Iceland is one of the most beautiful nations in the world and it is home to numerous picture-perfect destinations. Volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, national parks and museums, Iceland has everything. Iceland is made up of 30 main islands. Here are 10 places that you can’t miss if you ever visit this amazingly beautiful country.
10. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon:
Bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a famous tourist destination in Iceland. You can see Its large glacial lagoon with icebergs floating around and wildlife sightings of seals & skuas. Explore the glacier lake Fjallsárlón, the Diamond Beach, ice caves, Jökulsárlón Ice Beach and Breiðárlón.
9. Fjadrargljufur Canyon:
Fjadrargljufur Canyon is located in south-east Iceland, where the Fjaðrá river flows through it. With steep walls and winding water, this is a popular tourists location in Iceland.
Aldeyjarfoss is a waterfall situated in the north of Iceland at the Highlands. Similar to the waterfall Svartifoss in Skaftafell, another Icelandic waterfall, the white waters of the fall and the black basalt columns create a beautiful sight to observe. You can also visit the Svartifoss and many other magnificent Icelandic falls in Vatnajökull National Park.
7. Þingvellir National Park:
East of Reykjavík is Þingvellir, a historic site, and national park. This is the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. The rift valley is caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault. Here you can see the Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland, þórufoss and Glymur Waterfall, and the Hvalvatn lake.
6. Gullfoss and Blue Lagoon:
Gullfoss is the largest volume falls in Europe located in southwest Iceland. It is also known as the Golden Waterfalls and is a must visit. Another famous attraction in southwestern Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. Located in a lava field near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, it is a geothermal spa that attracts a large number of tourists all year around.
5. Bruarfoss Falls:
Bruarfoss Falls might be small compared with other waterfalls in Iceland but what makes it special is its vibrant blue color. After exploring the Golden Circle, you can come here for a more peaceful environment.
Reykjavik is the capital and also the largest city in Iceland. It is home to the National and Saga museums, Harpa and the Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome. You can take a drive and visit the Golden Circle from here. You can also explore the nature reserve on the tip of the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula, Grótta. Visit the Aurora Reykjavík for information on Northern Lights also for historical exhibits, art, a theatre & guided tours.
3. Golden Circle:
Probably the most famous among tourists in Iceland is the Golden Circle. It is situated in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometers looping. You can drive to this place and explore its many attraction. Including the Geysir Geothermal Area, the Golen Circle, the Crater Kerid, Secret Lagoon in Fludir, Thjorsardalur Valley, Skalholt, Langjokull Glacier.
2. The Abandoned DC3 Plane crash:
Sitting in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Vík í Mýrdal is a seafront village in south Iceland which covers the Katla volcano. Here you will find the Black Sand Beach where the dc3 plane crash attracts many tourists every year. There are much more to explore in this region like the Aurora Viewing Spot, Kirkjufjara Beach, Dyrhólaey Lighthouse, Reynisdrangar View and cliffs, the Perfect Circle and the Hálsanefshellir Cave and more.
Westfjords is a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland with many great attractions. You can take a hike to the beautiful Dynjandi waterfall, explore Hornstrandir. Flatey and Vigur islands are known for puffin and birdwatching. The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Drangajökull, Bolafjall, Látrabjarg, and Mjóifjörður are some of the popular attractions of this region.
Also, don’t forget to see the magnificent Northern light or Aurora. There are many places in Iceland you can watch the Northern light from such as Grótta, from the black sand beaches of Vík, þingvellir National Park and Ásbyrgi Canyon.