On 31 December 1943, the Danish–Icelandic Act of Union expired after 25 years. Beginning on 20 May 1944, Icelanders voted in a four-day plebiscite on whether to terminate the personal union with Denmark, abolish the monarchy, and establish a republic. The vote was 97% to end the union, and 95% in favour of the new republican constitution. Iceland formally became a republic on 17 June 1944, with Sveinn Björnsson as its first president. In 1946, the Allied occupation force left Iceland. The nation formally became a member of NATO on 30 March 1949, amid domestic controversy and riots. On 5 May...

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Black Sand Beach

"WOW. An Awesome location"
Oct 3, 2016 by Eugene D
This is a must visit place. Maybe you can linger and get into the splendid power of the rough North Atlantic and the most southern part of Iceland. The Beach is a broad black smooth clean surface... Read More
"One more gem in Iceland!!"
Oct 4, 2016 by grabtool
The Black Sand Beach is just one of the uncountable natural gems of Iceland. It's like The Lord of the Rings meets The Vikings. Plus a very pleasant restaurant just off the beach. I highly recommend. Read More
"So different"
Oct 4, 2016 by Luz2Travel
The black sand is amazing to see and not at all like the little grains of said you see the usual sandy beach. The basalt cliffs with nesting gulls is also amazing. Read More
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"Great views, definitely worth checking out."
Oct 6, 2016 by Chris H
We made sure to stop here so we could see the scenery, and it did not disappoint. We weren't able to explore all the paths, but we went down to the beach, and drove up to the top by the light house... Read More
Oct 8, 2016 by v0yageur22
Wind, huge crashing waves, great rock formations jutting out of the swirling sea, and beautiful views of the black sand beach and towering green mountains--this is an astounding place--just amazingly... Read More
"Nice to see"
Oct 8, 2016 by poltor
Nice views and feel, even in inclement weather. Not a must see but worth seeing if you are close and have time. Some nice views of cliffs, black sand and the ocean. Read More
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"Great burgers, locals"
Oct 8, 2016 by Dee E
Loved the place, the atmosphere and the burgers. Two police stopped in for dinner while we were there, must be good! Two of us had pizza which was OK, not a lot of spice (typical of our entire... Read More
"best apple pie ever"
Oct 5, 2016 by dunjafaletic
That was the best Apple Pie I ever tasted. I would really like to know the recipe for her to make it. Do you know, how to make it? Read More
"Lunch stop"
Oct 6, 2016 by okidoki35
I ordered a small starter size dill salmon on toast and my husband got a hamburger and a beer. It's nothing unusual, except the price was over $40, which seems usual for Iceland. My salmon was... Read More
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Arcanum Glacier Tours

"Amazing snowmoblile experience"
Sep 28, 2016 by Eng Chuan F
The snowmobile experience is a must when visiting the Mrydalsjokull glacier. The ride at 1,490m altitude at temperatures of -6C is simply exhilarating and will fill you with a newfound sense of... Read More
"Completely unprofessional, unhelpful in giving advice on travel. Then they called me the devil!"
Sep 29, 2016 by sophiebaz2015
I was extremely disappointed with the way that our business was handled. There is absolutely no information about how to access their base by public transport from Reykjavik on their website. I... Read More
"Glacier walk is a must do!!"
Oct 5, 2016 by Jaclyn B
We went on a glacier walk with Olly and it was fantastic! I will say that the initial climb up the glacier is a bit strenous if you're not used to hiking (like I am), but he adjusted his pace to... Read More
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Myrdalsjokull Glacier

"Hike it!"
Sep 19, 2016 by trekker516
This was one of the only day trips that I found actually worth it on it's own. Other places I found fine, if they were a stop to something better. This is the something better. Getting to go out... Read More
"Simply stunning view"
Oct 6, 2016 by charoos
The south shore adventure tour included viewing the Myrdalsjokull Glacier, a stunning view. Although we could not walk on the glacier, we saw it from close distance. A rare opportunity. Read More
"So massive"
Oct 4, 2016 by Luz2Travel
Really amazing to see this glacier up close and realize just how massive it is but also how much it has melted and retreated. There is info so you can understand how glaciers move and why the land... Read More
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Suour Vik

"Great stop!"
Oct 4, 2016 by Kerri S
I can't recommend Sudur Vik enough. We stopped here early one night on our first night in Vik and it was great! Tasty food and at a much lower price point than you'd expect. We had a first great meal... Read More
"Great place to stop for a meal"
Oct 5, 2016 by crystalwords
Like many other travellers, I decided to stop here after a wonderful day of sightseeing along the south-west coast of Iceland (that black sand beach! them basalt columns!). The restaurant is located... Read More
"Two nights, Two Experiences, Two Reviews In One"
Oct 7, 2016 by Hawaiishark71
I had a somewhat mixed experience with my 1st dinner at Sudur Vik restaurant. My friend and I walked there from our hostel next door after 8pm and got our name on the list and had some drinks from... Read More
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Strondin Bistro and Bar

