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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

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Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

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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
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Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

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The world's original geyser, the Great Geysir (Great Geyser) is the source of the English word after which all other geysers are named. Geysir literally means "gusher" in Icelandic, and this natural phenomenon in the Haukadalur geothermal region has been active for more than 10,000 years; records of hot springs activity in the region date back to 1294.More
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Sólheimajökull Glacier

Sólheimajökull Glacier

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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
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Godafoss

Godafoss

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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
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Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

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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
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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

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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
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Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls)

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Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is a massive waterfall on the river Hvita in western Iceland. The falls are considered one of Iceland's most treasured natural wonders, with a name inspired by the phenomenon when glacial sediment in the water turns the falls golden in the sunlight.More
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Mývatn Nature Baths

Mývatn Nature Baths

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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
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Skógafoss

Skógafoss

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Stretching 82 feet (25 meters) across the Skógá River, into which its teeming waters plunge 197 feet (60 meters) from a rocky cliff, Skógafoss clocks in as one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. Its clouds of spray regularly create vivid rainbows—often double rainbows—across the waters. The waterfall is also an important site for local folklore.More
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

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A slim cascade of water slicing through the air and pooling in the Seljalands River below, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most photogenic waterfalls. Because the falls’ chute of water is so narrow, visitors can also step behind Seljalandsfoss for a unique vantage point.More

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Top activities in Iceland

Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
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Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour
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Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland
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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik
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Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation
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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
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Recent reviews from experiences in Iceland

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Great informative tour!
Mark_M, Jul 2022
Walking tour of Reykjavik city
If this is your first time to Reykjavik, this tour is a must to see the city’s architecture, sites, and soak in Reykjavik.
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Great Iceland tour
Paul_C, Jun 2022
Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour
The stops covered much of what you want to see and more.
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Matt is terrific!
Glenda_H, Jun 2022
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Tour from Reykjavík
There were lots to see and do on this tour—a nice variety of Icelandic experiences.
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Great experience, highly recommended
Lenny_B, Jun 2022
Volcano Lava Fields, Hot Springs and additional Sky Lagoon
The hot springs and lava fields trip was enjoyable and educational.
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The waterfalls, the black...
Lenny_B, Jun 2022
Full-Day Tour to the South Coast of Iceland
The waterfalls, the black sand beach and the glacier were amazing experiences.
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Perfect day trip
Briana_H, Jun 2022
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Full Day Tour from Reykjavik by Minibus
We saw the beautiful land and even stopped to see the horses!
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Absolutely Excellent
Niamh_P, Jun 2022
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Tour with Kerid Crater from Reykjavik
Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit this stunning place
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Black sand and waterfalls
ksbachtel, Jun 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle Tour and Secret Lagoon Visit from Reykjavik
The black sand beach was stunning and the various waterfalls were beautiful.
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Tour was fun and lots of...
Diann_B, Jun 2022
Small-Group Day Tour of Snaefellsnes Peninsula Natural Park
Only downfall was the seats are not made for tall people so it was a bit uncomfortable.
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Great tour
Olivia_H, Jun 2022
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
We got to see so much stuff and our tour guide and driver even stopped at a few extra spots.
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Best day trip
Marissa_B, Jun 2022
Magnificent Volcano Guided Hike Tour from Reykjavik
How often can you say you hiked a volcano and got to see molten lava rock in its original form and location?
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Epic trip - you must go!
Lydia_D, Jun 2022
Full-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik
A full packed day to see a spectacular range of geological wonders in the south.
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Icekand dramatic nature as its best
Jonas_N, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Day Trip with Kerid Volcanic Crater from Reykjavik
Everything was amazing but waterfall and geysir was outstanding.
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Great Experince.
Sarah_O, Jun 2022
Small-Group Snaefellsnes National Park Day Trip from Reykjavik
This was a great way to see what Iceland had to offer.
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Hanna was very...
Serena_A, Jun 2022
Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour - Icelandic Traditional Food
Hanna also helpfully pointed out places to visit and restaurants to try- it was an excellent way to be introduced to the city as well as Icelandic cuisine.
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Amazing
Terence_H, Jun 2022
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
Amazing way to see the Island and then relax in the Blue Lagoon.
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Great day out
Georgina_H, Jun 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The second with the waterfall was breathtaking.
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Must do!
Christie_M, Jun 2022
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
This tour allows you to see many amazing highlights of Iceland's Southern Coast.
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Great Knowledgeable Guides who are Native Icelanders! Loved it.
Diane_K, Jun 2022
4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri
We particularly enjoyed his personal and family stories of growing up in Iceland - at the lake in the summers, helping on the farm...
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Great one day highlights tour
MichelleM, Jun 2022
Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour
Easy way to see the main spots ans also enjoy down time at the Blue lagoon
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All about Iceland

Currency
Icelandic Króna (ISK)
Time Zone
GMT (UTC 0)
Country Code
+354
Language(s)
Icelandic
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