Explore the North

Rjúpa Guesthouse is perfectly located if you want to experience the natural North Iceland.
It is a great option to stay for a longer period and go on day trips.

Within one hour drive from the guesthouse you can explore :


  • Akureyri
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Húsavík


Enjoy whale-watching in Húsavík town (65 km), and „Húsavík Whale Museum“ one of the very few museums in the world fully dedicated to whales. From there you can drive further east road 84 to Ásbyrgi the gigantic horseshoe-shaped canyon and the astonishing valley of Vesturdalur with the bizarre rock formations of Hljóðaklettar.

Whale watching in Húsavík.

In Ásbyrgi

The church in Húsavík


Visit the amazing lake Mývatn (63 km) with astonishing pseudo-craters, most easily accessible at Skútustaðagígar. Enjoy Mývatn nature baths, or Jarðböðin, and lava fields at Dimmuborgir. Behind Námaskarð pass the large geothermal field of Hverir is a unique wasteland with pools of boiling mud and hot springs. Driving from lake Mývatn, road n.1 reach the junction with road no. 862 and drive North for 24km to experience Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe. On the way home visit Goðafoss, waterfall of the heathen Gods.

Lake Mývatn

Hot mud pots by Lake Mývatn

Goðafoss waterfall


Visit Akureyri, ‘Capital of the North’ (16 km), centre of trade and services, town of culture and education. It offers a wide range of activities and interesting places e.g. notable museums, the most northerly botanical garden, one of Iceland´s most popular swimming facilities, the best skiing area in the country and great selection of restaurants, promoting local food. Parking in Akureyri is free of charge but you need a clock-card. They are available for free in banks, info-centers, petrol-stations and many shops in Akureyri.

Town of Akureyri

Town of Akureyri

Akureyri church

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