"Rude service and no wifi. I left."
Oct 4, 2016 by CaptCanuck
Rude service and no wifi. I left. Visited in October and the bar par is closed, leaving only a cafeteria style restaurant and a surly guy taking orders. Not impressed. Read More
"Great food and location"
Sep 28, 2016 by Jacoandre
We ordered the lamb goulash and the chicken and vegetables over rice. These were not on the menu, but specials for the day. We also enjoyed beer, Viking. The lamb goulash was outstanding. We sat in... Read More
"excellent food, drink and atmosphere"
Oct 6, 2016 by draker1125
Very nice restaurant with windows allowing an excellent view of the ocean. The bar was a little sparse on options but once we chose from their selection, we were not disappointed. Food was a good... Read More
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Reynisfjara Beach

Oct 8, 2016 by poltor
We did this at a very gusty and rainy time and it was still incredible! Incredible cliffs and caves and crashing waves and landscapes to see. But be careful and stay safe, particularly in inclement... Read More
"Thrilling, beautiful beach"
Oct 7, 2016 by v0yageur22
I think this might be my very favorite beach in all of stunning Iceland: huge crashing waves, a broad expanse of black sand and strange rock formations just off the coast (explained in Icelandic myth... Read More
"Beautiful "
Oct 7, 2016 by vacaylady
Only dropped a rating because of the tons of tourists (and this was off season) posing for way too many pictures! Also you have to be VERY careful with the waves turning on you - don't get too close... Read More
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Restaurant Vikurskali

Oct 1, 2016 by Brynjar S
Very bad burgers and fries, Icelandic Kjötsupa looks ok, but rest of the food in the restaurant had a bad look. Read More
"Worst food ever tasted "
Oct 8, 2016 by johein
Just came from Víkurskáli with my family and somehow we ended up ordering some burgers despite some strange smells from the minute we walked in. The place smells like there is mould in every corner... Read More
"An alternative to higher priced restaurants"
Oct 4, 2016 by M W
Found this place in our guide books. Our hotel evening buffet was just too expensive, so we came here. Above average burger and fries at better than average Icelandic prices. We had one issue with... Read More
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Black Beach restaurant

"Expensive but served the purpose"
Oct 4, 2016 by Jane B
We just had soup and a sandwich which were both very acceptable and expensive. You can help yourself to a refill of soup. No other option but it served its purpose. Read More
"Excellent joint for a simple lunch"
Oct 6, 2016 by charoos
The restaurant served us very tasteful turnip soup with bread and butter, basketful of freshly prepared French fries and coffee for a sumptuous and delicious lunch. The place is simple but the sea... Read More
"Great location and good food"
Oct 7, 2016 by v0yageur22
Coffee, tea, beer, wine, salads, sandwiches, terrific homemade soup (1 from local vegetables and 1 Icelandic lamb soup) all served cafeteria style. The views from the huge glass-walled front are... Read More
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"Very Good Restaurant"
Oct 10, 2016 by Mike_B52033
We had a very nice meal at the Berg Restaurant. The service and food were great. The menu is somewhat limited and be prepared that the prices are expensive in this part of Iceland. Read More
"Delicious, creative - get dessert!"
Oct 5, 2016 by sequoia44
Ate dinner and breakfast here twice. Friendly, professional wait staff. Dinner included an amuse bouche, the complimentary bread was accompanied with flavored butter. Wide selection of entrees... Read More
"Fabulous service and soup!"
Oct 1, 2016 by lflatauer
Berg was not only delicious but had the sweetest staff. Beautiful scenery if you sit by the window. We came for soup and dessert and loved both! Read More
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True Adventure

"Everything I hoped for and more"
Sep 27, 2016 by LynneG0313
This was a wonderful adventure. I'm not usually one to take risks but after watching the video I knew I wanted to give it a try. Everyone was very friendly and made me feel right at home. Sammy was... Read More
"Super fun paragliding "
Aug 20, 2016 by goplanetgo
Must do in Iceland! The team really took maxim effort in helping us have the best paragliding experience possible. They loved paragliding and their enthusiasm spread to us. Papa Dave drove us to two... Read More
"Favorite part of vacation!"
Sep 9, 2016 by FLGirl006
While in Vik, I saw people paragliding and on a whim asked if I could go. I had wanted to do this while in the Andes, but the thermals didn't cooperate, so I was excited when they said yes! Sam was... Read More
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Vik Church

