Travelling North to Iceland soon? Check out my top attractions to visit while in the country!
1. The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is the most visited tourist spot in Iceland but we can understand why – experiencing the country’s geographical wonders while indulging yourself in a spa is a no-brainer! The naturally heated water has an average temperature of 37–75 °C. It is rich in minerals such as silica and sulphur, known to help individuals with skin diseases like psoriasis. I enjoyed my second visit just as much as my first.
2. Reynisfjara Beach
Reynisfjara Beach, commonly known as ‘The Black Sand Beach’ is located in the most southern town of Vik. This black sand beach is evidence that Iceland was made from a volcano many years ago. From the beach, Reynisdrangar is visible – the unique shaped basalt sea stacks that stand tall among the crashing waves. The area is rich in bird life including fulmars, guillemots and puffins. Be sure to go on a nice calm day, as the sea can get very rough!
3. The Great Geysir
The Great Geysir is an outstanding natural hot spring, which sprouts boiling water up to 70m high every few minutes. Research claims that the geysir has been active for around 10,000 years. However, eruptions can be infrequent as it has paused spraying water for months at a time, so when it’s up and running, you can see why many people come rushing to view this spectacle and to capture the perfect shot.
Skógafoss is one of the main waterfalls in Iceland. There are many other beautiful waterfalls, but if you’re on a tight schedule, I’d definitely visit this one first. Try and go earlier on in the morning to help miss unwanted crowds. Sunrises and sunsets are also magnificent at these places, don’t be shy and go right up to it and climb up to the top!
5. Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park is a beautiful area to visit due to its geography and history. This is the part of the earth where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates come together, a visual representation of continental drift. Here, you can see where lava had formed the land as a you can fin many wrinkled patterns on the ground. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was also once home to the oldest existing parliament in world, constructed here in 930 AD. Complete with glistening rivers and a waterfall, Thingvellir National Park is a must see.
A short ferry ride southwards from Iceland will end you up on this attractive island of Heimaey. The small fishing island is accompanied with two volcanos which you can easily climb up to experience its ‘hot rocks’. Heimaey town is also very picturesque, complete with murals, statues and buildings which I think resemble Lego houses.
Gullfoss is Iceland’s largest waterfall in regards to area as it includes two drops. It’s pretty fantastic to visit, the sound and spray is magical. There’s plenty of pathways to walk on, but be sure to not slip and to wear plenty of layers as it can get pretty windy!
8. Krysuvik Geothermal Area
Also known as the Krysuvik Mud Puddles, these natural, bubbling puddles made from clays and mud sit in a rural area in Iceland. They smell very bad, due to its sulphur but they are still pretty interesting to visit. There is a paved path there too, so you won’t get muddy if you don’t want to. They are just a really cool thing to see in person!
Stóra-Dímon is a small, yet steep hill in the South West of Iceland. It’s nothing more than just a lonely hill, but the view of the landscape from the peak is amazing. Unfortunately when I visited it was a very cloudy day, but you could still see the maze of rivers which had formed below, which is pretty fascinating if you’re into geography!
10. The Glacier
Many adventurous people flock to Iceland to do extreme and daring things, such as climbing the glacier. Of course, if you’re like me and prefer to just watch from behind, you can still visit the glacier without putting your life at risk. I was able to get so close, I could touch it, but then you could also see that it was slowly melting away. It made it very surreal about how serious global warming is. So instead of driving, walk to the shops next time. You will be helping the ozone layer!