If you are visiting the north side of the country of Iceland and want to do some exploring then Eyjafjardardalur is a place you should definitely have a look at.
Last weekend I visited Akureyri, which is located on the north side of the country, around 380 KM from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, with my family. We got the weather conditions that we were hoping for: a typical Icelandic spring, with blue sky, snow still in the mountains and the sun evoking all the beautiful spring colors.
With some handy tips from the locals, we decided to use the few hours we had to explore a valley called Eyjafjardardalur, which is located south of Akureyri, beyond the head of Eyjafjordur. The route is very popular amongst cyclers but since the route is only 22 KM, it is also popular for a Sunday drive with the family.
Here is a map of the route: https://www.map.is/esveit/
With no time to waste, we jumped in the car and headed out on the road. Normally this drive takes about 30 to 50 minutes, but we were not in a rush so we took all the time we needed to stop and enjoy the stunning scenery.
This route does not only offer beautiful landscapes, but it also has many activities. For example, there is a local pool with a water slide, a playground for kids, a museum, cafes, ice cream bar, horse rental and two golf courses. On the road you can also find six churches that all have a remarkable story.
Here you can see photos of the churches: http://www.esveit.is/is/ferdathjonusta/kirkjurna
In Eyjafjardardalur you can also find camping places, hiking routes and rivers that offer angling.
So as you can see there are plenty of things to do (and I’m probably missing some things), but for my part – driving with my daughter, walking around, exploring and capturing this beautiful scenery was enough for me. But I sure hope that I will have time to visit again, and then do some hiking and golfing.