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Top 25: Places to Visit in Iceland

Top 25: Places to Visit in Iceland

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Are you keen on taking a trip to Iceland any time soon? The volcanic island nation is adorned with some of the most spectacular sights you can lay your eyes on. If you are a nature lover who intends to get away from the bustle of city life, Iceland is the place to be. Dotted with various mountains, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls and volcanoes, the nation offers a range of experiences like no place on earth.

But what are the places that you must visit during your trip to the magnificent land of the Aurora Borealis? Take a look at this list of 25 top Iceland tourism locations below to plan your tour itinerary.

 

The 25 Places You Must Visit in Iceland 

1. Þingvellir
Þingvellir or Thingvellir is a national park and considered as the birthplace of Icelandic democracy. Situated at a distance of approximately 40 kilometres from the capital Reykjavik, this is the place where the oldest parliament of the world stood. The Þingvellir national park was established in 1928 and location has also achieved World Heritage Site status in 2004. It is only one of the two places where visitors can observe the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drifting apart.

Visitors entering the Thingvellir National park are greeted by awe-inspiring views of Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. You will walk past the gigantic Almannagjá rock wall which marks the eastern boundary of the North American plate.

The most iconic landmarks in Thingvellir are - Lögberg (Law Rock) and the Drekkingarhylur (Drowning Pool). Logberg is marked by a large rock formation and the seat of Althing, the national parliament. During your visit, you can also explore the centuries-old parliamentary seat known as Lögrétta. Drekkingarhylur has a dark history as it was used primarily as a place of execution. Yet it is a place of great beauty that one should not miss when they visit Iceland. Thingvellir and its geologically diverse topography capture the imagination of many tourists every year.

2.Geysir
Geysir, also known as Great Geysir, is a popular Iceland tourist destination. Located in the Haukadalur valley in southwestern Iceland, this geyser is the first one ever discovered by Europeans. The Norse-origin name Geysir is the origin for the English word geyser. This remarkable natural marvel becomes active in the gap of some years, usually triggered by earthquakes. You would have to be quite lucky to observe an eruption of this periodic hot springs during your visit. Yet, the diverse geology of the region lends to its spellbinding beauty. If you do happen to be there during the eruption witnessing it would be an experience like no other.

Geysir is located within an area known as the Geysir Geothermal Area. It can be explored as part of the Icelandic Golden Circle tour route.

If you want to be certain of viewing a frequently active geyser in action, the Geysir Geothermal Area also contains the Strokkur geyser. It is situated by the Hvítá river and is close to Geysir. Visitors to Strokkur can observe eruptions every 6-10 minutes, and the springs can go up to 40 meters in height. Southwest Iceland’s geothermal area must not be missed at any cost. You will realize what makes Iceland a unique destination for tourists.

3. Gullfoss
Another key Iceland tourism attraction is Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Falls. This impressive waterfall originates from a glacial river named Hvítá and has multiple stages, which adds to its grandeur. The Hvítá River takes a sudden dip into a fissure, creating one of the most spectacular multi-stage waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall is intriguing to observe as its lower stage is adjacent to its top step, which goes against the convention of waterfalls. It has a total height of 32 meters and its biggest drop measures at 21m. You might even catch a glimpse of a rainbow over the waterfall during your visit.  

The waterfall is named as Gullfoss or Golden Falls as it water exhibits a golden glow when sunlight falls upon it. This phenomenon is down to the high sediment content of the river’s water.

During the 20th century, the waterfall was in consideration as a site for hydroelectric power generation. While any such development had not happened, there is an intriguing story related to the waterfall. According to this story, the development of a dam was stopped by the protests of Sigríður Tómasdóttir. She was a local who threatened to leap to her death if a dam was built. Although this story is not proven as true, you will come across a statue commemorating Sigríður during the visit.

