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Mývatn, Iceland
During summer the northern parts of Iceland get almost continuous daylight. The area around Lake Myvatn is ridiculously scenic - and not a little surreal - with geothermal areas (pictured), volcanic lakes and more. This image was taken at 11pm!
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Hesteyri, Iceland
In the remote Westfjords of Iceland, many villages were abandoned in the 1950s due to the general decline of the fishing industries that kept them alive. Many of these villages are now protected wildlife areas and have their own special atmosphere...
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Hverfjall, Iceland
Up near Lake Myvatn looms this immense black volcano. To stand near it is to be humbled, yet again, by the majesty of Iceland's pure and raw nature. The crater is approximately 1 km in diameter and it's estimated to be around 2,800-2,900 years...
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Ísafjörður, Iceland
Right before we got to Ísafjörður, in the vicinity of Sudavik, we got to enjoy this amazing view. It was warm and half sunny so we sat there a bit taking in this amazing landscape. The north of Iceland is definitely my favorite part of Iceland...
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Við Pollinn, the official restaurant of Hotel Isafjorður, offers delicious local and international dishes such as freshly-caught fish, grilled lamb and seafood soup, alongside more nuanced fare like sautéed puffin and vegetarian offerings. While...
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The name Bræðraborg—which means "Brother's House"—comes from the two brothers who opened up a watchmaker's shop here in 1907. Today the historic building hosts a cozy cafe that serves up healthy, nutritious, locally-sourced and delicious...
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This remote, spear-shaped island (Vigur means "spear") is a 30-minute boat ride from Ísafjörður. The main reason to visit is the abundant birdlife, which spans arctic terns and puffins to black guillemots and eider ducks, whose down is...
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Although referred to as one waterfall, Dynjandi—known also as Fjallfoss—is actually comprised of seven different falls that flow together from a cumulative height of 100 meters. Thirty meters wide at the top, the waterfall cascade spreads to...
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The small village of Hesteyri, reachable by a 70-minute boat ride from Ísafjörður, was abandoned between the late 1940s and early 1950s, when its 80 former inhabitants decided to move away. Remnants of the town include an old doctor's house (which...
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This isolated island, located about 40 kilometers off Iceland’s coast, represents the country's northernmost point and is the only part of Iceland crossed by the Arctic Circle. If you visit in summer (until around late July), you won’t see the sun...
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Goðafoss Waterfall, Iceland
The meaning of the name Goðafoss ("Waterfall of the Gods") gives a pretty good indication of how this natural site has been regarded throughout Icelandic history. Located between Akureyri and Mývatn, it is without a doubt one of the country's most...
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Hafnarstræti 96, 600 Akureyri, Iceland
Götubarinn—the name simply means "Street Bar"—is one of Akureyri’s friendliest and most atmospheric local pubs. Located in the heart of the city, it features cozy nooks for intimate conversations, a quirky interior design that includes old street...
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Skipagata 14, Akureyri, Iceland
Strikið, one of the finest places to dine in Akureyri, is spread out between two dining rooms on the fifth floor of an office building. The restaurant’s menu—created by owner and head chef Robert Hasler—features...
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Jökulsárlón, 781 Höfn í Hornafirði, Iceland
This glacier lagoon is one of the most breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever seen — and that’s saying something. Located where the edge of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier meets the sea, the lagoon is a result of — what else? — climate change. Huge...
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This dramatic two-tier waterfall, whose name translates as "Golden Falls," a reference to the shimmering mist that sometimes appears around the falls, is one of Iceland’s most famous—which is saying something in a country...
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Located about an hour northeast from Reykjavík and part of the famed Golden Circle tour (along with Gullfoss), the Geysir hot springs area consists of around a dozen hot water blowholes, including the eponymous Geysir. The...
