The thing about Iceland is that it’s so diverse. Yes, you’ve got all the incredible nature, awe-inspiring vistas and the Blue Lagoon – but there’s so much more to Iceland than just it’s gorgeous natural landscapes. There really is a whole heap of the best towns in Iceland… all with their own heritage, stories and stunning natural landscapes that surround them.

It’s likely you’ll start your journey at Keflavik Airport (about 30 minutes from the capital) and head out across Iceland stopping off at all the stunning spots that Iceland has. Now, it’s totally a given and one of the best things to do for sure, but just remember to not forget about the little towns along the way. Iceland has a whole host of rugged towns that I just know you’ll fall in love with.

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Take a look at some of the best towns in Iceland, you’re going to love the adventure! 馃嚠馃嚫

1.) Vik

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Vik is the second largest and one of the best towns in Iceland (particularly, on the south coast) and is a great spot to stop when driving around the countries ring road. Here, you’ll find a few tasty restaurants like Berg, which serves the best Arctic char in the south of Iceland and make sure to finish off with some Icelandic skyr for a sweet treat.

Whilst in Vik, make sure to spend some time at;聽Reynisfjara Beach,聽Black Sand Beach, the stunning聽Dyrholaey and see the聽Myrdalsjokull Glacier (which is relatively close by). Oh, and don’t forget, It鈥檚 also home to Vik church that looks stunning against the backdrop of the mountains behind it.

Book some of the best hotels in Vik, here

2.) Reykjavik

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Yes, I know, technically Reykjavik is a city and not one of the聽towns in Iceland… but I just couldn’t resist including it. There’s plenty to do in the city and I’d recommend around two days in the capital exploring some of the best that Iceland has to offer.

for a lovely gift or a treat for yourself, pop into the Handknitting Association of Iceland based on聽Skolavoerdustigur in聽Reykjavik. Here you’ll find loads of home-made, gorgeous knitted goodies that are soooooooooo cute.

Whilst you’re in the city, make sure to visit the famous Hallgrimskirkja Church, head out into the open ocean (from聽Reykjavik harbour) to spot some whales and pop into聽Den Danske Kro Bar for some live music on the weekend.

If it’s food you’re after, check out some of the tastiest Reykjavik restaurants like; Nostra (who serve up some of the best local produce),聽Old Iceland Restaurant (that have some of the best shellfish dishes) and聽Svarta Kaffid聽(who serve the most heart-warming, bread bowl soups). You’ll love them. 馃悷

See our complete guide to visiting Iceland, here

3.) Husavik

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Known as the Whale Capital of Iceland, Husavik is one of the best towns in Iceland to spot whales. Now, it might seem like quite a trek to get to聽Husavik but It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to head out whale watching (between March-December) where you might be lucky enough to see Humpback, Minke and Blue whales.

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Yes, Husavik itself is tiny, but well worth a visit if you’re if you’re driving the 250 km long Diamon Circle route. Make sure to visit the聽Gamli Baukur Restaurant for some tasty grub and ride some of the famous Icelandic horses, just outside the town itself.

Read more on the best hikes to try in Iceland, here

4.) Akureyri

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Although technically a city, Akureyri feels very much like a town and one of the best towns in Iceland at that! With around 18,000 people calling it home, you’ll find loads of stuff to do.

Perched on the north coast, Akureyri is a great stopover for those doing the full ring road circuit with lots of little finds to see whilst you’re there. Make sure to stop off at the聽Lauf谩s Turf Homes, visit the聽Arctic Botanical Gardens and the stunning聽Akureyri Church too.

Best of all, if you’re a skier you can head to the relatively close聽Hl铆冒arfjall to swish down the slopes. There’s much more snow up this end of Iceland so you’ll have much more reliable skiing conditions. 鉀

First-time聽to Iceland? Read our first timer’s guide, here

5.) Sey冒isfj枚r冒ur

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Sey冒isfj枚r冒ur is one of the teeny tiny towns of Iceland located on the east coast Fjords and one that’s quite easy to miss. Once here, though, you鈥檒l find epic landscape, grand cliffs and thrashing sea waves that are just so gorgeous to see at any time of the year.

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Don’t forget to stop off at the Blue Church and Tvisognor, too.

Make sure to see these natural sights during your trip around Iceland

6.) Selfoss

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Selfoss sits just over an hours drive south-east of Reykjavik and is home to Olfusa waterfall, outdoor pools and walking trails along the Olfusa River. It makes a great stop on any Golden Circle tour and one that’s dominated by the natural geography that’s all around it.

If you visit in the summer months, make sure to see the cute聽Sumar 谩 Selfossi festival that involves lots of homemade goodies, colourful ribbons and fireworks. It’s so much fun and you really get to see why Selfoss is one of the best towns in Iceland to experience.

7.) Keflavik

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Yes, most people know Keflavik as the ‘airport town’ but it’s so much more than that! Instead of heading straight into Reykjavik take a 15-minute car trip to the Blue Lagoon and spend a day (or overnight in their hotel) and enjoy the stunning landscape… helping make Keflavik (and its surroundings) one of the best towns in Iceland to experience.

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To be honest, staying overnight in the Blue Lagoon was one of the best things we did, especially as you got to use the lagoons late in the evening… just floating whilst watching the northern lights above. Honestly, without sounding cheesy… it was magical! 鉁

Don’t forget, whilst you’re in Keflavik, make sure to see; the聽Anchor Monument,聽Stekkjarkot and聽Viking World (if the weather takes a turn for the worse).

See our complete guide to visiting Iceland, here

8.) Holmavik

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One of the smaller but still one of the best towns in Iceland has to be Holmavik. Sitting on Iceland鈥檚 Westfjords, a remote area of countryside surrounded mainly by horses and sheep, it’s one gorgeous area to explore. Whilst you’re here pop into the Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft to learn about the local witches from the 17th century.

For a tasty bite of local food, pop into聽Cafe Riis who serve the most delicious cod cheek and home-made fish soup. 馃悷

9.) Hellnar

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Hellnar is a small dot on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula that鈥檚 considered to be the oldest fishing town in the region. It鈥檚 here that you鈥檒l find the totally awe-inspiring Hellnar Sea Cliffs, Budir Black Church and an array of native birds including kittiwakes, gulls and the Arctic Tern.

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If you’re a bird watcher, you’ll totally love Hellnar as one of the best towns in Iceland to see a huge variety of species. Oh, and don’t forget to head over to the small fishing village of聽Arnarstapi, too. It’s stunning.

10.)聽Eskifj枚r冒ur

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Eskifj枚r冒ur is a tiny little town perched on the eastern side of Iceland and quite remote compared to some of the larger towns in the south-west. Once there, pop over to the relatively near聽Mj贸eyri where you’ll find the cutest little guest house and charming residence that has the best views of this area of Iceland. It almost feels like another world!

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