4. Blue Lagoon
The list of Iceland’s amazing tourist destinations continues with the Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa situated in the southwestern part of the country. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist spots in Iceland today, attracting countless tourists every year. Thousands of visitors love taking dips in the milky blue water of these pools. It is an experience of a lifetime as you relax in a warm pool and look into the snow-capped surroundings. The water temperature is generally around 37-39 degrees and quite comfortable in contrast to the chilly surroundings. Iceland is the only place on earth where one can experience such an otherworldly pleasure.

Many tourists are amazed when they come to know that the lagoon is man-made. The water that fills up these pools is a byproduct from the Svartsengi power plant. The Lagoon’s water is rich in silica and contains many forms of algae, but is free from any harmful agents or bacteria. People of all age groups including special needs individuals can enjoy dips in the Blue Lagoon. This is the perfect way to bond if you are visiting Iceland with your family and friends.

The Blue Lagoon near Svartsengi also has a significant claim to fame. The mineral-dense water fed into it has cured psoriasis in several patients over the decades. It is yet another motivation to visit this popular location. The Lagoon has quite a craze among both locals and tourists. 

5. Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall located in Iceland’s South Region. This 60 meters waterfall is a section of the Seljalands River which originates in the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic glacier. Seljalandsfoss is surrounded by lush green highlands and has a cave that tourists love exploring. You can walk on a path that leads to the cave behind the waterfall. The view of the waterfall and surrounding areas from within the cave are surreal. It is something that simply cannot be described in words. Seljalandsfoss is among the most photographed places in Iceland today. The scenic locales of this waterfall are also the perfect place for couples to enjoy each other’s company.

Seljalandsfoss is best visited during the summer months but it also gets a lot of visitors during winter. This is also one of the best places to observe the Midnight Sun during the summer months. Seljalandsfoss has been featured in several popular TV shows and music videos due to its picturesque settings.

You should expect to get wet if you plan on entering the cave behind Seljalandsfoss during your visit. Carrying protection for your phones and cameras is essential when you follow this path. Be sure to also visit the nearby Gljúfrabúi waterfall, which is only at a distance of 200 meters from Seljalandsfoss.

6. Skógafoss
Skogafoss is another famous waterfall in Iceland and a must-visit tourism destination. Located on the Skógá River in the southern part of Iceland, flowing on through the erstwhile sea cliffs. Skogafoss has a width of 15 meters and a drop height of 60 meters, making it one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. It offers a spectacular view that must not be missed during a visit to Iceland. As the water cascades down and hits the surface, it creates a massive spray of water.

The intensity and volume of water spray create either a single or double rainbow, which can be seen in sunny weather conditions. You can click pictures with your loved ones and have the majestic rainbow creating a stunning backdrop. The beauty and grandeur of Skogafoss are truly impressive. Depending on your south Iceland tour itinerary, there may even be scope for climbing to the top of this waterfall. Although the climb is rather steep, making the effort is worth it for even more surreal views.

Getting to Skogafoss is quite convenient as it is in the proximity of the Ring Road of south Iceland. It takes about 2 hours to reach by road if you are heading out from Reykjavik. Skogafoss is a popular day trip option for tourists and locals alike. It is recommended that you do not visit this location in peak winter due to safety concerns stemming from slippery ice surfaces. There are convenient nearby food and lodging options.

7. Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja is an iconic Lutheran church situated right in the heart of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. It is one of the most popular Reykjavik landmarks to visit on your Iceland tour. Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in Iceland with a height of 74.5 meters or 244 feet. It is a unique architectural marvel that looks equally grand during any time of the day. Although construction for this megastructure had started in 1945, it took until 1986 to complete. No matter where you are in Reykjavik, Hallgrimskirkja stands out across the horizon.

The church was named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, a renowned 17th-century clergyman and poet. The space in front of Hallgrimskirkja is adorned by a statue of Leifur Eiríksson, the first European explorer to reach the shores of North America. Gifted by the United States in 1930, it is one of the most popular statues in the country and holds great significance locally. It is quite an impressive structure from both outside and inside.

One of the main attractions within Hallgrimskirkja is an enormous 15m high pipe organ. Built by German organ manufacturer Johannes Klais, this impressive musical instrument weighs at least 25 tons and has a staggering 5275 pipes. You can listen to the vast range of melodies produced by the gigantic instrument if you are lucky during your visit.

