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Inspired by Iceland

Start by taking a leisurely tour of Reykjavík. The mix of the old and new in the capital’s midtown is seen in the 19th-century Alþingishús and the Ráðhús, barely a decade old. Colorful rooftops abound, and ornate gingerbread can be spotted on the well-kept older buildings. Make sure you visit one of the seven outdoor thermal swimming pools, a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing and fun for the whole family.

On Day 2 head out to the countryside for the famous Golden Circle tour, and take in the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot springs area, and Þingvellir National Park. There are many organized tours that cover this route, or you can rent a car yourself.

If you leave on Day 3, stop at the surreal Blue Lagoon, for a late morning-early afternoon dip that will leave you refreshed and is only 20 minutes from the airport if you have an afternoon flight connection.

If you have an extra day, wake up early and head north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on Iceland’s west coast. The Hvalfjörður tunnel cuts travel time dramatically. On emerging from the tunnel, bypass the town of Akranes and drive north to Borgarnes. Just north of it, turn west (left) on Route 54 out on the peninsula and head to the tiny village of Arnarstapi. If you left the capital before 9 AM, here is a good place to have lunch and take a stroll along the shore, watch small boats come and go, and marvel at the seabirds as they dive and soar. Afterward, enter Iceland’s newest national park, Snæfellsjökull, and marvel at the mystical moods of this mountain as you circle north to Ólafsvík en route to Stykkishólmur. It takes a little over two hours to drive back to Reykjavík from here.

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