Take a journey by way of these distinctive locations to go to in Iceland with the AdventoPhotographer.
Iceland has exploded in reputation as a vacationer vacation spot over the previous couple of years.
These days the vacationers outnumber residents practically three:1 within the peak summer time months. However even with this big inflow of vacationers and the countless info accessible concerning the nation on-line most guests miss out on a number of the most original locations in Iceland.
On this put up, moderately than bore you with locations everybody else is speaking about, we’ll discover a number of the greatest ‘off-the-beaten-path’ and distinctive locations to go to in Iceland.
Let’s get began!
Hallgrimskirkja – Reykjavik
As Iceland’s tallest constructing and certainly one of Reykjavik’s best-known landmarks, the Hallgrimskirkja church looms over the town Skyline. It’s seen from virtually in all places on the town but many vacationers by no means trouble to go to this brutalist church on the hill.
However bypassing this construction is a mistake.
Constructed over a interval of 41 years it resembles the spectacular landscapes round Iceland
Not solely does the bell tower present a powerful sight over the expanse of Reykjavik however the inside is spectacular by itself housing a 15m tall live performance organ sporting 5275 pipes!
Certainly one of Iceland’s least visited areas is West Fjords and shouldn’t be.
But, the vast majority of Iceland’s West Fjords are bypassed because of their remoteness and distance from different “well-known must-see sights”.
Maybe this helps to maintain the West Fjords as certainly one of Iceland’s most original locations to go to.
As a result of relative lack of vacationers passing by way of the world, its sights stay undiscovered by the plenty.
Whereas the black-sand-beach Reynisfjara is legendary within the south, its pink-sand cousin Rauðasandur is unknown.
Each Vacationer to Iceland is aware of Gullfoss waterfall however who amongst them is aware of the rather more spectacular Dynjandi?
Right here within the West Fjords, you’ll discover sparse fishing villages tucked into sheltered coves, grand sweeping views, and landscapes that point (and vacationers) have all however forgotten.
And that’s about pretty much as good a motive as any to go to!
Dynjandi, hidden away within the West Fjords, is among the most breathtaking waterfalls in Iceland. Translated actually its title means ‘thunderous’ and it doesn’t disappoint!
This gargantuan waterfall is felt earlier than it’s seen, and a powerful sight it’s!
Not like different waterfalls round Iceland that generally drop vertically, Dynjandi is a cascading waterfall. This lends to its 60m vast and 100+m tall magnificence.
A brief 15minute hike from the parking zone following the river and a few smaller cascades will get you head to head with the fury of Dynjandi.
Don’t neglect your Digital camera! Dynjandi is certainly one of the distinctive locations to go to in Iceland and also you’ll need your picture taken in entrance of it for scale!
Strandagaldur – The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
Nearly all of Icelandic folks consider in every kind of fanciful concepts. From elves to witchcraft you’ll discover a native who will swear it’s actual.
I can’t say I’m a giant believer, however when in Rome proper?
Situated within the small, sleepy village of Hólmavík in Iceland’s West Fjords the macabre Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft is bound to spark your creativeness or make your pores and skin crawl.
I can’t assist however suppose Silence of the Lambs when viewing the weirdest merchandise within the museum, a set of trousers created from human pores and skin. That is undoubtedly one of the distinctive locations to go to in Iceland!
Iceland Phallological Museum
One other bizarre Icelandic museum, this one devoted to all issues phallic.
You heard proper… The Iceland Phallological Museum is the world’s foremost assortment of phallic specimens; actually, they’ve specimens belonging to all the varied kinds of mammal discovered within the nation!
It’s a bizarre, after lunch sort of cease whereas roaming round Reykjavik. Understandably it’s not for everybody, but when nothing else it makes for a very good story to inform if you return residence, and distinctive? Most undoubtedly!
Most guests to Iceland don’t understand that the nation is actually being torn in two. Sitting atop the mid-Atlantic ridge and spanning two completely different tectonic plates Iceland is rising on the price of about 25mm per yr.
Nowhere is that this extra obvious than on the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir Nationwide Park.
Silfra fissure is the rift shaped by these mighty tectonic forces at work. Right here hundred-year-old glacial meltwater percolates by way of the porous lava rock feeding Thingvellir lake and lending to certainly one of its world-renown qualities, visibility.
Snorkelers and divers from internationally flock to swim by way of the fissure, successfully floating in no-mans-land between the continents!
With 100m+ visibility, you really really feel as should you’re flying, it’s solely the two°C water that snaps you again to actuality. Should you’re attempting to find distinctive locations to go to in Iceland Silfra is certainly one!
Bridge Between The Continents
Persevering with to play on Iceland’s stretching waistline, you may find one other a part of the evergrowing rift south-west of Reykjavik on the Reykjanes peninsula.
There’s no diving or snorkeling right here, moderately a bridge crossing the rather more seen hole.
Generally known as the bridge between the continents it was constructed as a logo of the connection & cooperation loved between Europe and North America.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Iceberg Lagoon)
Iceland is roofed in glaciers, however most vacationers move them by with solely a photograph or a faint reminiscence to their credit score.
On Iceland’s south coast lays an actual treasure.
A treasure the place you may stand up shut and private with not solely Iceland’s glaciers but additionally the icebergs that they produce.
