You can always expect a warm welcome in the north of Iceland; partly because there's a load of natural geothermal heat, but also plenty of warm sunshine in the summer and year-round warmth gushing from the local people, who are proud of their region and love showing it off.
Looking across the sea from Iceland's northern shore, there is nothing between you and the North Pole – and no land until you reach northern Russia thousands of kilometres away on the other side of the world. Despite this, North Iceland is a cultured, interesting and warm place to be. Nowhere is this more true than in the regional capital of Akureyri; a pretty and pleasant town trapped between fjord and mountain and offering some of the best winter skiing in Iceland – as well as the warmth of an excellent swimming complex and multiple cosy cafés and bars.
North Iceland has its own answer to the Blue Lagoon: the Mývatn Nature Baths. Aside from both being outdoor bathing lagoons of hot water, they are quite different and both deserve to be tried. For a start, the water itself has different mineral properties and at Mývatn it even tastes sweet (not that you should be drinking it, of course).
The baths are named after nearby Lake Mývatn, which is one of Iceland's most treasured beauty spots and a superb place to see lush greenery, thousands of birds, active volcanoes and hot springs.
The region is famous for its weather (for getting good snowfalls in the winter and more sunshine and higher temperatures than much of the rest of the country in the summer), for its fertile farmland and its varied plant life.
North Iceland boasts plenty of attractions, including the horseshoe shaped Goðafoss waterfall, the horseshoe shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, the not-horseshoe shaped island of Grímsey (which crosses the Arctic Circle) and the best whale watching in Europe at Húsavík.