From Reykjavik to the Westfjords, there are so many different places to visit in Iceland, and each offers unique views, adventures and experiences! Inspired By Iceland’s A-O of the Regions is the best place to start learning about the top sights and most interesting facts on each region. Check out some of our favorites from each area below!
Reykjavík is close to many natural attractions and makes a wonderful base for any day-trips you have planned during your visit. While in town, be sure to check out the National Museum of Iceland that takes visitors on a fascinating journey from the time of the first settlers through to modern-day Iceland. Many of the exhibits are interactive and perfect for visitors of all ages! Take the full course on Reykjavik and check out the rest of the highlights here.
West Iceland is best known for its lighthouses, or “viti” in Icelandic. One of the most interesting is Svörtuloftaviti, a 9-meter lighthouse that stands guard at the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Be sure to check it out on your next visit – you won’t want to miss this unusually shaped lighthouse with its rectangular structure and golden yellow paint. Take the full course on West Iceland and check out the rest of the highlights here.
South Iceland contains many of the most popular Icelandic tourist attractions. The South is home to several of Iceland’s active volcanoes, including the most famous, Eyjafjallajökull. You will also find beautiful waterfalls along Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Take the full course on South Iceland and check out the rest of the highlights here.
Reykjanes is home to the famous Blue Lagoon where visitors can bathe in a geothermal pool! But did you know there is also plenty to see right below Reykjanes, as well? Beneath the surface you will find around 200 subterranean lava tubes, caves that form when a lava flow partially cools and crusts over before its liquid center drains away. You can book tours of these tubes and even explore them with a professional guide! Take the full course on Reykjanes and check out the rest of the highlights here.
While visiting Iceland you may not see many trees, but East Iceland is home to the country’s largest forest. East Iceland is also home to the Days of Darkness Festival where Icelanders celebrate the change in seasons and welcome the darkness. Many towns and residents in the region plan events such as concerts and organized walks. Take the full course on East Iceland and check out the rest of the highlights here.
North Iceland is a stunning place to visit all year round! In North Iceland you will find Akureyri, the second largest city in the country. This city has many unique restaurants, cafés, boutiques and galleries that are great to explore. North Iceland now also hosts part of Iceland Airwaves, an exciting music festival featuring local and international performances both in Reykjavík and the newly added location, Akureyri. Take the full course on North Iceland and check out the rest of the highlights here.
The Westfjords are a must-see for every adventure lover! The Ring Road 2 weaves through the Westfjords on a jagged circuit around the region’s famous mountaintops, valleys and coastline, with stops at the Dynjandi waterfall and the golden sands of Rauðasandur beach. But be careful as the roads can be bumpy, slippery and even closed at times! Take the full course on the Westfjords and check out the rest of the highlights here.
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