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Eight must-see highlights of Iceland

Iceland's fire-filled mountains, black sand beaches and thundering waterfalls make this wild and rugged country one of exceptional natural beauty and adventure. Here are our top eight highlights of Iceland not to miss.
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1. Northern lights

A must-see Iceland highlights list wouldn't be complete without mentioning the Northern Lights. This incredible natural light display is renowned for its mesmerising aura; whether it's a faint green glow on the horizon or a swathe of colourful bands rippling overhead. Often found at the top of travellers' bucket lists, the aurora borealis is at its best during the long, dark nights of winter when the sun doesn't overpower its glow. Join our Iceland Northern Lights Adventure in Spring or Autumn for the best chance of seeing this must-see natural phenomenon. 

2. Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon is a picturesque spot on the south coast of Iceland, best known for its spectacular location on the terminal face of Breidamerkurjokull Glacier. As the glacier has retreated, it has left an ethereal glassy lagoon surrounded by black-sand beaches. Book onto our Iceland Winter Adventure to watch icebergs drift out to sea and to walk amongst giant ice boulders that litter the sands of 'Diamond Beach.' 

3. Whale watching

If whale watching is on your wishlist, several boat trips head out from Reykjavik into the Atlantic Ocean in search of humpback, orca, minke, and occasionally, the blue whale. For those that don't have good sea legs, join our Iceland Winter Adventure to travel along the northern coast of Iceland. Here you'll have a better chance of spotting whales from dry land. Look out from the coast towards the Arctic Circle and have your binoculars ready to zoom in for a closer look. 

4. Reynisfjara black beach and basalt columns

In the south coast of Iceland, you'll uncover mystical rock formations akin to the geometric stacks of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway on our Private Self-drive Iceland Adventure. These smooth, angular stones rise out of the Atlantic and are home to an abundance of birdlife, including puffins. Tales of Icelandic folklore surmise the formation of these basalt columns, and they have often been used as a location for films and TV series including Game of Thrones.

5. Puffins

Iceland is a great place to see large colonies of puffin. Head to the Eastern fjord region on our Land of the Midnight Sun Iceland Tour for the best chance of spotting these much-loved seabirds. With its rich history in fishing, it's no surprise as to why these birds flock to this area. The fjords provide plenty of access to their primary food source, and the cliffs offer a safe haven from predators and the harsh Icelandic weather.

6. Golden Circle

Join our Iceland Yurt Adventure to stay in the heart of Iceland's most well-known tourist route, the Golden Circle; so-called due to the jewel in its crown, Gullfoss, the triple-tiered 'golden waterfall.' Straddle North America and Europe's tectonic plates on the North-Atlantic Ridge in Thingvellir National Park and ride across vast deserted landscapes on an Icelandic horse. Cosy up in a Mongolian yurt set on a traditional horse farm and enjoy views of Strokkur Geyser which erupts up to 40m every 5-10 minutes!

7. Geothermal pools

The sight of steam rising from the ground is common throughout Iceland. Many of the springs are hot, warmed by tectonic activity bubbling beneath the earth's surface. Visit the Secret Lagoon on our Family Iceland Yurt Adventure to enjoy a warming dip in natural geothermal pools just down the road from your yurt camp. At a balmy 38 - 40 degrees celsius all year, this is a great way to relax after a busy afternoon of glacier walking with crampons and ice axes. 

8. Nattura Yurtel Yurt Camp

Spend three nights in a cosy Mongolian-style yurt in the heart of the Golden Circle on our Iceland Yurt Adventure. Set on a working farm and within sight of the Gullfoss waterfall, this rustic camp is a popular highlight of our tours to Iceland. The circular lattice structures are cloaked in canvas and furnished with comfortable twin beds draped in velvety soft blankets. Settle in after a busy day of exploring and enjoy the warmth of underfloor heating and fluffy sheepskin rugs underfoot. 

 

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