"Cute lttle church...nothing more..."
Sep 17, 2016 by miked3328
Nice place to spend 10 min for a quick photo shot...it was closed when we stopped. I would not waste alot of time here but it was a nice place....if you are short on time I would bypass... Read More
"another church"
Sep 29, 2016 by Kay B
After awhile, the churches of Iceland start to become like the castles of Europe. However, this was a cute little church and very easy to get to. Read More
"nice little churh"
Sep 29, 2016 by Jalal I
its a nice little icelandic church located in the stunning nature. that is why it look so cool. nothing more to see in it. but the nature around is good. well the whole ice land is blessed with such... Read More
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Solheimajokull Glacier

"See Them Before They're Gone!"
Sep 27, 2016 by JerryK7
The glacier itself is absolutely amazing. Just hiking up to the glacier was a treat in itself! Hiking on the glacier was one of the most interesting things I have experienced. Going on it isn't for... Read More
"Another glacier on south coast"
Oct 6, 2016 by charoos
Solheimajokull Glacier, a part of the south coast adventure tour, is situated a bit away from the highway, but it is a must see site for tourists to Iceland. The view is exotic and unique. Read More
"easy access to glacier with good parking and cafe"
Oct 4, 2016 by Jane B
I think this is the only glacier in south Iceland that can be accessed by a tarmac road followed by a short walk to the foot of the glacier. The car park was a bit like a building site when we... Read More
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Nupsstadur Farm and Church

"A step back in time"
Oct 12, 2016 by dick6645
A good representation of old homes and buildings in Iceland. Walk at your leisure to explore the area and the buildings. An interesting view of life as it was. Read More
"Sign of old times"
Aug 4, 2016 by FÁTIMA G
The village is by Road 1 on the way between Vík and Jokulsárlón. It's really small and abandoned but there you will be able to see one of the few turf churches of Iceland which is in a very good... Read More
"Needs to mow the lawns!"
Sep 20, 2016 by Nikola D
I was driving back from the extraordinary Reynisfjara Beach and I recognised these little houses from the internet. I got out (in the freezing cold) of the car and walked towards these uncommon... Read More
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Hotel Katla Restaurant

"Clean and friendly"
Sep 9, 2016 by FLGirl006
This was a very nice place to stay. The sauna and hot tub were wonderful after a day of hiking and paragliding. Only wish they had some healthier choices for breakfast. Read More
"Nice clean room and service in the jacuzzi!"
May 12, 2016 by Beth C
I stayed here for 1 night on my way to Hali for the glacier lagoon. The room was spacious and big. The hot tub was really great and someone checked on us twice to see if we needed refreshments in the... Read More
"Cosy family restaurant"
Oct 9, 2016 by Theofilos M
Good family restaurant mostly catering for the hotel guests. Prices rather high as is the case in Iceland generally, service is ok. Read More
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Vik Horse Adventure

"beautiful horse riding views"
Sep 12, 2016 by CeeEeeTee
The horse riding tour was along the black sand beach and the views were incredible. You meet your guide and horse at the stable and they guide you along the fields and then onto the beach. If you're... Read More
"A fun day despite the rain! "
Sep 10, 2016 by SandraR2010
I have never ridden a horse but now I have! It was quite fun. They took time to show me what to do and off we went down trails, fording streams, seeing little turf houses, and a walk on the beach... Read More
"Must do while in Vik!"
Oct 4, 2016 by Raych1127
I have been riding for 20 years and have worked in many different areas in the horse industry. I do tend to look at and notice things most people don't. This ride was one of the best experiences I... Read More
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Voyages Friendship Statue

"Worth it"
Aug 6, 2016 by Danielle H
Worth a visit as it is a part of their history. A simple statue placed on a beautiful beach. A short walk from a place to eat. If you're in the area take a few minutes to see it Read More
Sep 23, 2016 by KeenTraveller12372
Nothing special but you are there so you can't miss it. The black sand beach is just that black sand. Read More
Jul 18, 2016 by Johannes Sælsen N
A touching memory to the fishers that have been on the seas so long from both Iceland and Britain. Nothing much but a nice sentiment. Thought the black sand and view around was more interesting Read More
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"Glacier Walk Iceland Solheimjakull"
Apr 6, 2016 by ulob
great trip at minus 12 °C and perfect sun. Very good communicaton. Best support. Very good security instruction. We felt well and in good hand Read More
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Galleri Leirbrot og Gler

"Si le drapeau est levé... Foncez !!!"
Nov 19, 2014 by Robotrusty
Pour savoir si la galerie est ouverte, le jour, le soir, la nuit : c'est simple, il faut juste voir si le drapeau rouge est hissé ! Guorun vous reçoit à la cool dans sa charmante petite galerie où... Read More
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Let's Start From Here

See All Things to Do

Hali Country Hotel Restaurant
the Viking Cafe
Toronto City Hall
Black Beach restaurant
Faro de Gardur
Hlidarfjall Akureyri
Voyages Friendship Statue
Ice Lagoon - Zodiac Boat Tours
The Transportation Museum at Ystafell
A La Carte Vagninn
The Elf Walk in Hellisgerdi Park

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