Only a short distance from the US East Coast, Iceland is located in the Atlantic Ocean just south of the Arctic Circle. Dubbed the land of fire and ice because of its hot springs and glaciers, Iceland is a paradise for the active and adventure traveler. You can tour volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, waterfalls, fish, hike, or ride horses in the mountains. Pop over to the western part of the country for an array of valleys, fjords, glaciers, volcanos, and the highest waterfall in Iceland on the Mountain Akrafjall. Check out Iceland’s Westfjords and explore nature at Europe’s westernmost point. This uninhabited peninsula in Iceland is home to wildlife found nowhere else in the world. There are so many amazing experiences to have here, not the least of which is gawking at and photographing Iceland’s natural beauty. Looking for luxury more so than adventure? No worries, your luxury travel agent can arrange a stay at top spa locations in Iceland. From luxury resorts with geothermal pools to incredible views of the Northern Lights, the island nation offers something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the top luxury destinations in Iceland, ask a pro.
Things to do
- Golden Circle Snowmobiling Tour
- Thingvellir National Park
- Crystal Ice Cave
- Reykjavik Beer Tour
- Icelandic Home-cooking with Musical Hosts
- Visit the small fishing village of Arnarstapi
- Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel
- The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon
- Hotel Húsafell
- Hotel Geysir
Located on the coast of Iceland, this is the country’s capital and biggest city. Known for it’s nightlife scene, culture, and proximity to Iceland’s most well-known natural sights, Reykjavik is a must-add to any traveler’s list. With a population of only about 120,000, it is a relatively small city with the energy and amenities of a much larger one.
Travelers can visit one (or a few) of the city’s many museums, and stop by sculptures and architectural sights like the Sun Voyager and the Harpa concert Hall. Walking tours of the city are available and make sure you won’t miss any hidden gems—and there are many of them! A stop in Reykavik is also the perfect opportunity to learn about the rich history of the country before heading into the wilderness for a week of hiking and sightseeing.
Located in the north, Akureyri is the fourth largest city in Iceland. This is the perfect spot to set up base to take day trips to the surrounding areas. Here, you will find hot springs, hiking, islands Grimsey and Hrisey, and the famous northern lights.
Be sure not to miss the sights inside the city limits, including the Laufas turf houses, the Arctic Botanical Gardens, Akureyri Church, and the old town area. For a cultural experience, be sure to check out events in the city at the time of your visit. Depending on the time of year, the city hosts music festivals, cultural conferences, and holiday celebrations. On any weekend in the city, there are small artists performing at cafes and venues around the town.
Just over 100 miles southeast of the Capital, this is a small village that has a lot to offer. The small peninsula of Dyrhólaey can be found just on the edge of town, and offers beautiful views of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, lava columns, and can be a place to spot puffins in the summer. At Reynisfjara Black Sand beach, see volcanic sights like never before.
Be sure to stop by some of the country’s famous waterfalls while you’re in the area. Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most well known waterfalls, is just 45 minutes away and should not be missed. Even closer is Skogafoss, a nearly 200 foot tall waterfall that you can walk right up to.