02. june. 2014

8 amazing attractions in Iceland

For quite a while now we've been dreaming about a place for us to further share our Iceland travel tips, ourexpertise, and maybe a few of our secrets. Our aim is to create a place full of practical and entertaining information to help you plan the perfect holiday in Iceland, but most importantly a place for us to have an open conversation about travelling to, in and around our beautiful island.

To start things off we've teamed up with 8 extraordinary photographers to tell you about 8 amazing attractions in Iceland. This is not a list of the "best" or the "must see", but rather a list of  moments we hope you'll one day get to experience. We all know that life is in those little moments - Tell us which of these you would prefer!

Hofkirkja

Hofkirkja by Menno Schaefer

The church at Hof in Oraefi is the last turf church built in the old Icelandic architectural style. The building is surrounded by the majestic landscapes of the Oraefi region.

Jökulsárlón - Glacial Lagoon

The Epitome of Enchanted Elegance by Mel Sinclair

The beach below Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is one of Iceland's most spectacular sights. Many travellers forget to make a stop there as they become to spellbound by the lagoon itself. When you visit, be sure not to miss the melting glaciers tumbling in the shoreline just right there on the other side of the road.

Kirkjufell

Rainbow over Kirkjufell by Peter Hammer

Mt. Kirkjufell, or Steeple Mountain, is located on the northern shore of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The elegant mountain makes for the most picturesque picnic views you'll ever find, so if you plan to see this sight when driving around Iceland then be sure to bring with you a snack... and of course your camera!! If you would rather visit Mount Kirkjufell by taking a day tour from Reykjavik that 's of course possible as well.

Skógafoss

Skogarfoss Waterfall by Jose Antonio Hervas

Skogarfoss Waterfall is one of Iceland's most visited and photographed waterfalls. But that's not the only reason you might find it familiar, as it has also been used as a backdrop in a few Hollywood productions such as Thor; The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Icelandic Sheep

Sheep! by Derek Kind

The Icelandic Sheep is one of the most interesting animals you'll find during a visit to Iceland. They are social beings and very curious, but be careful if see a flock of these when driving, as they tend to run out on the road right when you least expect it!!

Westfjords

Enlightened Westfjords by Daniel Bosma

I feel that this photo by Daniel Bosma just says so much about the Westfjords. This glorious peninsula is found on the north western corner of Iceland and when looking at it on a map you'll see that it's almost set adrift from the rest of the country. The area is remote, making it the perfect place for an off the beaten path moment:  Just you, a few small towns and nature at its wildest!

Winter Cave

A Winter Cave by Marcelo de Castro

The ice caves found in Icelandic glaciers are a mesmerizing natural wonder. Each year we have travellers from all over the world visiting with the sole purpose of seeing the caves. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the season starts at the beginning of November and ends around the 20th of March, and you should always join a guided tour to see these beauties.

The Painting of Nature

The Painting of Nature by Andre Ermolaev

Although not a place per se, the dramatic shapes of the Icelandic Nature need a place in this discussion about the most interesting things to see in Iceland. The interesting patterns of the Icelandic rivers, taken from air by Andre Ermolaev, are the perfect example of why it's a good idea to try different modes of transportation when visiting. Why not try something different during a visit: Underwater, the birds eye, or maybe the belly of the beast!

Stay tuned for more interesting photos, tips, and secrets!

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Sólveig Kolbrún Pálsdóttir

Sólveig is an avid Iceland Travel Expert who loves helping people plan their stay in Iceland. "Hiking Fimmvorduhals and zigzagging down the winding road to Raudisandur beach are two of my favourite Iceland Travel moments! When travelling with my kids, I always make sure I carry empty water bottles in the car so we can stop along the way to fill them up with deliciously fresh mountain water."