A wonderful geothermal spa and a natural wonder, located in a lava field. The bathing here is simply fabulous and great for your health. You can also make use of various facilities as saunas and steam rooms or relaxation areas. You can even take a guided tour of the lagoon, that will unravel the area's wonders and history. As this place is also one of the most visited attraction in the whole country, it is essential to book your ticket in advance. The lagoon is located roughly 50 km from Reykjavík. There is an hourly bus connection between the lagoon and both Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport.
Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. Located near the village of Skógar, this waterfall is 25 metres wide and its top offers splendid views of the aread. A legend says that there is a treasure hidden in a cave behind the waterfall. If you happen to arrive on a sunny day, a rainbow can be seen. There are many hiking and trekking trails in the area - it makes for a perfect day spend in scenic nature. This natural beauty has been recently used as a set for a few films - for example Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous and scenic waterfalls in the country. The best part of this 60-metre high waterfall is that you can go behind it as there is a cave. Be sure to pack a raincoat because you will probably get wet when accessing it. If you are lucky and visit this area on a sunny day, you will see a beautiful rainbow. Located roughly 120 kilometres from Reykjavík, it is definitely worth a visit for the magnificent scenery, and it also makes for a great day trip. If you are a Bieber fan, you will recognize this waterfall from his music video to I'll Show You.
The one that named them all. Also known as the Gerat Geysir, this famous natural attraction is part of the popular tourist route "Golden Circle Tour" consisting of the Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal field in Haukadalur, or a volcanic crater lake Kerid. This famous hot spring gave its name to all geysers in the world. It erupts rarely, in fact, it is considered to be inactive now. But even if you don't manage to see it shooting water, it is definitely worth a visit.
Jökulsárlón (meaning Glacier Lagoon) is probably one of the world's greatest natural jewels and a popular tourist location in Iceland. Located 370 km from Reykjavík, it is a must-see while here and definitely worth the trip. One of the best ways to explore this lagoon is going on a boat trip that will take you as close to the icebergs and the glacier as possible. If lucky, you can even spot some seals. This natural wonder has served as a setting of popular Hollywood movies, such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, or Die Another Day from the James Bond series.
The beauty of this waterfall is simply stunning and something you will remember for life. No wonder that Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The views of the untouched nature are surreal. If you are lucky and come on a sunny day, you will see a huge rainbow over the falls. Once, there were attempts to build a power plant on the river but, fortunately, they failed and this natural wonder is now protected. Only a 3-minute walk from the waterfall, there is Gullfoss Kaffi, serving everything from soups and salads to cakes.
Located not far from the village of Vík, this small peninsula with cliffs is a protected area. It is home to many sea birds, including puffins, gulls and fulmars. The views from the cliff are exceptional, but don't get too close to the edge! Though the black beach is beautiful, swimming here is not an option due to strong currents. But you might be lucky enough to spot some seals. There is also a splendid lighthouse on the cliff. Wondering about the name? Literally translated into English, it means "door-hole" and indeed, when there are no waves, boats can sail through the hole.
Built in 1986, this architectural gem and a famous landmark of Reykjavik will take your breath away. Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in the country and also one of its tallest buildings. The architecture serves as a splendid example of Expressionist style and it is said that it was designed to resemble the flow of lava. Highlights of the interior include a huge pipe organ and a beautifully decorated pulpit. With its 73-metre-high tower, the church is easily visible from any part of the city. The tower can be accessed and it offers magnificent views of Reykjavik.
A breathtaking nature reserve somewhat reminiscent of alpine landscape. The climate is relatively mild which renders the park well-accessible. The vast range of hiking trails make this area an ideal destination for those who like outdoor activities. Also, Skaftafell is a popular destination during the winter time not only due to lesser crowds, but also for its beautiful icy appearance: the glaciers turn from white to blue, creating a stunning contrast from what you can see in summer.