8. Reynisfjara (Black sand beach)
Reynisfjara is a unique beach lining the South Coast of Iceland and another must-visit location. It is one of the most popular black sand beaches in the world today. The dark black sand of Reynisfjara, combined with the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean waves that come crashing in, create the perfect sightseeing spot for tourists who visit Iceland. The sands of Reynisfjara are black as they have been formed from black volcanic rock.

If you look just off the coast, the Reynisdrangar Columns or sea stacks are visible. Langsamur is the largest among the Reynisdrangar Columns and resembles the shape of a ship. There are many local legends associated with the formation of the sea stacks. The Reynisfjara mountain is an imposing landmass towering over the beach. The bottom of the mountain has a naturally formed cave, which helps shelter tourists in harsh weather conditions.

Reynisfjara is at a driving distance of two and a half hours from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik and can be explored on a day trip. But anyone visiting the beach should not have any intentions to step into the waters. The waves here are unpredictable and quite chaotic at times. During your visit, you should stay away from the water, and admire the natural beauty from a safe distance. Tourists can also visit the town of Vík, located at a short distance of 10 km from the beach.

9. Jökulsárlón
Jokulsarlon or Jökulsárlón is an immensely popular Iceland tourism destination and a true wonder of nature. Located in Southeast Iceland, it is a place whose beauty cannot be described in words. This is one tourism hotspot you should visit even if you are on a short Iceland trip. Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon with a large number of floating icebergs. It is a haven for tourists, photographers and lovers of exploration. Jökulsárlón is also a popular shooting destination for big-budget Hollywood movies.

At 248 metres, Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake of Iceland, with a total area of 18 square kilometers. The lagoon has an interesting color, as it possesses a combination of both fresh and marine water. Several forms of wildlife including seals can be seen in and around the lake.

Tourists who are visiting Jökulsárlón during summer can explore boat tours of the lake, and get an incredibly close look the icebergs. While boat tours are not available during the winter, this time of the year is ideal for a visit if you want incredible views of the Northern Lights. If you are interested in viewing this natural phenomenon, plan your Iceland visit anytime between September and April. The dance of colors in the night sky leaving their reflection on the icy lagoon is a view you will always cherish.

10. Skaftafell
Skaftafell is another top tourist location in Southeastern Iceland. It is the place that offers all types of natural attractions including glaciers, mountains, hiking trails, lava rock formations, volcanoes and waterfalls. Situated within the Vatnajökull National Park, this area of natural treasures has enough to keep you busy for at least a few days. Skaftafell is a true paradise for hikers and outdoor adventure lovers. If you are only interested in sightseeing, there are ample options for single-day tours at this park. Iceland's highest mountain Hvannadalshnúkur is situated here and you can attempt to climb it during your visit.

Skaftafell’s interesting and varied landscape has evolved through thousands of years of geological activity. Visitors have various adventure options including ice cave exploration, hiking trips and park walks. Join up with a trusted tour operator if you want to avail these options. Glacier hikes should be done under the supervision of trained professionals. Plan out your activities in advance before visiting Skaftafell.  

Some of the most iconic tourist places in Skaftafell include the Svartifoss waterfall, the Sjónarnípa viewpoint, Ingólfshöfði Cape, Bæjarstaðarskógur biking trail, and the Lómagnúpur Mountain. Every corner of Skaftafell has stunning natural beauty and you can explore it all to your heart’s content. The area is at a distance of approximately 300 km from Reykjavik. You should look into accommodation options before traveling to Skaftafell to avoid unavailability. 

11. Seljavallalaug
Seljavallalaug in south Iceland is a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool. Built in 1923, it is also one of the oldest swimming pools in the country. The pool was built to help children learn swimming, although it is a popular tourist destination today. It is one attraction where you will not have to pay any entry fees. The pool is completely free for use and is a great place to socialize with other tourists. Seljavallalaug is perfect if you want to go for a relaxing outdoor swim during your Iceland visit.

