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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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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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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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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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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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Lake Mývatn

Lake Mývatn

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Formed by a massive volcanic eruption more than two millennia ago—and surrounded by surreal lava formations, mud pots, volcanic craters, and steaming fumaroles—Lake Mývatn remains geothermally active. The lake’s name comes from the swarming midges that fuel the local bird population.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 Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall for Cruise Ships from Akureyri Port
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Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation
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Golden Circle & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Recent reviews from experiences in Iceland

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A “Taste” of Iceland - A Great introduction
Helene_M, May 2022
Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland
Excellent guide Stevie , his choice of restaurants, the portion sizes , the stories he told and his warm personality made us fall in love with Iceland and its people.
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a must-do
Nomie_P, May 2022
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
We got to see glaciers, a black sand beach and two waterfalls, and you could actually walk behind the second one!
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Best Activity in Icleand
Chris_O, May 2022
2hr Twin Peaks ATV Adventure from Reykjavik
This was the perfect way to see different parts of Iceland.
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Chase these waterfalls
Beth_R, May 2022
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
The waterfalls and glaciers were stunning, and black sand beach was picturesque My only thought is that the bus was a little small and uncomfortable when full.
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Fun and relaxing day!
Jacqueline_F, May 2022
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Full Day Tour from Reykjavik by Minibus
Her English was superb!
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The best!
Martine_R, Apr 2022
Golden Circle with extra G
If you want to see hidden, not comen known spots that no one knows about?
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Great natural features of...
Brad_L, Apr 2022
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
The Geyser was fun, the waterfall impressive.
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Awesome Day on the South Coast
Catherine_M, Apr 2022
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
The waterfalls were amazing and the glaciers too.
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Great experience! Amazing...
Taylor_C, Apr 2022
Reykjavik Walking Tour - Walk with a Viking
Amazing way to see the city and learn about Iceland’s history!
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You have to experience this!
Danielle_M, Apr 2022
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
Stunning waterfalls, a beautiful beach and a truly unique experience.
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Memorable landmarks of Iceland
Joan_K, Apr 2022
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik
Excellent tour guide explaining the history and geology at each stop, magnificent sites Included a stop to see rye bread being cooked by being buried underground and to pet icelandic horses.
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Perfect way to see Iceland highlights
Mark_N, Apr 2022
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
Couldn’t have been a more efficient way to see some of Iceland’s most iconic sites.
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Fun adventure for sure
Melanie_B, May 2022
South Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach Day Tour from Reykjavik
I was very thankful for this tour and it was a great way to see a ton of sights whilst here in Iceland.
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Great day out
Faith_D, Apr 2022
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
An excellent way to see some of the sights of Iceland and finishing up in the Blue Lagoon was the end to a perfect day
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Classics for a reason
Alex_E, Apr 2022
South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik
Waterfalls, volcanic beaches and glacier walking.
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A day we’ll spent
SIOBHAN_O, Apr 2022
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
Nice to see sone of the rural life too in iceland
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Great Tour
Libuse_B, Apr 2022
Golden Circle, Kerid Volcanic Crater, and Blue Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
The National park was a beautiful and waterfall was amazing!
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Excellent guide.
Natalia_B, Mar 2022
South Coast Waterfalls, Black Bach & Glacier Adventure | Small Group Day Tour
Small bus tour is the only way to see Iceland.
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Great tour
Natalia_B, Mar 2022
Small-Group Day Tour of Snaefellsnes Peninsula Natural Park
Small groups is the way to see Iceland.
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Best tour ever!
Sierra_S, Mar 2022
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
This was the best tour I had in Iceland, You get your money worth and truly get to see a lot of cool places.
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