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Welcome to Iceland

Iceland, the country of fire (volcanoes) and ice (glaciers), lives up to its magical reputation. Human presence feels minimal and nature reigns supreme: The northern lights, hot springs, glaciers, active volcanoes, geysers, and inviting desolation makes Iceland a natural phenomenon in itself. Your entry point will be the capital Reykjavík, where the top things to see and do include Hallgrímskirkja church and Harpa concert hall. Reykjavík also serves as an ideal jumping-off point for the country’s natural wonders. The well-known Golden Circle of the island contains three of the country’s most famous natural attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Strokkur Geysir and geothermal area. Discover the south coast with a guided visit to the famous Blue Lagoon for a hot swim in an ice-cold climate, or take a whale-watching boat tour.

Top 10 attractions in Iceland

Sólheimajökull Glacier

Sólheimajökull Glacier

Among Iceland’s most famous peaks, the notoriously difficult-to-pronounce Eyjafjallajökull volcano made headlines when it erupted in 2010, spewing an enormous cloud of volcanic ash that grounded air traffic all across Europe. The imposing, ice-capped volcano has three main peaks, the tallest of which reaches 5,417 feet (1,651 meters).More
Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

To understand why Iceland's Blue Lagoon is so popular, just imagine bathing in steaming milky-blue waters, sipping a cocktail at a swim-up bar, and looking out over an otherworldly landscape of jagged peaks and black lava fields. This geothermal pool, the most visited of Iceland's many such oases, boasts mineral-rich waters, a luxurious spa, and a magnificent setting, all just minutes from Reykjavik.More
Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

A place of stark, wild beauty, this black-sand beach on Iceland's south coast is one of the country's most photogenic locations. Here, roaring Atlantic waves batter the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, the black pebble shoreline, and the pyramid-like cliff of basalt columns known as Garðar, where you can spot puffins and guillemots.More


Often said to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Godafoss (which translates to “Waterfall of the Gods”) cascades into the Skjálfandafljót River that tears through Bárdardalur lava field. It lies along the “Ring Road” and leads to the Sprengisandur highland plateau, nestled between Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers.More


Located at the confluence of the Þjórsá and Fossá rivers, Hjálparfoss waterfall cascades over a 31-foot (10-meter) basalt cliff. The lava-strewn landscape that surrounds the waterfall is courtesy of the nearby Hekla volcano, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. During the warmer months, spot Icelandic horses grazing in the surrounding grasslands.More


Marvel at the sheer natural force on display at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and one of Iceland’s most extraordinary attractions. Dropping some 132,000 gallons (500 cubic meters) of water per second 148 feet (45 meters) down the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, Dettifoss is a must-see for visitors to North Iceland.More
Mývatn Nature Baths

Mývatn Nature Baths

Iceland’s natural hot springs, fed by volcanic activity and dotted all around the country, are world renowned. The most famous is the Blue Lagoon, but it’s almost always crammed with day-trippers from nearby Reykjavik. Myvatn Nature Baths, on the other hand, remain a pocket of tranquility, hidden away in the less-visited north.More
Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring

Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring

Deildartunguhver Thermal Spring provides 48 gallons per second (180 liters per second) of 212-degree Fahrenheit (100 degree Celsius) water, making it the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Thanks to its power and temperature, the water from the hot spring is used for central heating in Borgarnes and Akranes. The pipeline that facilitates this stretches for 40 miles (64 kilometers), yet the water is still about 176 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius) by the time it reaches Akranes.Steam from the thermal spring can be seen from the road, and it’s a quick and easy detour for travelers driving along the Ring Road. Keep an eye out for deer fern, a type of fern that grows nowhere else in Iceland.More
Hekla Volcano

