10 Must See Places in Iceland

10mustseeIcelandNow that I have been living in my Vikings homeland for over a year I have learned one very important thing, Iceland is a stunning country! So if you have made the wise decision to give my isolated adopted home a visit here are 10 places you won’t want to miss!

1. The Golden Circle

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The Golden Circle is one of the most popular tourist routes and for good reason! An easy day trip from Reykjavik, the 300 km loop has three main stops. The national park Þingvellir, Gullfoss one of the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever see, and my favorite stop, the Geysir! This trip is a perfect sample of Icelandic nature and great for those who are short on time and want to pack the most into their trip.

2. Landmannalaugar

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If you are a hiking enthusiast you will want to be sure to pack your hiking boots and spend a day exploring Landmannalaugar. By far my favorite place in Iceland, Landmannalaugar is a popular hiking destination offering several trails all with breathtaking scenery. The colors of the landscape at Landmannalaugar look like they are straight from a painting!

3. Rekjadalur, Hveragerði

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Fancy a true Icelandic style adventure? Take a short hike just outside of Hveragerði to the hot spring called Rekjadalur. Complete your hike with a soak in the hot spring, preferably with an Icelandic beer and under the midnight sun.

4. Gjáin

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Described to me as “the most beautiful place in Iceland”, Gjáin is a hidden Icelandic gem. Very few tourist ever visit Gjáin, I myself didn’t even know this place existed until a few months ago! When you arrive you will feel like you have stepped into a fairytale, a perfect place for a picnic break during a day of exploring Iceland.

5. The Glacier Lagoon

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It’s not everyday you get to visit a glacial lake filled with large icebergs floating around! If you visit during the summer months you can take a boat tour around the lagoon and sample some of the freshest water straight off the icebergs. Keep an eye out for some adorable seals, if your lucky you will see them swimming around the icebergs.

6. South Coast

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Black sand beaches, waterfalls everywhere you look, stunning landscapes that have you in constant awe, all that you need for an unforgettable road trip! Be sure to bring lots of snacks and your rain gear, there are very few stores along the way and you never know when a rain storm will arrive!

7. Snæfellsnes

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Picture this, your driving down the road with the ocean on one side, dozens of small waterfalls running off the mountains on the other, and glaciers in the near distance waiting to be explored. This is exactly what you get when you visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula! An added bonus, all the small fishing towns you will pass, they are the most charming little towns and are perfect for a relaxing place to stay while in Iceland.

8. Glymur

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Fancy a hike while your visiting Snæfellsnes? A hike back to the second tallest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur, will more than satisfy your hiking needs! The views along the way make this hike a must do!

9. The Blue Lagoon

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One simply can’t visit Iceland without taking a dip in this stunning blue water and pampering themselves to a relaxing spa day. Your going to need it after all the hiking you have done during your trip in Iceland.

10. Reykjavik

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A trip to Iceland isn’t complete without spending a day in the quirky capital city. Head over here for a one day itinerary for Reykjavik and learn more about this charming small city I now call home!

Want to learn more about this unique country I am living in? Check out my Iceland page and spark your desire to visit Iceland even more!

This post originally appeared on Guten Blog Y’all, now The Overseas Escape.

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  • http://www.gutenblogyall.com/ Margo

    SUCH a great post! Definitely deserved more airtime. :D

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much girl, so glad I got to share it with your readers as well :)

  • http://sophieinclogs.com Sophie

    You always make me want to hop on a flight to Iceland ASAP when I’m reading your posts!!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yay! Hopefully you get to visit Iceland soon!

  • http://ceciliaintherain.wordpress.com Cecilia

    As pretty much 50% of the Norwegian and Swedish female population, I read some books by Margit Sandemo when I was younger and have always wanted to visit Iceland ever since then. Havent quite made it there yet, but this post didnt exactly put a damper on my desire to visit one day!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hopefully one day you will get to visit!

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com/ Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust

    You live in such an incredibly beautiful country Kaelene!! Iceland has been on my must visit list since I first started reading your blog, and I still hope to get there one day!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Carly! I think you and Ty need a Euro trip once you finish your studies!

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    All equally beautiful! Can’t wait till I have a chance to visit! x

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yes you need to get up here and have a cup of coffee, or glass of wine, with me!

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    It all looks gorgeous! I hope we get to come for new year. Need to book it soon!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I hope you get to come for new years too! You would love it here during the holiday it is amazing!

