I have spent 4 days in the land of fire and ice and I loved every single minute of it! It’s so hard to decide which place I liked the most because every single piece of Icelandic land is unique and gorgeous. From infinite hills to abrupt mountains, it is all full of beauty!
I’ll do my best and I’ll name my top 5 favorite places below:
1. Jokulsarlon Glacier
The beauty of this place is just beyond imagination! I remember, when I was a little girl, watching TV documentaries about glaciers and thinking how awesome it would be to see one. Well, I saw one and it was more beautiful than I could ever imagine.
The most awesome part was that there were pieces from the glacier on land and you could walk between the pieces and even touch them! I have also seen seals for the first time in my life, swimming around the glaciers.
I drove from Reykjavik and even if it was a 5 hours drive, it was worth it! You can totally do this trip in one day!
What is the most important thing is that Jokulsarlon glacier is the proof that we do not take enough care of our planet. The glacier is melting and basically, the lagoon formed is a result from it.
2. Vik black sand beach
Seeing a black sand beach was a dream of mine for a long time. However, the intensity of black depends on the weather: when it is sunny, the sand and rocks turn rather to grey but when it rains they are dark black. I think that the best time to visit Vik is after the rain.
Although it was winter and the waves were about 4 m tall, Vik is a must see. Just make sure to take care and get too close to the sneaky waves.
3. Blue Lagoon
About half an hour by bus from Reykjavik, you can find an oasis with milky hot water, where you can relax after a day full of sightseeing – The Blue Lagoon! Make sure to try the silica and algae masks. You will look like a zombie for a moment but your skin will thank you later!
Even though you are traveling to Iceland during winter, do not forget to bring your swim suit – the Blue Lagoon is open all year long!
4. Skogafoss Waterfall
There are so many waterfalls in Iceland but I think that my favorite one is Skogafoss. Although it is not the biggest one, it has it’s own charm and beauty.
I know you will be tempted to spend less time Reykjavik and more seeing the wonders of Iceland but the capital is actually a beautiful and unique city which deserves a full day to visit. You can visit the Hallgrímskirkja, and the beautiful streets in the city center (full of expensive things) or even visit the Open Air Museum where you will get the chance to see traditional Icelandic homes. Also, let’s not forget about the Harpa!
Did you have any doubt about seeing Iceland? Well, I hope now you don’t! Iceland will make you want to move there!