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Vik, Iceland
Located in the not-so-easy-to-pronounce Mýrdalshreppur region, the small beachside town of Vík is bordered to the north by the immense (270-square-mile) Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland's fourth largest glacier, and to the south by...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Skólavörðustígur 3A, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Inhale the tantalizing smell of waffles and smooth arabica at the city’s oldest coffee shop that has been serving up espresso since 1958. This local hangout is so cool that hip US musician John Grant featured it on the cover of his album Pale...
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Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Bæjarins beztu pylsur, which humbly translates as "the best hot dog in town," is a simple stand in central Reykjavík whose popularity over the decades has given it a kind of cult status. Almost everyone in the country has eaten...
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Skólavörðustígur 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
With a chic clothing line inspired by Nordic city life and the country’s history of craft and design, it's pretty much impossible to leave this store empty handed. Located on one of Reykjavík’s most enchanting streets, Geysir’s mission is to...
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Ránarslóð, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði, Iceland
With ringside-seat views of Vatnajökull (the Vatna Glacier), the small fishing village of Höfn (which means "harbor") is the site of a major fish processing factory and a stopping point for travelers bound for more remote corners of the country....
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Papey Island could be called "Puffin Island" after the thousands of birds who make their home here. The now uninhabited island was once (it is said) home to a community of monks. Guides will tell you that the island may still be inhabited by the...
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Dynjandi, 781 Höfn í Hornafirði, Iceland
Hofellsjökull Glacier was once much larger and used to serve as a source of ice for locals to chill fish. The retreating glacier has left a large lagoon in its wake and the area is now the home of various species of birds as well as some rare and...
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Öxi, Iceland
The valleys and moors near Djúpivogur are home to Iceland's East Fjords, with walls formed of layers of basaltic lava and bright red soil. The fjords and their ancient geological origins might remind you why Jules Verne set Journey to the Center...
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Djúpivogur, Iceland
A visit to the fishing village of Djúpivogur may feel like a journey back in time, especially when you tour the 1790 Langabúð house museum. The town's cultural center is in a former warehouse home to folk crafts and works by Icelandic sculptor...
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The café at the Langabúð cultural center and museum, built in 1790, offers homemade soups, breads and legendary-sized slices of cake. After exploring Victorian-era East Icelandic folk crafts in the museum, go downstairs and reward yourself with a...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Most visitors to Iceland see the sites along the “Golden Circle,” the name for a roughly 200-mile loop from Reykjavik into central Iceland. The Iceland Hangout, however, will venture beyond that familiar circuit to the less-visited wild western...
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Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland
The impossible-to-pronounce Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland lies on the Southern Ring Road between the towns of Selfoss and Skogafoss on the way to the coastal town of Vik. The falls plunge about 200 feet into deep pool. Much of the waterfall...
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Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
You can’t miss Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s 240-foot-tall, rocket-shaped church, which soars above the city skyline and is illuminated at night. Designed by famed national architect Guðjón Samúelsson in...
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Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland
Only about an hour's drive outside Reykjavik following Route 1 (the Ring Road) is one of Iceland's best waterfalls. The country is ribboned with them because of all the glaciers that melt and cover the island, but Seljalandsfoss is particularly...
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Alftanes, Iceland
Iceland is no doubt a mystical place, and once you visit, you'll agree that its no wonder over 80% of Icelanders believe in the existence of Elves. Skogafoss waterfall is one of Iceland's largest, with a drop over over 60 metres. Its mist touches...
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Akureyri, Iceland
Although it’s home to only about 20,000 souls, Iceland’s second biggest city is often referred to as the capital of northern Iceland. A functioning port and fishing center, it has a surprisingly lively infrastructure with a slew...
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Rauðhella, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
While driving the ring road around Iceland in May, my wife and I parked on the side of the road (our rented Toyota Yaris couldn't make it to this roughshod parking lot) and walked into Raufarholshellir ice cave to explore. There were literally no...
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One of the most popular day trips from Reykjavík, this dramatic and scenic rift valley is both the historical site of Iceland’s Viking parliament and a geological wonder in its own right. Among the highlights are the...
