Feats of Nature

Experience Iceland’s most astonishing geological sites on a natural wonders of Iceland tour.

Northern Lights

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Like the Huldufólk—the folkloric fairies and elves that captivate the Icelandic people—Iceland’s dramatic landscape inspires wonder. The land of fire and ice is flush with glaciers, steaming thermal baths and waterfalls that drop from emerald edges. The fairies are right, of course—there is magic everywhere you look on this Nordic island, where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet.

1. The Blue Lagoon
You won’t have traveled far from Keflavík International Airport before you’re surrounded by a landscape unlike any other in the world. The Blue Lagoon, a vast geothermal spa with silica mud for facial scrubbing, may be the best antidote to jet lag in town.

Blue Lagoon

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2. Gullfoss Waterfall
The Gullfoss Waterfall encapsulates Iceland’s otherworldly geography. Beginning high upon a plateau, the cascade drops precipitously from its glacial beginning into the Hvítá River, as if a giant had come along and gouged a scar into the landscape. The 200-foot canyon captures the aquatic onslaught and takes your breath away.

3. The Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls
The Seljalandsfoss waterfall seemingly rises from nowhere. You’ll be so taken with the dripping deluge, crashing from a rocky, moss-shrouded outcrop, that you may miss the walking path behind the cascade. (The path can be slippery and visitors who venture behind the waterfall should be prepared to get wet.) The squat and broad Skógafoss waterfall appears rough-edged compared to the delicate Seljalandsfoss. These spectacular scenes are so otherworldly, it’s not surprising that Icelanders believe that many fairies live near these great waterfalls.

Typical Icelandic architecture

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4. The Golden Circle Tour
One of the most awe-inspiring tours in Iceland, begin your Golden Circle journey at the Hellisheiði power station, which harnesses the island’s immense geothermal energy resources. Experience the wonder of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. You’ll also visit the magnificent Borgarfjörður fjord, plus the Friðheimar greenhouse, Kerið crater and other geological sites that showcase the country’s majesty.

5. Snæfellsjökull National Park
Iceland’s first national park stretches from the coastline to the Snæfellsjökull glacier, a 4,744-foot volcano thought to be one of Earth’s seven great energy centers. Standing near this volcano and looking out at the North Atlantic Ocean, you can almost imagine the geological miracle that is Iceland beginning to take shape.

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