Keep in mind that the pool does have some degree of algae growth throughout the year. So if you do hop in for a swim, do it carefully. The pool has a unique location, nestled in between lush green mountains. It is a surreal experience that will be etched in your memory for a long time.

Seljavallalaug can be reached by an hour and a half long drive from Reykjavik following the Ring Road. The way to Seljavallalaug will give you glimpses of many attractions along Iceland’s south coast. Tourists are required to take a short hike to reach the pool’s location. Despite certain hygiene concerns, the pool keeps drawing thousands of tourists every year.

12. Esjan
Esjan is a volcanic mountain range situated in the southwestern part of Iceland. It is at a distance of just 10 kilometers from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. Also known as Esja, this mountain range is composed of the materials tuff and basalt. It is yet another must-see spot on your Iceland visit due to the amazing views in every direction. You can climb up the peaks of this mountain range, and take in the grandeur of picturesque surroundings for hours. The highest peak of Esjan is 914 m or 2999 feet tall.

Esjan is also a great place for tourists who love hiking adventures. It offers several hiking path options, including the ones leading to the peaks of Kerhólakambur and Þverfellshorn. A visit to Esjan should be in your bucket list if you are looking for a single-day hiking trip close to Reykjavik. The proximity to Reykjavik is one of the main reasons for Esjan being a top tourism destination. Ample transportation options from the Capital Region are available at all times of the year.

Esjan can be visited any time, but hikers should avoid the peak winter season. There are some safety concerns with the winter fog and ice. If you are visiting during peak summer, Esjan is an excellent place to observe the midnight sun. 

13. Gjáin
Gjain is another Iceland tourism hotspot in the southern parts. It is one of the several surreally beautiful Icelandic locations frequented by countless tourists. Many who have been to this scenic destination describe it as the most breathtaking place in the country. Gjain is an oasis fed by a series of cascading waterfalls in almost every direction. The dense green surroundings and the free-flowing water makes it looks like a place that belongs in a fairytale. This is one of those places which one must be as images cannot capture its true essence. It also features some interesting volcanic structures.

The best place to visit Gjain is anytime between June to October as the weather conditions are quite favorable. You should avoid visiting in winter as much of Gjain is sheathed in snow during the colder months. The location can be reached by taking a short 15-minute hike from another popular tourist location, the Stöng Saga Age Farm. You may also explore Gjain as part of a south Iceland tour that includes the Háifoss and Hjálparfoss waterfalls.

Gjain has recently been featured in the popular TV show Game of Thrones. It is a place like nowhere else on earth. This is one location you should visit with your family and friends. Gjain exhibits the diversity of Icelandic nature at its best, just like Skaftafell. It is 130 kilometers from Reykjavik and takes two hours to reach by road from the capital city.

14. Rauðisandur
Rauðisandur or the Red Sands beach is a famous beach located in the Látrabjarg region of western Iceland. It is one of the largest beaches in the country and stretches for 10 km. Rauðisandur is ideal for walks with your close companions and grabbing unforgettable sunset views. It has golden-red sand that varies in appearance based on ambient light conditions. If you have already completed the adventure activities on your Iceland visit, Rauðisandur is the best place to find complete relaxation and calm. You can immerse yourself in the sounds of the waves and chirping birds as you look into the horizon.

The Rauðisandur beach is surrounded by grasslands and high mountains, giving it a very beautiful backdrop. Looking ahead, you may be able to get a glimpse of the Snæfellsjökull glacier and the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The Rauðisandur Church is one of the very few buildings located right by the beach.

Many tourists feel as if the Rauðisandur beach is endless as it is truly quite massive in size. You may also come across various forms of wildlife on the beach including skuas, seals and terns. Despite being one of the most popular places in Westfjords it retains its natural purity. Traveling by road from Reykjavik will take you close to 6 hours to reach the sands of Rauðisandur.
15. Budir Black Beach
Budir Black Beach is a small but beautiful Icelandic beach in the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Although the sand here is not really black, the beach has a partially black appearance due to the sheer amount of black volcanic rock formations spread across it. Budir Beach is considered as a hamlet by some and beach by others. If you are traveling to Budir during your Iceland trip, expect to see the famous Budir Church near to the sands.

