Iceland could be the most beautiful country I have seen so far and one of the couple that’s really amazed me from begin to finish.
Though the nation may be somewhat little, what it lacks in size it makes up with many different stunning sceneries which vary from crystal blue glacier lagoons to green moss volcanoes, reddish sand shores, along with black desert landscapes.
There are a lot of amazing destinations in this state a single list can’t do justice for this, but I’ll share with you 20+ magnificent sights I think everybody should see to find how Iceland has to offer you.
A number of these attractions in Iceland are easily available from the Ring Road — Iceland’s key street — while others will take you away from the beaten path into distant regions far from any signs of civilization.
It’s advised you drive your car so that you can move all around the nation and appreciate these sights in your speed. I suggest staying at least fourteen days in Iceland to go to every one these places.
1.Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall:
Located beside the little city of Grundarfjörður, it climbs 463 meters above sea level in an unusual, long, conical form.
Currently, this mountain has changed into a gorgeous landmark not only of the city but of Iceland too.
The term “foss” means waterfall and you will see a good deal of it via this article.
- Snæfellsjökull National Park:
You may drive round the playground and Kirkjufell a day.
- West fjords:
This is my favorite area in many Iceland because it is relatively remote and magnificent. Driving across the fjords offers majestic views at every corner, and some more.
Being among the very remote areas of Iceland, it is possible to push here for hours and not find any type of civilization — just nature at its very best.
On the other hand, the views are not the only noteworthy thing of the fjords; here you can camp publicly almost anywhere!
If you are driving the entire circuit at the Westfjords, make sure to not miss the Látrabjarg Cliffs — one of the most spectacular seabird cliffs on the planet.
Furthermore, it is Iceland’s westernmost point (considered one of Europe’s westernmost points following the Azores islands) along with Europe’s biggest bird cliff — 14 km long and around 440 meters .
- Dynjandi Waterfall:
Dynjandi waterfall isn’t only the biggest waterfall in the Westfjords, but it’s also among the most beautiful in the country.
The term “Dynjandi” signifies”thunderous,” and you are able to truly feel the thunderous noise when you are standing directly in the bottom of these falls.
Different from most drops in Iceland, Dynjandi doesn’t fall in a free fall column, but gradually cascades through the stones, dispersing its liquid needle out of 30 meters in the very upper to 60 meters in the base.
Does the waterfall appears magnificent illuminated in orange colours, but in addition the sunset itself is magnificent.
- Rauðisandur Beach:
Rauðisandur (reddish shore) is a gorgeous, remote, red sand beach in the Westfjords. It stretches for approximately 10 km from Látrabjarg bird-life in the west Skorarhlíðar mountainside from the east.
How red the sand appears is based upon the light of this day. But if it seems red or not, it’s a gorgeous sight to not overlook.
What is much more curious are the sheep living in the shore!
The road resulting in the shore is a steep gravel road, hence fantastic care needs to be taken while driving since it moves through several dangerous curves and hills. Some say this is definitely the most dangerous street in Iceland; I discovered it just fine.
- Hornstrandir National Park:
It’s been uninhabited since the 1950s because of the rough weather, remoteness, and lack of capital.
No roads lead there, which means that you can either grow for a week at the finish of the road, near Krossnes, for there (per week to get back) or even demand a yearlong ship ride out of Ísafjörður to some points in Hornstrandir, from where you can open the increase.
Not, merely are the sceneries gorgeous but here is also where you may locate Iceland’s biggest arctic fox colony.
Even if it’s the middle of summer, you have to go with proper winter clothes and plan to get wet — you will be less than 10 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, so the end drafts are rather chilly!
Since there’s nothing in the region, you have to carry with you all of your food and camping gear.
This federal park covers approximately 14 percent of Iceland, making it Europe’s second largest national park.
However, the most fascinating thing about this glacier is that under itconceals some active volcanoes, of which Bárðarbunga is your biggest and Grímsvötn the very active — therefore why Iceland is called the land of ice and fire hockey.
Inside Vatnajökull there’s a place formerly called Skaftafell National Park.
