Visiting Iceland is worthwhile for its stunning beauty alone. Iceland is full of jaw-dropping waterfalls, incredible ice formations, and hiking trails that will inspire even the most sedentary individuals to take a stroll. If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Iceland;
Here are twelve amazing places you won’t want to miss. Read on!
1. Glymur Waterfall
The second tallest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur Waterfall regularly receives rave reviews from vacationers who hike up to see it. The waterfall offers free parking (always a plus) and 3 different trails for every level of hiker.
Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the waterfall and is located close to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Helicopter tours of the waterfall are available starting in the capital, for those who would rather fly than walk.
2. Snaefellsjokull National Park
This national park preserves some of the finest landscapes in Iceland. The park includes a glacier, lava field, waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You could easily spend your vacation in the national park alone, and not run out of new adventures to take part in.
3. Raudasandur Beach
When you think of a perfect beach, you might think of white sands and turquoise beaches. Raudasandur Beach may not have the white sand you were dreaming of, but the mesmerizing red hues that go on as far as the eye can see may impress you even more.
The views alone are worth the visit, but if you are historically minded, you may also want to visit the farm Sjöundá while you are at the beach. It is an important part of Icelandic history, and an enjoyable visit as well.
4. Vatnajokull National Park
Another national park worth visiting, Vatnajokull National Park features the highest mountain in Iceland, as well as a dormant volcano, active volcanic areas, and many unique glacier fields.
Vatnajokull National Park is unique because visitors are allowed to get a look at how glaciers and volcanic activity respond with each other. You can literally see the interplay of fire and ice in this protected area.
5. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Seeing glaciers is one thing. Being allowed actually to interact with them is quite another. At Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, boating tours are available on amphibious vehicles, that allows you to see these vast and beautiful glaciers up close.
You can even see what 1,000-year-old ice tastes like if you’re interested in adding to your experience. This lagoon is beautiful no matter how you visit it and helps you appreciate glaciers in a whole new way.
6. Mount Maelifell
If you are looking for photo opportunities that could only happen in Iceland, Mount Maelifell is the place to go. This beautiful green mountain is plopped right in the middle of vast fields of black sand, for a striking visual you won’t find elsewhere. Visit mid-July through October for a chance at this elusive mountain—it’s the only time roads are available.
Located 100 miles from Reykjavik, Vík í Mýrdal is a small town in what is thought of as the warmest part of the country. This small town is a far cry from the big cities, but it is well worth visiting.
There are plenty of photo opportunities with historic buildings, black sand beaches, and puffin nesting sites. A great chance to relax and wind down after all the hikes you’ve probably been on.
The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik offers a great base to start out from, and entertainment that doesn’t come in the form of hiking trails. Take a relaxing day off in a thermal spa, or inspire your inner fan and see locations where Game of Thrones was shot. A great place to rest and relax, Reykjavik has something for everyone.
Often referred to like the center for whale watching, Husavik offers you a great starting point if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of one of Iceland’s many marine mammals.
While you are waiting for your whale tour, stop by the whale museum for a chance to see whale bones up close, and to get a better understanding of these unique animals. Close by you’ll also find the Exploration Museum, another must-see that shares the history of human exploration.
10. Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
One of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland, Kirkjufell is a popular tourist destination. The iconic mountain’s name is translated to “Church Mountain” because the mountain is said to be shaped like a church. The mountain itself is certainly beautiful, and so is the waterfall at its base. A pleasant trip, visiting here is well worth the time put in.
11. Blue Lagoon
Sometimes, you don’t want to go out in ice-cold conditions in order to see big chunks of more ice. Sometimes you just want to relax and take it easy. If you’re looking for a change of pace, Blue Lagoon has it for you. This thermal spa is a naturally occurring hot spring that allows you to relax and enjoy the pleasant side of the volcanic activity.
12. Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
45 years ago, a plane crashed on one of the black sand beaches of Iceland. All of the crew survived the crash, but the plane was left on the beach instead of being removed. The result is a somewhat dystopian scene for the adventurous, or just those looking to see something a little different.
13. Dynjandi Waterfall
Iceland has a bounty of waterfalls. This one truly outdoes all the rest. A massive cascade of water that spreads over a large area, it is easily one of the most beautiful falls in the country. 6 other waterfalls are below it, making the view even more spectacular as you make your way to this one.
Iceland has a wealth of natural beauty to it. Whether you are an avid hiker, nature lover, or simply want to experience the northern lights, Iceland has something for you. If you choose to visit, make sure you stop at some of these locations to experience Iceland at its very best.