Pingdom Check
04/04/2023 | 2:00 PM

Rúrik Gíslason in North Iceland

Rúrik Gíslason is a former footballer for Iceland's national team, and a jack-of-all-trades who has turned his hand to making gin, modelling, music, and dance: in 2021, he won the German dance competition 'Let's Dance'.

Over the past year Rúrik has been exploring the diverse regions of Iceland, visiting old favorites and uncovering new gems – and taking us along to share the adventures.

Recently Rúrik visiting the winter wonderland of North Iceland, flying into Akureyri and hitting the sights, the spas, and the snowy slopes of the region. Check out his daily videos for some of the region's frosty highlights, from recreated Viking battles to photogenic lava fields, whale watching and heli-skiing excursions, sled-dog rides and beer spas, and everything in between – then feel inspired to create your own Northern itinerary.

We fly daily between Reykjavík and Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland and a gateway to all the area has to offer. Some favorite tourist spots include Akureyri, Mývatn lake, Siglufjörður, and the whale-watching hub of Húsavík. The Visit North Iceland website can help you uncover more highlights, including sensational road trips and cool activities to help you fully experience the awesome northern landscapes.

Rúrik Gíslason stands on snowy ground with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and a helicopter used for heli-skiing adventures in North Iceland.

Scenes from North Iceland

Rúrik, a native of Reykjavík, has been spending quality time in various scenic parts of his homeland, and documenting his travels. As well as the North, he's visited the Reykjanes peninsula (the perfect day out from Reykjavík) and also the magnificent Westfjords and stunning East Iceland. You can watch his videos on the posts from each region, and also on Icelandair's Instagram Stories.

Rúrik Gíslason plays with a dog on a horse-riding farm in North Iceland.Rúrik Gíslason is dressed in a sheepskin shawl and other Viking dress at the Sauðárkrókur museum called 1238: The Battle of Iceland. A view of Rúrik Gíslason standing on a snowy path and looking at the lava sculptures of Dimmuborgir in the Mývatn area of North Iceland. Rúrik Gíslason sits astride a sand-colored Icelandic horse, with moiuntains in the background. Rúrik Gíslason stands on an old wooden boat now used for whale-watching trips from the town of Húsavík in North Iceland. Rúrik Gíslason is dressed in a red skiing outfit, wearing helmet and ski goggles and carrying a snowboard.