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Iceland is a small, Nordic island nation that offers spectacular natural beauty and exciting history. From majestic glaciers and vast fjords to world-class museums, Iceland is full of unique experiences that will delight visitors of all ages.

History

Iceland has a rich and varied history dating back to ancient times. The earliest inhabitants of Iceland were Irish hermits in the 8th century AD, followed by Norse settlers in 874. Although the medieval period saw conflicts among local chiefs, Iceland eventually formed a unified government in 930. During the early 19th century, Iceland began to cut ties with Denmark and became an independent republic. In 1944, the Republic of Iceland officially declared independence from Denmark. Today, Iceland is a thriving democracy and a member of NATO.

Largest Cities and Popular Tourist Destinations

Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, home to nearly two-thirds of the country’s population. It’s the hub for international flights, cultural events, and some of the best nightlife around. Reykjavík also offers plenty of museums such as the National Museum of Iceland and the Árnesinga Folk Museum. Other popular cities include Akureyri (the second largest city), Hafnarfjörður (a fishing village close to Reykjavík), and Vestmannaeyjar (an island just off the coast of southern Iceland).

No matter where you go in Iceland, you’ll find breathtaking scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. From snorkelling among whales and volcanoes to hiking through lava fields, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You can even observe the elusive northern lights if you are lucky enough!

Other Things to Do

If you are looking for something more low-key, there are many quaint towns to explore, such as Hofsós, Studlar, Hvolsvöllur, and Siglufjörður. Here you can try traditional Icelandic dishes like a fermented shark or a skyr smoothie while exploring old churches and traditional wooden houses. For those seeking traditional retail therapy, there are plenty of markets offering handcrafted items such as sweaters and jewellery as well as speciality souvenirs. While in Reykjavík be sure to check out design stores that offer trendier fashion items too!

No matter how long you spend in Iceland or what you choose to do there, it's sure to be a wonderful adventure! This mysterious land will captivate your imagination and leave you with unforgettable memories.

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Attractions in Iceland

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Goðafoss

The Goðafoss (Icelandic: waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the

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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is

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Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón is the best known and the largest of a number of gl

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Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull (Icelandic pronunciation: ​]) is a glacier i

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Gljúfrabúi (Gljúfrabúi / Gljúfrafoss)

Gljúfrabúi (Gljúfrabúi / Gljúfrafoss) is a tourist attraction, one

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Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach is a tourist attraction, one of the Beaches in

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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Fjaðrárgljúfur (pronounced ], 'feather river canyon') is a ca

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Þingvellir

(Icelandic: Þing: 'parliament', vellir: 'meadows', 'fields'), is a

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Reynisfjara beach

Reynisfjara beach is a tourist attraction, one of the Beaches in

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Sólheimasandur

Sólheimasandur är ett sandområde i republiken Island. Det ligger i

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Skaftafell

Skaftafell ( listen (·info)) is a preservation area in Öræfi, sout

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Gullfoss

Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall located in the canyon

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Reykjavik Harbour

Reykjavik Harbour is a tourist attraction, one of the Coastal

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Kirkjufellsfoss

Kirkjufellsfoss is a tourist attraction, one of the Waterfalls in

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Dynjandi

Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) is a set of waterfalls located in

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Kleifarvatn

Kleifarvatn (Icelandic pronunciation: ​]) is the largest

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Skógafoss

The waterfall Skógafoss (pronounced ]) is situated in the south of

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Hotels in Reykjavik

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Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel

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City Park Hotel

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Hotel Island

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Brim Hotel

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