Adventure Begins at the Edge of the World
Shaped by fire and ice, Iceland’s volcanic landscape is a spectacular collage of lava fields, craters, waterfalls, and imposing mountain ranges. If that all sounds a little familiar, it might be because many scenes from the hit show Game of Thrones were filmed near by. Vast geothermal springs give locals and visitors a profound connection to the natural world. These wonders feed powerful geysers in the Great Geyser region, warm the famous Blue Lagoon spring, and heat Icelandic homes. Plus, glistening glaciers will have you feeling like you’ve arrived on another planet.
For all of Iceland’s breathtaking natural beauty, Reykjavik itself is a cosmopolitan European city. With museums that let you immerse yourself in Icelandic life from centuries past, galleries that showcase the country’s edgy, avant-garde side, and a culinary scene that’s making waves, you’ll find something to suit every travel style in the world’s most northerly capital city.
Speaking of food, there are a few Icelandic staples you have to sample. Head to the Kolaportid Market just outside the city center for the freshest licorice you’ll ever have, hot kleinur (donuts spiced with cardamom and nutmeg), and—for the more adventurous foodie—fermented shark.Download An Explorer Guide +