme ski adventurers can experience their own type of fantastic ski holiday with excellent facilities for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and extreme sport experiences. Ski rental and instruction in English is also available. 

The Ski Iceland pass grants you access to five resorts over five days. Whether you ski at all the resorts or focus on one resort for the period, the pass gives you total flexibility at a great price.

What's in it for you?

  • Worry-free travelling
  • Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening


  • Visit Akureyri, famous for its winter beauty and lively cultural scene
  • Stay in Siglufjordur, a colorful town with its own distinctive heritage and great access to winter sports
  • Discover the charming coastal culture of Eyjafjordur, Skagafjordur and the Troll Peninsula, areas gaining international popularity for winter recreation and stunning views of the sea and mountains
  • Wind along roads taking you by black sand beaches, beautiful old churches and quality local museums
  • Indulge in locally crafted delights in area microbreweries, bakeries, and dairy farms
  • Enjoy fun winter activities like skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling in an outdoor adventure paradise
  • Add the 5x5 Ski Iceland Pass and turn your trip into a fun winter ski vacation, with five ski resorts located along your driving route
  • Stay in a part of Iceland ideal for glimpsing the amazing northern lights


  • 2 nights in Akureyri at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar, including breakfast
  • 2 nights in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo, or similar, including breakfast
  • 4WD Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Akureyri
  • Road map (1:500 000) (Until 1. May)
  • Iceland Travel Guide, our detailed road booklet (issued in selected languages) (Until 1. May)
  • Access to our emergency phone line, open 24 hours
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: unlimited minutes of local calls + 1GB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland. 
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental)

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. 



Day 1 - Akureyri

Distance is variable

Cultural Capital of Northern Iceland – Winter Fun in Eyjafjordur

Approximate driving distance: varies

Pick up your car from the Akureyri airport and drive to your hotel in Akureyri.

The rest of the day is open to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings.  This town has gained an international reputation for its combination of small-town charm and a great cultural scene. Take a stroll down the art gallery street and drink in the atmosphere of a local coffee shop. Enjoy outdoor fun just on the city‘s door step. The surrounding Eyjafjordur area also has a nice focus on local food culture with microbreweries, family-run bakeries, ice cream shops and a cafe located on a dairy farm. A great selection of restaurants and pubs makes Akureyri a great town for friendly nightlife. 

Winter Activity Recommendations:

  • Hlidarfjall (Akureyri Ski area) is a favorite ski area of Icelanders  located just a short drive from the town centre.  You can also take a local bus from the town to the ski area.  Enjoy high-quality snow, great cross country ski tracks and exciting ski slopes with breathtaking views over Eyjafjordur Fjord.  Snowblowers and well-lighted slopes ensure fine skiing conditions through the winter.  Expert ski and snowboard trainers are on hand to assist skiers from all experience levels.  Ski rentals are available.  Hlidarfjall admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass add-on
  • Horseback Riding- A winter ride on friendly Icelandic horses in the beautiful area around Eyjafjordur is a memorable and fun experience for people of all riding abilities.  All necessary riding equipment is provided.
  • The Akureyri Skating Hall, operated by the Akureyri Skate Association, is a first-class skating rink within walking distance of the old city centre. The rink is open for general skating on weekends.  Skate rental available
  • Dogsledding-  Experience a fun ride in a sled pulled by friendly huskies.   You can even try your own hand at dog mushing.
  • Snowmobiling – Take a thrilling one-hour snowmobile through areas with spectacular views over the Eyjafjörður Fjord and the mountains of Troll Peninsula. 
  • After enjoying winter outdoor fun, relax in the Akureyri Geothermal Swimming Pool with its lap pool, varied hot tubs and steam room.
  • Take a northern lights excursion by bus or jeep. The area makes a stunning backdrop if the conditions are right for the elusive northern lights to make an appearance.

Day 2 - Open Day in Akureyri

Distance is variable

Breakfast at your hotel. Today is yours to enjoy more of the Akureyri area and its great winter recreation. 

Overnight in Akureyri


Day 3 - The Troll Peninsula

Approximate distance: ca75km / 47miles

Scenic Coastal Roads- Charming Villages- Troll Peninsula- Historical Siglufjordur

Breakfast at your hotel. You will be following scenic and winding coastal roads. Remember to listen to the weather and forecast and take the driving at a slow pace, both to enjoy the view and to be safe. Drive along Eyjafjordur Fjord and to the area of Trollaskagi, the Troll Peninsula and Siglufjordur Fjord. The opening of new road tunnels in 2010 has made this region of mountains and sea accessible to visitors year-round. Pass through charming fishing villages en route to Siglufjordur. This town is considered one of Iceland‘s most beautiful, with carefully-preserved old houses and a new hotel (Siglo) cleverly constructed to blend in with the historical atmosphere. Recently the town has been attracting a reputation as a cozy winter resort due to the excellent skiing in the peninsula. Siglufjordur is also a filming location for Trapped, an Icelandic crime TV series that has been gaining international popularity.

