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How many of these 10 hidden gems in Iceland have you seen?

Not to put down the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights, but there’s so much more to Iceland than the most popular attractions that you’ve drooled over on Instagram. Here are 10 hidden gems.

Hot tubs on the beach - Hauganes

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In Hauganes, follow the signs to a cove lined with outdoor hot tubs. The prime soaking spot: in a hot tub that looks like a Viking ship, with views of the ocean.

Thor’s Power Gym - Kópavogur

When in Reykjavik, check out Thor’s Power Gym in Kópavogur, the home gym of Strongman champion Hafþór Björnsson, a.k.a The Mountain from "The Game of Thrones."

Turf house - Grenjaðarstaður

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This is one of the most famous and largest turf houses in the country, with grass growing on the rooftops and a ton of fascinating, historic artifacts inside.

Northern Lights Center - Reykjavík

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You can immerse yourself in the northern lights at Aurora Reykjavik: The Northern Lights Center. This interactive museum teaches you all about the lights, from the science to the folklore.

Iceland Punk Museum - Reykjavík

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This small museum packs a huge attitude – and a tour through Iceland’s 80's and 90's punk music scene as told through posters, instruments, clothes and memorabilia displayed in repurposed bathroom stalls.

Horseback riding in the Golden Circle - Reykjavík

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A unique way to explore the beauty of the Golden Circle is atop an Icelandic horse. These horses are small (but don’t call them ponies!), sure-footed and spirited.

Hverir wastelands - Grand Island

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In this surreal wasteland, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet. Walk past boiling mudpots, steaming fumaroles and through clouds of stinky sulfuric gas.

Sigurgeir's Bird Museum - Mývatn

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Don’t leave the Mývatn area without popping into the Bird Museum, the largest private bird collection in the country – and possibly the smallest natural museum in the world.

A wool factory - Hvammstangi

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Iceland is known for its wool, and you can score big at Kidka, a working wool factory and shop. This is the best place to pick up a practical souvenir and gifts for home.

A working fishery - Hauganes

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Take a tour of the Ektafiskur fishery, a working production facility in Hauganes, where you can learn and watch how they gut and prepare the fish that you might later eat at the Baccala Bar restaurant next door.

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