Making a road trip through Iceland is on everyone’s bucket list these days. We were lucky enough to visit this incredible country twice and explored all highlights the Ring Road has to offer. From amazing geothermal pools, black sanded beaches to stunning waterfalls and inspiring landscapes. There aren’t many countries where you can see all those incredible places on the same day. But in Iceland, it’s possible. If you are also planning to go to Iceland and you want to know which places you definitely need to see? From so many places to choose from, here are our top 10 most beautiful places to see in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon
If you are searching for a magical experience, this is the place you need to see! With its beautiful milky blue waters and surroundings, The Blue Lagoon is one of National Geographic’s 25 wonders of the world. Talk about a dreamy place! Actually, it’s a man-made lagoon filled with geothermal waters located in a lava field. The temperature is around 38 degrees Celsius and it’s also known for its healing effects on skin aging and psoriasis. Since the lagoon is only a 20-minute drive away from Keflavik International Aiport or 40 minutes from Reykjavik, it’s the perfect spot to start or end of your road trip with. A good tip: pre-booking is required, so buy your tickets in advance. And go for a Blue Lagoon ticket with sunset. We guarantee you a 200% unforgettable experience!
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is the most popular route in Iceland and takes you to one of the most amazing places you need to see. It’s a circular route that starts from Reykjavik (only 40 minutes away), covering about three hundred kilometers into the central part of the country. Whether if you have one day or one week, The Golden Circle is a must-see for everyone. It’s open all year round and has three main stops: Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.
The coolest Icelandic waterfall where you can walk behind. It’s also the most photographed waterfall and if you are driving the Ring Road you literally can’t miss it. From the parking lot, it’s a super short walk to the waterfall and there is a path that leads you behind the waterfall. But do bring a raincoat with you as you will get soaking wet. Seljalandsfoss is truly a must-see waterfall, especially with sunset, but don’t forget to visit the hidden waterfall next to it too.
Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck
We’re sure you have seen photos of this plane wreck before and if you like surreal looking places to photograph, then this place is something for you. Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and is also known for its mystery. The plane wreck on Sólheimasandur is such a mysterious place. The reason for the crash is not known. But the good news: everyone who was in the plane survived!
Skaftafell National Park
Skaftafell National Park is located in the southern part of Iceland at the roots of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of the area in words, but the scenery in Skaftafell is like no other. It’s a paradise for hikers and the park operates all year round. During summer there are plenty of trails which you can choose from and during winter you can join the famous ice cave tours. The Svartifoss waterfall, one of the most incredible waterfalls of Iceland is located in Skaftafell National Park. Wanna see the other incredible waterfalls in Iceland too? Check out our article about it here.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a large glacial lake with huge ice blocks floating on the lagoon and has become Iceland’s most popular attractions due to its stunning beauty. This photographer’s paradise is easy to find with its location along the Ring Road. Seals can be seen swimming in the lagoon or relaxing on top of a floating iceberg. And if you want, you can hop on a zodiac boat tour to sail among the icebergs in the picturesque scenery.
Stoksness Beach, Vestrahorn
A black beach with huge bushes of grass and fascinating views on the Vestrahorn mountains, that’s Stokksnes beach. When you are walking on the beach, you will truly feel like you are on another planet. The dunes are quite unique to this location and make it a fascinating spot. Just be aware that Stoksness Beach is private, so there is a small entrance fee to pay to enter the area. (at the Viking Cafe)
Námaskarð is a geothermal area on the Ring Road nearby lake Mývatn and such a fascinating place. The area doesn’t have any giant geysers but is still very volcanically active. The scenery with bubbling mud pools and colored sand makes you find yourself walking on a different planet. Go in the late afternoon for an even more magical atmosphere.
Mývatn Nature Baths
A place we had never heard about before, but so glad we didn’t miss this! The Mývatn Nature Baths have also been called the “Blue Lagoon of the North”. Compared to the Blue Lagoon, you don’t need to make any reservation in advance and are less crowded too. The best time to visit Myvatn is in the evening just before sunset. Lovely experience!
Snæfellsnes National Park
If you are searching for a place in Iceland which has everything Iceland has to offer and that feels untouched and still off-the-beaten-track, you should go to Snæfellsnes! There is so much to see and do on Snaefellsnes peninsula, that you could spend a whole week without seeing the same thing twice. It has the most diverse landscapes in Iceland, with waterfalls, beaches, cliffs, mountains, lava fields, and charming villages. A truly magical place!
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