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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 15 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Perched on the cusp of Europe’s largest glacier and separated from the Atlantic Ocean by just a narrow isthmus, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the largest, deepest, and arguably most magnificent of Iceland’s many glacial lakes. Here, icebergs bob in glittering water framed by jagged peaks, rugged lava fields, and black-sand beaches.More
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Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn)

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There’s a lot to see in Iceland, and the grand Golden Circle (Gullni Hringurinn) is your ticket to easily hitting multiple popular sights, especially if you only have one day to venture outside Reykjavik. Departing from the city, Golden Circle tours showcase a number of Iceland’s main attractions and natural wonders—think geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and Icelandic horses. There are few other places in Europe where you can see so much topographical variety on one short trip.More
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Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park

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Established in 2008 by combining Iceland’s former Jokulsargljufur and Skaftafell National Parks, Vatnajokull National Park is one of Europe’s largest national parks. It presents incredibly diverse and dramatic scenery including glacial plateaus, active volcanoes, towering ice caps, black-sand beaches, and terrain that is bubbling with geothermal activity. The park is dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe’s third-largest glacier, and contains Iceland’s highest mountain (Oraefajokull) and deepest lake (Jokulsarlon).More
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Dimmuborgir

Dimmuborgir

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Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles” in Icelandic) is a surreal, unusually shaped lava field composed of volcanic caves and rock formations resembling an ancient collapsed citadel. It is frequently cited as being one of the most striking naturally-formed landscapes in a country filled with exceptional scenes– that’s saying something. It is consequently one of Iceland’s most visited attractions.Although Dimmuborgir recently gained worldwide popularity after being featured in the acclaimed TV showGames of Thrones, it has long been part of Icelandic folklore. Indeed, Dimmuborgir is said to be the home of homicidal troll Grýla, her husband Leppalúði and their mischievous sons the Yule Lads; the story of this psychopathic family has been told to Icelandic children for centuries now as a means to get them to behave.Moreover, Icelandic folklore says that Dimmuborgir connects earth with the infernal regions, and is rumored to be the very place where Satan landed when he was cast from the heavens. But contrary to popular beliefs, the Dimmuborgir area was not born out of divine intervention; science has a more plausible explanation. It was formed about 2,300 years ago during a volcano eruption caused by the Þrengslaborgir crater row. Lava started flowing in the area, forming a massive lava pool in the process and bringing water from nearby marshes to a boil. The vapor resulting from this chemical reaction created lava pillars that measured up to a few meters in diameter. But eventually the reservoir’s top crust collapsed under the lava’s weight, miraculously leaving the hollow pillars that we see today completely intact.More
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Harpa (Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre)

Harpa (Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre)

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Set on the waterfront, the striking Harpa (Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre), home to both the Icelandic Opera and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, is one of Reykjavik’s most prominent landmarks. Designed by world-renowned Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Danish firm, Henning Larsen Architects, the building’s glass facade features honeycombed panels that change colors as they reflect the sky and the ocean.More

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Top activities in Iceland

Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
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South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour
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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland
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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell Mountain Full Day Tour from Reykjavik
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Blue Lagoon Admission Including Transfer
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Recent reviews from experiences in Iceland

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An introduction to a fascinating country.
Marjorie_E, Aug 2022
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
We were fascinated by the amazing waterfalls, the surreal landscape, the black sand beaches with vertical rocks.
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A Relaxing & unique luxurious experience
Jonathan_P, Aug 2022
7-Step Spa Ritual in the Sky Lagoon Including Transfer
A Relaxing & unique luxurious experience - like all Iceland’s trips/things to do it’s not cheap but is a once in a lifetime experience
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Fantastic trip
McKeogh_C, Aug 2022
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
Amazing to see such wonderful sites - the blue lagoon was fantastic.
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This is the one!
Michele_H, Aug 2022
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Day tour included Amphibian Boat Ride by Minibus
Go all the way to the glacier lagoon, stop at the waterfalls, see the beaches (don’t just drive by them).
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The best trip ever
Renata_B, Aug 2022
Half-Day Golden Circle Tour by Bus in Reykjavík
Our guide Thor gave us a lot of information about the places we went to see and also about living in Iceland.
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Worth it
Susan_H, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
It was great to see these historic and geologically unique parts of Iceland.
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Great Views and a Relaxing Blue Lagoon visit
Michael_R, Aug 2022
Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour
Scenic waterfall and numerous cool Icelandic only experiences!
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This south coast tour was...
Glenda_D, Aug 2022
Full-Day Tour to the South Coast of Iceland
We had one extra tour too, the hidden waterfall.
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Nice journey through reykjavik
Laetitia_B, Aug 2022
Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour
Plan this to see how beautiful the nature is in a little part of Iceland 🇮🇸
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Nature’s show at a great price
James_H, Aug 2022
Golden Circle Day Trip with Kerid Volcanic Crater from Reykjavik
A great way to see in dramatic fashion the magnificent nature that Iceland has to offer.
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Wow - waterfalls, glacier, black sand beach such beauty
Michael_Z, Aug 2022
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
We captured so many memories to include the canyon waterfall.
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The best highlights with ease
Cliff, Aug 2022
Private Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
The combination of natural wonders and local stops with charm are a great way to see part of Icelandic culture and natural beauty.
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This tour packs it in
Walter_M, Aug 2022
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
Long day but well worth it if you want to see the true beauty of Iceland.
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Great tour of the Golden Circle
Sheila_P, Aug 2022
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
All of the sights and activities were spectacular, and we were able to enjoy them even on a drizzly/rainy day.
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Jolee_P, Aug 2022
The Golden Circle Direct 6-Hour Tour from Reykjavik
Being in awe seeing Gulfoss falls!
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Vanessa_T, Jul 2022
Black Beach Horseback Riding Tour
The group was a little hampered by our guide’s very limited English and our complete inability to speak Icelandic.
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Waterfalls galore
MONIQUE_L, Jul 2022
Golden Circle & South Coast Tour
We were able to see so many of the can’t miss things in the south of Iceland.
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Waterfalls!!! Book this tour!!
Joey_B, Jul 2022
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
Great way to see this part of Iceland.
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Great trip
Sandra_V, Jul 2022
Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original
We were so proud to see these wonderful animals.
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Absolutely excellent experience that were top of the world
Cameron_M, Jul 2022
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Tour with Kerid Crater from Reykjavik
So much to see and breathtaking views!
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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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