Budir is now largely uninhabited despite being popular as a tourism spot. But this was not always the case. Till the 19th century, Budir was a bustling fishing village and one of the more important Icelandic ports.

Budir also has the Búðahraun lava field, with a volcanic crater named Búðaklettur. Tourists can also choose to explore the nearby Búðahellir Cave. At Budir, you can find a field of beautiful windswept grass and rich diversity of many plant species. You can choose to stay at the Hotel Budir which interestingly, is the only hotel in the proximity of the beach. Traveling to Budir Beach from Reykjavik will take more than 5 hours by road. Considered as the abandoned beach by locals, Budir can be an interesting option in Snæfellsnes.

16. US Navy DC-3 Wreckage
The remains of a US Navy aircraft that crashed on the black sands of the Sólheimasandur Beach in 1973 still lay there. The DC-3 aircraft wreckage consists of the hull of the plane along with some of its wings. Despite the crash happening so long ago, the remains of the plane are surprisingly intact. The US Navy DC-3 wreckage is an immensely popular tourist destination and one of the most photographed sites in Iceland.

The wreckage is now considered as a remnant with considerable historical significance. It is believed that the plane had crashed due to fuel issues, but some sources said that it crashed due to icy weather conditions. Till date, no one has been able to point out the exact cause. Most people who visit south Iceland make it a point to check out the wreckage from up close.

If you are traveling by car or a shuttle service, you still need to walk a few kilometers to reach the wreckage site. The walk can be an eerie one, with nothing but black sand and robust ocean winds for about 4 kilometers. But you will get an unforgettable experience for sure. Seeing the aircraft’s remains and nothing around it is a strange but intriguing sight. The Sólheimasandur Beach takes approximately 2 hours to reach via road from Reykjavik.  

17. LAVA Centre
The LAVA Centre is one of the few indoor tourism locations on this list and a relatively new one too. It gives you a unique peek into the tumultuous seismic state of Iceland, focusing mainly on volcanoes and earthquakes. The full-fledged multimedia experiences at this location are immersive. The LAVA Centre promises to expand your knowledge of Iceland’s seismic activity, with the aid of cutting-edge simulators and models. You will receive a great amount of insight into subjects like faults, eruptions, glacier activity and lava flow. These are all the factors that have a huge impact on the nature and the geological state of Iceland. Visitors get to witness the very events that have shaped the country into what it is today.

A 100km drive east from the capital will bring you to the LAVA Centre and its serene surroundings. It is located conveniently and can be reached by the Ring Road. The roof of the LAVA Centre facility is a great place to get incredible views of the Katla, Eyjafjallajokull and Hekla volcanoes.

People of all age groups can have a great experience at the LAVA Centre. The museum is open every day of the week and charges reasonable entry fees.

18. Reykjadalur  Reykjadalur is a scenic valley situated near the Hveragerði town in southern Iceland. Reykjadalur or the Steam Valley is yet another widely popular natural exploration locations in Iceland. The picturesque valley has many mud pools and hot springs amidst lush green surroundings. It is more renowned for having a hot river which is suitable for taking warm and refreshing baths.

The trip to Reykjadalur is a combination of adventure and leisure that you will relish during your Iceland trip. Tourists must take a hike to reach the place and then travel to the river section suitable for taking a bath. On your way, you may see steam rising out from various hot springs. You should avoid bathing in them as the water can be dangerously hot. There are temperature markers to help you figure out where to bathe. Taking a dip into the warm waters amidst the chilly Icelandic surroundings is a great way to let off some steam. It can also be an amazing bonding exercise with your family and friends.

If you are touring south Iceland Reykjadalur is not to be missed. It is yet another place that proudly exhibits the unique geology of the country. To have more of the river to yourself, aim to visit early in the morning.

