When exploring Iceland, beware of throwing stones. You might hit the huldufólk, the hidden elves and fairies of Icelandic folklore. Locals believe they live under rocks, around boundless lava fields, near gushing geysers, atop dramatic waterfalls. Once you wander from its quirky capital to its lunar-like lands speckled with black-sand dunes and jagged mountains, you'll begin believing in them too.

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OUR ICELAND DESTINATIONS

Visit Iceland: get started

Iceland tours will take you from Reykjavik to tourist attractions around the Golden Circle, a road stopping at Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Haukadalur geothermal area. Other things to do in Iceland include a dip in the Blue Lagoon, or opting for a car rental to visit glacial lakes. Find Iceland vacation packages to do it all and stay at the best hotels!

ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

Language

Icelandic

What to eat

Lamb, seafood, Skyr (a mix between yogurt and cottage cheese), Icelandic rye bread, kleina (a beloved Icelandic pastry), and for the brave: fermented shark.

What to bring back

An Icelandic wool sweater, volcanic rocks, lava salts to bring Icelandic flavour to your kitchen, sand and beauty products from geo-thermal spas and, if you’re lucky, snapshots of the Northern Lights.

Fun Fact

Icelandic people are very imaginative—a portion of the nation even believes in the existence of elves and fairies (the huldufólk). There is an elf school in Reykjavik to teach you all about them, there have been protests against developments planned on elf territory, and there are even tiny elf shrines built across Iceland.

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.