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Akureyri is the fourth largest city in Iceland with over 18,000 inhabitants, and it's a great stop-over before moving on to to Myvatn, Godafoss or Húsavík. Being the largest city in the area, it is often referred to as the capital of the north. Akureyri is often the m
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Akureyri: guide to the northern capital
Stakkholtsgjá is a stunning canyon located in the southern highlands of Iceland, world famous for its hiking trail which leads to a majestic waterfall. The gorge is located in the Þórsmörk region in the south, one of the most beautiful places in Iceland.  The Stak
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The Stakkholtsgjá Canyon
Very popular with locals for their own holidays, Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk or literally: “Thór's Woods”) is a glacial valley located between the Eyjafjallajökull glaciers in the south, Tindfjallajökull in the north, and the imposing Mýrdalsjökull in the east. Su
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Thórsmörk: Hiking Trails and Panoramic Views
The Thakgil region, or Þakgil in Icelandic, is home to a well-kept secret: the Remundargil Canyon. This gem of the south is carved into the land between the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the vast sands of Mýrdalssandur, just north of the charming town of Vík í Mýrdal
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The Remundargil Canyon in Þakgil
While the eternal night may seem daunting, end of year holidays are a great way to discover Iceland, and you can expect a magical Christmas Eve and New Year's Day there. As you can imagine, you won't be doing the same things at this time of the year as in summer: the da
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End of Year Celebrations in Iceland
Christmas is called “Jól” or “Yul” in Icelandic and it is a major tradition for Icelanders. Historically, Christmas was celebrated on the shortest day of the year in Iceland, December 21st. Around the year 1000, the local Christmas day aligned with the internat
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Christmas in Iceland
A pride of the south, Sólheimajökull is what's known as a glacier tongue or ice tongue that grew out of the huge Mýrdalsjökull ice sheet. Greater Mýrdalsjökull is known for being home to several volcanoes that have often attracted attention in Iceland. This is the
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The Sólheimajökull Glacier
Harpa is a world-famous building in the center of Reykjavik. Renowned for its modern architecture, this Icelandic icon is decorated in thousands of glass panels and serves as a theater, concert hall, auditorium, and convention center all at once. It is among the city's
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Harpa: The Reykjavik Cultural Center
The polar fox, or Arctic fox, is believed to have arrived in Iceland 10,000 years before our era and is the only native mammal in the country. Even though the polar fox population is tending to decline in Iceland, the number is estimated at more than 7,000 individuals t
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Arctic Foxes in Iceland
Iceland in winter and summer is like visiting two different countries. You won't be seeing the same landscapes or doing the same activities, due to much shorter days and weather conditions. Summer is the most popular season for visitors, but Icelandic winters are not wi
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Iceland in winter
Laugarvatn Fontana, a spa offering access to the hot springs of Lake Laugarvatn, is situated just a short stroll away from the renowned Thingvellir National Park within the Golden Circle region. The locals in Laugarvatn have a longstanding tradition of utilizing the min
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Laugarvatn Fontana Hot Springs
The Múlagljúfur Canyon is an absolute must-see when you're exploring southern Iceland. While it remains somewhat off the beaten path for most travelers, it has been gaining popularity in recent years. At the heart of this canyon lies the breathtaking Hangandifoss wate
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The Múlagljúfur Canyon
Ljótipollur lake is one of the jewels of the Landmannalaugar region. Often ignored by tourists, this site is a place of rare beauty with one of the most unfortunate names in the country... Ljótipollur literally means “ugly mud pool” in French. The lake is located
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Ljótipollur Lake
Vatnajökull is more than just a glacier: this colossal ice cap, located in southern Iceland, covers 8,400 km² making it the second largest ice cap in Europe. If you have a chance to visit “the glacier of the lakes” you will be awed by the raw power of this landsca
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The Vatnajökull Glacier
Skaftafell Park was its own national park until 2008 when it was integrated with the new Vatnajökull National Park and its 8500 km² of wilderness. This particular gem is not to be missed if you stay in South Iceland. Skaftafell one of the most beautiful parks in Icela
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Skaftafell : hiking in the park