19. Kerid
Kerid or the Kerid Crater Lake is a beautiful lake situated right within the crater of a volcano. This is one of the places in Iceland that you must visit and yet another example of stunning Icelandic natural beauty. The glimmering waters of the lake are surrounded by red volcanic rocks on all sides. Kerid resembles a perfect bowl shape with water in it. It is a crater lake like no other in the world. This is a place to go click-happy as you will be able to click some stunning photographs with the lake in the background. The slopes of the Kerid crater are quite steep and you cannot go down to the lake. But one of its more gentle-sloped sides enables you to get a closer look.

The Kerid crater was formed after depleting its magma reserves as its insides caved in, creating the freshwater lake that exists today. The best place to visit is during the summer if you want to see the lush greenery contrasting against the red rock and blue water. During winter, most of the volcano slopes are covered in snow and the view is not that colorful. 

Kerid is part of the Golden Circle tourist path of southern Iceland and has an ever-growing popularity. You can explore many other geological wonders at short distances from this location. There are also ample accommodation options near the lake.

20. Fridheimar
Fridheimar is an Icelandic greenhouse famous for using geothermal energy to grow tomatoes. This tomato farm in south Iceland is an unusual attraction but draws a great number of tourists every year. Fridheimar is run by a family, who also grow other produce such as cucumbers, bananas and roses. The family also has a famed horse breeding business in addition to the greenhouse. Also known as the Fridheimar Tomato Farm, this is a great place to spend a few hours at. You can get an insight into how the farm owners grow their produce with the help of nature.

Fridheimar also features a popular restaurant that many tourists seem to love. The specialty of this restaurant’s menu is that everything is made using tomatoes. You can relish some tomato soup, grab some tomato beer and dig into tomato-flavored ice cream. The simple yet charismatic tomato-centric menu is a lunchtime favorite for many tourists. You can visit the horse farm and meet the animals and their riders. Make sure to catch the beer tölt exhibition while you are there.

Fridheimar is a popular attraction right off the south Iceland Golden Circle tour map. You can drive east from Reykjavik for about an hour to reach this farm in Selfoss. There are several other Selfoss attractions to explore nearby if you have the time.

21. Bridge Between Continents
The Bridge Between Continents is a famous Icelandic bridge situated on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It is a structure that connects the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This is yet another incredible western Iceland tourism location frequented by tourists. The bridge was built right on the Mid-Atlantic rift, which runs through Iceland. You would be intrigued to know that parts of western and northern Iceland belong to the North American plate. This is something that can be observed in several places including the Bridge Between Continents.

You can take a walk on the Bridge and cross over between the Eurasian and North American plates, and even observe the massive fault line right in between. It is an amazing experience for people of all ages and a firm favorite of many tourists. To add to the excitement, you can get onto the surface between the two continental plates. The Bridge Between Continents is yet another intriguing Icelandic destination to observe the geology of the island nation.

North America was considered as part of the New World, first reached by an Icelander named Leif Ericson from the so-called Old World. So, the bridge is also a place of great symbolic significance and serves as a connection between two of the major continental tectonic plates on earth.

22. Gudlaug Baths
The Gudlaug Baths is a natural hot water pool in the Akranes township of western Iceland. Situated on the Langisandur Beach, the bath is an ideal place to grab some warmth and relaxation during your Iceland visit. A compound with changing rooms, showers, toilets and storage spaces has been built around the pool for the convenience of locals and tourists. Taking a dip in this amazing warm pool is completely free for everyone. It is one of the most popular places to see in Akranes.

The water temperature at the Gudlaug Baths is near to 40 degrees Celsius, considerably higher than the air temperature and that of the ocean waves. When you step on to the Langisandur Beach venturing into its chilly waters might not be a good idea. But you have the option to just enter the Gudlaug Baths for a comfortable bath with your loved ones. There is no need to leave the beach as the Baths are right on the shore. Gudlaug has three pools and offers ample space as a community bathing space. The pools resemble infinity pools and offer great views across the horizon. Watching the sunset while you relax in the pool is a great experience.

