Iceland, a fascinating Nordic island nation, has everything starting from the famous Northern Lights to the massive glaciers, mountains, volcanoes and geysers. Iceland holds a box of surprises to offer to its visitors.
Number 10: Vatnajokull National Park
Get lost in the beautiful world of ice caves and glaciers at Vatnajokull National Park located in the southern part of the country. This super-large national park is packed with gigantic ice boulders and the famous Vatnajokull glacier. The famous spots here include the Skaftafell Ice Cave and Hofn. You can visit these at any time of the year. However, Jokulsargljufur and Skriouklaustur remain closed in winter because they get completely bathed in ice, and visiting is just next to impossible. The natural, bright blue light that often shines on the icy bodies presents a spectacular sight. To add fun to your trip, you can even drink 100% fresh water from small icy pools that can be found here!
Number 9: Husavik
Nestled in a little protected cove in the northern part of Iceland, Husavik is a captivating fish village that has earned immense prestige as a famous tourist destination…more so, because it offers the visitors a golden opportunity to watch whales for real. Hop into a tour boat and go on an adventure as you spot and take snaps of exotic whale species including humpback, harbor porpoise, minke, blue whales, etc. Nicknamed the “Whale Capital of Iceland,” this oldest Icelandic settlement also treasures the Husavik Whale Museum where you can explore various whale skeletons. Also, don’t forget to visit the quaint, aesthetic wooden church of Husavikurkirkja that was built long back in 1907. The snaps are going to be killer, for sure!
Number 8: Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, is almost like paradise on Earth. This artificial, man-made lake obtains its waters from overly heated seawater that gets ejected from the adjacent lava flow. Experience serenity and complete relaxation of your body and mind as you lose yourself in the geothermal seawater. Rich in silica, the water in the Blue Lagoon contains lots of significant health benefits. A captivating, steaming Blue Lagoon, surrounded by black lava rocks entices the tourists to take a relaxing bath here. You can also book a massive 35-room resort located here to have a one-of-a-kind experience as you indulge in steam bathing, and luxurious spa treatments.
Number 7: The Northern Lights
Visiting Iceland and not experiencing the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is just not done! With the movement of the solar wind, the ions get trapped in the magnetic field of Earth. Large circles are formed around the poles with the collision of these little particles with the atmospheric molecules. Travel to a rural or isolated area to witness this stunning natural phenomenon in the best way possible. Since no one can say with certainty when the Northern Lights are going to occur, hotel authorities make faint predictions and often alarm tourists by making them wake up from their sleep to observe this beauty. They do so by adding them to an overnight call list, so you can just enjoy this impressive sight.
Number 6: Reykjavik
Reykjavik is one of the core tourist areas in Iceland. It also happens to be the capital of the country. The visitor’s centre near the exquisite Lake Tjornin is thronged by tourists all around the year. Explore the Viking heritage of Iceland by visiting the National and Saga Museums located here. Visit the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja Church to get a marvellous view of the sea and the hills. Stroll on the pathway of Laugavegur to treat yourself to a diverse collection of dishes and beverages.
Number 5: Hornstrandir Natural Reserve
Explore the virgin vegetation of the beautiful Hornstrandir Natural Reserve of Iceland. The rich flora of the place, along with the presence of the captivating mountains and cliffs, add to the charm of the natural reserve. Bond with nature as you embark on a thrilling hiking experience in an increasingly challenging area of rugged terrain. If you can make it to the sky-towering sea cliff of Hornbjarg, a lovely panoramic view awaits you. Make sure you have prepped yourself for all sorts of emergencies, because well, its ruggedness is intense. Probably, that’s what adds to its beauty!
Number 4: Akureyri
Akureyri, also known as the “Capital of North Iceland,” presents a pretty scenic view of the landscape dominated by the captivating mountains and vibrant, little houses. To further add to the magnetic charm of the city, attractive canyons and waterfalls also characterize this pretty place. Explore Icelandic history as you visit the famous Akureyri Church. Admire the beautiful structure of the Lutheran Church of Akureyri, and go about exploring the adorable cafes located here.
Number 3: Gulfoss
Gain a surreal experience as you visit the iconic Gulfoss or the “Golden Falls.” Situated in the Hvita river canyon in southwest Iceland, this attractive waterfall has lots to offer to visitors. Witness the power of nature as you observe the strong gush of water pouring down and merging with the stream. This two-staged waterfall is a part of the tremendously popular Golden Circle sight-seeing tour. Visit the nearby Gulfoss Cafe which offers strikingly pretty scenarios of the surrounding waterfall. Have finger-licking fishes, and enjoy the lovely sight that Gulfoss unfolds in front of your eyes.
Number 2: Vestmannaeyjar
This exotic collection of 14 charming islands is collectively known as Vestmannaeyjar, which is situated off the southern shore of Iceland. These sterile islands are volcanic in origin. Get lost in the beauty of the basalt columns and enigmatic caves as you explore the islands. Take excellent snaps of the varieties of seabirds found here. These include gannet, Iceland gull, and puffin, and the list is endless. Whenever you will feel hungry after all those never-ending sessions of strolling and snapping, satisfy your hungry self by having cheese-loaded pizzas at 900 Grillhus. Now, that sounds fantastic, right?
Number 1: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
The natural wonder of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon presents a dreamy sight as you gaze upon the series of gigantic ice blocks that glitter on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Apart from the Ice Lagoon, the charming black Diamond Beach adds to the elegance of the place. The stark coal blackness in the background, and the shimmering, bright white icebergs upon it, are sure to make you fall for the beauty of the place. While here, you can also visit the Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon which is no less stunning. Load your camera with tantalizing sights of the ice-capped beach, and cherish this amazing experience for days to come.
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