Golden Circle

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  • 1. Blue Lagoon

    This world-renowned therapeutic pool is now a sheltered site where man-made structures blend with natural geologic formations. A reception area includes food concessions and boutique...Read More

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  • 2. Eldheimar

    In 1973, in the middle of the night, the Eldfell volcano on Vestmannaeyjar suddenly exploded, causing the immediate evacuation of more than 5,000 people. At...Read More

  • 3. Fagradalsfjall Volcano

    The Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption site—which began erupting once again in August 2022 after a year-long hiatus —is a must-visit in Iceland. Where else can you...Read More

  • 4. Garðskagaviti

    Two lighthouses can be found on Garðskagi, and Garðskagaviti is the smaller and older of the two. It is also known as “the lighthouse of...Read More

  • 5. Gullfoss

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The modest visitor center at Gullfoss is named in memory of Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who fought against flooding the falls for a hydroelectric...Read More

  • 6. Reynisfjara

    Take route 215 for 5 km (3 miles) to reach the popular black sand beach, Reynisfjara, located on the western side of Reynisfjall. The surrounding...Read More

  • 7. Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary

    Little White and Little Grey are two of the cutest residents of Iceland. Originally from a Shanghai water park, the belugas found sanctuary in 2019...Read More

  • 8. Secret Lagoon

    Taking a dip in a natural hot spring surrounded by green fields and a tiny geyser sounds great, but when you add in showers and...Read More

  • 9. Seljalandsfoss

    This waterfall is situated right off the ring road, so anyone who drives by can’t help but marvel at its majesty. Seljalandsfoss is 65 meters...Read More

  • 10. Silfra

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Most people visit Þingvellir—the location of Iceland’s first parliament and a place of geological significance—but in this same place, another...Read More

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  • 11. Skógafoss

    Farther east, about 25 minutes away from Seljalandsfoss, you will find another falling beauty, framed in by green hills in the summer and ice during...Read More

  • 12. The Bridge Between Continents

    Across a wide tension crack that opened due to the divergent movements of the North American and Eurasian plates is a narrow footbridge built as...Read More

  • 13. Valahnúkur

    This mountain was formed in a single geologic event, and while exploring this magical stretch of coastline, you can see evidence of the different phases...Read More

  • 14. Þingvallabær

    Historic Home

    Across the plain from Lögberg stands the church and the gabled manor house of Þingvallabær, where the government of Iceland often hosts visiting...Read More

  • 15. Þingvellir National Park

    Nature Sight

    Þingvellir National Park, at the northern end of Þingvallavatn—Iceland's largest lake—is a potent symbol of Icelandic heritage. Many national...Read More

  • 16. Þórsmörk

    Sheltered between three towering glaciers (Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull, and Mýrdalsjökull) and surrounded by three rivers (Krossá, Þröngá, and Markarfljót), is the Þórsmörk nature reserve. Named after...Read More

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