Are you a travel addict? Have you been everywhere and the time has finally come to go somewhere more exotic or remote? If you’re looking to travel somewhere unlike any destination you’ve have visited before then Iceland is the place to go!
It’s inevitable while traveling in Iceland to be astounded by the numerous waterfalls, glaciers, and geothermal activity that exists everywhere in the country. Embarking on a driving tour is one of the best ways to come across these features of Iceland without even planning to do so!
One of the highlights of a Iceland Self-Drive Itinerary is the Ring Road along the coast that brings a new and surreal landscape everyday. With iconic sights such as the Skogafoss waterfall in Skogar, Solheimajokull glacier on the southern coast or the miles of sandur landscape, it is no wonder this route is named one of the world’s top road trips and one of the must-see places before you die. The rare turf buildings, the surreal Lake Jokulsarlon, where massive chunks of ice the size of buildings fall into a lagoon, and the Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls, pinned into the narrow part of the gorge are also extremely impressive features of Iceland. If you’re traveling South, Godafoss waterfall is a breathtaking experience that can be seen from even miles away, due to the horseshoe-shaped falls kicking off an amazing amount of mist. If this spectacular sight interests you, the Stokkur, is a very impressive geyser that erupts every 5 minutes, shooting hot steaming water over 100 feet in the air! The Golden Circle is also a must-see top tourist sight in Iceland that is close to capital, has plenty of natural beauty and often times has a rainbow.
While Iceland has an abundance of stunning natural beauty, it’s no secret that the man-made Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most iconic and well-known destination. The huge, blue pools at the Blue Lagoon make for some of the best pictures and the most relaxing and therapeutic spots in the country. The country also has a cosmopolitan side, where you can experience shopping or fine dining in the capital of Reykjavik or in Akureyri, the country’s second largest city.
Want to see one of the most amazing places on earth? In northern Iceland, before climbing the Namaskard Pass, be sure to stop at the red flats of Hverir, where the red clay turns white and the super-heated gas whistles out of the surface. It’s like the moon! If you’re looking to experience an adrenaline rush while on your trip, the seaside town of Husavik is known for their boat tours that take you to see the great Minke whales and harbor porpoises of the sea.
Feeling truly adventurous? A day trip to Greenland from Iceland will get you to one of the most remote locations on the planet and a place where few travelers ever visit! Although this short trip can come as an investment (due to the extremely expensive flight fees), this remote area is definitely unlike any other travel destination. Explore the small, charming village of Kulusuk, where the little buildings cling to the rocky landscape and are painted picturesque reds, greens, and blues. You’ll be swatting your own face as it feels like the unbearable Midges make your body their battlefield. The visit comes with the opportunity to see the struggles of the local population as they wade through social problems, economic problems and global warming. But, for the most rewarding part of your adventure, don’t forget to make sure your tour guide takes you out into the bay to view the MASSIVE icebergs, a unique sight to see!
Iceland has recently been named one of the hottest travel destinations in the world today. More tourists are flocking to this country than ever before. Iceland’s beauty will leave you breathless.