Places in Iceland
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle takes in three popular attractions all within 100km of the capital: Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. It is an artificial tourist circuit (ie no valley, natural topography, etc marks its extent) loved (and marketed) by thousands, and not to be confused with the Ring Road, which wraps around the entire country (and takes a week or more to properly complete).
Iceland’s mammoth and magnificent north is a geologist’s heaven. A wonderland of moonlike lava fields, belching mudpots, epic waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and whale-filled bays – this is Iceland at its best. The region’s top sights are variations on one theme: a grumbling, volcanically active earth.
Geographically close to Reykjavík yet far, far away in sentiment, West Iceland (known as Vesturland; www.west.is) is a splendid microcosm of what Iceland has to offer. Yet most tourists have missed the memo, and you’re likely to have much of this wonderful region to yourself.
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Tips and articles
Visiting Iceland: 14 dos and don'ts
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How to have a budget break in Iceland
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