Iceland Travel Guide

  • Gullfoss.
    Gullfoss.
    by IreneMcKay
  • Gullfoss.
    Gullfoss.
    by IreneMcKay
  • The Blue Lagoon.
    The Blue Lagoon.
    by Regina1965

Iceland Highlights

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    dharmabum222 says…

     I once read: "Some people claim that in the silence of Iceland's wilderness you come closest to hearing God"...I now agree 

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     money goes FAST! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Small wonder, big nature experience! 

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Reykjavík

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931,3108,91

Gullfoss

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68,159,0

Ísafjörður

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22,47,0

Vík í Mýrdal

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76,186,1

Þingvellir

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63,319,0

Höfn

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61,164,5

Selfoss

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16,105,8

Hveragerði

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11,68,0

Skaftafell

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64,171,0

Grindavík

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16,99,2

Geysir

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62,266,0

Vík

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23,71,1

Stykkishólmur

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18,99,2

Mÿvatn

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72,373,5

Borgarnes

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16,123,5

Skálholt

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8,45,0

Hella

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10,62,4

Akureyri

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18,63,14

Stokkseyri

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7,52,0

Hafnir

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2,3,0

Grímsey

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3,24,0

Hrísey

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16,42,0

Eyrarbakki

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6,11,0

Jökulsárgljùfur

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15,92,0

Blönduós

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7,4,0

Litli-Árskógssandur

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3,12,0

Laugarvatn

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2,11,3

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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6,12,2

Keflavík

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3,17,12

Hjaltadalur

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9,43,0

Vestmannaeyjar

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0,4,2

Hvammstangi

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Reykjavík

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  • Hallgrimskirkja

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    Hallgrimskirkja is the tallest and most impressive building in Reykjavic. It was designed to imitate a volcanic eruption and some say it also resembles a rocket ship. It was begun in 1947 but not finished until 1986. The exterior is striking and impressive whilst the inside is calm and peacefully plain. The 250 foot tower cost 700 ISK (£4) to climb...

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  • BEST WESTERN Hotel Reykjavik

    Reykjavík Hotels

    The Best Western was the perfect base camp for our 6 night stay in Reykjavik. It is close enough to...

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  • The Original Free Tour of Reykjavík

    Reykjavík Things to Do

    When my VT-friend Jonathan Barker came over to Reykjavík for a visit I accompanied him on a free tour of Reykjavík called the "Original Free Tour of Reykjavík" by the Goecco Eco Adventures of Iceland.The tour start at every day at 13:00 from the 15th of May until the 15th of September - come rain or shine.We met the tour guide by the Old harbour of...

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Gullfoss

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  • No clearing of the roads on Tuesdays and...

    Gullfoss Warnings and Dangers

    Just a word of warning, the roads to Gullfoss are not cleared of snow by the Road Administration of Iceland on Tuesdays and Saturdays. If it has been snowing a lot then this can cause a problem for visitors, especially those travelling on their own without guidance. But the buses on the guided tours have also run into difficulties here in winter...

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  • Gullfoss Waterfall

    Gullfoss Things to Do

    Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, is perhaps Iceland's most famous waterfall. And for good reason as it is amazing - comparable to Niagara in terms of size and power. It is part of the popular Golden Circle route, so it tends to be crowded. We visited Gullfoss with Iceland Guided Tours on the Golden Circle Tour. Gullfoss is actually two waterfalls, with...

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  • Faxi Waterfall

    Gullfoss Things to Do

    Faxi is a waterfall near Gullfoss and Geysir on the popular Golden Circle route. We visited this waterfall on our tour of the Golden Circle with Iceland Guided Tours. When we stopped, the tour guide told us this is the "small" one. Faxi is quite wide, but not real high - maybe 5 m or so. But nonetheless, it didn't seem like a small waterfall to me....

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Ísafjörður

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  • Getting to/from the Isafjordur airport

    Ísafjörður Transportation

    If you fly into Isafjordur, you can catch the Flybus (a little red van) that can take you into Isafjordur. Once you're in Isafjordur, stop in at the Cultural Center and you can get a voucher for the Flybus to return you to the airport. The Flybus in Isafjordur departs from Hotel Isafjordur - ask the people at the Cultural Center (Tourist Info...