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6, Klausturvegur, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
As a friend and I were westbound on the southern part of the island, we made a stop in Vik. The dominant green cliffs and relaxed vibe of the town convinced that Reykjavik could wait. Vik was our favorite part of the trip. It's a great little town...
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Nauthólsvegur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Riding a strange, shrunken horse into a mossy canyon outside Reykjavik on a bright, bracing day with winter rolling in and a plate of minke whale waiting for you at day's end is tops. Doing so on three days' sleep deprivation is, in fact,...
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The 101 Hotel’s clean lines and minimalist color scheme—Nordic-cool grays, whites, and blacks warmed by tan oak floors and natural light—reflect the sensibility of owner Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir, a graduate of The New School for Design in New...
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Vik, Iceland
When everyone went to Mexico for spring break, I went to Iceland...by myself. Some of my friends didn't believe it when I told them my plans until they saw the pictures. Then they were just jealous. It was one of the best trips of my life. For a...
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We hiked about 45 minutes from the tour bus across a lava field to get to the volcano. Once we reached the peak, we descended 600ft. into the magma chamber for a 45 minute visit underground. It was absolutely stunning! The colors in the chamber...
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Djúpivogur, Iceland
I expected to see many things in Iceland but had no clue there were reindeer there too. I guess I should have done my homework on the fauna better :). It was a lovely surprise to see them though close to Djúpivogur. There was an entire herd of...
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Arnarstapi, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. We drove anti-clockwise from Reykjavik and towards the fag end of our road-trip we were in the Snaefellness National Park in Western Iceland....
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Þjóðvegur, Reykjahlidh, Iceland
Lake Mývatn is an unusually scenic body of water that covers some 14 square miles of the land east of Akureyri. This is one of the most striking regions in Iceland: The lake’s surrounded by a jaw-dropping landscape of...
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Höfn, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. We saw some of the most spectacular sunsets while there. My vacation album is never complete without a sunset shot, so I had to click this one....
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Búðir 356, 356 Budhir, Iceland
After a rainy, icy, snowy day of driving from Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes Peninsula we spent the night at Hotel Budir. Our hope of seeing Northern Lights were ruined by the complete cloud cover. The next morning around 10am you could see the clouds...
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Hellnar, Iceland
At a little fishing village called Hellnar. In January, there is no fishing. Or any (fisher) people, for that matter. There is just snow all around, except on the boulders that have been washed off clean by the waves.
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Selfoss, Iceland
In January, my husband took me to Iceland to celebrate my 40th birthday. There were a couple things I knew before I went that I wanted to see: the Northern Lights (amazing!), Icelandic ponies, the Gulfoss waterfall. What I was most curious about...
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Snaefellsnes, Iceland
Búðir is a small hamlet in Búðahraun lava fields in Staðarsveit, which is in the western region of Iceland, on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula where Hraunhafnará falls to the sea, the original old name of Búðir having been...
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Svartifoss Trail, Iceland
This was a pretty nice hike, the waterfall is about 1.5km from the information center and it's an inclined hike. It took us about 1 h there and less back as you go downhill on the way back. It was really worth the trouble to see this amazing...
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66.046407, -17.343459, Garðarsbraut, 640 Húsavík, Iceland
Try something different and experience wildlife on board a traditional Icelandic schooner operated by North Sailing Húsavík.The crew is fun and very knowledgeable. They take you to Lundey, the Puffin Island, as well as the traditional whale...
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NE-2 640, 640 Grand Island, Iceland
One of the most impressive things I have ever seen. I so happy to have a nice day here after so many rainy ones. Visiting waterfalls is cold, windy, rainy weather is not much fun. But that was not the case here so I really took my time looking at...
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Hiking it was easy to begin with but by the time we got on top of the crater we were all exhausted. I was very proud of my 7 y/o son who did it. My 2 y/o daughter had the luxury of being in a kids backpack on my husband's back. Once at the top the...
