A couple years ago I hitchhiked around Iceland – and it was amazing. But it was hard to find all the beautiful places to go – which to even pick! A few hidden gems were shown to us, which were amazing, but come on now – you want ALL the gems, right? So here are the best of the best places to visit in Iceland.
By Natasha and Cameron – The World Pursuit
My favorite spot in Iceland would definitely have to be Skógafoss. Skógafoss is a unique waterfall that comes directly from two glaciers. It is located in the Southeastern part of the country near the town of Vik and is directly off the famous ring road. This waterfall is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the country at 15 meters wide and 60m high. Once you see it from the road you can pull on in and admire it from up close. There are stairs up the side so that you can see the waterfall from up top or you can go stand directly under it (bring a raincoat). This is a must-see spot in Iceland and should not be missed!
Secret Glacier Lagoon
By Kate – Travel For Difference
For those planning a trip to Iceland, I’m sure you’ll already know that Jökulsárlón is one of the most popular attractions. Before I visited, I must admit that I was very excited to see a lagoon that was filled with icebergs the size of a bus. But when the day finally came, I managed to find something that was even more special!
As we were driving towards the lagoon, only around a kilometre away from the famous landmark, we saw that there was a huge glacier relatively close to the ring road. There were some very rugged tracks across a huge rocky area which was heading straight towards it, so we took the plunge and explored in our little hatchback car.
What we came to find was something I could never have possibly imagined; a glacier lagoon that was entirely frozen over, with close views of the glacier and not a single person in sight!
Magical doesn’t even begin to describe this experience… I guess what I want you to take away from this is, don’t be scared to off-road and explore! You’ll find some hidden gems that I’m sure you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
By Scott and Hayley – International Hot Dish
Located in the northwest of Iceland, this 50 foot basalt stack just off the coast is a must see if you love unique, geological photo opportunities. It has all kinds of mythological stories swirling around it -trolls and dragons- but the reality is it’s all that’s left of an ancient volcanic outcropping. The rest having been washed away by the sea. Posing like a dragon stooping low for a drink of the water, Hvítserkur has been energizing people’s imagination for years.
During high tide you can see the “dragon” drinking (if you look at it just right), and during low tide you can walk up to it and see the concrete footings poured around the base of the rocks to keep it from tumbling over. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birds and plenty of seals.
By Wendy – Worldwide Wendy
If you are going to Iceland, you have to see the famous Geyser and the amazing falls the country has to offer. For me however, the highlight of the trip was the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon at the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. I will never forget the first glimpse on this incredible, breath taking glacial lake.
Nice to know: They filmed the openings scene of the Bond film “A View to a Kill” over here.
The water is beautifully colored, giant icebergs float around and with some luck you see a seal swim by. The lake grows every year because of the melting of the glaciers. It’s also the deepest lake in Iceland (almost 250 m). It’s one of the natural wonders of Iceland.
Definitely book a ride on an amphibious vehicle. Provide some warm clothes because it’s really freezing!
By Karen – Wanderlusting K
My favorite spot in Iceland is Mývatn. This area in Northeastern Iceland is full of incredible nature and beauty. It also hosts one of the major Game of Thrones attractions, Jon Snow’s love cave. Anyone interested in experiencing a local hot spring can visit the Mývatn Nature Baths before getting an amazing farm to table meal at one of the local restaurants. I also loved the Dimmuborgir for its spooky landscape and prominent role in Icelandic legends. If you’re looking for an off the beaten path place in Iceland that isn’t so crowded with tourists, consider visiting Mývatn!