Take a journey by these distinctive locations to go to in Iceland with the AdventoPhotographer.
Iceland has exploded in reputation as a vacationer vacation spot over the previous few years.
These days the vacationers outnumber residents almost three:1 within the peak summer season months. However even with this big inflow of vacationers and the infinite info accessible concerning the nation on-line most guests miss out on among the most original locations in Iceland.
On this publish, moderately than bore you with locations everybody else is speaking about, we’ll discover among 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 town Skyline. It’s seen from virtually in all places on the town but many vacationers by no means hassle 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!
One in every of Iceland’s least visited areas is West Fjords and shouldn’t be.
But, the vast majority of Iceland’s West Fjords are bypassed on account of their remoteness and distance from different “well-known must-see points of interest”.
Maybe this helps to maintain the West Fjords as certainly one of Iceland’s most original locations to go to.
Because of the relative lack of vacationers passing by the world, its points of interest 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 way 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 without doubt one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Iceland. Translated actually its identify 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 large and 100+m tall magnificence.
A brief 15minute hike from the car parking zone following the river and a few smaller cascades will get you nose to nose with the fury of Dynjandi.
Don’t neglect your Digicam! Dynjandi is certainly probably the most 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 certain to spark your creativeness or make your pores and skin crawl.
I can’t assist however assume 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 probably the most 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; in actual fact, they’ve specimens belonging to all the varied sorts of mammal discovered within the nation!
It’s a bizarre, after lunch type of cease whereas roaming round Reykjavik. Understandably it’s not for everybody, but when nothing else it makes for a great story to inform whenever you return dwelling, 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 charge of about 25mm per 12 months.
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 the porous lava rock feeding Thingvellir lake and lending to certainly one of its world-renown qualities, visibility.
Snorkelers and divers from the world over flock to swim by the fissure, successfully floating in no-mans-land between the continents!
With 100m+ visibility, you actually really feel as should you’re flying, it’s solely the two°C water that snaps you again to actuality. For those who’re looking for 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 possibly can 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 way 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 go 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 possibly can stand up shut and private with not solely Iceland’s glaciers but in addition 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 overwhelmed monitor as the remainder of these locations, Jokulsarlon makes the listing as a result of it’s merely distinctive.
Whereas exploring Jokulsarlon make sure to cross the street and see the beautiful black sand seashore.
It is well-known for the icebergs that wash up on shore as they make their method out of Jokulsarlon down the river to the Atlantic Ocean.
Each the Black Sand Seaside and Glacier Lagoon are positioned on the Iceland circle route.
Hiding away simply off Iceland’s primary ring street is Fjadrargljufur canyon. It waited right here patiently in relative obscurity till thrust into the highlight not too long ago 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 simple 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 beautiful none the much less.
Seljavallalaug Scorching Spring/Pool
Iceland’s oldest swimming pool maybe isn’t one thing that might sometimes draw vacationers.
However whenever you see a photograph of Seljavallalaug tucked into the hillside of a verdant, mountain-ringed valley and understand which you could 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 sizzling, and the pool makes for a fantastic mid-day break alongside the south coast!
Grjótagjá Scorching Spring Cave
Grjótagjá is without doubt one of the most original sizzling springs in Iceland and may appear acquainted should you’re a fan of the hit tv collection Recreation of Thrones.
This lava cave sizzling 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 sizzling and barely acidic) venturing into and discovering the cave comes with a excessive suggestion from me!
For those who actually do need to dip in a sizzling spring the Myvatn nature baths are simply up the street and an effective 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.
Shaped in 2001 to guard the distinct landscapes and essential historic relics it additionally supplies the infrastructure that permits vacationers to entry this wild peninsula.
Right here you possibly can 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 nicely price including to your Icelandic Itinerary!
Till not too long ago Glymur was the tallest waterfall in Iceland. Merely due to this reality you’d anticipate it to be a typical cease for guests to the nation.
Nonetheless, Its considerably distant and entails a little bit of a hike, so, even the vacationers that do come by 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 identified and extra distinctive locations to go to in Iceland is certain to go away you speechless.
A few of the prime issues to do in Iceland are:
The Blue Lagoon – Busy sizzling springs outdoors of ReykjavikLava Fields – the biggest lava movement on the planet positioned 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 street that circles across the countryIcelandic Horses – These horses are distinctive to Iceland and nothing compares to going for a journey and making an attempt to Tolt on an Icelandic horse.
For extra info on Iceland take a look at our Iceland Journey Information
Impartial journey in Iceland is feasible when renting a automotive however you could need to ebook some excursions upfront if you’re not driving.We use GetYourGuide as a tour firm as it’s simple to ebook upfront, cancel with 24 hours discover and we have now 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 will go whale watching this can be a good possibility.Golden Circle Tour – Choose 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 tons of of distinctive points of interest in Iceland. We’ve barely scratched the floor of what the nation has to supply.
For those who get the prospect to go to the land of fireside and Ice I’d urge you to drop every little thing and take it! Iceland has rapidly turn out to be certainly one of my favourite locations and someplace I sit up for returning to many times!
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