Iceland 🇮🇸 is famously known of its breathtaking landscapes, as if a country that’s out-of-the-world, with its magnificently serene space. Most of us would only think of icebergs or northern lights when it comes to Iceland. However, it’s not just a land that covered with white snow all year long.
The peak period of traveling to Iceland is from June to August🎯, which is during summer time. In summer, the day time is much longer. This makes easier for a lot of outdoor activities. Also, traveling in this period allows more driving🚙 time and traveler could explore the marvel bit by bit without rushing. That’s why we planned to travel in summer.✋🏼
For travelers who come for northern lights, 🚨below is what you should know. The best period to see northern lights in Iceland is from November to March. However, it’s winter during that period so the day time will be shorter with merely four to six hours. At night, the undulating northern lights 🌌 would really take your breath away, making you feel like being in a fairyland.
The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, is located in southwestern Iceland, in order to save traveling time, we booked two accommodation in different places. The distance between the attraction places is quite far, 🙋🏻so it is recommended to have more driving license holders within a group of travelers in order to make shift throughout the long journey. Don’t forget to get an international driving license before your flight.
- In Reykjavik, we stayed in Bruce Wayne´s secret hideaway which is listed on Airbnb.
- In Kiðjaberg, we booked the accommodation from booking.com, the name of the stay is ⛺ Hraunborgir Holiday Homes.
🗺Must-see Places in Iceland
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1.📍Reykjavik, The Capital
The population of 🏞Iceland is surprisingly low, it is just like a mini utopia🍑. It is also one of the smallest capitals in Europe. Moreover, there are colorful houses🏘🏡 and comfy cafes☕ around the town, sometimes we even heard people singing🏤 and laughing! ⛪Hallgrímskirkja Church is located at the city central, you’d never want to miss the peculiar view of this divine building. Walking down along the street of the church, you will reach Tjonin Pond⛲ and Sólfar (Sun Voyager)⚓, both are also the landmarks in Reykjavik. The locals would enjoy recreation activities such as walking or cycling🚲 along the lake.
2.📍Jökulsárlón ❄ Vik 💒
Jökulsárlón is formed by the melt of the iceberg as the consequence of global warming🌎. This glacial lake is recognized as the most beautiful crack❄ on earth and become one of the must-see places in Iceland. The cracked icebergs melted and split into several sizes🌌, they were as if blue floating diamonds💎, shining under the sun ray bath. The lake expressed its fantastic color through the white glacier🏔 behind. It is a must to visit here!
Vík í Mýrdal is the second largest village🏘 in Iceland, located in the central part of south Iceland. Due to the long-distance journey, it is indeed a perfect stopping point for a rest after some long drive. The village is located within mountains and canyons⛰🏜, there’d be a lot of goats along the road with wonderful view. However, traveler has to be cautious while driving here as the road is meandering🛣.
3.📍Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Langjokull ⛷ 🌊🌈🏔
Golden Circle in Iceland👍🏼 covers these three beautiful natural attractions so travelers can visit them in a day!
Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, it’s said to be the most rhythmic geyser in the world, its vapor can be seen from far. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 m in the air, in just a few seconds. (P.S. Be cautious while watching the Geysir due to its hot temperature🌡!)
Gulfoss Waterfall, also known as Golden Waterfall, it seemed like a steam splashing around at first glance. It’s as if gushing water pouring from the sky, under the sun shine, the splashing water forms a sensational rainbow🌈, the impressive view definitely can’t be missed!
In Iceland, glacier❄ hike is on travelers’ bucket lists. Langjökull is the second largest ice cap in Iceland. Riding snowmobile🏍 is an adventurous experience you could ever wish to try. There were amazing landscape view along the way to the campsite⛺. All the equipment and tools were ready upon our arrival, we just needed to understand the safety precautions before conquering the glacier🗻. I was extremely excited on the ride. Other than the beauty of the glacier, we also witnessed the wonderful view of glaciers linking together afar in summer. It was really challenging and exciting😳. My dad got addicted to the ride and showed his unwillingness of leaving, even requested me to arrange such ride for him again in future🤣. The riding experience was unique and special for our family👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼. However, the vacancy for visitors is limited, and the activity is entirely weather based, so it fully depends on the destiny. For those who are interested, this was the tour guide of the adventure I booked with.
4.📍Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach & Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck
Reynisflara is one of the top ten most beautiful black sand beaches in the world🖤. Some even said that its beauty is gifted by the mysterious witch, whose magic made it completely black yet sparkling and translucent. The cliff beside the beach, known as Reynisdrangar, was formed by the ocean waves. Moreover, it’s also one of the filming locations in the movie Star Wars Rogue One! 👾
Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck is one of the main attractions⚠ in Iceland that you would not want to miss. In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed🛬 on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. For travelers who are photography lovers, you should not miss the stunning view of the crashed plane🖤. Important thing must be mentioned thrice, do NOT miss, do NOT miss, do NOT miss!!!
The Blue Lagoon is the largest geothermal spa✨ in Iceland, it takes roughly a forty-five-minutes drive from the capital in southeast direction. The entrance ticket has to be booked in advance and don’t forget to bring a piece of swimsuit for change. Unfortunately, the day we visited was a raining🌨 day, but we still enjoyed the spa experience with the unexpected rain.😳
Thank Kate Ruii for sharing her travel experience in Iceland. Here are their photo album taken during the trip.