  • http://www.somethingsaturdays.com/the-blog.html Elizabeth

    I came across your blog the other day and I’ve bookmarked most
    of the posts I’ve read! I’m hoping to do a road trip around Iceland in 2015 or
    2016, depending on a few other things. Some of the pictures remind me of
    Newfoundland, where I’m from, but the ones that don’t just look magical!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      A road trip around Iceland would be amazing! There is still so many places in Iceland I have yet to visit and am hoping to do a road trip this coming summer!

  • http://www.paperboats.net Paper Boat Sailor

    Glorious! So good to see there are still virgin lands on this planet.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I love being out in the middle of no where with just the Icelandic landscape surrounding me, so beautiful!

  • http://accordingtokiki123.blogspot.com/ Kiki

    Nice to meet another Kiki! These photos are absolutely beautiful. What a great place to visit. (:

    http://accordingtokiki123.blogspot.com/

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Kiki is a great name to have :) I am lucky to live here and travel all around, still so many more places I want to visit!

  • http://themochileradiaries.com Leah Kate

    Can’t wait to see Iceland for myself! Just beautiful :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Your going to love it here!

  • http://www.lifeinprogress.ca/ Kathy@Vodka and Soda

    seriously, this post gives me the wanderlust!!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      You need to get on over here!

  • Casey C

    Well, you’ve got me convinced. I always thought I’d go straight back to Germany if we ever got on another plane to Europe, but now I think I might like to experience a few new countries! :) Thanks for sharing!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yes! Iceland needs to be a stop on any Euro trip, at least I think so :)

  • http://www.tothedayslikethis.com/ Sammy @ Days Like This

    I want to come back!! So little time!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I need a whole summer to road trip around Iceland! So many places I want to see still!

  • http://www.seeyouinaporridge.com/ Kristen @ SYIAP

    I have never really wanted to go to Iceland, purely for lack of knowledge. I really want to go now, these pictures are stunning. Will I definitely see horses if I go to Landmannalaugar? Lol. And Gjáin really does look like a fairytale! Gorgeous!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      There are horses everywhere out in the countryside! I love seeing them out playing in the fields. At Landmannalaugar I am not sure if the horses are there everyday but I do know you can go on horse riding trips in Landmannalaugar which I am sure are amazing!

  • http://www.lifeplus1.me/ Lifeplus1

    Iceland seems like it would be a photographer’s paradise to me. I love going places where I can take my time and practice with my camera. So many beautiful places to take it all in.

    V
    Life+1

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It really is a photographers paradise! Whenever I go out of the city I am constantly wanting to stop to take more pictures.

  • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

    DONE. You’ve convinced me. now let’s talk about serious stuff. how many weeks would you recommend in Iceland to get the most out of a vacation there? Would your recommend renting a car, or taking buses/trains? And what kind of budget would someone need to have a great vacation!!?

    I am so absolutely considering hitting up most of this list. Just incredible photos, like nothing I have ever seen. And …were those horses WILD??

    Happy blogiversary also to you beautiful woman, this blog is something to be so proud of!

    Angie from reasons to dress

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I definitely recommend renting a car (there are no trains in Iceland and buses are a bit difficult to travel by outside of the city). I would recommend at least a week in Iceland, more if you want to travel more around the country. Getting out into the countryside is a must, that is where the magic is! Iceland can be a bit pricey, similar to other Scandinavian countries, but as many of the attractions are the nature and that is free it keeps the budget down.

      Those horses weren’t wild, but they are so beautiful!

      Thanks so much Angie! And thanks for reading along :)

      • http://reasonstodress.com Reasons to Dress

        2016 lady. I’m already saving and have an envelope with “Iceland” written on it. When I told my husband about your blog and imminent trip there, he said “its even more expensive than Copenhagen”…which was just CRAZY expensive. But after seeing your pictures I just NEED TO GO. I need to start reading more blogs about poor people destinations!

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          Yay!!!! And even though Iceland is expensive I would say once your out of the city it is not to bad. I hear ya tho, I am always reading blogs and dreaming of trips that are a bit spendy, we just can’t help ourselves!

  • http://nomad-notebook.blogspot.co.uk/ Lizzy

    It all looks amazing really!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It really is!

