Many towns of the North are dedicated to exploring marine life. Hvammstangi is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum and the Seal Centre while the nearby Lake Mývatn and its surrounding wetlands provide the habitat for a huge variety of waterbirds.
Nature prevails in the wilderness of the Westfjords. The nature reserves of Hornstrandir and Látrabjarg are ideal for exploring the sub-arctic flora and spotting puffins, guillemots, razorbills and arctic foxes. The area has a collection of hot pools and the mighty Dynjandi cascading waterfall - with an accumulated height of 100m - is a must-see.
East Iceland, with its forests, farmland, streams and mountains is a hub for activity; skiing, hiking, riding and exploring the many picturesque fishing villages. In the summer months, the area transforms into a vibrant festival hub attracting artists and young people.
With its fjords, valleys, craters, glaciers and volcanoes, West Iceland can give you a taste of nearly everything Iceland has to offer. History is everywhere, including the Reykholt home of medieval writer Snorri Sturluson and the man-made geothermal bath. Close to the capital, West Iceland’s popular destinations are relatively close to each other, making it an easy place to explore at leisure.
The warmth of the south west brings hot springs, spas and the geothermal baths of Secret Lagoon and Laugarvatn Fontana. The famous Golden Circle of Þingvellir National Park, the great Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall draws the crowds, as do the basalt column cliffs and black sand of Reynisfjara. But venture a little further and there are volcanoes, hidden valleys, and opportunities to spot whales.
The Vatnajökull region stretches over a large area on the south east coast. Dominated by the enormous Vatnajökull ice cap, the south east offers majestic glaciers, breath-taking glacial lagoons, magical ice caves and canyons carved out by glacial floods. Magnificent peaks and valleys have been sculpted into fantastic shapes by the might of nature and the black volcanic sand forms mystical dunes. The area is well suited to glacier hiking, boat tours and bird watching. The Vatnajökull national park aims to share knowledge about the nature, nature protection, history and cultural heritage of the sites and, as such, has a natural synergy with the aims of WONDER SEEKERS.
The capital city of Reykjavik is the gateway to Iceland. With its bustling café culture, vibrant museums and architecture and geothermal pools, countless day trips are available to experience the surrounding mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs.
The Reykjanes peninsular is home to the famous Blue Lagoon. A geothermal pool set in a lava field, the lagoon gets its colour from the silica in the water. Much of the area has been designated as a UNESCO Geopark. Visit to experience craters, caves, lava pools and the magnificent Bridge Between Continents, a symbolic footbridge spanning a tension crack between North American and Eurasian plates.