Major Tourist Attractions: Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Hallgrimskirkja, Harpa Concert Hall
Iceland's blockbuster attraction is its stunning, otherworldly natural beauty. Steaming vents and bubbling geysers contrast surreally with rolling green fields, powerful waterfalls and snow-topped volcanos. In the winter the sun only pokes above the horizon for a few hours a day, and in the summer it never sets at all. All of these details combine to make Iceland an entirely unique and strange place to visit.
Iceland has become increasingly popular with tourists over the past few years. While prices are fairly high, travel in Iceland is very safe and easy. There is a well-established tourism infrastructure, and nearly everyone speaks fluent English. There are many organized activities for visitors, mostly centered around the outdoors, including hiking, kayaking, whale watching and even scuba diving. In the winter it's possible to see the northern lights.
Nearly two thirds of the island's population lives in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas. It is a pleasant capital city, but most of the island's most interesting sights are further afield. They can easily be reached and explored via tour bus, rental car or even bicycle. Roads are well-marked, and it's difficult to get lost (Iceland has just one major highway that loops around the country). Just be prepared to stop often for pictures.
Some of the many unique activities found only in Iceland include:
- Soak in the electric-colored Blue Lagoon thermal pools.
- Spot puffins, seals and whales along the coast.
- Ice climb up the side of a frozen glacier.
- Stay up late looking for the northern lights during the winter months.
- Watch icebergs calve in the surreal Jökulsárlón lake.
- Party all night under the midnight sun in Reykjavik.
- Sample the notorious Iceland specialty hakarl: fermented shark's meat.
- Marvel at some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls.
Address: 21, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone: (011) 354-595-2248