In recent years, Iceland has become one of the most popular tourist destinations.
With so many amazing photos shared of Iceland on social media, it’s very easy to get inspired to travel to Iceland, so I finally gave in and bought a plane ticket to Iceland.
I spent an epic week exploring some of Iceland’s most beautiful places in a motorhome rental. Travel planning was very easy, since most of Iceland’s attractions are located along its main road called Ring Road, also known as Route 1, and do not require many detours from the Ring Road to visit them.
After spending a week traveling through this amazing island, I wanted to share an easy photo guide with some of my favorite places for anyone planning a trip to Iceland.
Here are the 17 best places to visit on a vacation to Iceland:
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland. Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region in Iceland right by Route 1 and the road that leads to Þórsmörk Road 249. The waterfall drops 60 m and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Wikipedia
Photographing Gljúfrabúi can be quite difficult because the mist of the waterfall will wet everything in seconds. If you do not want to wet your camera, my advice is to bring a zoom lens and photograph the waterfall from outside the cave or bring some type of rainproof equipment to your camera.
While I packed for my trip to Iceland very light and brought only a few pieces of clothes, I wore my favorite Northface yellow rain jacket. Not only did it keep me warm and dry, but it also added a nice touch of color to my photos.
Who would not be excited to approach a waterfall to experience its greatness as it rises up a cliff? Of course!
Kirkjufjara Black Sand Beach
Most of Iceland’s beaches are full of beautiful volcanic black sand. A popular beach in Iceland to observe this black sand is Kirkjufjara Beach. On this beach, visitors can see the black beach from a point of view, walk and even see the beautiful Icelandic puffins up close.
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Iceland is the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. This cannon is so impressive that it is almost difficult to describe with words.
The canyon consists of a short hike along steep cliffs covered with green moss and a river that runs through it in the background. Hikers can choose to walk on top of the cliffs or also walk along the river. Admission here is free, so be sure to book a few hours to fully enjoy this place.
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
When it comes to seeing Iceland in its natural glory, no region matches the untouched nature of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in Westfjords. While it is true that the rugged terrain of rugged mountains and sunken cliffs presents challenges, the Hornstrandir is the ideal place for adventurous nature lovers.
A small fishing village located in a protected cove in northern Iceland, Husavik is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best places in Europe for whale watching. The most common species observed on tourist boats include minke, humpbacks and blue whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. With several life-size skeletons on display, the Husavik Whale Museum offers a wealth of information about whales and also tells the story of whaling in Iceland.
Ubicado dentro de la Reserva Natural de Fjallaback en las tierras altas del interior de Islandia, Landmannalaugar es mejor conocido por sus pintorescas rutas de senderismo. Situada al borde de un campo de lava, la región plana y fácil de atravesar también es famosa por sus aguas termales naturales.
Thingvellir National Park
As the place where Iceland’s parliament was established in the 10th century, the Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) is of great historical importance to the island nation. Its location in a rift valley on the border of two main tectonic plates makes it a park with geological significance as well. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the cliffs, the fissures, the lakes and the evidence of volcanic activity in the valley demonstrate the strength of the earth changing dramatically.
Go Whale Watching
There are a lot of whales that call Iceland’s shores home. Head to one of the whale watching tours that leave Reykjavik and try your luck to see some of these majestic animals in the wild. Taking approximately 3-4 hours, it is the perfect way to see whales in their natural habitat. 🐳