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Iceland puts on one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Rainbow-arched waterfalls cleave mountains with snowcapped peaks just beyond its happening capital, Reykjavík. You can climb mountains, ford rivers, watch birds, catch fish, and even tend herd at a typical Icelandic farm. Rugged fjords and lush valleys lace the countryside, while fingerlike peninsulas reach toward the Arctic Circle. In the south, a veritable land of fire and ice await, from Iceland’s still-active Hekla Volcano to the chilling splendor of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.

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Reykjavik

Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation's nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island's population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt...

Akureyri

Akureyri—called the Capital of the North—is the second-largest urban area in Iceland, and a lively one at that. Hemmed by the 60-km (37-mile...

Mývatn

You could spend at least a day exploring this superbly natural area influenced by active geology; a fissure eruption occurred here in 1984....

Hafnarfjorður

Harbor fjord" had an important commercial port centuries before Reykjavík did, and today there's still healthy competition between the two....

Þingvellir

After a little less than an hour-long drive from Reykjavík along Route 36 across the Mosfellsheiði heath, the broad lava plain of Þingvellir...

Eyrarbakki

Essentially a small bundle of old houses, Eyrarbakki is tiny but cute. It contains the oldest timber house in Iceland, imported from Norway...

Seltjarnarnes

Surrounded by unending views and the wild and sometimes shimmering Atlantic Ocean, this gorgeous district of Reykjavík has always been a popular...

Stokkseyri

With its wide, black, sandy beach covered in driftwood, tiny Stokkseyri (population 445) is popular in summer. It offers a small museum and...

Jokulsarlon

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Viðey Island

An interesting slice of Iceland's past has been well preserved on Viðey Island—a popular destination for people seeking peace, solitude, and...

Husavik

Home to just over 2,000 souls, Húsavík is a small but atmospheric village with great opportunities for whale-watching tours. It’s also convenient...

Blue Lagoon

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Haukadalur

The geothermal field in Haukadalur, home of the Geysir and Strokkur geysers, is one of Iceland's classic tourist spots. The famous Geysir hot...

Gullfoss

Measuring 105 feet high, thundering Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is a double cascade in the Hvítá River, turning at right angles in mid-drop. Gullfoss...

Reykjavik

Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation's nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island's population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt...

Akureyri

Akureyri—called the Capital of the North—is the second-largest urban area in Iceland, and a lively one at that. Hemmed by the 60-km (37-mile...

Mývatn

You could spend at least a day exploring this superbly natural area influenced by active geology; a fissure eruption occurred here in 1984....

Hafnarfjorður

Harbor fjord" had an important commercial port centuries before Reykjavík did, and today there's still healthy competition between the two....

Þingvellir

After a little less than an hour-long drive from Reykjavík along Route 36 across the Mosfellsheiði heath, the broad lava plain of Þingvellir...

Eyrarbakki

Essentially a small bundle of old houses, Eyrarbakki is tiny but cute. It contains the oldest timber house in Iceland, imported from Norway...

Seltjarnarnes

Surrounded by unending views and the wild and sometimes shimmering Atlantic Ocean, this gorgeous district of Reykjavík has always been a popular...

Stokkseyri

With its wide, black, sandy beach covered in driftwood, tiny Stokkseyri (population 445) is popular in summer. It offers a small museum and...

Jokulsarlon

...

Viðey Island

An interesting slice of Iceland's past has been well preserved on Viðey Island—a popular destination for people seeking peace, solitude, and...

Husavik

Home to just over 2,000 souls, Húsavík is a small but atmospheric village with great opportunities for whale-watching tours. It’s also convenient...

Haukadalur

The geothermal field in Haukadalur, home of the Geysir and Strokkur geysers, is one of Iceland's classic tourist spots. The famous Geysir hot...

Gullfoss

Measuring 105 feet high, thundering Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is a double cascade in the Hvítá River, turning at right angles in mid-drop. Gullfoss...

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