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  • Pack suntan lotion and sunglasses

    Ísafjörður What to Pack

    Definitely bring suntan lotion and sunglasses with you, especially if it's a clear sunny day. The sun is intense, the air quality is sparkling clean, and you're surrounded by water and ice which reflect the sun to make things worse. I developed a wicked sunburn within 15 min and I didn't even realize it at first because the air was quite chilly....

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  • Kayak the fjord

    Ísafjörður Things to Do

    Next to Ísafjörður's Westfjords Maritime Museum is Saefari, a kayaking outfitter. I highly recommend arranging for a guide to take you kayaking out in the fjord amidst the breathtaking scree slopes and crisp water. www.westtours.is can set you up.

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Vík í Mýrdal

  • Sólheimajökull Glacier walk

    Vík í Mýrdal Things to Do

    We did this tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides (Sólheimajökull Exploration Tour IMG12) starting from the end of road 221 near Skogar.It's a 3 hours or so tour with crampons and was pretty good if you don't want to take an all-day tour.The weather was not good but we still had a good time with the guide giving us plenty of time for photos &...

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  • Edda Plus

    Vík í Mýrdal Hotels

    Allow me to preface this tip by stating that my wife and I did not stay at Hotel Edda. We were in...

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  • Puffin watching at Dyrholaey

    Vík í Mýrdal Things to Do

    Note that access to the last kilometer or so before the cliffs is closed at night according to different times of the year to protect the birds.In late May access was open from 8am to 7pm.For best chance of seeing puffins, go as late as possible in the evening. During the day puffins seems to be at sea. We saw 2, both between 18:30 and 19:00.Bring...

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Þingvellir

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  • Throwing coins into Peningagjá.

    Þingvellir Things to Do

    It has been a national tradition for hundred years to throw coins into Peningagjá (Money fault) and make a wish. This fault was earlier called Nikulásargjá, but changed its name due to this tradition. This tradition started after the fault was bridged when the Danish king Frederick VIII paid Iceland a visit in 1907. There are a myriad of coins in...

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  • Please don´t make cairns here.

    Þingvellir Things to Do

    This tip is about "things not to be done" really. There is a special view-spot on road 36. After driving through a desert like landscape for some period of time all of a sudden the view of Þingvellir and lake Þingvallavatn opens up. It is a beautiful sight, so most people stop here to take photos.Somebody thought of making a cairn here as a kind of...

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  • Almannagjá rift.

    Þingvellir Things to Do

    Now it is not every day that one can walk in the Mid-Atlantic ridge. But in Þingvellir the tectonic plates are actually visible, in earlier days the rift where the plates meet used to be a lot more shallow, but has sunk more and more over the years and it is said that the Vikings might not even recognise Almannagjá rift anymore. There are many...

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Höfn

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  • The harbour

    Höfn Things to Do

    Hofn this is a very little town of Iceland but they have a very nice harbor, walking around here in the evening is ideal if you like to have photos from the harbor Also one of the most important harbors for lobster fishing in Iceland and most of the restaurants in town serve lobster dishes as the local specialty

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  • Youth Hostel Nyibaer

    Höfn Hotels

    It's a youth hostel and it's clean. No luxury rooms at all and with or without private facilities....

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  • Amphibian Boat Tours

    Höfn Things to Do

    To view the whole thing up close to the glacial lagoon, take the "Amphibious vehicle ", tour runs a bit in the area around, and then dive into the lagoon and float During the ice floes there is a mysterious kind of serenity, the heavy ice blocks appear to move on the flow in the more slowlyLook like the ice dance , with some hard floes collide with...

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Selfoss

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  • Kerið Crater

    Selfoss Things to Do

    Kerið is a crater lake about 15 km north of Selfoss just off Route 35. We visited during our Golden Circle Tour with Iceland Guided Tours. The crater was formed about 6,500 years ago and is the northern end of a row of craters called Tjarnarhólar in the Grímsnes area. The oval-shaped crater is 270 m long, 170 m wide, and 55 m deep, with the water...

