SOURCE: North Iceland Marketing Office

July 04, 2013 08:07 ET

Top 10 European Destinations 2013: Visit North Iceland Says Lonely Planet

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND--(Marketwired - Jul 4, 2013) -  North Iceland has been named as one of the best places to visit in Europe, making Lonely Planet's Top 10 European Destinations list for 2013.

"Few destinations seem to be attracting as much word-of-mouth love as Iceland right now. With a small window of affordability, popular Icelandic bands, mystery writers, and a seeming worldwide need for a long soak in a hot spring, Iceland seems to be on every traveller's mind this year," explained Andy Murdock, U.S. digital editor of Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet's team of editors, local experts and wide-roaming authors from the U.S. and London compiled the list, recommending that travellers venture away from Reykjavik and the popular Golden Circle route to experience the charms of the North including Iceland's second city Akureyri, as well as the region's "dramatic geysers, lava fields and towering waterfalls."

Murdock continued, "Explore lava fields, waterfalls like you've never imagined, horseback rides and great whale watching out of Husavik (an hour from Akureyri)."

North Iceland Marketing Office's general manager Arnheiður Jóhannsdóttir commented, "We are proud to hear that Lonely Planet has seen the potential in North Iceland, which is an area that has been growing in popularity during the past years. We have many of Iceland's most popular natural attractions such as Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall and on Grimsey island you can cross the Arctic Circle. The area is very versatile and attracts visitors all year round including the winter months when the magical Northern Lights dance in the sky and you can enjoy watching seals, whales, take on exciting jeep tours or simply enjoy the icy landscape. Additionally, visitors can now get direct connecting flights from Europe and the U.S. to Akureyri in North Iceland with Icelandair, making it even more accessible for those wanting to explore this part of the country."

Myvatn Nature Baths, an outdoor geothermal pool similar to the popular Blue Lagoon, was also noted by Lonely Planet as a great reason to visit the North. The chance of spotting the Northern Lights was also noted as being higher than 'in even more northern parts of Scandinavia.'

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