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In March 2010, the Eyjafjöll volcano paralysed air traffic with its plumes of smoke, a reminder of nature's extraordinary power. You'll see for yourself during your travels through Iceland, a "land of ice" wracked by huge volcanic and geothermal forces. With its islands rising up from the sea (Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago), Lakagígar's rows of craters as far as the eye can see, fumaroles, boiling mud, basalt columns at Dettifoss and a natural 39°C pool at Hveravellir, this laboratory of Creation offers a magnificent spectacle in Cinemascope: colourful iceberg reflections on Jökulsárlón, Landmannalaugar's orange mountains, the Víti volcano's reddish slopes, and fire concealed under the ice at legendary Snæfellsjökull. Perhaps like one of Jules Verne's heroes you'll be tempted to penetrate its crater, hidden under an immaculate icecap, and head for the centre of the Earth. Unless you prefer the hugest glacier in Europe, majestic Vatnajökull, whose enormous white mass covers 12 % of the surface of the island. Regardless - when they take you back to the airport in the festive and welcoming capital of Reykjavík after your immersion in these magnificent landscapes, you'll already be wondering about how soon you can come back to this unique country. Entrust your wish with the queen of the elves, who lives on Mount Dyrfjöll, and it's sure to come true.

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Iceland : Must-see towns and regions

  • Reykjavík

    Reykjavík is a young, modern town built on a human scale, and a hot spot for European “partiers” drawn by its Saturday night fever. But you can also enjoy the museums in this lively capital of Iceland...

  • Egilsstaðir, a crossroads and the main city in the east, is a recently built town with many shops and services. Between shopping you can admire imposing Lake Lögurinn (or Lagarfljót), in whose depths ...

  • Skógar

    This tiny village has two museums, including the Folklore Museum, one of the best in Iceland. Charming Skógar is 5km from Skógafoss, a magnificent waterfall (60m high by 25m wide). Vik, about 30km awa...

  • Seyðisfjörður, on the banks of the fjord of the same name, has a lot of potential as a tourist destination with its picturesque wooden houses, a river full of fish cascading into a lake, mountains wit...

  • Ísafjörður

    Ísafjörður will captivate you with its mountains, Skutulsfjörður fjord, its university, festivals and remarkable maritime museum, worthy of the “capital” of the western fjords. Not to mention its old ...

  • Höfn

    Höfn (“harbour” in Icelandic) is connected to the sea by a narrow bottleneck and was long cut off from the world in the shadow of majestic Vatnajökull. Nowadays the town is captivating for the rugged ...

  • Húsavík

    The white church here (1907, the prettiest in Iceland) offsets the colourful façades of Húsavík, European capital of whale-watching. This charming town on the edge of Skjálfandi Fjord has three museum...

  • The modern town of Borgarnes enjoys a special aura due to its legendary creation by a hero from the foundational narrative Egil’s Saga. Push on to the hamlet of Borg where Egil’s father lived. And hav...

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