Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis made Iceland even more wildly popular. This phenomenon can you spotted across Iceland if you’re lucky enough. But if you’re planning to head to Iceland you should know that there is a lot more in store. Iceland looks nothing short of dreamy and if you’re wondering just what all you ought to cover during your Iceland trip, here are the 5 places you must definitely cover!
THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
The Golden Circle tour comprises some of Iceland’s best gems: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. The national park is the only UNESCO site on the mainland. The historic site sits between rocky cliffs and fissures. While the church, stone shelters, museum and ruins showcase its historic significance the canyon and tectonic plates add to its scenic value. The Geysir is one of the most popular attractions in the circle. The lively Strokkur, exploding geyers and boiling mud pits make it a must visit. Strokkur sprouts water about 100ft into the air every few minutes! This makes it an incomparable sight for the eyes. Lastly, the Gullfoss waterfalls located in the canyon of the Hvita river are massive waterfalls with the water gushing for as far as you can see.
This is the part of Iceland that remains quite an enigma to most. With a population of just 3% of Iceland’s total populace, this is the quieter part of the country but every bit as pretty as it could be. It is home to Iceland’s biggest forest. Not only that, it has a stunning coastline, black beaches, puffins, and mountains for as far as you can see. It is also home to Rudolph’s friends, you know, the reindeers! This side of Iceland is for those who love to see nature in its rugged and raw form, simply standing with all its abundant beauty.
HORNSTRANDIR NATURE RESERVE
This is a star attraction for wildlife lovers visiting Iceland. Adventurers seek this out because they can hike here and completely immerse themselves in nature. What adds an element to that adventure is the fact that the region is remote, so, unlike other tourist locations, the travellers must be self-reliant here. The only way to travel here is by boat. Its beauty lies in its wide fields, seasonal ice cover and extensive cliffs. The landscape here looks dramatic and you will want to just sit down and gaze into it for as long as you can.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions of Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. While Iceland has many geothermal pools, this one is considered to be the most popular one. The milky white water looks other-worldly. It is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula known for their volcanoes and barren landscapes. And it is with that backdrop that you dip into the hot water to be rejuvenated, the best thing possible that one can want during a holiday. The water is rich with minerals, making it not only relaxing but also nourishing and adding to the attraction of this spa.
JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON
Sitting next to the Diamond Beach, this is regarded as the crown jewel of Iceland’s nature. This is a glacier lagoon filled with icebergs. And the name denotes just that as Jokulsarlon means “Glacier’s River Lagoon”. The icebergs here are over thousand years old. They glisten and give the illusion of diamonds in the lagoon. The lagoon intersects with the ocean which is thus credited to its unique shade of water. This is simply a treat for the eyes, one that you definitely wouldn’t want to miss!