What to see in Iceland

Iceland Attractions

Iceland boasts a surplus of natural thrills, making the island a playground for adventurous nature lovers in search of something different. An odd and exciting combination of glaciers, hot springs, icy fjords, volcanoes, snowy slopes, geysers and otherworldly rock formations ensure a unique holiday in Iceland, and that's not even taking into account the magical Northern Lights.

Although it is one of the most exciting outdoor travel destinations in the world, more conventional sightseeing in Iceland is also possible, with Reykjavik providing an impressive selection of museums and galleries, a famously fun nightlife, good shopping, and a mouth-watering array of restaurants.

Reykjavik is commonly the starting point for Icelandic holidays and the most well-beaten tourist route on the island, the Golden Circle, starts in the city: this 186-mile (300km) loop can be driven in a day and covers many of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions and activities, including the Gullfoss waterfalls, the geysers of Strokkur and Geysir, and the beautiful landscapes of Thingvellir National Park. For a longer trip, and to experience more of the island than the popular south, travellers can drive Iceland's Ring Road, which circles the island and takes about a week to travel.

Many travellers will find the Reykjavik City Card useful as it covers not only the major sightseeing attractions in the city but also a few excursions nearby, including a ferry ride to nearby islands and discounts for activities like whale watching and horse riding. The tourist card also allows unlimited bus transport and even includes discounts at some restaurants. The Reykjavik City Card is available in one-day, two-day or three-day packages.

Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis - or Northern Lights - is one of nature's most celebrated and most beautiful phenomena. The magical…

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Blue Lagoon

A favourite and unique attraction close to Reykjavik, about 30 miles (50km) southwest of the city, is the man-made geothermal…

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The weird landscape of the Haukadalur Valley in Iceland's southern lowlands, where hot springs spout and mud pools bubble,…

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Gullfoss Falls

Iceland's famed Gullfoss (Golden) Falls are justly rated among the most beautiful in the world, and make for a popular…

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This landmark church, the tallest building in Iceland, dominates the city from its highest point and is visible on a…

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Hidden People

Never mind the Vikings, one of Iceland's most interesting cultural drawcards must surely be the Huldufólk, or…

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Jökulsárlón - literally, 'glacier lagoon' - is the largest glacial lake in Iceland, and an enormously…

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Thingvellir National Park

The national park of Thingvellir, 30 miles (50km) east of Reykjavik, is not only Iceland's most important historic site,…

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