The Land of Contrasts
The world’s largest volcanic island in the North Atlantic comes with unbelievable diversity and untamed nature. Wild, rugged and up close, travel along Iceland’s Ring Road, or adventure inland with an off-road vehicle. The countless waterfalls roar and rush over the moss-covered stones. The sulphur springs hiss smoke from the hot earth, and from the majestic Vatnajökull glacier, small and large icebergs calve in the glacial lagoon. Since the beginning of 2021, visitors to Iceland have witnessed a special, natural spectacle: The active Fagradalsfjall volcano, whose lava flows have slowly made its way through nature.
In summer, the lonely lunar landscape of the highlands attracts nature lovers for a discovery tour, who can also watch the cute puffins in the West Fjords and in the south of Iceland. You should also plan a visit to Reykjavík: Thanks to the manageable size, you don’t need to rush. Painted houses shape the scene. Cosy cafés invite you to linger, and the capital also has a lot to offer in terms of culinary delights. It is also worth combining your trip with the Golden Circle and a visit to the Blue Lagoon.
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Edelweiss tips for Reykjavik/Keflavik
Sightseeing in your Iceland holidays
The best way to explore the city of Reykjavik is on foot or by bicycle. There are many beautiful corners to discover. Some main attractions are the main shopping streets Laugavegur, the city hall or the Harpa concert hall, which was reopened in 2011 and whose façade was designed by the artist Ólafur Elíasson. Opera performances and concerts by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra take place here. View in maps
Hallgrímskirkja Church is probably “the main landmark” of Reykjavik. It is visible from almost everywhere and towers over the city with its 74.5-metre-high church tower. Don't miss the chance to to enjoy the 360-degree view over the city from the viewing platform on the tower – it is breath-taking! View in maps
A night without darkness! This natural phenomenon can be experienced in Iceland from May to August. The midnight sun peaks around the summer solstice, usually on 21 June. There is a special atmosphere in the country during these months. The light seems to be enchanted during these nights and people are much more active because you literally have "more of the day" and darkness never really sets in. Information Midnight Sun
Sooner or later you will stop at one of the many impressive waterfalls in Iceland. The choice is massive, and each one is impressive in its own way - multi-tiered, raging or simply dizzyingly high - there is a waterfall to suit every ones taste. The most famous one is Gullfoss, in the southwest of the island. View in maps
Iceland is a guarantee for pure nature and exciting adventures. Would you fancy a glacier hike, a glacier cave tour or ice climbing? There are many guided tours on the Langjökull, Solheimajökull or Vatnajökull glaciers. Every adventurer will find something suitable here. View in maps
Iceland is not only known for its enchanting nature, but also for its unique wildlife. Here you can watch whales in their natural habitat, watch the puffin build its nest, or explore the vastness of Iceland on the back of Icelandic horses. Wildlife of Iceland