Places in Iceland
The world’s most northerly capital combines colourful buildings, quirky people, a wild nightlife and a capricious soul to devastating effect. Most visitors fall helplessly in love, returning home already saving to come back. The city’s charm lies in its many peculiar contrasts, which, like tectonic plates clashing against one another, create an earthquake of energy.
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 north is a far cry (not to mention a considerable distance) from its clean, green little capital Reykjavik. Whether you're whale-watching in picturesque Húsavík or spinning out at the bizarre rock formations in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, your travels through this region will be coloured by one recurring theme: nature in all its wild glory.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Where to set-jet Game of Thrones
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Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland
You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam...
Þjóðhátíð: a guide to the People’s Feast in Iceland
'Heimaey 'by quinet. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Location: Heimaey, Westmann Islands, Iceland Dates: Verslunarmannahelgi (first weekend in August). 3-5 Aug 2013; 2-4 Aug 2014; 1-3 Aug 2015...
In the saddle: experiencing Iceland by horseback
Horses occupy a special place in Icelandic culture and they come into their own during the country's dramatic annual sheep round-up...