11​ ​Must​ ​See​ ​attractions​ ​while​ ​traveling​ ​around​ ​Iceland!

Iceland,​ ​the​ ​country​ ​of​ ​the​ ​volcanoes​ ​and​ ​glaciers.​ ​An​ ​island​ ​with​ ​landscapes​ ​so​ ​beautiful​ ​and 
iconic​ ​they​ ​could​ ​be​ ​right​ ​out​ ​of​ ​fairy​ ​tales!​ ​And​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​becoming​ ​more​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​travel​ ​to​ ​this 
iconic​ ​place,​ ​more​ ​and​ ​more​ ​tourists,​ ​backpackers​ ​and​ ​globetrotters​ ​are​ ​going​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​this 
stunning​ ​island!​ ​But​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​this​ ​place​ ​so​ ​iconic​ ​and​ ​what​ ​can​ ​you​ ​see​ ​on​ ​an​ ​island​ ​with 
more​ ​sheep​ ​per​ ​square​ ​mile​ ​than​ ​actual​ ​citizens?​ ​Here​ ​are​ ​my​ ​11​ ​iconic​ ​must​ ​see​ ​attractions 
you​ ​can​ ​visit​ ​while​ ​traveling​ ​and​ ​backpacking​ ​around​ ​Iceland! 
 

1.The​ ​Golden​ ​Circle

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland Golden CircleThe​ ​Golden​ ​Circle​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​famous​ ​tourist​ ​attraction​ ​in​ ​Iceland!​ ​And​ ​this​ ​for​ ​a​ ​reason. It​ ​has​ ​several​ ​special​ ​locations​ ​you​ ​can​ ​visit.​ ​The​ ​most​ ​stunning​ ​one’s​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​Gullfoss​ ​- Europe’s​ ​biggest​ ​waterfall!​ ​And​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​must​ ​see​ ​attraction​ ​ever!​ ​The​ ​big​ ​Geyser,​ ​located in​ ​the​ ​Geyser​ ​park.​
​The​ ​whole​ ​area​ ​of​ ​the​ ​park​ ​is​ ​cooking​ ​and​ ​smells​ ​like​ ​rotten​ ​egg!​ ​It​ ​feels like​ ​walking​ ​on​ ​a​ ​pot​ ​of​ ​boiling​ ​water!​ ​Also,​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​sights,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​a​ ​lake​ ​inside of​ ​a​ ​volcanic​ ​crater​ ​named​ ​Kerið,​ ​thousands​ ​of​ ​years​ ​old!​ ​And​ ​if​ ​you​ ​always​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​walk between​ ​Europe​ ​and​ ​America,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​your​ ​chance!​ ​As​ ​the​ ​tectonic​ ​plates​ ​of​ ​both​ ​are​ ​meeting there​ ​and​ ​built​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​canyon​ ​that​ ​goes​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​south​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island.​ ​You​ ​can read​ ​more​ ​about​ ​my​ ​travel​ ​experience​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Circle​ ​here. 

 

2.The​ ​South-West​ ​End​ ​of​ ​Iceland 

south west border end of icelandEver​ ​asked​ ​yourself​ ​what​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​looks​ ​like?​ ​Now​ ​is​ ​your​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​it!​ ​In​ ​the very​ ​south-west​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island,​ ​the​ ​southern​ ​peninsula​ ​area,​ ​far​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​Gunnuhver​ ​Hot Springs,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​place​ ​called​ ​Reykjanesviti.​ ​Why​ ​is​ ​it​ ​a​ ​must​ ​see​ ​destination?​ ​Simply​ ​because​ ​this is​ ​where​ ​black,​ ​cold​ ​lava​ ​meets​ ​the​ ​Atlantic​ ​Ocean.​ ​The​ ​whole​ ​area​ ​is​ ​just​ ​black​ ​and​ ​the​ ​waves are​ ​smashing​ ​over​ ​the​ ​rock​ ​with​ ​power,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​never​ ​encountered​ ​before!​ ​This​ ​is a​ ​truly amazing​ ​spot​ ​that​ ​lets​ ​you​ ​feel​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​nature​ ​itself!​ ​You​ ​can​ ​read​ ​more​ ​about​ ​my humbling​ ​experience​ ​at​ ​this​ ​spot​ ​here.  
 
