Things to do in Iceland

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While it may seem appealing to base yourself in Reykjavík, your trip to Iceland will be exponentially more rewarding if you spend a majority of your ... Read More

While it may seem appealing to base yourself in Reykjavík, your trip to Iceland will be exponentially more rewarding if you spend a majority of your journey exploring Iceland’s incredible network of waterfalls, glaciers, and fjords. Adventure-seekers and fans of the outdoors can spend their Iceland vacation hiking along glaciers, exploring ice caves, touring the country’s countless hot springs and geysers, and even snorkeling between two tectonic plates. A week’s worth of exploration is just enough time to do a road trip around western Iceland, trek across black-sand beaches and glaciers in the south, and spend a night out on the town in Reykajvík before heading home.

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    Blue Lagoon

    Often considered the Disneyland of Iceland, this amoeboid-shaped overflow of the nextdoor geothermal power plant is one of the island's most popular... Read More

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    Hallgrimskirkja

    One of Reykjavik's most prominent features, Hallgsimskirkja sits atop the city's highest point and can be seen poking its pointed crown from all the way... Read More

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    Lake Myvatn

    Lake Myvatn is one of the best reasons to venture to the far north of Iceland. The Earth steams at Hverir and Krafla—a bathing facility that rivals the... Read More

  • Natural Hot Springs in Iceland

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    Natural Hot Springs

    There are hundreds of boiling, geothermic reservoirs scattered the island that are suitable for swimming. These hot springs—many of them hidden—have... Read More

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    Reykjavik Public Pools

    Experience one of Iceland’s most important customs, communal bathing, without splurging on tickets for the Blue Lagoon. For only $5 (compared to a... Read More

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    Settlement Centre

    Iceland’s elaborate history is well documented in its collection of Sagas, many of which are available for purchase at almost any bookstore across the... Read More

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    Seydisfjordur

    No destination in Iceland offers a quaint Scandinavian village vibe quite like Seydisfjordur—a veritable artists’ colony set along the far eastern... Read More

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    Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    Beat your own path around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area known for its rich Viking history and located approximately two hours from Reykjavik. Start... Read More

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    Thingvellir

    The stop along the Golden Circle that’s perhaps most deserving of its hype, Thingvellir is the site of the world’s first parliament, which began around... Read More

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    Thorsmork & Laugavegurinn

    Thorsmork, or Thor’s Woods in Icelandic, and the adjacent Godaland—Land of the Gods—are considered by many Icelanders to be the most beautiful places in... Read More

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    Vestmannaeyjar

    Easily visible from the mainland, yet miles away in spirit, the small archipelago of the Westman Islands promises to be even more quaint and isolated... Read More

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    Westfjords & Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

    For those with the luxury of time, consider visiting the remote Westfjords, where all of Iceland's natural splendors seem to converge. Here, each bend... Read More

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    Whale Watching

    Husavik, in northern Iceland, is the island’s self-appointed capital of whale watching. Visitors will find a museum dedicated to the mammoth marine... Read More

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