Iceland travel guide

Top 10: ultimate Iceland adventures

Top 10: ultimate Iceland adventures

Many of the country’s blockbuster travel experiences are shaped by the seasons. We round up the best tours, from summer hiking in a volcanic national park to enjoying aurora-painted night skies in the icy depths of winter.

Witnessing the fiery formation of Fagradalsfjall, Iceland's newest volcano

Earlier this year, the world was transfixed by images of Fagradalsfjall, Iceland’s newest volcanic fissure, spewing molten lava and ushering in a fresh wave of tourism.

Exploring Iceland's music scene with artist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

The lead singer of Icelandic folk/indie band Of Monsters and Men reflects on the country’s prolific creative output, including otherworldly music from the likes of Björk, and recommends the ultimate festival for music-lovers.

An inside guide to Húsavík, Iceland's whale-watching capital

Boat tours of Skjálfandi Bay explore the migration paths of more than 20 species of cetacean, including blue and humpback whales. But there’s plenty to explore on land, too.

Five of the best road trips in Iceland

Driving is the best way to explore Iceland. From serpentine fjords in the north to smoking volcanoes and calving glaciers in the south, there are weeks’ worth of natural spectacles to take in.

Beyond the Blue Lagoon: five incredible geothermal baths in Iceland

While the Blue Lagoon, just outside Reykjavík, is world-famous for its warm, milky waters, you'll find plenty more idyllic swimming spots around the country, from a modern spa with a swim-up bar to remote hot springs reached via a countryside hike. 

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Photo story: the autumn ritual of wild horse herding in Iceland's Kolbeinsdalur Valley

The snow is falling lightly in the Kolbeinsdalur Valley. Everyone is waiting; anticipation lies heavy in the air. A distant rumble of hoofs breaks the silence and over the horizon, right on cue, a herd of more than 500 wild horses thunders into view. Welcome to Laufskálarétt, Iceland’s biggest annual horse round-up.

Stories from the Arctic Coast Way, Iceland's epic new road trip

Trace the very edge of the world on a new road trip around Iceland’s northernmost reaches. Here, long summer days spent exploring element-blasted peninsulas and fjords rich in marine life are teamed with stays in cosy fishing towns swirling with stories.

How Icelandic cuisine is being transformed in Reykjavik

A culinary revolution has swept through Iceland’s capital, its traditional offerings now sharing the spotlight with the likes of reindeer tartare and seaweed-inspired cocktails.

How the Icelandic are embracing the island's native ingredients

The people of Iceland are embracing their natural larder like never before, creating everything from traditional skyr to birch sap to vegan sausages

Five ways to spend a weekend in Iceland with the family

Iceland for the weekend? It's closer than you think, and makes for an unforgettable family break.

How to experience life on a working horse ranch in southern Iceland

Saddle up to learn about Iceland’s equine obsession at Torfhús Retreat, offering turf-roofed cabins and private geothermal pools on a working horse ranch, just a short detour from the geological drama of south Iceland’s Golden Circle route.

Road-tripping through Iceland's remote corners on the all-new Westfjords Way

Of the few travellers who make the journey to this far-flung northwestern peninsula, fewer still reach the wildlife-rich western corner of Látrabjarg — one of many highlights on the country’s newest touring route for intrepid drivers, The Westfjords Way.
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Iceland uncovered: An Interview with Óli Ólafsson

Winter is a magical time to explore Iceland, a country with incredible landscapes and ice formations, as well as the world’s most beautiful natural light display. Guide to Iceland expert, Ólafur Ólafsson, talks through his ultimate winter road trip.

Top 9: Iceland adventures

With a landscape packed with volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields and hot springs, Iceland is a paradise for nature nuts — and these activities fit the outdoorsy bill

Sleep: Reykjavik

Once just a jumping-off point for tours of Iceland's geological freak shows, Reykjavik is a destination in itself, boosted by innovative new places to stay

At the chef's table: Ragnar Eiríksson

Ragnar Eiríksson is at the helm of Iceland's first Michelin-starred restaurant, Dill — in the vanguard of the island's culinary renaissance

A weekend in Iceland's West Fjords

From abandoned fish factories to volcanic beaches, the hinterlands of the West Fjords are Iceland at its most desolate

Long weekend: East Iceland

Often overlooked by visitors, Iceland’s east coast is a ravishingly beautiful rural landscape, dotted with friendly fishing villages, wild horses and an implausible abundance of waterfalls

Food: Reykjavik

Great British Menu star and restaurant owner/chef Richard Bainbridge reveals his foodie picks in the Icelandic city

Food: Westfjords, Iceland

Journey to the Westfjords, Iceland — a windswept peninsular, blessed with a rich natural larder — and delve into its organic local food scene

Ask the experts: An Iceland self-drive tour

Our panel give their tips and practical advice on an autumnal Icelandic self-drive tour.

City Life: Reykjavik

Reykjavik packs a cultural punch way beyond its size, despite it being one of the smallest capitals in Europe. Join the cool, creative locals and hit its innovative restaurants and artsy places to socialise, shop and sightsee.

A Tale of Trolls & Sea Monsters in Iceland

Iceland's Western Fjords is a land of space and solitude, where myths and legends flourish, and glaciers glisten beneath the midnight sun

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