Transport to the area

By air

Eagle Air offers frequent flights from Reykjavík to Húsavík.

Air Iceland Connect offers frequent flights from Reykjavík to Akureyri and also flies to Þórshöfn.

By bus

Strætó operates the scheduled buses between Reykjavík and Akureyri.
Strætó also operates buses from Akureyri to Húsavík and between Egilsstaðir and Akureyri via Reykjahlíða (Mývatn).

Other companies also offer excursions and guided tours to the area´s many attractions.


Roads lead to the northeast from several directions.
From Akureyri and North Iceland road 1 takes you east to Þingeyjarsýsla and onwards up to Mývatn. Once in the Northeast, road 85 follows the coast all the way from Skjalfandi to Bakkaflói bay.
From Seyðisfjörður and the East fjords road 1 takes you across mountain passes to Mývatn and onwards or you can choose to explore the coast driving via Vopnafjörður to Bakkafjörður and Langanes and onwards.
During the summer, a few highland tracks such as Sprengisandur are also open for 4WD jeeps.
Northeast Iceland is a vast area with a variety of road conditions ranging from newly built, raised asphalt roads to old narrow gravel roads with single lane bridges and in some places dirt paths. Most main roads are asphalt cover and the ones that are not are scheduled for improvement.
Road connection to Kópasker, Raufarhöfn and Þórshöfn has been greatly improved with a new road across Melrakkaslétta.
A new access road to Dettifoss is also under way which will greatly improve access to the pearls of the National Park and connect popular destinations. The new road is now open from ring road 1 down to Dettifoss. From there, a gravel road continues down to the Vatnajökull National Park visitor centre in Ásbyrgi.

Information on road conditions

Before heading on the road it is always advisable to seek information about road conditions. The Icelandic Road Administration (ICERA) has published an information brochure on the road system 2009 and it also provides up-to-date information on all roads on its website.
Information on road conditions is also available by telephone dialling 1777. Gathering information is particularly important when heading into the highland and absolutely essential during the fall, winter and spring months.
Information on openings of mountain roads is also available on the ICERA website and a map with information on mountain road conditions is published weekly during the first weeks of summer.

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