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Overview

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

11 reasons to grab your camera and get to Iceland

How to visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

14 images of Iceland we can’t stop looking at

How to road trip around Iceland

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

How to travel Iceland on a budget

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

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

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

10 impossibly amazing trips of a lifetime

16 floating and swim-up bars [PICS]

Couch surf with a local in Reykjavik

How to drink on the Reykjavik Rúntur

The mindblowing beauty of Iceland’s rustic countryside

South Iceland is a dreamworld

Watch: Iceland from above

10 images that prove Iceland should be on your bucket list

The time Iceland almost killed me

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