Iceland might be the most beautiful country we’ve visited so far and one of the few that has truly amazed me from start to finish. While the country might be relatively small, what it lacks in size it makes up with a variety of stunning sceneries that range from crystal blue glacier lagoons to green moss volcanoes, red sand beaches, and black desert landscapes.
Below are some of the most famous and visited natural attractions in this beautiful country.
1. The Blue Lagoon will heal your soul.
2. Sky News presenter Kay Burley takes a dip in the Blue Lagoon, which is heated by a geothermal power plant
3. Almost all of Iceland’s hot water is generated from the Earth’s core, explains Kay
4. The Northern Lights put on a display near Reykjavik. Iceland is becoming increasingly popular with tourists
5. The lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. The water is a terrific 37C
6. Downtown Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. Hotels in Reykjavik cater for all wallets, though Iceland is expensive
7. Seljalandsfoss : Why we love it: Water from the river Seljalandsá cascades into a pool 200 feet below
8. Why we love it: A volcanic cone comprising ashes and solid lava, Mælifell sits on the edge of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and is covered in grimmia, a moss that changes color depending on the soil’s humidity.
9. Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland, which means it comes replete with ice caves primed for exploration.
10. High geothermal activity in the area creates some of Iceland’s most colorful landscapes—a veritable kaleidoscope of greens, oranges, reds, blacks, browns, and more.
11. Scientists have now confirmed Víti was naturally formed at the bottom of one of Askja’s craters, but its name means “hell,” owing to an earlier-held belief that large craters were the gates to the underworld. It’s not just pretty to look at: Weather permitting, you can even take a swim in the warm, mineral-rich lake.
12. Vík is Iceland’s southernmost village, and spectacularly shaped basalt columns on the nearby Reynisfjara shore help make it the most impressive black-sand beach in the country.
13. This dazzling “Church Mountain”near the town of Grundarfjörður is Iceland’s most photographed mountain, and for good reason—it’s one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the country.
14. Only about 14 percent of visitors to Iceland ever get to this large peninsula in the northwestern part of the country, which makes it a fitting destination for those looking to escape the relative hustle and bustle of capital city Reykjavik. Home to some of Iceland’s most dramatic landscapes and diverse wildlife, the Westfjords are more inaccessible than other parts of the country, but are well worth the trip.
15. Once a volcanic plug, Hvítserkur today resembles a basalt monster rising 50 feet out of the sea. Low tides make it possible to walk close to the rock for a sunset-worthy snap, and nearby is one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland.
16. This natural spot is situated in the south-western Iceland and has been active for over 10,000 years. It can spurt boiling water up to seventy meters in the air.