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Víti is a huge explosion crater, about 300 meters in diameter. The crater was formed during a massive volcanic eruption at the start of the famous Mývatn Fires in 1724. The eruption continued more or less non-stop for 5 years and Víti’s bubbling...
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Patreksfjörður, Iceland
This is the oldest steel ship in Iceland and it's located in the vicinity of Patreksfjörður. You can see it just by driving toward Breiðavík, that is where our hotel was located. The sky and water were really blue and dramatic, the lighting was...
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Hólmavík, Iceland
Hólmavík is the largest town in the Strandir region, an area with an exciting and tragic history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery. Inhabitants in the countryside surrounding Hólmavík live mostly on sheep farming, while economic activity in...
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643, 0510, Iceland
The Sorcerer's Cottage is right next to the Laugarholl Hotel in Bjarnarfjörður. We stayed there for 1 night and the owner told us how he built this himself. The purpose of this turf-cottage is to show visitors the living conditions of poor tenants...
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Búðardalur, Iceland
Twenty kilometres southeast of Búðardalur and reached by Route 586 (8km from the junction with Route 60) into Haukadalur valley, the former farm of Eiríksstaðir is one of the most historically significant locations in Iceland. This was the...
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Dynjandi, Iceland
Twenty kilometers east of Hrafnseyri, at the point where Route 60 weaves around the northeastern corner of Arnarfjörður, the impressive Dynjandi waterfall plunges over a 100m-high clifftop into the fjord at Dynjandisvogur inlet, forming a...
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Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland
For good reason Iceland takes the plaudits when it comes to stunning landscapes. My favorite memory of this country is driving along the southern coast and at sunset trekking behind waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss to watch the sunset through the...
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Skaftafell, Iceland
Visiting Skaftafell in the south of Iceland provides a seemingly limitless amount of activities. I went on a 4 hour glacier hike across Svínafellsjökull and it was worth every heavy, crampon-laiden step. From the visitors center, there are a...
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Dettifoss was on my list of must-see in Iceland ever since I saw Prometheus and its opening scene. I had to see with my own two eyes the enormous waterfall. The GPS pointed us to this one road that was all gravel and it was closed due to snow....
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Looking at a volcanic crater is one thing. Seeing how puny a person is next to it, really puts things into perspective. Kerið crater is on the popular touristic route called the Golden Circle in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from...
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Hofsós, Iceland
There are many places in Iceland that have these type of rock formations. These particular ones are in the town of Hofsós. Hofsós, with a population of about 200 individuals, is located 37 km east from Sauðárkrókur. Their port is one of the oldest...
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On our way from Selfoss to Vik, we passed this gorgeous waterfall called Skógafoss cascading over towering cliffs that used to make up Iceland's coastline. Long ago the coastline receded towards the sea about 3.1 miles but the former sea cliffs...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
In Skaftafell National Park in southeastern Iceland, the ice cave in the Svínafellsjökull glacier absorbs almost all visible light, reflecting only brilliant blue to the human eye. Outfitter Luxury Adventures equips visitors with axes, crampons,...
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Hrannargata, Ísafjörður, Iceland
This welcoming restaurant in Isafjordur, the main town of Iceland's Westfjords, offers views of the harbor and some of the best seafood stew in the whole of Iceland. With local microbrews to wash it all down and a friendly staff, this place has it...
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heydalur, 401 isafjordur, Iceland
This hotel in the northern Westfjords not only boasts killer 360 degrees of the rivers, mountains and forest surrounding it, there's also a parrot who has learned to speak in several languages as a result of the visitors passing through. If the...
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Dynjandi, Iceland
In the northern Westfjords, about an hour's drive from the region's main city of Isafjordur is one of Iceland's most extraordinary waterfalls. This is one of the main tourist attractions in The Westfjords, for good reason. It's visible from miles...
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Torfnes, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland
The capital of The Westfjords has so much more to offer than the region's biggest airport and supermarkets to restock supplies. The quaint fishing village boasts a busy harbor, inviting cafes serving locally caught fish and some of Iceland's best...