 

3.The​ ​Diamond​ ​Beach​ ​and​ ​Glacier​ ​Lagoon 

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​prettiest​ ​must​ ​see​ ​places​ ​I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​in​ ​Iceland​ ​was​ ​the​ ​Glacier​ ​Lagoon.​ ​A​ ​place where​ ​huge​ ​icebergs,​ ​split​ ​from​ ​the​ ​glacier,​ ​swimming​ ​inside​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​lake.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​them​ ​are dyed​ ​in​ ​an​ ​incredible​ ​deep​ ​blue,​ ​you​ ​have​ ​never​ ​seen​ ​before!​ ​Also​ ​the​ ​icebergs​ ​are​ ​swimming out​ ​into​ ​the​ ​ocean​ ​to​ ​melt​ ​there​ ​into​ ​little​ ​pieces​ ​that​ ​are​ ​so​ ​clear,​ ​that​ ​it​ ​looks​ ​like​ ​as​ ​if​ ​the whole​ ​beach​ ​-​ ​which​ ​is​ ​made​ ​of​ ​black​ ​sand​ ​-​ ​is​ ​covered​ ​with​ ​millions​ ​of​ ​diamonds!​ ​This​ ​is​ ​truly one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​prettiest​ ​must​ ​see​ ​spots​ ​in​ ​Iceland!​ ​Unfortunately​ ​though,​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​keep​ ​and​ ​sell those​ ​diamonds… 
 

4.The​ ​Lagoon​ ​in​ ​Myvatn 

For​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​heard​ ​already​ ​about​ ​the​ ​most​ ​popular​ ​must​ ​see​ ​attraction​ ​of​ ​Iceland​ ​-​ ​the​ ​Blue Lagoon.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​truly​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​famous​ ​tourist​ ​attractions​ ​in​ ​Iceland​ ​and​ ​as​ ​the​ ​description says,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​already​ ​overrun​ ​and​ ​overpriced.​ ​But​ ​did​ ​you​ ​know​ ​that​ ​this​ ​is​ ​not​ ​the​ ​only​ ​spot​ ​in Iceland​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Lagoon?​ ​Far​ ​in​ ​the​ ​north,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Lagoon​ ​called​ ​Myvatn​ ​Nature​ ​Baths.​ ​Less tourists,​ ​far​ ​more​ ​cheaper​ ​and​ ​also​ ​a​ ​great​ ​experience!​ ​I​ ​can​ ​really​ ​recommend​ ​it!​ ​It​ ​is​ ​located right​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​Reykhalið,​ ​beside​ ​the​ ​beautiful​ ​Myvatn​ ​lake. 
 

5.The​ ​Black​ ​Beach 

black beach IcelandIceland​ ​is​ ​famous​ ​and​ ​iconic​ ​for​ ​its​ ​volcanic​ ​landscape.​ ​Because​ ​of​ ​it,​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​beaches​ ​in the​ ​south​ ​are​ ​covered​ ​with​ ​pure,​ ​black​ ​sand!​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​famous​ ​ones​ ​is​ ​even​ ​called​ ​the Black​ ​Beach.​ ​What​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​so​ ​special​ ​and​ ​to​ ​a​ ​must​ ​see​ ​location?​ ​The​ ​wild​ ​Atlantic​ ​ocean!​ ​Its water​ ​swirls​ ​up​ ​so​ ​much,​ ​that​ ​it​ ​appears​ ​white.​ ​White​ ​water​ ​on​ ​black​ ​sand?​ ​Don’t​ ​tell​ ​me​ ​it doesn’t​ ​look​ ​great!​ ​Also,​ ​there​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​amazing​ ​shapes​ ​nature​ ​can​ ​form​ ​- basalt​ ​pillars!​ ​Shaped​ ​like​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​hexagon​ ​-​ ​this​ ​is​ ​something​ ​you​ ​simply​ ​don’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​miss out​ ​on! 
 

