Whenever we speak of Iceland, we have an image of snow covered landscapes with grey skies. But nothing can be further from the truth. Iceland is a land of natural wonders where you can explore and experience some of the most unique and incredible attractions. From hot geysers to volcanic landscapes to the Northern Lights, Iceland has a lot to offer to visiting tourists. This blog lists some of these incredibly beautiful natural wonders of Iceland that will surely make you fall in love with this country.
Landmannalaugar is a scenic landscape in the southern part of the island, about 175 km east of Reykjavik. This region is on the northern end of the Laugavegur hiking trail and is popular for several trails that pass through rhyolite mountains, lava fields, and hot springs. There are several local agencies that organize hiking trips along in this region. Icelandic horse riding is also a popular activity with tourists visiting Landmannalaugar.
- Maelifell Volcano
The Maelifell Volcano is located in the Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park in the southwestern part of the island. This green volcanic near-perfect cone dominates the landscapes and is very popular with visiting tourists. The surrounding region is filled with numerous hot springs and other volcanoes. The best time to visit the place is the summer months, as most of the region is covered with snow in the winter months and some of the approach roads are also closed.
- Kirkjufell Mountain
Located on the western coastline of Iceland, about 170 km north of Reykjavik, is one of the most photographed mountains of Iceland — the Kirkjufell Mountain. What makes it a popular attraction is its unique shape and surrounding flat landscape that adds to the contrasting views. The surrounding landscape has several hiking trails dotted with small waterfalls. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the Northern Lights from here.
- Skaftafell Ice Cave
The Skaftafell Ice Cave is located on the southern flank of the Vatnajokull National Park at the south-central part of Iceland. In a country which is mostly covered with snow and ice, Skaftafell Ice Cave stands out because of its stunning beauty. For adventure tourists, this is an opportunity for ice caving and hiking rolled into one. There are several agencies that provide tours of this attraction. The best time to visit this cave is during the winter months.
- Gulfoss Waterfalls
The Gulfoss waterfalls are located in western Iceland, about 100 km east of Reykjavik. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of this island nation. Part of the Golden Circle along with Thingvellir National Park and the Haukadalur Geysers, this waterfall is one of the biggest in the country and is fed by the Hvita River. Located in a canyon, it is a 3-tier waterfall with a total height of 32 m. It is best visited in summer when the force of the water is the highest.
- Thingvellir National Park
The Thingvellir National Park is located about 40 km from the city of Reykjavik. The place is not just one of extreme natural beauty, but also of tremendous historical and geological significance. This World Heritage Site is associated with Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, which was established in 930 AD — making it the longest running parliament site in the world. The park also marks the separation of the North American and European continental shelves. To the south of the park is Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake of Iceland. The park has several hiking trails and camping sites. You can also try scuba diving at the Silfra lake. With so much to do and see, it is no wonder that this is one of the most popular tourist attractions of this country.
Iceland has a predominantly volcanic landscape due to which the country is dotted with hot geysers, thermal pools, and underground springs. Depending on which part of Iceland you are in, you can visit several pockets which have these geysers. If you are in the southwest part of the island, try visiting Stokkur, which has a fountain geyser beside the River Hvita. This geyser shoots up a hot stream of water almost 80 m high every 4 minutes. If there is high seismic activity, the water can shoot up to 122 m, making it one of the tallest natural geysers in the world!
- Reynisfjara Beach
The impressive Reynisfjara Beach is located along the southern coastline of Iceland, about 180 km south east of Reykjavik. This black sand beach is one of the unique natural wonders of Iceland. The beach is made up of stacks of basalt columns, making it look like the slope of a step pyramid. You can drive to this site or join one of the several tours from Reykjavik. The place is also a delight for bird watchers.
- Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is the most popular geothermal spa in Iceland and one of its top-rated tourist attractions. It is located in western Iceland, about 50 km west of Reykjavik, and just south of the Keflavik International Airport. This geothermal spa with seawater is believed to have natural healing powers, especially for skin problems, because of the high amount of sulfur. It is one of the most visited attractions in the country, so be prepared for a large crowd whenever you are planning a visit. There is an entry fee to this lagoon starting from ISK5400.
- Northern Lights
For those who have not seen it, it is just a wonder; and for those who were lucky enough to see it, it is an experience of a lifetime. Iceland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. You have to get away from the bright city lights to have the best views. However, it is a matter of chance if you are able to witness this attraction or not. The best time is from mid September to mid April.
Originally posted 2017-03-31 06:10:07.