Iceland Tourist Information

Iceland is a beautiful country with a rich culture, breathtaking scenery, delicious food, and friendly people. Travelers can expect to be greeted by smiling faces, fresh air, and amazing sights. Iceland is a tourist’s dream with so much diversity, adventure, and fun wrapped into one country.

Towns and Cities

Reykjavík is the Iceland’s capital and largest city. As one of the most popular stops for travelers, this city holds many festivals, celebrations, and several lively activities throughout the year.

Húsavík is a popular town, famous for its exceptional whale watching opportunities. A variety of species of whales can be seen around the bay and travelers enjoy time spent at the Húsavík Whale Museum. The town also offers amazing terrain for hikers.

Siglufjordur ; Travelers enjoy visiting Siglufjordur in the wintertime, when the town offers cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowmobiling. To warm up in between activities, travelers enjoy visiting the Herring Museum and the Folk Music Center.

Kópavogur ; As the second-largest community in Iceland, Kópavogur is a sight to see with its beautiful architecture. Travelers especially enjoy seeing the Kópavogur Church and spending the day at the Kópavogur Art Museum.

Húsavík

National Parks

Snaefellsjökull National Park ; As the first national park established in Iceland, Snaefellsjökull National Park is a popular attraction that features the beautiful Snaefellsjökull Glacier, a 1,446 meter (4,744 feet) active volcano.

Vatnajökull National Park ; Is the largest national park in Iceland, covering 13% of the country itself. It holds all of the Vatnajökull glacier and its surrounding areas of rivers and rich vegetation.

Thingvallavatn National Park ; Is especially significant to Icelanders and their decedents due to its rich history. It was the key location for Iceland’s first existing parliament, which assembled in the year 930.

Thingvellir National Park

Museums

The National Museum of Iceland ; Conveniently located in Reykjavík, The National Museum of Iceland is one of the most popular in Iceland. Within its three floors, the museum holds a variety of art, religious artefacts, and interesting archaeological finds.

Whales of Iceland ; Those interested in a variety of whales will particularly enjoy the Whales of Iceland, located in Reykjavík. Travelers walk beneath 23 life-size models of different types of whales while learning about the amazing sea creatures.

Árbaer Open Air Museum ; Located in Reykjavík, the Árbaer Open Air Museum consists of over 20 ancient Icelandic houses that have been carefully preserved. Travelers enjoy learning about traditional Icelandic life while walking from building to building.

National Gallery Of Iceland ; A top public museum of Iceland, the National Gallery of Iceland houses 19th and 20th century artwork by both Icelandic and international artists. The artwork is on rotation, so travelers can revisit the museum in Reykjavík year after year to see new displays.

Árbaer Open Air Museum

Tours

The Golden Circle ; One of the most popular tours in Iceland, The Golden Circle takes travelers to three amazing locations. Travelers enjoy the beautiful waterfall, Gullfoss, the exciting hot spring area, the Geysir, and the diverse national park, Thingvellir. This tour only takes a half of a day.

Northern Lights Tours ; There are a variety of Northern Lights tours available, each tailored to suit every traveler’s wants and needs. Check online forecasts to find the best times of the year to see the amazing lights. Tours range from self-drive tours, cruises, and overnight camping tours.

Volcano Tours ; There are a variety of volcano tours to choose from, including one that gives travelers the once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter a volcano called Príhnjúkagígur.

Shopping ; The most popular city for shopping is Reykjavík. The city capital holds the country’s largest shopping area on two streets, Laugavegur and Skólavöroustígur. Between these two streets, shoppers are satisfied with the large variety of options from world fashion designer stores to small family-owned shops. Shoppers will easily find traditional Icelandic clothing made of knitted wool, beautiful jewelry options, and a mixture of available literature and art.

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