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Top Choice Canyon in Þingvellir National Park

Tectonic Plates

The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are tearing away from each other at a rate of 1mm to 18mm per year. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures…
Top Choice Geyser in The Golden Circle

Geysir

One of Iceland’s most famous tourist attractions, Geysir (gay-zeer; literally ‘gusher’) is the original hot-water spout after which all other geysers are named. Earthquakes can stimulate activity, though eruptions a…
Top Choice National Park in The Golden Circle

Þingvellir National Park

The world’s oldest parliament, Althingi (pronounced ál-thingk-ee; also called Alþing) was uniquely situated at this monumental site where two tectonic plates meet. In AD 930, Vikings would hold meetings among this a…
Top Choice Beach in Vík & Around

Reynisfjara

On the western side of Reynisfjall, the high ridge above Vík, Rte 215 leads 5km down to the black-sand beach Reynisfjara. It's backed by an incredible stack of basalt columns that look like a magical church organ, a…
Top Choice Landmark in Þingvellir National Park

Alþingi Site

Near the dramatic Almannagjá fault and fronted by a boardwalk is the Lögberg (Law Rock), where the Alþingi (Parliament) convened annually. This was where the lögsögumaður (law speaker) recited the existing laws to t…
Top Choice Waterfall in Skógar

Skógafoss

This 62m-high waterfall topples over a rocky cliff at the western edge of Skógar in dramatic style. Climb the steep staircase alongside for giddy views, or walk to the foot of the falls, shrouded in sheets of mist a…
Top Choice Icelandic in Heimaey

Slippurinn

Lively Slippurinn fills the upper storey of a beautifully remodelled old machine workshop that once serviced the ships in the harbour and now has great views. The food is delicious Icelandic fare with a level of cre…
Top Choice Waterfall in Hvolsvöllur & Around

Nauthusagil

Not far from Seljalandsfoss, on the road to Þórsmörk (4x4 advisable), hides one of the most thrilling and adventurous scrambles to a waterfall along a river and through an ancient moss-covered canyon. Although the w…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Vík & Around

Dyrhólaey

One of the South Coast’s most recognisable natural formations is the rocky plateau and huge stone sea arch at Dyrhólaey (deer-lay), which rises dramatically from the surrounding plain 10km west of Vík, at the end of…
Top Choice Ruins in Búrfell & Around

Stöng

Buried by white volcanic ash in 1104 during one of Hekla’s eruptions, this ancient farm once belonged to Gaukur Trandilsson, a 10th-century Viking who lived a tempestuous life. Excavated in 1939 (Iceland’s first pro…