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  • Grimsborgir Guest House

    Selfoss Hotels

    Asborgir 30, Selfoss, 801, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Everything made out of Icelandic wool

    Selfoss Shopping

    You can buy everything here which can be made out of wool. It is all handmade by local women.Call for opening hours or check the website. e.g. sweater, gloves, scarfs, toys, hats depends on what you purchased for a childrens scarf I paid approx 16EUR

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Hveragerði

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  • The Geothermal area in Hveragerði -...

    Hveragerði Things to Do

    Hveragerði is a pure geothermal town and "hver" means hot-spring. There is a geo-park inside of the town, Hveragarðurinn, much like other towns have parks. In the big earth-quake on the 29th of May 2008 new fissures opened and others closed, making it dangerous to hike on some hiking-trails above Hveragerði. On the day I visited the geo-park a...

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  • Grýta - hot spring.

    Hveragerði Things to Do

    Grýta or Grýla as it is sometimes called is just outside of Hveragerði - above the town. The reason for it to have 2 names is due to a typo. Icelanders use either name, I use Grýta.Grýta is Hveragerði´s best known hot spring, which used to erupt up to 15 meters in the air 24 times a day, i.e. every hour. Then it cooled down, as it were, and now one...

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  • An earthquake simulator in Hveragerði.

    Hveragerði Things to Do

    Hveragerði is in the main area where the tectonic plates meet and on the 29th of May 2008 there was an earthquake 6,3 on the Richter scale right under Mt. Ingólfsfjall. It caused a lot of damage in Hveragerði, Selfoss and surrounding areas.There is now an exhibition next to the Hveragerði library on what damage the eartquake did to the houses in...

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Skaftafell

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  • Lambhagi "Lamb pastures" in Skaftafell.

    Skaftafell Things to Do

    Now this is a beautiful spot in Skaftafell. In the olden days until 1900 ewes were milked by the farmers. Their lambs were kept here in Lambhagi overnight as the ewes were milked in the mornings. After the milking the ewes and the lambs were reunited.This is such a lovely spot and imagining it being crowded by lambs makes it even more special. The...

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  • Svartifoss waterfall - the Black falls.

    Skaftafell Things to Do

    Svartifoss is situated in Skaftafell in S-Iceland. At the Visitor centre you can get information on how to get to Svartifoss waterfall. It is 1,5 kilometres from the Visitor centre, uphill and on the way to Svartifoss you come across 2 other waterfalls Þjófafoss (Thieves' fall) and Hundafoss (Dogs´fall). The hike is ca 90 minutes back and forth...

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  • Skaftafellsjökull glacier.

    Skaftafell Things to Do

    Skaftafellsjökull - glacier is located in Skaftafell national park. From the Visitor Centre at Skaftafell there is an hour's hike back and forth to the glacier. Dress warmly as the temperature drops when you get close to the glacier. Don't get too close though and never go on the glacier unaccompanied. In front of the glacier there used to be...

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Grindavík

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  • Tyrkjaránið - The Turkish abduction.

    Grindavík Things to Do

    In 1627 the Algerians, which Icelanders believed to be Turks back then, attacked Iceland, including Grindavík, and took away with them slaves from here, 12 Icelanders and 3 Danes. These people were sold into slavery in Salé in Morocco.This attack has always been called Tyrkjaránið or The Turkish abduction- even though it is now known that they were...

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  • Northern Light Inn

    Grindavík Hotels

    This is the obvious hotel to stay a last night before taking off. Thank you agapotravel for your...

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  • The Memorial for fishermen.

    Grindavík Things to Do

    As in every hamlet in Iceland there is a memorial for fishermen in Grindavik. It is called Vonin or The Hope, and shows a woman with two kids waiting and hoping for her husband to return back from sea. It is heartbreaking seeing this, as so many women lost their husbands at sea and so many children lost their father at sea. And many sons drowned...

