#01 The Blue Lagoon

A dip in the sublime waters of the Blue Lagoon is a quintessentially Icelandic experience.

#01 The Blue Lagoon

#02 Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar’s bubbling hot springs, wildly-coloured hills and rugged hiking trails are the Interior’s best-known feature.

#02 Landmannalaugar

#03 Hiking in Hornstrandir

The total remoteness and majestic landscape make isolated Hornstrandir a fantastic destination for dedicated hikers.

Hiker woman with trekking poles in jacket, purple hat and bare legs crossing river in Iceland Hornstrandir on trek to Hornbjarg cliff, waterfall and green hills in background.© Kristyna Henkeova/Shutterstock

#04 Askja

Scramble down the stark sides of this volcanic crater in the Interior and take a quick dip in the lukewarm geothermal lake, Víti.

#04 Askja

#05 Join the rúntur

Sample Iceland’s legendary nightlife, starting with a pub crawl round of Reykjavík’s bars.

#05 Join the rúntur

#06 Flatey

Admire the drama of the West Fjord mountains from the green, flat meadows of this tiny, peaceful island haven.

#06 Flatey

#07 The Sagas

Reykjavík’s Culture House boasts some of Europe’s oldest and finest medieval manuscripts.

#07 The Sagas

#08 Akureyri

Iceland's second town offers an engaging mix of urban sophistication, with great bars and restaurants and some decent museums.

#08 Akureyri

#09 Lake Mývatn

Mývatn’s placid spread of water is a haven for wildfowl, while the lake’s surrounds abound in volcanic formations, both extinct and highly active.

#09 Lake Mývatn

#10 The Interior

A trip into the desolate, uninhabited Interior is an unmissable opportunity to see the raw side of Iceland.

Aldeyjarfoss waterfallAldeyjarfoss waterfall, Iceland © Sergio Paciencia/Shutterstock

#11 Þórsmörk National Park

Hike 25km over the mountains between Þórsmörk and Skógar, right past the steaming site of the 2010 volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajökull.

#11 Þórsmörk National Park

#12 Breiðavík

This sweeping stretch of golden sand and turquoise water is Iceland’s most beautiful beach.

breidavik beach iceland© Lab Photo/Shutterstock

#13 The Settlement Exhibition

Travel back in time to the year 871 and see the remarkable remains of one of Reykjavík’s earliest houses.

#13 The Settlement Exhibition

#14 Geysir

See Strokkur erupting at Geysir, after which all geysers are named.

#14 Geysir

#15 Þingvellir National Park

The dramatic site of Iceland’s first parliament, set in a mighty rift valley where the Eurasian and American continental plates are slowly tearing apart.

#15 Þingvellir National Park

#16 West Fjords

Remote, forbidding yet totally compelling, the West Fjords are Iceland at its most scenically amazing.

#16 West Fjords

#17 The Phallological Museum, Reykjavík

#17 The Phallological Museum, Reykjavík

#18 Whale watching

Get up close to minke and humpback whales on a whale-watching tour from Reykjavík or Húsavík.

#18 Whale watching

#19 Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell’s blend of highland plateau, summer meadows and ice-blue glaciers are best explored by hiking, biking or climbing.

#19 Skaftafell National Park

#20 Hallgrímskirkja

Reykjavík’s best-known landmark, the striking Hallgrímskirkja offers unsurpassed views of the capital from its tower.

Reykjavik city scape frop the top with Hallgrimskirkja church. Iceland.© Kalamurzing/Shutterstock

#21 Dettifoss

Deep inside Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, encounter nature in the raw at Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

#21 Dettifoss

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