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Húsavík, Iceland
While in Iceland try the Skyramisu which is like tiramisu but made with Icelandic skyr which is like a very thick yogurt, fatty and rich in protein. The locals claim it's skyr that makes the women beautiful and the men strong. I will have to...
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Vatnsnesvegur, Iceland
Hvítserkur was one of the best highlights of our recent trip to Iceland. As an amateur photographer I loved the location and the quietness of the black sand beach.
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Vesturgata 2a, Grófartorg, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
What makes the FishCompany (also called Fiskfélagið ) stand out is their concept of an adventure around the world through food. The menu features Taste of Iceland and Taste of the World, two very unique sets of selections created using local...
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Gönguleið um Fimmvörðuháls, Iceland
It happens only in Iceland. Take a majestic waterfall in the South Coast of Iceland, wait for a few minutes and the magic suddenly appears. A double rainbow wraps the landscape around, the waterfall, the people in it and leaves you speechless. For...
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It was an adventurous trek, to say the least, in wintertime through snow and wind, crossing an icy river hand-over-hand on a cable wire … but it was worth it to reach a view of one of the highest waterfalls (some say *the* highest) in Iceland:...
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Jökulsárlón, Iceland
This lake filled with giant, translucent chunks of iceberg is one of Iceland’s most distinctive and photogenic sights. Featured in high-profile movies, including two of the James Bond series and Batman Begins (as well as many local TV...
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Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland
We spent two nights in Porsmerkurvegur region, exploring the incredibly diverse landscape here by running the trails.
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Iceland’s magical landscape is vividly obvious wherever you go, there are however some good reasons to venture beyond the Ring Road that runs around the island. West Iceland makes an easy trip from Reykjavik, but more importantly, roaming the...
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Dating back to 1140, the Hopperstad church is one of Norway’s oldest and largest stave churches, a type of construction once common throughout northern Europe though almost all the surviving examples today are in Norway. By the 1800s, the church,...
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Unnamed Road, Iceland
Less than an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Reykjavík and set against a backdrop of majestic mountainous lava fields, ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is an unforgettable experience. Whether you are seeking a quiet, soulful soak beneath the...
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Hvammsvegur, 845 Flúðir, Iceland
So the secret is out. And unless you love crowds, skip the Blue Lagoon and come visit the Secret Lagoon. You will probably share the facility w/ a handful of people at most. Pretty minimal facilities and changing room/reception don't detract from...
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Path to Wrecked DC-3 Plane on Sólheimasandur, Iceland
Driving back from our glacier tour, we had already lost the daylight but we really wanted to find this old abdoned plane for some great photos. Pitch black, covered in snow, we still found it! Lit by stars and the full moon. This was an nice...
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Iceland is truly a winter wonderland, perfect like a postcard. Pingvellir (Thingvellir in Icelandic) is a national park with gorgeous scenery and a lot of history. It is here where the world's oldest Parliament was settled. It's also part of most...
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Eyjafjörður is a birder’s paradise, home to more than 30 species of birds. According to a count in 2003 by local wildlife officials, among the species found here are arctic terns, black-headed gulls, herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, mew...
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Hafnarstræti 1, Ísafjörður, Iceland

The historic center of Ísafjörður is made up of an enchanting arrangement of old timber and tin-clad structures, many untouched since the 18th century when the town’s harbor was filled with whaling vessels. Gliding by...

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Vigur, Iceland

Passing Vigur Island, the second-largest island in Ísafjörður Bay, you will likely see scores of birds. The island has a reputation in Iceland as an ideal location for bird-watching as it is prime territory for puffins, black...

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Arnarfjörður, Iceland
Iceland’s Westfjords have always possessed a character and culture that’s markedly different from the rest of the country. Extending like a lobster claw from the northwest of Iceland, the region combines geographic remoteness with the...
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The village of Borgarfjordur is dwarfed by the majestic Dyrfjöll mountain range in northern Iceland