Polar North

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The Polar North is Divine

The sparsely populated Nordic island country is known for its active volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, and the Northern Lights. You can start with the Blue Lagoon, which features on virtually all Iceland itineraries. The geothermal spa located in an 800-year old lava field is only 20 minutes from the Keflavik International Airport, and an ideal place to relax after landing in the country.

The capital Reykjavik has an excellent cultural and gastronomical scene, which is easily explorable by foot in the walkable city. Iconic attractions here include the Hallgrimskirkja church, Sun Voyager sculpture, and the National Museum of Iceland featuring the celebrated carving of the famous Lion-Knight legend. Unwind at thermal pools or enjoy a concert at Harpa Hall housing the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Book a food walk tour and shop by at boutiques that sell lava pottery,

On a day trip to Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, you can cover historic villages, dramatic mountains, amazing beaches, and rich wildlife. The Westfjords, one of the country's most untouched areas, is home to the multi-level Dynjandi waterfall, fishing villages, and wildlife such as whales, seals, puffins, and whales.

North Iceland is known for the Lake Myvatn area and the town of Akureyri, a popular base camp for many of Iceland's natural wonders. Dramatic landscapes continue in Eastfjords, the only place in Iceland where you can see wild reindeers.

Explore Southern Iceland on the Golden Circle tour, the country's most famous tourist route. An easy day trip from Reykjavik, it is the best way to see many of Iceland's incredible natural wonders and covers three iconic attractions: the Geysir Geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park.

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A Country of Contrasts

From lagoons, waterfalls, spas, volcanoes, and fjords, to museums, art galleries, concert halls, and aurora activity, Iceland is a country that astonishes and delights to the hilt.

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland in winter, view from above

The Culture

Christianity is the most dominant of the 41 religions practiced in Iceland. Apart from Icelandic, locals speak English, Danish, and German.

Iceland has many unique customs, including Bondadagur or Husband's Day that celebrates husbands and male partners, including boyfriends or fiances. It is one of the world's most feminist countries and has the smallest overall gender gap.

Christmas is a popular holiday in Iceland but the celebrations last twelve nights, with January 6 marking the end of Christmas season. The last day of Christmas is celebrated with fireworks, bonfires, and drinking until dawn.

Despite a population of just 380,000, the number of museums and art galleries in the country is impressive. Cities, towns, and fishing villages alike have public places dedicated to art and heritage. Reyjavik has a thriving art, music, and theater scene. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's cultural season begins in fall, and gives about 60 performances, including classical concerts and contemporary music.

The National Theater and Reykjavik City Theater have two full time companies that perform the year round. Major festivals include the Reykjavik Arts festival, featuring exhibitions, performances, and installations by local and international artists, Iceland Airwaves, a famous music festival showcasing Icelandic and international musicians, and Secret Solstice, a music and culture festival held under the Midnight Sun.

Icelanders treasure their epic sagas, passed down from generations and offering glimpses into the beliefs, struggles, and triumphs of the early settlers. The medieval sagas appeared in the 13th and 14th centuries, which are considered the golden age of Icelandic literature. 

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