Iceland – Day 7: Northern Iceland, Mývatn and Akureyri

Northern Iceland drive from Egilsstaðir to Mývatn to Akureyri.

Iceland – Day 7: Northern Iceland, Mývatn and Akureyri

Note: This trip took place in December 2021. This day was December 28, 2021.

Map charting the journey from Egilsstaðir to Mývatn to Akureyri

There was a huuuuuuge snow storm this day. We were traveling from Egilsstaðir to Mývatn (for the Nature Baths), then finally to Akureyri.

I did not document a whole lot on this day because it was snowing so much, it was basically just white outside.

Hotel Valaskjalf

We left Egilsstaðir around 8:00 AM and it was still very dark. The drive from Egilsstaðir to Mývatn was scary and trecherous. I could feel the nervousness from our tour guide/driver. I was glad I was not driving.

Arctic Adventures tour van

We arrived at some place for a "hike" which was basically trudging through 3 feet of snow without snowshoes.

I didn't take any pictures at Myvatn Nature Baths, but it was pretty hilarious. There was a snow storm and nature baths are OUTDOORS. We still went and it was a weird combination of being really hot from the neck down and very cold from the neck up, My eyelashes were forming icicles! I managed to locate the steam rooms and they were so so so hot that the soles of my feet were burning.

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

I loved this hotel so much! Icelandair Hotels tend to be nicer and modern and spacious.

After checking into our hotel, we decided to check out the Einstok Brewer's Lounge which was a 12 minute walk from the hotel.

Einstok Brewer's Lounge

The Brewer's Lounge is just a bar, not where they brew the Einstok beer. But it was cool! There was this huge mural of musicians through the ages with some quirky Icelandic phrases that my brother was able to read.

Lots of people in Akureyri were driving these SUVs with huge tires!
Akureyrarkirkja, a Lutheran church

Check out Day 8: Bifröst and Whale Watching in Hauganes of my Iceland series.