  • http://voyageofthemeemee.com/ Amanda MeeMee

    I can’t believe this is all real! It looks like perfection!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Sometimes I totally feel like I have walked into a fairytale, minus the fact that I have no magical powers :)

  • Flavia Sales-Holman

    So amazing! Beautiful, beautiful!!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      My thought exactly about Iceland!

  • http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Georgian

    Okay I need to go! J and I are talking about taking a trip with his parents to Iceland. I really hope we do!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Me too, fingers crossed a trip to Iceland happens for you guys!

  • http://www.relokate.eu/ Kate Jordan

    I can’t even decide which I would want to do first!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I can’t decide where I should see next, so many stunning places!

  • http://whattheelleblog.blogspot.com/ Elle @ WhatTheElle

    [I’m glad no one is around to hear my attempts at pronouncing half of this list.]

    I think you are Iceland’s best marketing tool, I’ve never even though about visiting there, but it looks so incredibly gorgeous!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Ha don’t worry that is me most of the time trying to pronounce Icelandic words!

  • http://www.world-walk-about.com/ Andrea Sherrodd

    Iceland looks so beautiful! I am campaigning hard to my husband for a trip to Iceland this summer, and I think after I show him this post maybe he’ll be sold :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yes! A trip to Iceland in the summer is the perfect time as well!

  • http://breathewithus.com/ Hugo Cura

    Pretty good list, mostly south Iceland. As for a global top 10 I would add other places further north as well! Awesome country. Must be really interesting to live there. Really enjoyed the time I spent there.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yes, this list is mostly south Iceland as I have yet to have the chance to travel around more of Iceland so this list is based only on my travels. Can’t wait to travel around more, such a beautiful country :)

      • http://breathewithus.com/ Hugo Cura

        You definitely should explore every corner :) . Maybe starting next spring as now it must be complicated, yet beautiful. It’s really hard to tell the best area, but I really enjoyed the westfjords and the westman islands (http://breathewithus.com/westman-islands/). So many things to see and do!

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          Yes it is my plan, full time job and a very rainy summer did help our travel plans this year but hoping for lots more travels (especially into the westfjords) this coming year.

  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    Ok, I keep seeing post after post, after Facebook shares about Iceland. I’m bookmarking this. I guarantee you, once we get back over to that part of the world and tickets aren’t 3,000+ dollars, I’ll be making a trip right on over. <3

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I know right! Two of my favorite places (Iceland and Australia) and they are as far away as possible from each other. I hope to make it to NZ one day as well!

  • http://www.buissonfamily.blogspot.com/ Debbie @ Buisson International

    Hi Kiki, I’m new to your blog :) I’m looking forward to reading your posts and learning more about Iceland! My husband and I plan to visit next year, and we’ve allotted a week. We may change that as I learn more thru your posts though :) Can you recommend what time of year we should visit? Thanks, Debbie :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by. How exciting about your upcoming trip to Iceland. As for the time of year that depends on what your hoping to do while here. Are you guys hoping to see the Northern Lights? Or just wanting to explore as much as possible in decent weather?

      • http://www.buissonfamily.blogspot.com/ Debbie @ Buisson International

        Probably more so decent weather. We originally thought July or August to make use of the “warm” weather and long days. What are the best Northern Light months though in case we change our mind. Thanks for the help, Kaelene!

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          Yes I would recommend June, July and beginning of August, it starts getting chiller here in August. The best time to see the Northern Lights is anywhere from Oct-March:) Hope this helps!

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    So beautiful. I would love to visit Iceland.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It really is so beautiful and I have so much left to discover!

  • http://www.undertheashtree.com/ Ashley Hufford

    Iceland is my FAVORITE country and I love this so much

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yay! I love Iceland too. Where have you visited in Iceland??

      • http://www.undertheashtree.com/ Ashley Hufford

        We (my boyfriend and I) explored Reykjavik, and then drove to Jökulsárlón, stopping along the way, we want to go back for a few weeks this summer. Brandons been studying Icelandic and…we’re kind of obsessed ;P

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          I love the drive along the south coast! How awesome, is he studying Icelandic online?

  • http://www.milesofhappiness.com Miles of Happiness

    Wonderful… You truly make me dream… On the bucket list for years now, but from Hong Kong, Iceland is sooo far… One day… :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      That is Hong Kong for me, one day!

  • http://across-the-atlantic.com Naila @ Across The Atlantic

    Wow! The glacier lagoon is simply stunning. Definitely on my bucketlist! Great photos!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It really is such a beautiful place to visit!

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