Welcome to "The Island of Fire and Ice", the land of glaciers, volcanoes, black beaches, roaring waterfalls, hot springs, beautiful mountain ranges, in short, stunningly beautiful nature. Iceland is amongst the most unique places in Europe due to its topography and natural phenomena, which have been majorly shaped by glaciers, earthquakes, and volcanoes creating sharp contrasts from Ice-covered plaines to moss-covered lava fields. Over 10% of Iceland's landmass is covered by glaciers and its 30 active volcanic systems put Iceland close to the top of volcanic activity in the world.
Iceland's population amounts to around 365.000 people of which over 50% are concentrated in the Capital Region. At the same time, Iceland's welcomes over 2.5 million visitors each year, which can become a challenge for the sensitive ecosystem. It is therefore of paramount importance that visitors respect this beautiful habitat and the people taking care of it.
The openness and warmth of Icelandic people are unparalleled in the Nordic countries, turning interactions into a breeze.
Iceland is generally divided into 7-8 major regions. The Northern Regions (sometimes divided into North West and Northeast), West Iceland and the Westfjords, East Iceland (Austurland), The Capital Region and Reykjanes, and the Southern Region.
A lot of the iconic landmarks of Iceland are found in the Southern parts leaving some of Iceland's best-kept secrets in the other regions undiscovered by most tourists.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Icelands offers a plethora of species from different whales and dolphins, to a huge variety of bird species including the iconic puffins as well as the elusive arctic fox.
Did you know that Iceland's famous ring road is 1322 kilometers long?
Also known as the national highway no. 1, it spans the entire island connecting the major settlements in Iceland. We recommend spending around 7 days for this iconic roadtrip, leaving you a good amount of time for activities and to explore points of interest.