From waterfalls and wildlife to the contrast of icy glaciers and dramatic volcanoes, and the natural phenomena that will leave you speechless, there are countless reasons to visit Iceland.
Why visit Iceland?
Iceland's 40,000 square miles (103,000 square km) are home to all the natural wonders one can imagine: waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, glaciers, natural hot springs and even bird and whale watching. Its complicated climate and rugged geography mean that its beauty has remained unchanged for centuries.
The country's immense wealth of nature contrasts with the tranquillity of its towns and cities, where even Reykjavik has no more than 130,000 inhabitants. This, in turn, has made Iceland the perfect place to delve into ancient Viking legends and Nordic traditions, as in its quiet towns time seems to have stopped centuries ago.
Tourism in Iceland has increased exponentially in recent years, and it has become the ideal destination for travellers wanting to immerse themselves in Scandinavian history, venture into pure nature and enjoy unique experiences such as bathing in the Blue Lagoon while it snows, admiring the northern lights and even feeling like Jon Snow trekking on the Vatnajökull Glacier, which was one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones.
Where to start?
The gateway to the wonders of Iceland is Reykjavik, its capital. As well as discovering its culture, museums and cuisine, you can enjoy a variety of excursions and activities nearby, as many of Iceland's main tourist attractions are located nearby, such as the Golden Circle or Snaefellsnes.
Looking for a place to stay?
Booking your accommodation in advance is the best way to get great discounts. Our detailed guide on where to stay in Iceland will help you decide the best areas to look for hotels or apartments, and our hotel search engine will find you the best deals!
Make the most of your stay in Akureyri and hike the Askja volcano. We'll admire the beautiful scenery of the wildest nature in the north of Iceland - you'll find yourself captivated by it!
Do you know the highlands of Iceland? On this jeep tour, we'll travel to Kerlingaföll and visit the geothermal area of Hveravelli. The breathtaking beauty of wilderness will captivate you.
Want to experience something unique? You'll enjoy flying over one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the south of Iceland on this paragliding activity in Vík.
On this jeep tour through the Westfjords, we'll take you to the cliffs of Látrabjarg and the iconic beach of Raudasandur. We'll have a great ride on the winding Icelandic roads.
Explore the Sólheimajökull glacier on this kayak tour. You'll admire the stunning Icelandic nature as you paddle through its icy waters. It'll be an unforgettable experience!
On this rafting tour along the Hvita River, you'll get your adrenaline pumping surrounded by a breathtaking natural setting - you'll be rafting down a glacial river!
Enjoy one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world with this Northern Lights tour from Akureyri, a must if you are in Iceland!
Why is our Iceland travel guide the best?
Introducing Iceland is a guide written by travellers for travellers, and contains personalised advice to help you make the most of your trip to the country.
All the information in this guide is valid as of January 2020. If you find any errors or have any comments, please feel free to contact us.