Iceland’s unofficial northern capital is the city of Akureyri. It stands at the head of a fjord, 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle but enjoys one of Iceland’s mildest climates. The island of Hrisey, 22 miles north, is also part of Akureyri, used as a livestock quarantine zone. Visitors who hire a car in Akureyri can tour the sights of the area, including the Hlíðarfjall ski slopes to the west and the remains of the medieval trading post at Gásir to the north. The best views come at the top of Mount Sulur, which can be climbed via easy walking trails from the city.