Located in the Grímsnes area, Kerið is a part of the Golden Circle, a popular scenic route in southern Iceland. Take a walk around this volcanic crater lake and admire the contrast between the red rocks and the bright blue water, caused by the minerals from the soil. While exploring the surrounding untouched nature, try imagining a concert taking place here. Notice that the whole area resembles ancient amphitheatres and the lake itself indeed served as a stage a few times. Musicians stood on a floating raft in the middle of the lake. It must have been a truly spectacular experience.
A unique beach with black sand. This place is a must if you want to take truly unusual photographs, alongside the lava columns rising out of the sea. According to the folklore legend, these are two trolls who attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone - come and see for yourself! The beach is also an ideal place for birdwatching with lots of puffins and fulmars. The beach is located near the village of Vík í Mýrdal, around 180 kms from Reykjavík. The 2-hour trip is definitely worth it and it is quite an easy ride.
Located on the waterfront of Reykjavik, Sólfar is a modern sculpture by a famous Icelandic sculptor, Jón Gunnar Árnason. Built in 1986, it symbolizes an ode to the sun, light and hope. Many tourists and locals alike think that this statue depicts a Viking ship, but the author himself stated that this is an unfortunate misunderstanding and that he sees it rather as a "dreamboat". This place is also one of the most popular destinations for taking pictures of Mount Esja. It gets especially splendid and romantic during dask and dawn.
Set in the Vatnajökull National Park, Dettifoss is estimated to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. It is 45 metres high and 100 metres wide and it is said, that after seeing this natural beauty, you will not be the same person. It truly is a life-changing experience. The surrounding area is a popular hiking destination but be aware that the ground around the waterfall is usually quite wet and slippery. This scenic waterfall has even inspired a few music composers and it served as a set of a science fiction movie - Prometheus.
Also called the Waterfall of the Gods, this waterfall is truly impressive - the water of the river falls from a height of 12 m over a width of 30 m. Marvel at its shades of blue even during some dreary weather which is rather common in Iceland (but then of course you won't be sorry to come here when the sun is shining and the true nature shows up).
The largest airport in Iceland is used mainly for international flights. Located 50 km from Reykjavik, the airport is easily accessible by a bus or taxi. Airport Express and Flybus buses run 35 - 45 minutes after arrival of each flight. Bus number 55 goes to the city center nine times a day. The airport provides free WiFi for all of its passengers.
The area that surrounds the scenic Lake Mývatn is a popular tourist destination and makes for a perfect day trip full of untouched nature and hiking. The natural beauty is something to behold and the waterbirds population is abundant, no matter if you come in summer or winter. If interested in birdwatching, this is the place to go. Apart from the bird population to be obeserved, you can also visit a neabry Sigurgeir's Bird Museum. In addition, there are several caves and hot baths to be explored. The name Mývatn comes from a large number of midges that occupy this area during summer.
The waterfall Háifoss is situated near the volcano Hekla in the south of Iceland. The river Fossá, a tributary of Þjórsá, drops here from a height of 122 m. This is the third highest waterfall of the island. From the historical farm Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Hekla in the Middle Ages and reconstructed, it is possible to hike to the waterfall along the Fossá. Above the waterfall, there is also a parking lot, so the hiking can also be made in the other direction.
If you are following the popular Golden Circle route, you should not miss Brúarfoss. Although this waterfall is quite tiny, you will surely be fascinated by its blue water and scenic surroundings. The name, meaning "bridge over a waterfall", derives from a wooden bridge above the river Brúará, which is also the best place for taking photos of this splendid waterfall. Unlike other waterfalls located along the road 355, this one is a bit harder to find, thus, less popular among tourists. Still, this hidden gem is definitely worth the trip, primarily for its vibrant colour and peaceful atmosphere.
Hvitserkur is a 15-metre high sea stack resembling a drinking animal. People can't decide whether it looks more as a rhino, dragon or elephant. According to a folk legend, the rock is in fact a petrified troll who tried to steal the bell from a nearby convent. Either way, it is a natural sight not to be missed. Interestingly, the base of this rock formation had to be artificially reinforced with concrete to prevent it from collapsing into sea. The surrounding area is great for birdwatching as many seabirds live here and it is also home to a large seal colony.