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Things to do in Iceland

Given that Iceland's population is just over 300,000, a visitor in search of urban excitement will largely be disappointed. Instead the draw is the stunning, unique beauty of a country that sits atop the seam of two continental plates. It's a land of volcanic activity, with geysers erupting from the surface of the earth and, in the other direction, waterfalls plunging from the elevated interior to its coast. Include these stops on your itinerary:

  • Blue Lagoon. Just minutes from the Reykjavik airport, there's no excuse not to stop here and soak in the geothermally heated waters.
  • Culture House, Reykjavik. Stop at this museum to see original manuscripts of the Icelandic Sagas and the Edda, which inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
  • Geysir. In southwestern Iceland is the geyser after which all other geysers are named. Unlike Old Faithful, Geysir's eruptions are tied to tectonic activity and you can't count on seeing it erupt. 
  • Vatnajökull National Park. The largest national park in Iceland, and one of the largest in Europe.
  • Northern Lights. The northern lights are visible on about 100 nights a year, from October to March. Activity peaks at around midnight.
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  • GuSt

    This tiny boutique in the city's main shopping district sells the quality womens fashions of native designer, Guðrún Kristín Sveinbjörnsdóttir. Com... More
  • Hand Knitting Association of Iceland

    The mittens, made with native wool, are ideal stocking stuffers. More
  • Kaffi Solon

    Occupying a former paint store, this bistro  is located just next door to the city's hottest shopping district. Ground zero for people watching — t... More
  • Kaffibarinn

    This trendy watering hole located down a small side street can be tough to get into. Prominently featured in the film 101 Reyjkavik, Kaffibarinn ha... More
  • Lagoon Bar

    Iceland’s 1.6-million-gallon cure-all, the Blue Lagoon, where people flock for soothing heat and an abundance of minerals, also has a bar. Of cours... More
  • Laugar Spa

    At the 200,000-square-foot spa, six tubs and an outdoor pool are filled with the Laugardalur Valley’s healing thermal waters. More
  • NASA

    Although chilly outside, it’s still hot (after eight years) inside this supernova nightclub with a spacious stage, where a galaxy of gorgeous carou... More
  • Q-Bar, Reykjavik

    Ground zero for the city's gay scene, this raucous venue in the nightclub district hosts DJ-spun music four nights per week. Billing itself as the ... More
  • Steinunn

    Offering an Icelandic take on luxury wear, this destination for designer womens knits is adjacent to the city's artsy waterfront district. Selling ... More
  • Superjeep

    Guide Ragnar Lovdaltakes you to the eerily silent Langjökull glacier, rumored to shelter Iceland's elves year-round. More
  • Tor Jensen

    Special Booking: Jensen creates itineraries such as tours of Greenland’s northernmost reaches above the Arctic Circle by private helicopter and dog... More

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