6.Vestmannaeyjar​ ​Islands 

vestmannaeyjar eldfell volcano view cliffsThis​ ​area​ ​of​ ​islands​ ​is​ ​only​ ​reachable​ ​by​ ​ferry.​ ​What​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​to​ ​a​ ​must​ ​see​ ​location?​ ​Many things!​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​famous​ ​for​ ​its​ ​Puffin​ ​colony.​ ​Every​ ​year,​ ​Puffins​ ​are​ ​going​ ​to​ ​breed there​ ​and​ ​raise​ ​their​ ​little​ ​ones.​ ​The​ ​citizens​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island​ ​called​ ​Heimaey​ ​are​ ​also​ ​helping them,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​little​ ​puffins​ ​are​ ​often​ ​getting​ ​lost​ ​while​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​fly.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​also​ ​much more​ ​to​ ​see​ ​there.​ ​
Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​climb​ ​up​ ​a​ ​volcano?​ ​Now​ ​is​ ​your​ ​chance!​ ​The island​ ​Heimaey​ ​has​ ​even​ ​2​ ​of​ ​them​ ​-​ ​Eldfell​ ​and​ ​Helgafell!​ ​Eldfell​ ​is​ ​the​ ​smaller​ ​and​ ​younger one​ ​of​ ​them,​ ​which​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​very​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​climb​ ​it​ ​up!​ ​But​ ​that​ ​is​ ​still​ ​not​ ​all​ ​the​ ​island​ ​has​ ​to offer!​ ​From​ ​the​ ​iconic​ ​Elephant​ ​Rock​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ beautiful​ ​high​ ​cliffs,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​to​ ​discover! Read​ ​more​ ​about​ ​my​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​the​ ​island​ ​here. 
 

7.Glaciers 

Sólheimajökull glacier icelandIceland​ ​is​ ​also​ ​the​ ​country​ ​of​ ​glaciers.​ ​The​ ​whole​ ​south​ ​part​ ​is​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​them!​ ​You​ ​don’t​ ​need to​ ​see​ ​all​ ​of​ ​them,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​can​ ​get​ ​boring​ ​after​ ​a​ ​while.​ ​But​ ​at​ ​least​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​one.​ ​There​ ​are also​ ​tours​ ​for​ ​walking​ ​on​ ​or​ ​inside​ ​of​ ​them.​ ​You​ ​won’t​ ​regret​ ​booking​ ​one​ ​of​ ​them!​ ​There​ ​are ice​ ​caves​ ​existing​ ​-​ ​so​ ​pure​ ​and​ ​blue,​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​nature​ ​created​ ​it!​ ​And​ ​please,​ ​don’t go​ ​there​ ​without​ ​a​ ​guide,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​can​ ​get​ ​pretty​ ​dangerous!​ ​But​ ​if​ ​it​ ​is​ ​planned​ ​right,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the most​ ​iconic​ ​must​ ​see​ ​locations​ ​ever!​ ​Read​ ​more​ ​about​ ​my​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​glaciers here.  
 

