The land of Ice and Fire
Few countries are so full of variety and wonder as Iceland. Black sand beaches, volcanic landscapes, geysirs and incredible wildlife will make you feel like you just landed on a different planet. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about the vast and varied regions that Iceland has to offer.
The Icelandic capital is where everything is happening – the city is filled with a rich culture ranging from history over literature and arts and music festivals. Walk around the colourful houses of the city centre, go shopping and relax in one of the many thermal swimming pools. Reykjavik is the perfect starting point for day excursions and longer trips into the country.
Our favourite tours in Reykjavik and Reykjanes:
Reykjanes peninsula is often called the gateway to Iceland because most visitors arrive here at Keflavík Airport. The main attraction is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal natural pool. This volcanic region straddling the Mid-Atlantic ridge has much more to offer – volcanic craters, lava caves, black sand beaches and steep cliffs thriving with birdlife!
The famous Golden Circle is a day tour encompassing Iceland´s highlights such as the thundering waterfall Gullfoss, the gushing geysir Strokkur and the ancient parliament site of Þingvellir, which invites you to walk along the rift between the tectonic plates. Continue along the south coast to marvel at tall waterfalls such as Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. In the Westman Islands you can walk over black sand beaches and approach the mighty glacier Vatnajökull. Last but not least enjoy a boat tour between the icebergs of Jökulsárlón.
The North is known for Iceland´s largest town outside the capital, Akureyri. In this surprisingly lush town you have shopping and dining opportunities as well as museums and a botanical garden. It is also the perfect starting point for excursions, such as whale watching from Húsavík, visiting lake Mývatn and the surrounding geothermal mud springs and seeing the most voluminous waterfall, Dettifoss.
Drive along the winding west fjords and discover something new at every turn – panoramic views over the rough nature, steep waterfalls, reconstructed turf farms and much more. Walk on the red sands of Rauðasandur and peek off the edge of Europe at the westernmost point, the Látrabjarg cliffs. How about a kayak tour into the fjord at Isafjörður or a hiking trip in the remote nature reserve Hornstrandir?
Our favourite tours in Iceland:
Snæfellsjökull glacier is the beacon of the region and core point of Jules Verne´s „Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Indeed you can descend into a lava cave, or discover the glacier up close on a hike or on a snowcat. Along the coast you might recognise filming locations such as the mountain Kirjufell. Venture into the Borgarfjörður region to see the famous waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, visit Langjökull glacier or walk through the famous Egils saga in the Borgarnes Settlement Centre.
Only accessible in the summer time and with 4×4 vehicles, the highlands are Iceland´s roughest and most desolate region. The unpopulated desert harbours stunning gems such as the colourful mountains and hot springs of Landmannalaugar and the forest oasis of Þórsmörk, connected by the famous hiking trail Laugavegur. Highland roads lead you between glaciers and up to one of Iceland´s biggest volcanoes, Askja
Along the remote Eastfjords you will encounter small cozy fishing towns, colourful cliffs and steep mountain passes offering a panoramic view over the area. Leaving the coast and venturing inland, you will be surprised to find Hallormsstaður, the biggest forest in the otherwise so barren country. In this area you might catch glimpses of wild reindeer and fluffy arctic foxes.
Health & Safety Guidelines Iceland
Here are the official health and safety guidelines for travel to Iceland. These guidelines are sourced from the official destinations page, and we kindly request you adhere to them.