Photo by loranger on Flickr.


Crashing waterfalls, industrial pollution-free blue skies, the continent’s largest glacier, a giant milky-blue hotspring and a desolate ring road that runs around all of it are some of Iceland’s best-known features.

Iceland is home to 320,000 people in a space about that of Kentucky, and the population is mainly centered around Reykjavik, which also has some kicking nightlife, even in the long, long winter nights. Outside the capital city, people gravitate towards Gullfoss, a giant waterfall visitable all times of year, crashy and swift-flowing in the summer, and frozen into bulbous ice sculptures in the winter, or the steaming, milky Blue Lagoon, a giant family-friendly spa and hotspring located between the airport and Reykjavik. Further afield there’s world-class walks, like the Landmannalaugar trek up through hotsprings and through desolate glacial valleys.

Here you’ll find photo essays with Iceland’s fireworks, northern lights, nacreous clouds, and stories of great (freezing) surf just 30 miles from the capital, a delicious spiced cup of coffee to warm you up, and a giant hamburger worth sinking your teeth into.

Iceland Articles

How people party in Reykjavik (and why you can’t hang)

by Alex Baumhardt

How to travel Iceland on a budget

by Candice Walsh

Dude walks into a bar: Rediscovering The Big Lebowski in Reykjavik

by Alex Baumhardt

Beyond the Wall: Walking into a Game of Thrones set in Iceland

by Katka Lapelosová

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh

10 impossibly amazing trips of a lifetime

by Jason Wire

16 floating and swim-up bars [PICS]

by Kristin Conard

Couch surf with a local in Reykjavik

by juli

How to drink on the Reykjavik Rúntur

by Katie Hammel

The 11 most incredible species I encountered on my travels

by Ali Wunderman

How to piss off an Icelander

by Lara Michelsen

The 11 most inspiring travel photos this week

by Katie Scott Aiton

15 photos that prove Iceland is the most photogenic country in the world

by Elisabeth Brentano

This couple’s epic road trip through iceland will have you rethink your honeymoon

by Morgane Croissant

WATCH: This is what diving between 2 continents looks like

by Ana Bulnes

9 foods you have to try in Iceland

by Eileen Cotter Wright

A guide to the 10 funniest Icelandic idioms

by Rögnvaldur "Reggie" Guðmundsson

14 reasons you should never take your kids to Iceland

by Erin Bender
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