8.Reykjavik 

Of​ ​course,​ ​the​ ​capital​ ​of​ ​Iceland​ ​has​ ​to​ ​be​ ​on​ ​the​ ​list​ ​of​ ​the​ ​11​ ​Must​ ​see​ ​locations.​ ​What​ ​would be​ ​a​ ​visit​ ​on​ ​Iceland​ without​ ​its​ ​capital?​ ​It​ ​may​ ​occur​ ​very​ ​small,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​is​ ​still​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​city​ ​on Iceland.​ ​And​ ​it​ ​also​ ​has​ ​much​ ​to​ ​offer!​ ​It​ ​is​ ​well​ ​known​ ​by​ ​its​ ​street​ ​art,​ ​just​ ​walk​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​around the​ ​city​ ​center​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​encounter​ ​it​ ​everywhere.​ ​And​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​ugly​ ​painted​ ​words​ ​on​ ​a wall.​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​them​ ​really​ ​look​ ​like​ ​art​ ​and​ ​very​ ​well​ ​known​ ​between​ ​the​ ​locals!​
​Also​ ​the Hallgrimskirkja​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​stunning​ ​modern​ ​churches​ ​I​ ​have​ ​seen​ ​so​ ​far​ ​(Please​ ​don’t go​ ​inside,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​could​ ​ruin​ ​your​ ​view​ ​of​ ​the​ ​church.​ ​More​ ​about​ ​it​ ​here.).​
​What​ ​I​ ​can​ ​also recommend​ ​to​ ​see​ ​there​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Harpa​ ​concert​ ​hall.​ ​This​ ​building​ ​is​ ​an​ ​architectonic masterpiece!​ ​The​ ​glass​ ​facade​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​remind​ ​me​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​honeycombs.​ ​And​ ​also​ ​the inner​ ​part​ ​is​ ​very​ ​well​ ​made.​ ​What​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​so​ ​beautiful​ ​you​ ​are​ ​asking?​ ​Check​ ​it​ ​out​ ​yourself. 😉  
Other​ ​than​ ​that,​ ​the​ ​city​ ​has​ ​much​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​on​ ​food​ ​and​ ​pubs.​ ​It​ ​can​ ​even​ ​happen​ ​that​ ​some locals​ ​will​ ​offer​ ​you​ ​a​ ​job,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​tourist​ ​branch​ ​is​ ​booming​ ​and​ ​many​ ​workers​ ​are​ ​needed​ ​to serve​ ​the​ ​storm​ ​of​ ​tourist​ ​that​ ​overruns​ ​the​ ​country​​every​ ​summer.​ ​Iceland​ ​has​ ​only​ ​330,000 people​ ​and​ ​around​ ​800,000​ ​sheep.​ ​But​ ​every​ ​year​ ​a​ ​good​ ​million​ ​of​ ​tourists​ ​are​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​visit the​ ​country​ ​and​ ​it​ ​must​ ​see​ ​places.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​why​ ​they​ ​are​ ​in​ ​need​ ​of​ ​people​ ​who​ ​help​ ​them​ ​out.  
 Wanna​ ​read​ ​more​ ​about​ ​my​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​Reykjavik?​ ​Check​ ​it​ ​out​ ​here! 
 

9.Seljalandsfoss​ ​and​ ​Skogafoss​ ​waterfalls 

I​ ​know,​ ​Iceland​ ​is​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​waterfalls.​ ​Wherever​ ​you​ ​go,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​see​ ​at​ ​least​ ​3​ ​of​ ​them.​ ​And still,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​waterfalls​ ​and​ ​there​ ​are​ ​Seljalandsfoss​ ​and​ ​Skogafoss!​ ​Let​ ​us​ ​go​ ​to Seljalandsfoss​ ​first.​ ​The​ ​interesting​ ​part​ ​on​ ​this​ ​must​ ​see​ ​waterfall​ ​is,​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​walk underneath​ ​it,​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​you​ ​are​ ​wearing​ ​waterproof​ ​clothes​ ​otherwise​ ​you​ ​won’t​ ​need​ ​a shower​ ​anymore.​ ​And​ ​if​ ​you​ ​always​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​waterfall​ ​-​ ​go​ ​to​ ​Skogafoss!​ ​The size,​ ​the​ ​high,​ ​the​ ​scenery,​ ​simply​ ​everything​ ​is​ ​perfect,​ ​making​ ​it​ ​the​ ​most​ ​beautiful​ ​waterfall and​ ​in​ ​all​ ​Iceland!​ ​Also,​ ​go​ ​up​ ​the​ ​stairs​ ​beside​ ​the​ ​waterfall​ ​and​ ​walk​ ​stream​ ​upwards.​ ​There you​ ​can​ ​also​ ​discover​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​scenery​ ​with​ ​many​ ​smaller​ ​waterfalls,​ ​something​ ​most tourists​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​about​ ​as​ ​they​ ​are​ ​too​ ​lazy​ ​to​ ​walk​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​up.  Read more about them here.
 

