In the European summer of 2018, we decided to visit Iceland. Iceland is one of the unique countries in the world. In spite of it’s unpredictable weather conditions , Iceland is known to be one of the most favorite destinations in the whole world.
Trust me, If you have not visited this beautiful country, you should definitely plan for it. If you do not have plans, then you should make it as part of the plan 😉
We have also created a cinematic travel video on our Iceland trip in case if you are interested to know more about the places. You can check out from below youtube link.
Here is the list of places we visited in Iceland. I would say these are the must visit places.
Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world. It is, despite the fact that it is by far not as large as many other capitals, thrumming with life. It has a very interesting art scene, as the many famous Icelandic bands and artist can testify. There are many superb museums and attractions to visit. The city is colorful and the people welcoming. Hallgrimskirkja church is Reykjavik’s main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.
This Golden Circle tour which is pretty famous starts from the capital takes you along glacial rivers and beautiful landscapes to the three jewels of Icelandic nature. Pingvellir National Park, Geyser hot spring area and the countries crown Gullfoss Waterfall.
We also visited Kerid which is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grimsnes area in south Iceland, along the Golden Circle
At pingvellir, we’ll encounter the birth place of the Icelandic nation, as well as the foundation site of the first Viking Parliament or Alpingi in the year of 930. It is still the oldest existing parliament in the world. Pingvellir is one of the spots where we can appreciate more clearly the forces shaping our planet as the tectonic plates spread apart creating new crust.
Here , We will witness the visual Rift Between the Eurasian and American Continents
Next, we visited Gullfoss Waterfall which is one of Iceland most beautiful sight along with Faxi Waterfall which is located around 12 km from Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area. Faxi is a small waterfall, but absolutely worth a visit.
Later, We visited Geyser hot spring. Watching a geyser erupt is one of the best experiences to have in Iceland and shouldn’t be missed by anyone visiting the island.
South Coast of Iceland from Reykjavik is a beautiful location consists of scenic landscape of black sand beaches, glacier views, picturesque waterfalls and small cozy villages. Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach and view towards the Solheimajokull Glacier are among the highlights.
We also visited Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a picturesque waterfall with a path behind it.
Then, We visited the village of Vik which by many is considered one of Iceland’s most beautiful location, right by the southern most point of the island and facing the Atlantic.
Stretching out into the ocean directly west from Iceland, this peninsula has a bit of everything that you can find elsewhere in Iceland. Throughout much of our journey , you will get views of the Snaellsjokull glacier and be surrounded by the natural beauty of high mountains and fjords. There are fabulous coastal roads, surreal landscapes of lava fields and mountains offering an amazing array of geological features.
On the south coast of Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula, there’s a village with only a hotel and a tiny black church called the Budakirkja.
We spent the day exploring the coastline with visits to the tiny hamlet of Arnarstapi. There we witnessed stunning sea cliffs and during the summer season, nesting bird colonies.
Later, we happened to visit Djupalonssandur which is by far one of the most beautiful black lava pearl beaches you can find in Iceland. Full of mysterious rock formations, breathtaking coast cliffs, amazing black pebbles and huge strong waves, Djupalonssanduris worth visiting while passing Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Along the coast we spent time exploring the black sand beaches and lava stacks at Djupalon. We stopped at one of the small fishing villages hiding in sheltered bays surrounded by mountains. Later, We visited the famous Kirkjufell mountain and the pretty waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss.
I hope this information will help you when you travel to Iceland. There are more places to visit in Iceland apart from these. If you are planning to stay in Iceland for long time, you can also visit the eastern and northern part of Iceland.
You can check out more information about travelling to Iceland over here
Happy Travelling 🙂
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