Jokulsarlon is an expansive glacier lagoon on the coast only a few hundred meters inland from the ocean.
Right here whereas the seals play and vacationers zip round on zodiac boat excursions the icebergs nonchalantly bob alongside earlier than being sucked out to see and subsequently washed up on the seashores flanking the lagoon.
Maybe not as off the crushed observe as the remainder of these locations, Jokulsarlon makes the listing as a result of it’s merely distinctive.
Whereas exploring Jokulsarlon remember to cross the highway and see the gorgeous black sand seashore.
It is well-known for the icebergs that wash up on shore as they make their manner out of Jokulsarlon down the river to the Atlantic Ocean.
Each the Black Sand Seaside and Glacier Lagoon are situated on the Iceland circle route.
Hiding away simply off Iceland’s predominant ring highway is Fjadrargljufur canyon. It waited right here patiently in relative obscurity till thrust into the highlight just lately by Justin Beber and his hit Music video for “I’ll Present You”.
Fjadrargljufur is a stunningly craggy canyon jutting out from the rolling inexperienced hills close by.
This picturesque canyon is a favourite amongst photographers and instagrammers. It’s straightforward to see why!
Whereas it doesn’t have the dimensions of the Grand Canyon or the depth of Copper Canyon in Mexico its slender width and sheer cliff partitions make it gorgeous none the much less.
Seljavallalaug Sizzling Spring/Pool
Iceland’s oldest swimming pool maybe isn’t one thing that may usually draw vacationers.
However if you see a photograph of Seljavallalaug tucked into the hillside of a verdant, mountain-ringed valley and understand that you may nonetheless swim on this geothermally fed pool you too will need to drop your day’s plans and go to!
A brief stroll from the makeshift parking space subsequent to a farm follows the river into an ever-narrowing valley earlier than crossing the river in a couple of spots and delivering you to Seljavallalaug.
The water is heat however not scorching, and the pool makes for an incredible mid-day break alongside the south coast!
Grjótagjá Sizzling Spring Cave
Grjótagjá is among the most original scorching springs in Iceland and might sound acquainted should you’re a fan of the hit tv collection Sport of Thrones.
This lava cave scorching spring seems in a season three episode because the setting for a much-anticipated love scene between the primary characters.
Whereas bathing right here isn’t allowed (the water is just too scorching and barely acidic) venturing into and discovering the cave comes with a excessive suggestion from me!
Should you actually do need to dip in a scorching spring the Myvatn nature baths are simply up the highway and a good way to spherical out a day of exploring in Iceland!
Snæfellsjökull Nationwide Park
Snæfellsjökull Nationwide Park is one other distinctive location in Iceland that will get fewer guests than it deserves.
Fashioned in 2001 to guard the distinct landscapes and necessary historic relics it additionally supplies the infrastructure that enables vacationers to entry this wild peninsula.
Right here you may descend into and discover an 8000-year-old lava tube at Vatnshellir Cave, climb into an extinct volcano on the Saxholl Crater and even seek for puffins alongside the rugged basalt cliffs of Londrangar.
The Snaefellsness peninsula and Snæfellsjökull Nationwide Park are locations effectively price including to your Icelandic Itinerary!
Till just lately Glymur was the tallest waterfall in Iceland. Merely due to this truth you’d count on it to be a typical cease for guests to the nation.
Nevertheless, Its considerably distant and entails a little bit of a hike, so, even the vacationers that do come by way of the world are prone to skip it.
Accessible solely in the summertime months you’ll need to plan for a three hour spherical journey.
When visiting Iceland there are many “must-see” sights, there’s no arguing that.
However getting off the vacationer path and exploring the much less recognized and extra distinctive locations to go to in Iceland is bound to depart you speechless.
A number of the prime issues to do in Iceland are:
The Blue Lagoon – Busy scorching springs outdoors of ReykjavikLava Fields – the most important lava movement on the earth situated within the south of Iceland.Vik Rock Formations – Sea stacks and caves on a black seashoreGullfoss Waterfall – Iceland’s hottest waterfallGolden Circle Route – That is the favored ring highway that circles across the countryIcelandic Horses – These horses are distinctive to Iceland and nothing compares to going for a experience and attempting to Tolt on an Icelandic horse.
For extra info on Iceland try our Iceland Journey Information
Unbiased journey in Iceland is feasible when renting a automobile however it’s possible you’ll need to e book some excursions prematurely if you’re not driving.We use GetYourGuide as a tour firm as it’s straightforward to e book prematurely, cancel with 24 hours discover and we’ve got loved the excursions we have taken with them.Whale Watching – Húsavík because the capital of whale watching in Iceland and that is the unique. If you’re going to go whale watching it is a good possibility.Golden Circle Tour – Decide up from Reykjavik and discover the highlights of Southern Iceland together with the Geyser, uncover the place the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet in Þingvellir Nationwide Park and Gullfoss waterfall Click on right here for particulars
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These are merely 13 of the lots of of distinctive sights in Iceland. We’ve barely scratched the floor of what the nation has to supply.
Should you get the possibility to go to the land of fireside and Ice I’d urge you to drop the whole lot and take it! Iceland has rapidly develop into certainly one of my favourite locations and someplace I stay up for returning to repeatedly!
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