The Gudlaug Baths is a special place and many consider it as the best free spa pool in Iceland. Reaching Langisandur from Reykjavik takes about an hour by road, with part of the route going through the Hvalfjörður Tunnel.

23. Snaefellsnes
Snaefellsnes is an Icelandic peninsula that offers a great number of attractions for tourists visiting the country. This western Icelandic peninsula is also known as Iceland in Miniature as it offers almost every type of natural feature seen on the island. Some of the stunning natural attractions in this peninsula include fjords, lava fields, volcanic craters, black sand beaches, golden sand beaches, green meadows, and a glacier. Traveling to Snaefellsnes can be a great idea if you are planning to spend only a few days in Iceland. You will get to see so many breathtaking sights at short distances from each other.

Snaefellsnes offers a great number of exploration and adventure options for those who love being out in the open. If you have a few days to spare, there are activities like horse riding, hiking, caving and kayaking to keep you busy.

Some of the places you must visit while in the Snaefellsnes peninsula include - Bjarnarfoss, Ytri Tunga Seal Beach, Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge, Gerðuberg Cliffs, Kirkjufellsfoss, Lóndrangar Cliffs, Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Berserkjahraun Lava Fields, Saxholar Crater, Djúpalónssandur Black Beach and Stykkishólmur. If you manage to visit all of these places it will be evident why Snaefellsnes is referred to as Iceland in Miniature.

24. Hornstrandir
Hornstrandir is a natural reserve situated in the northwestern Westfjords region of Iceland. It is a paradise for those seeking out wild adventures during their Iceland visit. Hornstrandir is an area of amazing natural beauty and biodiversity. Since it has seen very less human intervention, the reserve is beaming with a great variety of flora and fauna. It is a place where you can fulfill your dreams of adventure and wild exploration. Spread out over 580 sq km, Hornstrandir comprises of cliffs, flower fields, ice-covered areas and tundra vegetation.

The absence of large human populations and grazing animals has allowed the vegetation of Hornstrandir to grow freely. After being declared as a reserve in 1975, it has been protected closely by law. If you are interested in traveling there, do not expect to find amenities like local shops, restaurants and many modern facilities. Hornstrandir puts you in the lap of unperturbed nature and lets you explore to your heart’s content. But you should always supplies, food and any equipment you need for your safety.

One of the most popular activities in Hornstrandir is hiking to Hornbjarg, a tall cliff with a unique shape that is now quite famous. You can choose to camp at night but carrying necessary camping gear is your responsibility. Hornstrandir should be visited only during the peak summer months.

25. Dynjandi
Dynjandi or Fjallfoss refers to a series of waterfalls in the Westfjords region of Iceland. Dynjandi is considered by many as one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. It is a popular tourist destination as it is one of the largest falls in Iceland, and has stunning surroundings. Dynjandi cascades down over many steps from a height of 100 meters, and feeds another beautiful waterfall named the Strompgljúfrafoss. The waterfalls originate from the Dynjandisá, which is a runoff river of the lake Stóra-Eyjavatn. You can stand before the Dynjandi and be blown away by the roaring sound created by the huge waterfalls.

The 200 meters climb to the top of the waterfall can be tiring but it is worth the effort. The views from there are truly outstanding and not to be missed. Dynjandi is a favorite of countless photography enthusiasts who try their best to capture the majestic waterfalls through their lenses.

Getting to Dynjandi requires tourists to complete a 15-minute hike, which can be a bit challenging for children or the elderly. Even if you do not make it to the top, there are plenty of other waterfalls to see on the way. Dynjandi is a distance of about 85 kilometers from Ísafjörður town and lies between the Dynjandisvogur bay and Arnarfjörður Fjord.

The destinations covered in this list are all must-visit places for your Iceland visit. So what are you waiting for? Note down the places you intend to visit and say hello to the land of the volcanoes. A trip to Iceland can be an immensely enjoyable and life-changing experience.

 

 

Author: (Abhi Chauhan)
Date: 24/10/2019