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  • 1 Mývatn Region Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IS - Reykjahlidh

    Lake Mývatn is a bird sanctuary at the crossroads of great migratory routes. Its surroundings boast unique landscapes, thrillingly disrupted by its volcanic activity: Hverfjall crater, bubbling mud in Námafjáll and petrified lava at Dimmuborgir.

  • 2 Jökulsargljufur Gorges Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IS - As

    These gorges - integrated into Vatnajökull National Park since 2008 - are a must. If only for the three spectacular waterfalls of Dettifoss (one of the most beautiful in the country), Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss, veritable national monuments, and for i..

  • 3 Snæfellsjökull National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IS - 355 Ólafsvík

    Snæfellsjökull National Park encompasses a landscape shaped by volcanic activity and dotted with lava fields. Your first priority should be the mythical and magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier (1,448m), wrapped in the literary glow of Jules Verne's Jo..

  • 4 Myvatn Nature Baths Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jarðbaðshólar IS - 660 Mývatn

    Perched high up in Jardbadshólar, in a desolate natural setting, this bathing site boasts a splendid view over Lake Mývatn and Hverfjall. It is often compared to Keflavík's Blue Lagoon, but without the crowds, and with much more decent prices. Locate..

  • 5 Péninsule de Reykjanes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IS - Keflavík

    Because it is home to the international airport, Reykjanes Peninsula, to the southwest of the capital, will perhaps be your first encounter with Iceland... and it comes as a shock! It is a vast desert of lava flows growing with silvery moss, purple l..

  • 6 Eyjafjördur Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IS - 603 Akureyri

    Eyjafjördur, the longest fjord in northern Iceland, with Hrísey Island in the middle, is located in one of the country's most highly populated regions. But never fear, its banks are as picturesque as ever, particularly on Tröllaskagi, the Trolls' pen..

  • 7 Vatnsnes Peninsula Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IS - Lækjamót

    The Vatnsnes Peninsula is one of Iceland's many remote landscapes. It's worth the trip, if only for its unreal peacefulness and seal colonies. On its east coast stands Hvitserkur Rock, an extraordinary geological sculpture.

  • 8 Hveravellir Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    IS - Ábær

    Hveravellir, on route 35, is a geothermal site framed spectacularly by the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. Bubbling hot springs, turquoise waters, geysers and warm natural pools for relaxing your tired muscles. A dream come true! Accessible from ..

  • 9 Hallgrímskirkja Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Hallgrimstorg IS - 121 Reykjavik

    The statue of Leif Eiríksson (1930), who "discovered" America, guards the entrance to Reykjavík's landmark church. Its white façade is reminiscent of glaciers and its dynamic curves imitate the columnar basalt that surrounds Svartifoss - th..

  • 10 Duushús Interesting

    Museums and art

    Duusgötu 2-8 IS - Keflavík

    Keflavík's cultural centre, the museum is installed in fine listed buildings. The Harbour House (1877) was built for the rich Danish merchant Hans Peter Duus, to serve as a port warehouse. The neighbouring houses were given over to processing and can..

  • 11 Saltfisksetur Íslands Interesting

    Museums and art

    Hafnargata 12a IS - 240 Grindavík

    Grindavík's main attraction is dedicated to fishing in Iceland. The Icelandic Saltfish Museum has a small exhibition that focuses on the cod salting and drying industry in particular. Wax figures, films, photos and artefacts help grasp the evolution ..

  • 12 Saga Museum

    Museums and art

    2 Grandagardi IS - 101 Reykjavík

    Previously housed in one of the six aluminium-covered water tanks in the Perlan, the Saga Museum moved into an old building in Reykjavik's Old Harbour in 2014. The museum recreates the important episodes in the island's history by means of scenes &qu..

  • 13 Lake Laugarvatn

    Nature and gardens

    IS - 840 Laugarvatn

    Laugarvatn, a large lake with hot springs and a spa of the same name, is a destination enjoyed by both foreigners and locals. Indulge in the pleasures of its relaxing warm baths in the open air, as well as kayaking and boat rides on the lake.

  • 14 Hallormsstadaskogur Forest

    Nature and gardens

    IS - Valþjofsstaðir

    Iceland has made a big effort at reforestation, using imported trees among others. Hallormsstadaskógur Forest along Lake Lögurinn is its largest wooded area and is growing even larger due to its nurseries. There's also an arboretum and nice hiking tr..

  • 15 Grímsey Island

    Nature and gardens

    IS - 311 Miðgarðar

    The summer sun never sets on Grímsey, Iceland's northernmost inhabited island, on the Arctic circle. It is a flat, treeless expanse with steep cliffs, but may have some surprises in store for you, such as an occasional visit from a polar bear.

  • 16 Breidafjördur

    Nature and gardens

    IS - Stadhur

    With its unique biodiversity, spectacular mountain backdrop and constellation of between 2,000 and 3,000 islands, vast Breidafjördur fjord is well worth the detour. While you're there, check out Flatey Island, inhabited year round, and its charming v..

  • 17 Eyjafjöll

    Nature and gardens

    IS - 706 Evindarhólar

    The whole world learned how to pronounce a difficult name when Eyjafjöll, a volcano in the southern part of the country, awoke in March 2010 after 187 years of inactivity. The eruption created a plume of smoke that paralysed global air traffic. We ma..

  • 18 Botanical Garden - Lystigarður Akureyrar

    Nature and gardens

    Eyrarlandsvegur 30 IS - Akureyri

    In the heart of a 3.6ha park, in the heights presiding over the Búðargil area, the botanical garden boasts 6 600 exotic and 430 endemic species. The walk is very popular with Akureyri's locals, especially since the opening of the splendid Björk café ..

  • 19 Akureyrarkirkja

    Religious buildings

    IS - Akureyri

    The emblem of the city, Akureyri Cathedral (1940) with its pair of lofty concrete spires stands on the little hill overlooking the town centre. The image of Lutherian austerity, its lines are a perfect match to its pared-down, light-filled interior. ..

  • 20 Musée d'Hafnarfjörður

    Museums and art

    Vesturgata 8 IS - 220 Hafnarfjörður

    Hafnarfjörður Museum is housed in various classified buildings, scattered about the centre. Pakkhúsið (Vesturgata 6) presents two exhibitions, one historical, the other presenting classic toys. Síverstens Húsiða, the neighbouring house (1805), showca..

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