Visiting a foreign country is always exciting. Getting introduced to a different culture, interesting traditions, as well as both the natural and man-made landmarks that famous in the area can result in quite an adventure. Although you will surely have a great time no matter which journey you embark on, sometimes you may want to see a more electrifying destination.
Iceland may be a small country, but it has a lot to offer. When you find yourself gazing at its alluring landscapes, you will feel like you’re on a different planet. Given its peculiar natural beauty, it comes as no surprise that some of the most popular recent sci-fi movies (including Interstellar, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Prometheus, and Oblivion) were filmed here.
Renting a car and spending most of your day on the road is the best way to explore this country. This way, you’ll be able to go wherever you want and move at your pace. Given Iceland’s incredible beauty, you may often find yourself making numerous detours and stops. Even though the more popular tourist attractions are definitely worth a visit, there are also certain places off the beaten path that you should explore.
Dynjandi waterfall is located in the Westfjords, a part of Iceland that only the more adventurous tourists visit. The area attracts fewer tourists because of its distance from other popular destinations, as well as its vastness. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most breathtaking regions the country has to offer. Albeit you’ll have to spend a lot of time driving to explore the Westfjords, this will be a journey that’ll leave you in awe. It’s worth noting that you should go to this part of Iceland only during the summer months since the snowfall is heavy here and the roads in the Westfjords are not regularly maintained.
One of the most amazing attractions located in this region is the Dynjandi series of waterfalls. It consists of seven different waterfalls. Considering the fact that there aren’t that many tourists in the Westfjords, there’s a chance that you’ll have this place all to yourself once you arrive. The biggest of the seven waterfalls is the Dynjandi, with a height of 100 meters. You’ll see and hear its beauty and power from a distance. Dynjandi is 30 meters wide at the top and 60 meters wide at the bottom.
Although the main waterfall is without a doubt the greatest attraction here, it’s the cumulative effect of all seven waterfalls that make this place so astonishing.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable hiking experience, Landmannalaugar is the place to be. Famous for its hot springs and multicolored rhyolite mountains, here you’ll not only be able to explore beautiful landscapes but you will also have a chance to bathe in a natural hot pool. Landmannalaugar is found at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption towards the end of the 15th century.
Landmannalaugar represents the starting point of various hiking trails that usually last 3-4 days.
One of the most popular trails connects this region with Þórsmörk (otherwise known as the Valley of Thor) and ends at the glorious Skógafoss waterfall. In case you’d like to go on a hike but prefer something shorter, you can simply trek through the Laugahraun lava field for two hours until you reach Mt. Brennisteinsalda, a volcano with a height of 855 meters. From there, it takes you only an hour to get to a volcano known as Mt. Bláhnjúkur. Another 4 hours of walking gets you to the breathtaking Ljótipollur Crater Lake,where this hiking trail ends.
While you’re in Iceland, you’ll most likely be spending nearly all of your time visiting the natural wonders this country is known for. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend some time in its charming capital. Reykjavik is a colorful town with a population of nearly 220,000, making it Iceland’s largest city.
Although you should inform yourself on the landmarks in Reykjavik, you don’t necessarily need a plan in order to reach them. Simply by wandering around town, you’ll surely encounter various attractions like the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, Tjörnin (a small lake found in the center of the city), the Icelandic parliament, as well as the National Gallery of Iceland.
The most famous attraction in the city is the Hallgrímskirkja Church. It is visible from almost any part of the city since it has a height of 74.5 meters. The building was completed in 1986, exactly 40 years since construction started. Apart from visiting this impressive piece of architecture, it’s recommended that you climb to the top of it, as you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view of Reykjavik.