Regions in Iceland

With only 20% of the country habitable, the main hub is Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, first settled by Vikings in 874AD. Aside from Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, the outlying dwellings towards Snaefellsnes Peninsula and west Iceland are small with fishing hamlets and farming towns nestled along the coastal fringes.

Being the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik is the cosmopolitan gateway to the dramatic and varied landscapes Iceland has to offer. Around the Golden Circle, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and western Iceland, otherworldly geothermal landscapes await, including mountains, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes, lava caves and distinctive beaches of black and pink sand.
The incredible landscapes of southern Iceland and the south coast are simply mind-blowing, and an unmissable part of an Iceland holiday. See thundering waterfalls such as Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, take in basalt-lava rock formations, walk along distinctive black sand beaches and around glacial lagoons and visit hot springs, and explore your beautiful surroundings by horse riding, dog-sledding or snowmobiling.

A geologist’s idea of heaven, Northern Iceland is a mammoth collection of thundering waterfalls, green valleys, ancient mountains, and long fjords that stretch their icy arms towards the Arctic Circle. For big-city living, check out Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest urban area, and get off the beaten track to visit Lake Myvatn, go whitewater rafting, gaze out over lava fields and enjoy whale watching off the north coast.


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