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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 & Glacier Snowmobiling Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
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Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation
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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik with Glacier Snowmobile Experience
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Small-Group Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Tour Including Admission
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Northern Lights Midnight Adventure from Reykjavík
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Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik | The Original
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Natural Crystal Blue Ice Cave Tour of Vatnajökull Glacier
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Blue Lagoon Admission Including Transfer
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Reykjavik Food Walk

Reykjavik Food Walk

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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
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Recent reviews from experiences in Iceland

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gary_c, Jul 2021
South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
Great guide took us to 2 massive waterfalls, the wonderful black sand beach and a hike to a glacier.
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Great Tour of the Golden Circle
2020_Vision, Jul 2021
Golden Circle with Fridheimar and Kerid in small group tour 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.
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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.
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Funny guide, great spots
Eszter_B, Jul 2021
Full Day Small Group South Shore Tour by Minibus
We recommend it with kids as well!
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Fantastic scenary
Aki_N, Jul 2021
Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour - Highlands of Iceland
The hot springs bath at the end was a nice bonus.
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Fabulous!
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!
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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.
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Great hike / views
Alicja_J, Jun 2021
Fagradalsfjall Volcano Full-Day Hike from Reykjavik
It was amazing to see the Volcano.
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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.
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Just amazing
Becky_D, Jun 2021
Small-Group Golden Circle & Friðheimar Premium Day Tour from Reykjavik
Waterfalls and easy hikes were beautiful.
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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!
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Great tour and insights.
Tim_S, Jun 2021
Walking tour of Reykjavik city
In addition, Luca provided great suggestions for things to do and places to eat.
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Naaace
LESLIE_L, 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.
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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 ....
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Great value and Experience
George_M, Jun 2021
Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon Including Admission & Kerid Volcanic Crater
Overall this tour was amazing, got to see some important highlights of Iceland.
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Amazing experience
NinaNicola_S, 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.
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Very scenic
Arnold_M, May 2021
Private Jeep Tour - Game of Thrones experience
It was nice to see iceland off the beaten path.
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Book this tour of the South Coast and walk the Solheimajokull glacier with Troll Expeditions! Beautifully memorable!
Connie_C, Jul 2021
South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik
Jacob took us to see the Seljalandsfoss waterfall (the smaller one to the left of it, the Gljufabui, was tucked away like a surprise and as he noted it was even better).
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Not to be missed! Go see the active Fagradalsfjall volcano in the Geldingadalir Valley!
Connie_C, Jul 2021
Active Volcano Hike | Half-Day Afternoon & Evening Tour from Reykjavík
It was magnificent to see in person and the lava fields that have been formed and are continuing to be formed.
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Glaciers and Waterfalls Galore!
Roesch_L, Jul 2021
South Coast: Fire & Ice - Waterfalls, Glaciers & Icelandic Lava Show in Vík
The waterfalls were breath taking and the lava center very informative.
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