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Reykjavík, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland in about 9 days this summer. We traveled the Ring Road, or Route 1, for most part with a few detours en route. Ring Road is the main road in the country that, as its name suggests, goes...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Outskirts of REYKJAVIK, Iceland --- We travelled on the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that covers about 300 km with primary stops that include national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning "golden falls"), and the geothermally...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Driving through a remote stretch of Iceland near the fascinating Seltun geothermal area outside Reykjavik, I was struck by how self-sufficient and strong you have to be to live in Iceland, especially in the long, cold winter months. This was a...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Iceland, known for its geothermal activity, has many interesting thermal pools near the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik that I would recommend on any trip to the area. We found the landscape at the thermal pools to be so beautiful and dramatic - it...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Our last morning in Reykjavik, fresh snow covering the ground, we walked the easy walk down to the shore and saw that this statue of a skeleton Viking ship had a whole new sense of drama from what it had the day before, thanks to a powdery blanket...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the best things to eat in Iceland, aside from the obvious fresh seafood and their famed hot dogs, is fresh sandwiches, which they call "boats." My husband and I speculated that they call their sandwiches boats because they're served in...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykiavik, ICELAND -- While visiting Iceland, I discovered a few fun facts: They don’t have an army. I can barely pronounce any of the names of the cities, towns or volcanoes, but I love the food. The police around here are widely known to drive...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
If you're visiting Reykjavik, Iceland, one of the best day trips from the city is an easy drive to the Reykjanes peninsula to see the amazing rock formations rising out of the ocean at Valahnjukur. We visited Valahnjukur on a blustery January day,...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Visiting Iceland, one of the things you notice most is the contrasts that run throughout the country. These geothermal pools near the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik are a prime example of that. There was snow covering the hills surrounding the...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
On our last morning in amazing Iceland, my husband and I awoke in Reykjavik to a coat of fresh snowfall blanketing the city. I had already fallen in love with Reykjavik when it wasn't covered in snow. I loved the quirky sense of humor in its...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
The month I finally landed my new job, I called an old friend and said, "Let's do this." We'd both been talking about Iceland for years, and the travel posters all over New York were taunting me. When we landed, it was as if we'd touched down on...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
The Hallgrímskirkja - church of Hallgrímur is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland after Longwave...
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Sculpture & Shore Walk, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. The Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress, and freedom. The sculpture is...
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Geirsgata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
They call it The Sea Baron, but ironically it's as cozy as you could wish for. This tiny restaurant is one of the oldest on Reykjavík's harbor, and serves the world's best lobster soup. Stay and rub elbows with fellow seafood lovers at the...
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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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Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Meet the KEX Hostel, possibly the hippest hostel you’ll come across in your travels—well, at least, in Iceland. Formerly a biscuit factory, it’s now a haven for hipster travelers and impossibly cool locals. You know that band Of Monsters and Men?...
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Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Strolling through beautiful Reykjavik with my husband on a chilly January night, I loved to watch the people tucked away in the town's many restaurants, warm and cozy and enjoying a delicious dinner. One of the best restaurants we came across in...
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Hvammar, Kópavogur, Iceland
First time: We took the Northern Lights tour out about an hour outside of Rekyjavik and they didn't show. Second time: Northern Lights tour canceled for the night because of visibility problems (cloudy day). Third time: We went an hour outside...
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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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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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Hveragerði, Iceland
Hveragerði is a charming town with greenhouses, which are heated by the hot water from the volcanic hot springs. At night, these greenhouses lit up the town which you can see from afar. Besides the hot springs, berries are abundant for picking in...
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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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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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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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Gunnuhver, Iceland
Just outside Reykjavik, on our way to the one-of-a-kind Blue Lagoon, my husband and I noticed what looked like steam coming out of the ground not far off the road. Out curiosity piqued, we decided to check it out and turned onto a side road that...
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Northern Europe
Although most people think of Iceland as a summer vacation, my wife and I took a trip in late January. It couldn't have been better. Sunsets that seemed to last for hours and Northern Lights at night. So give it a go. Just rent a car and start...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
The charming red and white Garðskagaviti lighthouse near Keflavik is Ideland's tallest. Built in 1944, the lighthouse was a gift from American servicemen grateful for being rescued from a sinking U.S. Coast Guard vessel. You can climb all the way...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the things I was really looking forward to on my trip to Iceland this January was tasting the local cuisine. Icelandic fish and chips was on the top of my list, and it was as delicious as I was expecting. My husband and I ate at the...
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Námafjall, Iceland
It's like being on another planet when you get to Námafjall. Sterile of any vegetation, hot and with a strong sulfur smell this place looks and feels out of this world. I wish I had more time here but 10 minutes after we arrived it started to rain...