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Iceland is one of the world’s top travel destinations right now. It is easy to reach from both Europe and North America, making it a great long weekend getaway option. The island has tremendous natural beauty: glacier lagoons, geysers, more waterfalls than anywhere else on earth, deep glacial fjords and other strange geological features. The small population (less than 400,000), means you can get away from people and get way, way off the grid. Iceland is a natural paradise.

Yet when we first went in 2009, the country’s tourism infrastructure was still in its infancy. We felt like pioneers visiting an unexplored land. Sure, there were tourists on the Golden Circle route and in Reykjavik, but most of the time we were completely alone driving the Ring Road – one of the world’s truly great road trips. Here are our experiences exploring this beautiful island (and taking a dip into each and every hot springs we came across).

The Very Best Iceland Attractions

When we visited Iceland several years ago, we were the first people we knew who had been. However, in recent years, Iceland’s popularity has increased…and it’s easy to see why. There are so many great things to do in Iceland!

Last Day in Reykjavik, Iceland

We had breakfast at the Centerhotel Klopp and headed out into the city. Thankfully, for our final day in Iceland, the weather cleared and we had clear skies! We headed straight up to Hallgrímskirkja (Hallgríms Church) – the iconic landmark atop the hill that can be seen from everywhere in Reykjavik. It’s free to go …

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Reykjavik, Indoors

When the weather is bad, head inside and visit one of Reykjavik’s many museums. For a small city, Reykjavik has a large number of cultural institutions.

The gas stations in Iceland are unique institutions that dispense gas, serve food, and sell all different kinds of supplies.

Experiencing Gas Stations in Iceland

Exploring Iceland is best done by car. The Ring Road is one of the world’s greatest road trips. If you visit, you’ll surely encounter the unique gas station culture that exists in this tiny country. It may seem strange, but gas stations in Iceland will be an important part of your journey. Live like a local and embrace the Icelandic gas station.