10.Hot​ ​Springs 

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​strangest​ ​places​ ​on​ ​earth​ ​I​ ​have​ ​seen​ ​so​ ​far​ ​are​ ​the​ ​hot​ ​springs​ ​of​ ​Iceland.​ ​And​ ​you don’t​ ​even​ ​have​ ​just​ ​one​ ​of​ ​them,​ ​no,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​several!​ ​Gunnuhver,​ ​Krysuvik,​ ​Hverir Hverarön,​ ​just​ ​to​ ​name​ ​a​ ​few.​ ​What​ ​makes​ ​them​ ​so​ ​special​ ​and​ ​to​ ​a​ ​must​ ​see​ ​attraction?​ ​First of​ ​all,​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​is​ ​cooking!​ ​It​ ​can​ ​reach​ ​temperatures​ ​that​ ​let​ ​melt​ ​your​ ​shoes!​ ​Also​ ​the​ ​air smells​ ​like​ ​rotten​ ​egg,​ ​because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​sulfur.​ ​And​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​steam​ ​coming​ ​out​ ​everywhere! 
Some​ ​of​ ​them​ ​also​ ​have​ ​cooking​ ​mud​ ​pots,​ ​looking​ ​like​ ​places​ ​where​ ​witches​ ​would​ ​live.​ ​And the​ ​most​ ​impressive​ ​thing​ ​of​ ​them​ ​all​ ​is​ ​the​ ​color​ ​of​ ​the​ ​area!​ ​Pink,​ ​purple,​ ​green,​ ​yellow, orange,​ ​red,​ ​white,​ ​etc.​ ​The​ ​whole​ ​palette​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rainbow​ ​is​ ​covered​ ​there!​ ​Those​ ​places​ ​look like​ ​from​ ​another​ ​earth!  
 

11.​ ​The​ ​Northern​ ​Lights 

I​ ​know,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​really​ ​a​ ​spot,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​seen​ ​from​ ​anywhere​ ​on​ ​the​ ​island.​ ​But​ ​still​ ​I​ ​think​ ​it has​ ​to​ ​be​ ​on​ ​the​ ​list​ ​of​ ​the​ ​must​ ​see​ ​attractions.​ ​From​ ​around​ ​September​ ​up​ ​to​ ​April​ ​you​ ​will have​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​stunning​ ​natural​ ​phenomena​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​-​ ​the​ ​Aurora Borealis!​ ​Also​ ​know​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Northern​ ​Lights,​ ​flying​ ​around​ ​like​ ​green​ ​glowing​ ​dragons​ ​on​ ​the night​ ​sky.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​absolutely​ ​spectacular​ ​and​ ​a​ ​must​ ​see​ ​when​ ​traveling​ ​to​ ​Iceland!​ ​
Best​ ​time to​ ​see​ ​them​ ​is​ ​between​ ​11 pm​ ​and​ ​2 am.​ ​So​ ​get​ ​some​ ​coffee​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​awake​ ​and​ ​get​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​it! Read​ ​about​ ​my first​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​them​ ​here.​ ​Also​ ​try​ ​to​ ​find​ ​a​ ​good​ ​spot​ ​and​ ​night​ ​to​ ​watch them.​ ​You​ ​won’t​ ​see​ ​them​ ​on​ ​a​ ​cloudy​ ​night.​ ​And​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​middle​ ​of​ ​a​ ​town,​ ​it​ ​won’t​ ​be easy​ ​either,​ ​as​ ​there​ ​are​ ​simply​ ​too​ ​many​ ​lights​ ​around​ ​you.​ ​Instead,​ ​try​ ​to​ ​go​ ​out​ ​to​ ​the​ ​field, or​ ​to​ ​a​ ​very​ ​dark​ ​place.​ ​The​ ​darker​ ​-​ ​the​ ​better!​ ​There​ ​is​ ​also​ ​a​ ​website​ ​existing​ ​showing​ ​you when​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the​ ​best​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​Aurora​ ​Borealis.​ ​Check​ ​it​ ​out​ ​here. 
 
 
I​ ​really​ ​hope​ ​you​ ​enjoyed​ ​my​ ​little​ ​list.​ ​If​ ​so,​ ​please​ ​don’t​ ​forget​ ​to​ ​like​ ​and​ ​share! 

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