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From South to North or a Journey From Reykjavik to Akureyri

13 July 2020

Iceland is a county of breathtaking views and marvelous nature. When you visit it, you hardly know where to start — from south to east, or from west to north. But we’d love to show you one way that will definitely fascinate you. Start with the bustling Reykjavik and move forward towards historical harbors. Set off on a south to north travel and behold the marvels of Iceland with Ragnar. 

Journey From Reykjavik to Akureyri | Ragnar Blog


Country capitals are a must-see for every tourist and Reykjavik is where your journey starts. But it’s not only a starting point. This is the place where the life of the whole nation is booming. 

A modern city with striking views of the sea and beautiful landscapes has a lot to offer its visitors. During the daylight, you can enjoy skyr, which is a traditional Icelandic dairy product that reminds you of cottage cheese and yogurt, in a local cafe. And after that you can explore the city’s marvelous architecture — Hallgrimskirkja, a modern Lutheran church, unbelievable Old Harbour, the Sun Voyager, the National and Saga museums just to name a few. This is also the right place to get to know the Viking culture inside-out.

But despite the visible calm air of Reykjavik during the day, the nightlife is quite exciting. Various clubs and restaurants welcome guests to try the best food and spend a great time with locals and other fellow tourists. Moreover, Iceland is proud of its light beers and Brennivin, the country’s signature unsweetened schnapps.

Reykjavik - a modern city, where your journey starts | Ragnar Blog

Gentle Giants

The capital city is full of interesting people and places, but Iceland has so much more to offer. When you embark on a south to north journey on board the luxury yacht, from Reykjavik to Akureyri, you might encounter some fascinating inhabitants of the cold waters that surround the country. 

Many species of whales can be met off the northern coast of the country. You can take excellent photos of these unbelievable animals to capture the best moments of your journey. 

Fascinating whales on a journey from Reykjavik to Akureyri | Ragnar Blog

Seascapes and Landscapes

While onboard Ragnar, you will be passing through some picturesque places. Cold waters which are merged with the sky are dotted with enormous icebergs, from afar you will see high hills, crystal beaches, waterfalls, and spectacular sunsets and sunrises. 

The Northern Lights

The night sky is not always dark, especially when you travel through a country like Iceland. The Northern Lights have always captivated the imagination of people. When various colors like green, white, pink, yellow. and blue are dancing against the black, you are willy nilly carried away by the mesmerizing view. 

When you travel Reykjavik to Akureyri, you can witness the Aurora Borealis from your cruise yacht and enjoy the scene in silence with the people who are dear to your heart. 

The Northern Lights during the travel Reykjavik to Akureyri | Ragnar Blog


Akureyri is the final destination of the journey. This is a small picturesque town situated in Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland. It is also the fourth-largest port in the country. 

Despite its small size, it has many beautiful attractions for tourists. For instance, you can spend some time in the Botanical Akureyri Garden that has lots of various plant species from Iceland and some nice places for recreation. 

You will be also fascinated by the scenery of the town. It overlooks mountain peaks with multiple ski trails and small buildings definitely add to the atmosphere. 

Akureyri is not the place of wild nightlife, but it’s a perfect destination for those who’d like to spend some time enjoying the tranquility of life with no hassle and bustle. Thus, you can visit modern churches, cozy cafes, or spend your time picking up nice trinkets and souvenirs for your friends and family.

Your journey from south to north | Ragnar Blog


Ports that You Might Want to Visit

Your journey from south to north will lead through several ports that are also worth visiting. 

  • Grundarfjordur

A small town of only 872 people is situated not far from the capital. Here you can visit Kolgrafarfjördur, which is a bay of the town and a beautiful waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.

  • Isafjordur

This is another town worth your attention. It’s located in the WestFjords of Iceland and you will have marvelous views on the beautiful nature of Isafjordur.

You might also visit somewhat smaller towns of Hvammstangi, Siglufjordur, and Dalvik on your way to Akureyri.

Wrapping Up

If you want to have a marvelous journey and travel Iceland from south to north, then, you’d better choose to visit Reykjavik and from there reach a small town — Akureyri. The two destinations have many attractions to cater to the needs of all travelers —  multiple cafes, restaurants, museums, parks, and shops.

On your way to Akureyri, you’ll be fascinated by the wonders that the country has to offer. Beautiful scenery, majestic animals, and the most beautiful sky you’ve ever seen. 

If you are looking to have a journey of your lifetime, set off onboard the luxury yacht! We’ll make sure that you have the most wonderful trip with Ragnar.

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