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Top Choice Icelandic in Jökulsárlón to Höfn

Jón Ríki

This fabulous farmhouse restaurant at Hólmur is something of a surprise, with funky decor, a small in-house brewery, and beautifully presented, high-quality dishes: grilled langoustine, avocado chips and pannacotta …
Top Choice Icelandic in Höfn

Pakkhús

Hats off to a menu that tells you the name of the boat that delivers its star produce. In a stylish harbour-side warehouse, Pakkhús offers a level of kitchen creativity you don’t often find in rural Iceland. First-c…
Top Choice Canyon in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Fjaðrárgljúfur

This darkly picturesque canyon, carved out by the river Fjaðrá, has been well and truly discovered, thanks to Instagrammers and one Justin Bieber (who filmed a video clip here). A walking trail follows its southern …
Top Choice Icelandic in Höfn

Humarhöfnin

Humarhöfnin offers ‘Gastronomy Langoustine’ in a cute, cheerfully Frenchified space with great attention to detail: checkerboard tiled floor and herb pots on the windowsills. Mains that centre on pincer-waving critt…
Top Choice Cafe in Stokksnes

Viking Cafe

In a wild setting under moodily Gothic Vestrahorn mountain, you’ll find this cool little outpost, where soup, coffee, waffles and cake are served.Beside the cafe is a small block of rooms – simple, with fabulous sur…
Top Choice Mountain in The Sandar

Lómagnúpur

Adding more eye candy to an impressive road trip, a precipitous 767m-tall palisade of cliffs known as Lómagnúpur towers over the landscapes, begging to be photographed. It's full of legends, and looks particularly g…
Lagoon in Fjallsárlón & Breiðamerkursandur

Fjallsárlón

A sign off the Ring Road indicates Fjallsárlón – this is an easily accessible glacier lagoon, where icebergs calve from Fjallsjökull. There are Zodiac tours among the bergs, plus walking trails around the lagoon, an…
Glacier in Svínafell & Freysnes

Svínafellsjökull

Heading east on the Ring Road from Skaftafell, a sign points the way to the glacier Svínafellsjökull. A rough, potholed dirt road leads 2km to a car park, from where it’s a short walk to the northern edge of the gla…
Beach in Jökulsárlón

Diamond Beach

At the Jökulsá river mouth you’ll see ice boulders and bergs resting photogenically on the black-sand beach as part of their final journey out to sea. Tourists have dubbed the site 'Diamond Beach', and the name has …
Fireworks in Jökulsárlón

Fireworks

If you're in the area in mid-August, don't miss the annual, one-night-only fireworks display held at Jökulsárlón as a fundraiser for the local search-and-rescue team. Buses bring spectators to the event from Höfn, K…