Day 06 of 12 Day Roadtrip Iceland Husavik Siglufjordur
RP13 approaching Akureyri
On day six we will enjoy a number of sights around Lake Mývatn.
The first stop is at the Námafjall mountain (RP3), where you can enjoy the beautiful view.
The next stop is at Mývatn Nature Baths (RP4) Enjoy and relax in Iceland's largest natural treasure, a designated nature reserve, where you can enjoy the lagoon with hot water and steam baths.

You should not miss a visit to the Grjótagjá cave and source (RP6), Grjótagjá is a small lava cave near Lake Mývatn, famous for its beautiful geothermal hot spring. Pay attention to RP5, here the routes of TomTom and Here are not the same, so follow the signs to the parking lot of the Grjótagjá cave.

The next stop is Dimmuborgir (RP7), a nature reserve that is characterized by very capricious and large rock formations consisting of volcanic rock that originated during volcanic eruptions about 3000 years ago. The area consists of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an old collapsed citadel (hence the name). The dramatic structures are one of the most popular natural tourist attractions in Iceland.

After enjoying the diversity and beauty around Lake Mývatn, we continue on Route 1 to the west, from RP8 you have several options to stop for a moment in a parking lot to enjoy the view of Lake Mývatn .

At RP9 we stop for a short break to have a drink in Skútustaðir, here you can also take a walk and enjoy Lake Stakhólstjörn.

At RP11 we arrive at the peak of this ride; Goðafoss or "the falls of the Gods". The Goðafoss is one of the larger waterfalls in Iceland and is really beautiful and therefore definitely worth a visit.

On the way to Akureyri you can already enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Eyjafjörður fjord, the longest fjord in Iceland (60 km long), where this beautiful town is located.
Along the way you drive past Christmas House / Santa's House (RP15), at this house it is Christmas 365 days a year! Nice to stop for a photo.

This is an ideal moment to enjoy lunch and for fans there is also the possibility to Whale-Watch.
In the town itself there are a number of nice sights (these are marked with a POI);
• Akureyri Art Museum, for those who want to sniff culture
• Laxdalshús, this is the oldest house in Akureyri and dates from 1795
• The Akureyrarkirkja church, this church seems to have just come from Lord of the Rings
• Botanical gardens in Akureyri, you will see many flowers here in the summer

From Akureyri we drive along the fjord, with beautiful panoramas to the end point Siglufjörður, a small fishing town with 1,190 inhabitants on the fjord.

I rate this route with 5 ***** stars because of the beautiful panoramas en route and the beautiful sights and activities.
RP11 Goðafoss Waterfall
RP8 Lake Myvatn
Useful links:
Route Day 5
Icelandic Meteorological Office
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration
RP4 Mývatn Nature Baths
Route Day 7

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Iceland (Icelandic: Ísland; [ˈistlant] (listen)) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, with a population of 364,134 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a polar climate. According to the ancient manuscript Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in 874 AD when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the following centuries, Norwegians, and to a lesser extent other Scandinavians, emigrated to Iceland, bringing with them thralls (i.e., slaves or serfs) of Gaelic origin. The island was governed as an independent commonwealth under the Althing, one of the world's oldest functioning legislative assemblies. Following a period of civil strife, Iceland acceded to Norwegian rule in the 13th century. The establishment of the Kalmar Union in 1397 united the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Iceland thus followed Norway's integration into that union, coming under Danish rule after Sweden's secession from the union in 1523. Although the Danish kingdom introduced Lutheranism forcefully in 1550, Iceland remained a distant semi-colonial territory in which Danish institutions and infrastructures were conspicuous by their absence. In the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Iceland's struggle for independence took form and culminated in independence in 1918 and the founding of a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with sustaining the world's oldest and longest-running parliament. Until the 20th century, Iceland relied largely on subsistence fishing and agriculture. Industrialisation of the fisheries and Marshall Plan aid following World War II brought prosperity and Iceland became one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. In 1994, it became a part of the European Economic Area, which further diversified the economy into sectors such as finance, biotechnology, and manufacturing. Iceland has a market economy with relatively low taxes, compared to other OECD countries, as well as the highest trade union membership in the world. It maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. Iceland ranks high in economic, democratic, social stability, and equality, ranking third in the world by median wealth per adult. In 2018, it was ranked as the sixth most developed country in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index, and it ranks first on the Global Peace Index. Iceland runs almost completely on renewable energy. Hit hard by the worldwide financial crisis, the nation's entire banking system systemically failed in October 2008, leading to an economic crisis and the collapse of the country's three largest banks. The crisis prompted substantial political unrest, the Icesave dispute, and the institution of capital controls (imposed in 2008 and lifted in 2017). By 2014, the Icelandic economy had made a significant recovery, in large part due to a surge in tourism.Icelandic culture is founded upon the nation's Scandinavian heritage. Most Icelanders are descendants of Norse and Gaelic settlers. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is descended from Old West Norse and is closely related to Faroese. The country's cultural heritage includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, Icelandic literature, and medieval sagas. Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, with a lightly armed coast guard.
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About this route collection
12 Day Iceland Road Trip

Driving in Iceland is a great experience whether you travel by car or as described in this review by motorcycle.

This route collection is based on information about Iceland that you can find on the Internet, especially from the Guide to Iceland, where you can find a wealth of information to prepare you well for your trip.

You drive through landscapes that are varied and beautiful, you see glacier tongues, volcanic mountains, geothermal areas with active geysers, lava fields, craters, forests, waterfalls and incredibly rugged stretches of coast. You will also see many animals such as seals, killer whales, humpback whales, puffins, gulls, olives and petrels

The main roads are of good quality but you also drive a lot on gravel roads, so not suitable for road motorcycles. Some of these roads are sometimes closed due to the weather.

It is therefore important that you check the weather forecasts and the situation of the roads every day before you leave, this information can be found on the website of "Icelandic Meteorological Office" and for the roads on the website of "The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration" "

Due to the Icelandic climate this trip can only be made in the summer and is suitable for car and motorcycle. Renting cars (also 4x4) and motorbikes is possible in Reykjavik.
If you want your own car or motorcycle, you can make a ferry crossing from the Netherlands or Denmark via the Faroe Islands. Then take another week off for the crossings, or longer because you can also make beautiful rides on Faroe Islands.

This route collection consists of the following routes

Day 1 from Reykjavik to Vik (350km)
Day 2 from Vik to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (215km)
Day 3 from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hoefn (225km)
Day 4 from Hoefn to Seydisfjoerdur (295km)
Day 5 from Seydisfjoerdur to Husavik (300km)
Day 6 from Husavik to Siglufjordur (260km)
Day 7 from Siglufjordur to Blonduos (220km)
Day 8 from Blonduos to Reykholar (325km)
Day 9 from Reykholar to Patreksfjordur (455km)
Day 10 from Patreksfjordur to Grundarfjordur (280km)
Day 11 from Grundarfjordur to Borgarnes (210km)
Day 12 from Borgarnes to Reykjavik (270km)