You might even walk around Svinafellsjökull glacier, and in case you’re receptive to more intensive collapses, then it’s possible to stop by the Morsárdalur valley and Kristínartindar mountain peaks.
Last, Skaftafell is also the perfect base camp for those who attempt to scale Iceland’s greatest mountain peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur.
- Svartifoss Waterfall:
Svartifoss (Black Fall) is among the most well-known waterfalls in the country.
The water drops about 20 meters before a pure backdrop generated with black basalt columns. To achieve it, you need to increase about 45 minutes each way from Skaftafell’s entrance.
It is gradually formed during the years since the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier began receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
While today it’s deemed to be Iceland’s deepest lake, the excellent thing about the lake is not in its dimensions, shape, or thickness, however on the glacial background along with the icebergs floating inside.
Since the glacier melts and breaks into pieces, these icebergs float a slow procession through the lake till they get to the sea and then melt.
Just standing there, seeing the ice gradually float into its departure makes this a unique place worth seeing.
- Mount Mælifell:
Using its awe-inspiring green ribbon and its standalone pyramidal silhouette surrounded by a huge black desert scene, Mount Mælifell has come to be one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks.
This makes you feel like you entered another world.
It is accessible only by a 4×4 automobile since the road leading to it isn’t paved, in dreadful shape, and spans a few rivers (some of them fairly deep).
While the drive is long, slow, and hard (roughly 10 to 12 hours from Reykjavik), it might be worth doing this.
Throughout the excursion, you’re likely to observe the apparently endless black desert wilderness of Mælifellssandur, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, along with the hills of the Fjallabak region, amongst others.
Landmannalaugar is a place filled with geothermal nature baths at the Highlands of Iceland. Additionally, it is famed because of its notable surroundings filled with stunning rock formations, lava fields, and multicolored rhyolite mountains.
As a consequence of the region’s renowned beauty, from here it is possible to begin the very popular hiking route in most Iceland — the Laugavegur trail.
It takes four times to increase and ends from the Thorsmork valley on the southwest. Obviously, it’s full of gorgeous wilderness only hikers can observe.
- Haifoss Waterfall:
Besides having an impressive elevation, the setting where it drops makes this a gorgeous sight to see.
Reaching Haifoss isn’t overly hard, although the street leading to it’s unpaved and in relatively poor form. But once you arrive in the end of the street and remain at the edge of this cliff, you are going to realize this panorama is totally worth the rocky ride.
- Glymur Waterfall:
Not too far from Reykjavik, you will find Glymur — Iceland’s second greatest waterfall position 198 meters tall. Glymur was considered the greatest waterfall in Iceland until Morsárfoss was quantified in 2011 — reaching 240 meters tall.
Surprisingly, not a fantastic deal of people see this fall. For this, you need to hike for two to three hours through green mossy cliffs, in addition to a gorgeous narrow canyon. The increase gets a bit tough at some things, but take it slowly and revel in the river and mountain views.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall:
Seljalandsfoss is among those most bizarre waterfalls in Iceland since it is readily visible from Route 1 (the famous Ring Road), and it sounds equally as magnificent from way because it does out of close.
Furthermore, this waterfall has a rather strange characteristic; a cave behind the fall which permits you to walk directly behind it. Don’t miss doing this walk.
The waterfall drops 60 meters and is a part of this Seljalands River that has its origin at the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull (the one that erupted in 2010).
- Skógafoss Waterfall:
Another popular waterfall not too much from Seljalandsfoss (just 30 km away).
You may stand at the bottom of the drops or climb in the surface by way of a staircase. Along the way up, you can stop to get a view of this troll (a stone formation( pictured above) to take some stunning shots of the drops.
There is a legend attached to this waterfall. It’s said that during the year 900, Þrasi Þórólfsson, the initial Viking Settler in Skógar (Eystriskógar), buried a treasure chest behind the drops; and that apparently, the very first guy to move behind it will find it.
The legend continues to state that sailors found that the torso years later but were only able to catch the ring on the face of the torso till it vanished. The ring was supposedly supplied to the church.