The western region of Iceland is one of the richest historically-speaking. Many Icelandic sagas tell stories about these places, so there is a cultural appeal, but then there are also many visually stunning points of interest that make it worth a stay.
The West is the most populated region of the island, mainly thanks to its capital, Reykjavík, which has about 180,000 inhabitants. The capital Reykjavik has lots of cultural appeal, of course, but nearby you'll also find the famous Blue Lagoon to treat yourself to a spa day. The Reykjanes Peninsula is also basially next door and features splendid cliffs and incredible geothermal phenomena.
The south-west has a wide range of landscapes with lava fields, hot springs, and fumaroles in the sulphur fields (at the very tip of the island near Grindavìk), which contrasts beautifully with the green plains of the Golden Circle region.
A little north, the Snaefellsnes peninsula is a real gem, a little showcase of the best things in Iceland: hikes, volcanoes, waterfalls... Being near Reykjavik the peninsula is ideal for day or weekend trips, even in winter.
The map has been divided into 6 regions to help travelers focus on one part of the island, for example during a short stay, or put together a multi-region itinerary. Select a region to see the tourist sites in this area.
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