During the alluring winter months, North Iceland undergoes a magical transformation into a captivating wonderland. The introduction of EasyJet twice weekly, direct flight from London Gatwick (LGW) to Akureyri (AEY) has made Iceland’s ‘Capital of the North’ more accessible, unveiling the previously less-explored region to travellers from the UK.
On 31 October 2023, the inaugural flight from London Gatwick marked the beginning of an exciting route to the Northern region. EasyJet Holidays has introduced city break packages to Akureyri, featuring amenities such as return flights, 23kg of luggage per person and attractive hotel options. These convenient holiday packages make January the ideal time for travelers to embark on a getaway to Northern Iceland.
EasyJet Holidays has introduced new hotels in Akureyri in the packages including the 4*Hotel Siglo by Keahotels, featuring a scenic pool with views overlooking fishing boats, and The Mývatn, a stunning 4* retreat near the Mývatn nature baths. Packages also feature a range of excursions, from whale watching to discovering Iceland’s breathtaking waterfalls and chasing the mystical Northern Lights. All accommodation and excursions are now open for booking through trusted travel agents.
Situated 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, the city of Akureyri serves as the gateway to a host of thrilling Icelandic excursions for January and beyond:
The route is a spectacular tour of some of the region’s most extraordinary natural wonders and cultural highlights. Spanning a circular route, the Diamond Circle invites travellers to discover the diverse beauty and rich cultural heritage of North Iceland.
Arctic Coast Way:
A breathtaking 900 km coastal route that winds its way along the northern shoreline, offering immersive experiences within the stunning rugged landscapes, charming villages and expansive seascapes.
Nestled within Iceland’s ancient woodlands, the Forest Lagoon is a serene spa retreat. Offering a secluded escape into nature’s embrace, visitors are captivated by the lagoon’s beauty and the tranquil ambience.
Known for its breathtaking scenery and intriguing lava formations, Lake Mývatn is home to an abundance of natural formations. The area is a paradise for birdwatchers, with a wealth of species inhabiting the lake, especially during the summer breeding season. Additionally, the surrounding area offers opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and soaking in geothermal baths at the Mývatn Nature Baths, providing a relaxing experience amidst captivating landscapes.
A mesmerising horseshoe-shaped canyon carved by ancient glacial floods, teeming with fascinating flora and fauna. Ásbyrgi is one of Iceland’s most dramatic natural landmarks and is part of the larger National Park – a protected area which encompasses diverse landscapes, including waterfalls and the impressive Jökulsá á Fjöllum river.
Visitors can immerse themselves in a surreal adventure among bubbling mud pools and lava fields, while the hiking trails offer glimpses into the awe-inspiring forces of nature. Hikes range from easy crater walks to more challenging treks across lava fields.
As part of Iceland’s Diamond Circle, Goðafoss Falls is renowned for its beauty and historical significance. The waterfall’s unique shape and wild nature makes it a highlight of the Diamond Circle’s natural wonders.
Prices start from £84.99 for a return flight per person with EasyJet and EasyJet holidays offer Akureyri city breaks from £347 per person. For more information and to book, please visit: www.easyjet.com/en/holidays/iceland/akureyri