At first glance, you might write Hveragerði off as a dull grid of boxy buildings. However, spend longer than half an hour here and your ominous muttering should fade away. This friendly town has soul, and lots of small, strange things to see and do. Hveragerði sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses.
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.
Multicoloured mountains, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes make Landmannalaugar one of Iceland’s most unique destinations, and a must for explorers of the interior. It’s a favourite with Icelanders and visitors alike…as long as the weather cooperates.
Set amid rolling green hills, rocky peaks and a wide fjord, friendly Tálknafjörður is another soporific village surrounded by magnificent scenery. Fed by the geothermal field nearby, the Tálknafjörður Swimming Pool is the main hang-out spot in town. In summer, a laid-back tourist office operates at the pool and its staffers are always happy to lend a hand.