In addition to skiing, Siglufjordur is an excellent base to explore the area‘s history and culture. The town‘s award-winning Herring Era Museum offers insights into a fascinating 20th-century event that changed both Siglufjordur and Iceland.  The town also offers a new microbrewery, Segull 66 and dining at several restaurants with a home-like ambience. Overnight in Siglufjordur. If conditions are right, you might see northern lights this evening.

Winter Activity Recommendations

  • Siglufjordur Ski Area- Located about 15 minutes‘ drive from Siglufjordur, the ski slopes of Skardsdalur Valley are considered among the best in Iceland for their varying terrain and breathtaking views. Three lifts carry skiers up to the slopes. There are also areas for cross country skiing and a ski lodge. Admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass
  • The Olafsfjordur area offers ideal conditions for winter sports. The neighbouring mountains and valleys have ideal terrain for snowmobiling and the environment is particularly well-situated to skiing. In Olafsfjordur there is one lift suited for both beginners and professionals. The Tindaoxl ski area is equipped with ski lifts and excellent slalom tracks. Snowboarding enthusiasts have large pristine areas at their disposal. Admission to this area is included in the Ski Iceland Pass
  • Dalvik  Ski area is about midway between Akureyri and Siglufjordur and and has one of the best skiing areas in the country with beautiful views overlooking black sand beaches and the sea. There is a wide variety of runs suitable for all members of the family. One of the slopes is floodlit for night skiing. The area is equipped with a new snow making machine system which ensures ideal skiing conditions. Dalvik admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass
  • Whale Watching is possible from Dalvik in November, March and April. This unique boat tour has a high success rate in spotting whales and dolphins. You’ll also have a chance to try some sea angling and have a taste of freshly-caught fish.
  • Swimming pools in Dalvik and Olafsfjordur are great places to relax and offer fantastic views of the area scenery.

Day 4 - Winter Fun in North Iceland

Distance is variable

Peninsulas and Fjords – Skiing and Winter Fun – Local Heritage

Breakfast at your hotel. You will be following scenic and winding coastal roads. Remember to listen to the weather and forecast and take the driving at a slow pace, both to enjoy the view and to be safe. Today is open for you to explore the areas of Troll Peninsula, Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur.  You can enjoy skiing, snowmobiling or other winter sports. The area offers many cultural points of interest. Holar has interesting buildings reflecting 900 years of Icelandic history, including a beautiful church. The Emigration Centre in Hofsos focuses on the experiences of 19th-century Icelanders who sought a new life in the North and South America. (Both places open during the winter by appointment). Dalvik‘s wonderfully-eclectic Hvoll Museum focuses on local history, including Iceland‘s famous giant. Icelandic handicrafts enthusiasts might enjoy visiting Suturann, a unique Icelandic tannery in Saudarkrokur that includes fish skin among its quality products. (Open on weekdays). Overnight in Siglufjordur.

Winter Activity Recommendations

  • The Tindastoll ski area near Saudarkrokur is particularly well-suited for families. The slopes are equipped with a new snow making machine. The area offers well laid-out tracks for cross country skiing as well as a special zone reserved for snowboarding. Ski rental and refreshments available on site. Tindastoll admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass
  • Skagafjordur is famous as a centre for Icelandic horse farms. Several companies in this area offer winter horseback riding tours suited to all skill levels. Experience the peace of winter on paths that show you great views over the region‘s plains and mountains.
  • Relax at the Hofsos Swimming Pool (nicknamed by locals as the “Infinity Pool.”)  Created and given to the village by an artist and an architect, this public swimming pool has beautifully-designed facilities. The geothermal pool seems to extend into the ocean with fantastic views of Drangey Island.  (Opening hours: Weekdays:  07:05 - 13:05 (7:05 am - 1:05pm) and 17:15 - 20:15 (5:15pm – 8:15pm) ; Saturday and Sunday:  11:00 - 15:00 (11:00am – 3:00pm)

Day 5 - Siglufjordur to Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca75km / 47miles

Farewell to the Fjords and Ski Slopes


Breakfast at your hotel.  Today drive back to Akureyri, visiting towns and enjoying a last visit to the ski slopes en route. Drop off your car at Akureyri airport. 

Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.

Extend Your Time in Iceland!-  Add some more of the north to your package with extra nights. Iceland Travel can add in extra nights in Akureyri so you can enjoy the Lake Myvatn area, Husavik and the Diamond Circle. We can also help with building a complete winter experience with booking hotel nights in the Reykjavik area and round-trip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri.  


Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.



  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.


Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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