With a name like Iceland, you might not think that there is more to this destination than glaciers and fermented shark meat—but that’s where you’re mistaken! Iceland is one of most volcanic zones in the whole world. It features mountain ranges, fjords, hot springs, lush green valleys, and so much more. Below, we at Flyavel have gathered information on some of the most beautiful sights in Iceland for you to add to your travel bucket list:
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajokull National Park
The Vatnajokull National Park boasts one of the most diverse regions in Iceland. There are rolling hills swathed in flowers, jagged icy crags, rumbling waterfalls, and even campsites in the Skaftafell lowlands. You can spend days hiking Hvannadalshnukur, the highest mountain in the country, the Eldgja canyon, or the Skaftafell ice cave. The latter happens to be the one place we at Flyavel cannot recommend enough. Though Iceland has plenty of ice, this cave is enthralling, with glowing passages, trickling water, and millions of photogenic spots.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavik
Who doesn’t love a naturally beautiful place that also seconds as a spa? The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spring that is loved by hot spring bathers all around the world. Waters are heated below the ground at reach temperatures between 37-39 degrees C. Plus, the minerals in the water have healing properties! If you've never tried it, go. The Blue Lagoon is only 40 minutes from Reykjavik, so you can definitely make time for a trip here.
Maelifell Volcano, Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park
Since Iceland has some of the few remaining glaciers in the world, you’ll probably want to see them before they’re gone. Therefore, head to the Icelandic highlands, where you can find Myrdalsjokull, a large ice cap amongst mountains and plains. Rumour has it there are also a number of secret ice caves forming beneath the glacier. Your name is written all over this one, thrill seekers.
Also, at the center of the park is the picturesque and symmetrical Maelifell volcano. When the snow begins to recede, the mountain becomes covered in a bright green moss that stands out against the surroundings.
Kirkjufell mountain, Grundarfjordur
Kirkjufell mountain ("Church Mountain") is perhaps one of the most recognisable and most photographed "mountains" in whole of Iceland. Not for its height (it tops at 463m above sea level), but for its beautiful surroundings and shape. It is one of the top Iceland sights to see all year round - be it winter, with Aurora Borealis being often visible beyond the mountain, be it spring with the greenest grass surroundings, be it summer with the most amazing sunsets or autumn with its cool colours, the view of Kirkjufell mountain will astound you. Oh, and by the way, it was also featured in the Game of Thrones series.
The area surrounding the Lake Myvatn and the waterfall of the Gods is considered one of the most famous in all of Europe. Aside from feasting your eyes on the cascading waters, you can also enjoy volcanic craters and all the wildlife that dwells. The rich ecosystem here can be attributed to its status as a conservation zone since 1974.
Landmannalaugar, Fjallabak Nature Reserve
Located in a valley in the south-western region of Iceland, in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve is the area known as Landmannalaugar. Here you can find everything from green plains, amber-colored mountains and gurgling hot springs. Hikers should aim to take the Laugavegur trail, a journey that ends on the peak of Brennisteinsalda. The view that awaits is unlike anything you ever seen, so we won’t spoil it for you.
Once you seen the Seljalandsfoss, you will probably recognize it. This 60-meter high waterfall is the most photographed in all of Iceland. You can hike around the area, venturing to the top of the falls or witnessing the mists and rainbows from below. Either way, it is the perfect attraction to encapsulate all that is Iceland.
Set your sights on the aurora borealis—it’s time to head to Iceland! Which of these Flyavel recommended attractions are you headed to first?