Iceland is quite unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s a cliché to say, but this really is the Land of Ice and Fire.

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Active volcanoes constantly light up the skyline and shake the earth, while vast ice sheets cover the interior of this barren yet dramatic land throughout the year. 

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Reykjavík is the Icelandic capital, so of course it’s going to be one of the best places in Iceland to visit!

1. Reykjavík

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The Blue Lagoon is a classic stop on any Icelandic itinerary, and you can visit on a day trip from Reykjavík or, better yet, call in as soon as you land at the airport.

2. Blue Lagoon 

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The Blue Lagoon and Keflavik Airport are both located on the long Reykjanes Peninsula, which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

3. Reykjanes Peninsula

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The Golden Circle isn’t one place but three of the best places to visit in Iceland. A classic tourist route taking in some of the best scenery of Iceland.

4. The Golden Circle 

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Every tourist who heads outside of Reykjavík visits Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. These two waterfalls are located just a short drive along the southern coast.

5. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss

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Located a few miles off the south coast of Iceland, Heimaey is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, a place renowned for its isolation and its puffins.

6. Heimaey

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The southern coastline is one of the best places in Iceland to road-trip because there are waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, and dark, black sand beaches.

7. South Coast to Vik 

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If you’re still wondering what to do in Iceland, then look no further than Jökulsárlón, an iconic lagoon where enormous blocks of ice have collected after floating down from the Vatnajökull Ice Cap before eventually making their way out into the ocean.

8. Jökulsárlón

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The Vatnajökull is 3,000 square miles of pure ice and geothermal activity, and it’s so vast that it covers most of the Icelandic interior.

9. Vatnajökull

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Skaftafell National Park is now technically part of the much larger Vatnajökull National Park, but so are most of the natural sights in Iceland!

10. Skaftafell National Park 

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This spectacular canyon isn’t too far off the southeastern portion of Iceland’s Ring Road, but it saw few visitors compared to earlier stops on the southern coastline.

11. Fjaðrárgljúfur

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The Icelandic Highlands is a vast yet almost uninhabited plateau that rises up in the south of the country. 

12. Icelandic Highlands

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