#01 The Blue Lagoon
A dip in the sublime waters of the Blue Lagoon is a quintessentially Icelandic experience.
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Landmannalaugar’s bubbling hot springs, wildly-coloured hills and rugged hiking trails are the Interior’s best-known feature.
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The total remoteness and majestic landscape make isolated Hornstrandir a fantastic destination for dedicated hikers.
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Scramble down the stark sides of this volcanic crater in the Interior and take a quick dip in the lukewarm geothermal lake, Víti.
#05 Join the rúntur
Sample Iceland’s legendary nightlife, starting with a pub crawl round of Reykjavík’s bars.
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Admire the drama of the West Fjord mountains from the green, flat meadows of this tiny, peaceful island haven.
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#07 The Sagas
Reykjavík’s Culture House boasts some of Europe’s oldest and finest medieval manuscripts.
Iceland's second town offers an engaging mix of urban sophistication, with great bars and restaurants and some decent museums.
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#09 Lake Mývatn
Mývatn’s placid spread of water is a haven for wildfowl, while the lake’s surrounds abound in volcanic formations, both extinct and highly active.
#10 The Interior
A trip into the desolate, uninhabited Interior is an unmissable opportunity to see the raw side of Iceland.
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#11 Þórsmörk National Park
Hike 25km over the mountains between Þórsmörk and Skógar, right past the steaming site of the 2010 volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull.
This sweeping stretch of golden sand and turquoise water is Iceland’s most beautiful beach.
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#13 The Settlement Exhibition
Travel back in time to the year 871 and see the remarkable remains of one of Reykjavík’s earliest houses.
See Strokkur erupting at Geysir, after which all geysers are named.
#15 Þingvellir National Park
The dramatic site of Iceland’s first parliament, set in a mighty rift valley where the Eurasian and American continental plates are slowly tearing apart.
#16 West Fjords
Remote, forbidding yet totally compelling, the West Fjords are Iceland at its most scenically amazing.
#17 The Phallological Museum, Reykjavík
#18 Whale watching
Skaftafell’s blend of highland plateau, summer meadows and ice-blue glaciers are best explored by hiking, biking or climbing.
Reykjavík’s best-known landmark, the striking Hallgrímskirkja offers unsurpassed views of the capital from its tower.
Deep inside Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, encounter nature in the raw at Europe’s most powerful waterfall.
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