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Geysir

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  • Little Geysir - litli Geysir.

    Geysir Things to Do

    There are several small hot springs in the Geysir area, especially in the south end of the Geysir area. One of them is called Little Geysir (litli Geysir) and another one Smiður (the smith). Little Geysir is a small hole with bubbling water and Smiður is also always churning and bubbling. Sometimes soap is added to Smiður and it will spout up to 7...

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  • Konungshver hot spring.

    Geysir Things to Do

    One of the hot springs in the Geysir area is called Konungshver or The King´s hot spring or The Royal hot spring. It is in the northwest end of the Geysir area above Geysir. It is named after the Danish king Christian IX, who visited Geysir in 1874 and was back then the king of Iceland.Its shaft is closed by stones which block it, so it doesn´t...

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  • Geysir - the original one.

    Geysir Things to Do

    Geysir itself, which is the best known geysir in the world and gives its name to all the other geysirs, started spouting after a big eartquake, Suðurlandsskjálftinn, in the 13th century. Geysir stopped erupting in 1915, but it must have been a sight to see as it went about 60 metres into the air, but Strokkur, which is now spouting with a regular...

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Vík

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Stykkishólmur

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  • Bird life in Breiðafjarðareyjar islands.

    Stykkishólmur Things to Do

    The islands are thought to be countless or ca 2.500. And it is believed that 25% of all the shore-line in island is here in Breiðafjareyjar islands. The tide and down draft is higher here than in other places in Iceland.This area is one of the best areas in the world to spot leviathans; the blue whale, humpback and killer whales.The bird life here...

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  • Hotel Stykkisholmur

    Stykkishólmur Hotels

    Borgarbraut 8, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • The Ferry Baldur

    Stykkishólmur Transportation

    There is a ferry which sails from Stykkishólmur to Flatey island, which is one of the Breiðarfjörður islands. It then carries on towards Brjánslækur in Barðaströnd in the Westfjords of Iceland. And back.In summer time the Ferry Baldur sails twice from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur with a stop in Flatey island. In winter time the Ferry Baldur only...

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Mÿvatn

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  • Grjótagjá - Rock ravine at Mývatn,...

    Mÿvatn Things to Do

    Grjótagjá rift is one of the best known caves in Iceland. It is located on the North-Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates.Grjótagjá has got two entrances and steps leading down to it. It is half-full with hot water and people used to bathe in it, women on one side and men on the other side. During the eruption of Mt. Katla in 1975-1984, which is...

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  • Hotel Reykjahlid

    Mÿvatn Hotels

    Beautiful hotel situate in the middle of the Reykjahlid, this hotel has got only 9 rooms with...

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  • The Mývatn Naturebaths - Jarðböðin við...

    Mÿvatn Things to Do

    The Mývatn Naturebaths are sometimes called the Blue lagoon of the north. They are an excellent choice for relaxation after a day of visiting all the interesting sights in Mývatn area. They opened in 2004 so they are quite new. The geothermal water in the Naturebaths is drawn from depths of upto 2500 meters from boreholes in Bjarnarflag and is rich...

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Borgarnes

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  • Akranes - neigbouring town - Langisandur...

    Borgarnes Things to Do

    Akranes is the town closest to Hvalfjarðargöng or Whale bay tunnel, before you reach Borgarnes. There used to be a ferry, Akraborgin, crossing the bay between Reykjavík and Akranes, so I went here often just for the ride. The ferry stopped running in 1998 when the tunnel was opened. I miss it.There are ca 6.600 inhabitants in Akranes and fishing is...

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  • Hraunsnef Country Hotel

    Borgarnes Hotels

    Nordurardal 311, Borgarnes, Iceland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • The Settlement Centre - the Settlement...

    Borgarnes Things to Do

    There are two exhibitions at the Settlement Centre, the Egils Saga Exhibition and the Settlement Exhibition.The Settlement Exhibition depicts the Settlement of Iceland until the establishment of Alþingi, the oldest Parliament in the world in 930. It tells the story of the Norwegian Vikings who came to Iceland and why they left Norway. And why our...

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