Iceland is a Nordic island country situated in the North Atlantic. With an area of 40,000 sq miles and a population of only 364,134, it is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital city of Reykjavík, the island’s largest, along with the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country, are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is both volcanically and geologically active, featuring sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers. The island is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite being located just outside of the Arctic Circle.
A list of my recommended “must see” places, all located within a single day’s drive beginning from the main airport in Keflavik, include: