Its coastal villages are very colorful, surrounded by cracked earth, smoking soils. So much so that in the past, it was one of the entrances to the Underworld. Iceland is a wild and truly unique nature that is home to many wonders to be discovered. It is a must-see destination for all lovers of grandiose landscapes, wide open spaces, unspoiled nature and calm.
The impressive Gulfoss waterfall
The Gulfoss waterfall, “the golden fall”, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Europe. When the sun is present, the clouds of droplets form a rainbow over its 32 meters high and 70 wide.
It is easily accessible from Reykjavik and can be visited in any season.
Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Located in the Jökulsa gorges, it offers a lunar landscape with a waterfall 44 meters high and 100 meters wide.
It is accessible by car from the west or east side. After about thirty minutes of walking, the noise is deafening. And from there you will have access to some great hikes in Iceland.
Latrabjarg, the end of the world
This cliff is the westernmost point in Europe. We really have the impression of being at the end of the world, in the middle of thousands of puffins. Route 612 leads to the beached boat, to stunning Raudisandur beach and to some great hikes away from it all.
Lac Jökulsarlon, glacé
In a polar landscape, blue or black icebergs float in this immense lagoon of 18 km². It is beautiful and impressive. It is located in the south-east of the island, along Highway 1. Seals can be seen basking and warming up at the cafeteria hut which serves unlimited hot soup.
The enchanting eastern fjords
Mjoifjördur, one of the most beautiful fjords in the East, is as disturbing under a gray sky as it is enchanting under the sun, but all are exceptional. Hiking in Borgarfjorour, swimming in Vopnafjorour, puffin watching in Papey, admiring the Hengifoss waterfall or revealing your artistic side in Seyoisfjörour, anything is possible.
Blue Lagoon, hot water and volcanoes
Near Keflavik airport, you can bathe in turquoise and sulphurous waters, the temperature of which varies from 35 to 40 ° C, in the middle of a lava field. Bring beach shoes and towel and reserve in summer.
Lake Myvatn, for the whole family
Lake Myvatn is a paradise for birds and lovers of geological features. Ducks and midges abound. Rent a bike in Reykjahlid to cycle around the lake with the family.
Skogafoss waterfall, facing the ocean
On the south coast of Iceland, facing the ocean, between glaciers, it is a must-see near Route 1, towards Skogar. You will not be alone but you will be able to admire the 62 m high waterfall. From the parking lot, the view is magnificent. After a few hundred meters of walking, the noise becomes surprising.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula, it's all there
Northwest of Reykjavik is “Miniature Iceland” with glaciers, fjords, fishing villages and the famous Snaefellsjökull volcano from Jules Verne's “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. The national park offers a completely wild landscape where to make superb hikes.
So, are you ready to go to Iceland?