Norðurland Eystra (Northeastern Region): Municipalities, Population, Area, Density

Norðurland Eystra

The Norðurland Eystra is one of the eight traditionally recognized regions in Iceland. It has a slightly higher population than most other regions outside of the Capital Region, with a total population in 2020 of 30,600. The total area of the Norðurland Eystra is 21,968 square kilometers (8,482 square miles). The overall density of the region is 1.3 people per square kilometer (3 people per square mile). 

Where is Norðurland Eystra Located?

The Northeastern Region includes a large expanse of land between the Northern and Eastern regions of Iceland.

How Big is Norðurland Eystra?

Norðurland Eystra is the third-largest region in iceland with 21,968 square kilometers (8,482 square miles). It follows behind the Southern and Eastern regions. 

What is the population of Norðurland Eystra Region in Iceland?

The population of Norðurland Eystra is 30,600 people. That makes the total density of the region 1.3 people per square kilometer, even with one of the highest populations outside of the southwestern regions in Iceland.

Which cities are in Norðurland Eystra Region of Iceland?

Akureyri is one of the only urban centers in Iceland in the Northeastern region. It has a total population of 18,000, making it one of the more significant towns outside of the Greater Reykjavik area. Other towns include Dalvik, with a population of 1,500, and Siglufjordur, a population of 1,200.

What to do in Norðurland Eystra Region?

Akureyri is one of the other areas in Iceland in which there has been investment into the art and cultural scenes. There is the Akureyri Art Museum and art installations in Hjalteyri. Myvatn natural area has famed nature baths because of the geothermal activity in the region. 

Husavik is one of the more picturesque villages in Iceland where you can go on whale watching tours and see the puffins and sometimes seals.

What are the Tours to Norðurland Eystra Region?

Because of the inclusion of Lake Myvatn and the Vatnajokull National Park, there are quite a few tours that will take you through the area. Many of these start from Akureyri. They include a tour around the Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area, Myvatn Nature Baths, the Arctic Henge, Godafoss, Dettifoss Waterfalls, and the Askja and Viti Volcanos.

What are the Hotels in Norðurland Eystra?

Myvatn is one of the biggest draws in this region. There are plenty of hotels to stay in around this area, including the Icelandair Hotel Myvatn, Vogafjos Farm Resort, and the Elda Guesthouse. In Akureyri, some of the available hotels include the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Hoepfner Historical House, and Hotel Kjarnalundur.

What are the Glaciers in Norðurland Eystra?

Part of Vatnajokull National Park, including the famous glacier, is located in this region. There is also a series of glaciers close to the coastline along the Northeastern and Northern Regional border. Some of the glaciers here include Barkardalsjokull and Myrkarjokull.

What are the Mountains in Norðurland Eystra?

There are plenty of mountains in Norðurland Eystra, including Herdubreid, Sulur, Askja, Kerling, and Bardarbunga. These range in height from 3,500 to almost 7,000 feet tall.