Now here’s a destination that I hope to visit some day, especially with so many of my friends and fellow travellers sharing their experiences from this remote land that is said to be of the most beautiful in the world. Which is why when I was offered a guest post to fuel my dreaming and teach me a more about the destination, I welcomed it. Of course it’s left me wanting for more and I have no doubt it will have the same affect on you …
‘When planning your visit how will you pick the best destinations in the country, those that allow you to maximise on your limited time there, ensure you visit Iceland at the best time of year and get the most authentic Icelandic experiences? Here are the 5 Must Visit Destinations in Iceland to guide you.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is the ultimate Icelandic travel destination for one reason, it is Iceland in miniature. It is located in west Iceland and has so many geographic variations within, you will feel like you have seen everything the world has to offer.
The biggest attraction in the peninsula is the Snæfellsjökull volcano, an active volcano and glacier situated in the middle of a stunning natural reserve. But that’s not all- you can also visit Ytri Tunga, the country’s biggest seal colony, or take a walk down Arnarstapi and Hellnar to experience the breath-taking coastal beauty of the country. You can also get some stunning views of the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) from the peninsula.
The Golden Circle is the most popular tourist route to take in Iceland. This circle will take you through three major destinations – Gullfoss, Haukadalur, and Þingvellir. Haukadalur is a geothermal area with many mud pots, hot springs and the millennia old Geysir. This will be an easy and visually pleasing expereince for you.
Your next stop will be the majestic waterfalls at Gullfoss, which is probably Iceland’s biggest tourist destination. Þingvellir is the last stop on the Golden Circle tour, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. This national park is where two tectonic plates converge and is an area of mindblowing beauty. It is also home to the Alpingi, the oldest parliament in the world, started by the Vikings in 930 AD.
Skaftafell Nature Reserve
The Skaftafell nature reserve will make you feel like you’ve walked onto a movie set, or stumbled into an alien landscape. The scenery in this peninsula is widely varied, with great black deserts and impressive glaciers. Since the weather in the area is pretty good, it is popular for people who want to camp. If you want to be more adventurous, you can also go glacier hiking. Make sure you don’t miss the Hundafoss and Svartifoss waterfalls – these are not as popular as Gullfoss but will definitely impress with their captivating beauty.
The Blue Lagoon is located rather close to Reykjavik, on the Reykjanes peninsula. This manmade lake has become one of Iceland’s most popular destinations, and for good reason. The lake is fed by the superheated seawater and has therapeutic qualities. Silica and other minerals in the sea water will rejuvenate you and make you feel like a new person. Get yourself a room in the resort, and relax in the lake, surrounded by beautiful black basalt rocks. After all, you do deserve some heavenly relaxation, especially after traveling all around the island.
This beach is located about 200 kms to the south of Reykjavik and offers the most alien landscape you will get to witness on earth. It is a black sand beach, surrounded by the thunderous sea and those basalt mountains and columns that Iceland is famous for. There is a lot of history and folklore surrounding the beach, about how the three basalt rocks are the petrified bodies of trolls. The folklore definitely adds to the magic of the place and will make you feel like you’ve stepped through the curtain into another dimension filled with trolls and natural beauty beyond your imagination.
Any trip to Iceland is guaranteed to be incredibly special and there are endless options for you to choose from. Perhaps you can help me with mine, have you ever been to one of these phenomenal places? Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments and help me with my planning.
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