The fascinating Nordic nation of Iceland is nothing if not remote. Located where the North Atlantic Ocean meets the Arctic Ocean and where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates intersect, isolated Iceland lies just south of the Arctic Circle. It is roughly the same size in area as the state of Virginia – but with 1/25 of its population. This means that Iceland, whose closest neighbor (Greenland) lies almost 200 miles away, is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Most Icelanders reside along the country's coastal areas.
Its extraordinarily glittering landscapes are often described as forming part of "the land of fire and ice," and once you see its magnificent glaciers, lava fields, spectacular fjords, mountains, black sandy beaches, powerful geysers, immense waterfalls and dramatic rifts, you'll understand why. Its best attraction is undoubtedly its magical scenery, which has starred in many a feature film and television show (including the popular series Game of Thrones). Iceland's stark, dazzling beauty is surprising warm and inviting, largely because of its geothermal activity and the Gulf Stream. So whether you intend to relax in its naturally-heated pools, see the Northern Lights, ski, fish, golf, whale watch, ride horseback, mountain climb or snowboard – you won't run out of things to do in Iceland!
Top natural sights to visit in Iceland include the Blue Lagoon, Thingvellir National Park, the Golden Falls (Gullfoss), the Westfjords, Vatnajokull National Park and Snaefellsjokull National Park. It's also worth mentioning that Iceland makes for a very convenient stopover when traveling from North America to the British Isles or Continental Europe, and many travelers frequently pair three or four days in Reykjavik with stays in cities like London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo. However, if you intend to go beyond seeing Iceland's main attractions and wish to venture off to its more remote, spectacular areas, you should plan to stay longer.
Largest urban areas: Greater Reykjavik and Akureyri