Hekla Volcano

Peaking at more than 4,891 feet (124 meters), Hekla volcano towers over the southern coast of Iceland. With more than 20 eruptions since the year 874—the most recent of which took place in 2000—the volcano, which is also known as the Gateway to Hell, is one of the most active in the country.More
Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is a remarkable volcanic landscape of gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and more, and is a favorite stop on Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour. Plus, the park offers endless recreation opportunities, from hiking and camping to snorkeling, diving, and fishing.More

Trip ideas

Top activities in Iceland

Reykjavik Food Walk
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Reykjavik Food Walk

Blue Lagoon Admission Including Transfer
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Ice Cave and Bathing in the Secret Lagoon
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Recent reviews from experiences in Iceland

Great Tour of the Golden Circle
2020_Vision, Jul 2021
Golden Circle and Waterfalls tour my minibus from Reykjavík
This tour was a great way to see a portion of Iceland’s bigger wonders in a day and also a way to see a few smaller gems; a stop for ice cream and to the tomato farm.
Thanks for the trip, Howser!
Linda_S, Jul 2021
Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Mountain Full Day Tour from Reykjavik
We enjoyed the beautiful waterfalls and marvelous scenery.
Funny guide, great spots
BEszter, Jul 2021
Full Day Small Group South Shore Tour by Minibus
We recommend it with kids as well!
Fantastic scenary
Aki_N, Jul 2021
Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour - Highlands of Iceland
The hot springs bath at the end was a nice bonus.
Mina_L, Jul 2021
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
From breathtaking waterfalls, to the Icelandic horses, to the crater and the Blue Lagoon experience, its an unforgettable day!
Intro to Iceland
Kim_A, Jul 2021
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
There were so many incredible things to see in one day that represented Iceland - black sand beaches, puffins, waterfalls and a glacier.
Great hike / views
Alicja_J, Jun 2021
Active Fagradalsfjall Volcano Full-Day Hike from Reykjavik
It was amazing to see the Volcano.
Fun and interesting
Deanna_L, Jun 2021
Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland
The tour was fun, informative, and a great way to see some parts of the city we would not have normally discovered.
Just amazing
sdtrucki, Jun 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle & Friðheimar Premium Day Tour from Reykjavik
Waterfalls and easy hikes were beautiful.
Great tour and insights.
TimStone, Jun 2021
Walking tour of Reykjavik city
In addition, Luca provided great suggestions for things to do and places to eat.
Great tour with Anton!
Janessa_P, Jun 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Day tour included Amphibian Boat Ride by Minibus
I would highly recommend doing this tour to see all the highlights of the south coast!
Leslie, Jun 2021
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
He let us stop to see some sweet Icelandic horses, and took us to see an additional waterfall not on the itinerary.
A Required Tour
Joseph_H, Jun 2021
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The parliament/tectonic plates; 2 magnificent waterfalls; awesome geysers; friendly, informative, courteous driver ....
Great value and Experience
George, Jun 2021
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
Overall this tour was amazing, got to see some important highlights of Iceland.
Amazing experience
Nina, Jun 2021
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
We were bathing in Icelandic history and Sagas while driving through a beautiful landscape with stops at gullfoss and other waterfalls.
South Coast Must See Tour!
Kaitlin_D, May 2021
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
South Coast tour was a great personalized experience due to the small nature of the tour, and still allows you to see some of the amazing sites Iceland has to offer.
Very scenic
Arnold_M, May 2021
Private Jeep Tour - Game of Thrones experience
It was nice to see iceland off the beaten path.
Glaciers and Waterfalls Galore!
Roesch_L, Jul 2021
South Coast: Glacier Hike, LAVA Centre, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach
The waterfalls were breath taking and the lava center very informative.
The City Card is a good value if you visit the sites
David_R, Jul 2021
Reykjavik City Card 72 hour
This card makes it so easy to see included sites and ride the city buses.
Stunning natural beauty!
Mina_L, Jul 2021
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
From walks to the black sand beach and the glacier to the walk behind a waterfall the entire day was filled with stunning natural wonders!

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