"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
Often described as off the beaten track, Iceland is a land of glory. Beautiful landscapes, lush green mountains, thick ice sheets and untouched rugged beauty describes this Nordic Island nation. This absolutely gorgeous Scandinavian country started getting noticed after the famous TV show - Game of Thrones. A lot of tourists now flock in this small island to get a taste of "NORTH of the WALL". Here is a list of few best places to visit in Iceland to witness the perfect blend of Ice & Fire.
The capital city of Iceland is a treat to sore eyes. Reykjavik is the largest administered city of Iceland and is the starting point of a lot of day trips to different parts of the island country. Reykjavik has vibrant culture, modern museums, vivid nightlife and world-class restaurants and cafes. The port city is located on the southern shore of Faxafloi Bay, making it the world's northernmost capital. The city experiences the sub Tundra climate, which means that the summers are quite warm and the winters are nail bitingly chilly.
Interested in whale watching? If yes, Husavik is the ideal holiday destination for you. Considered as one of the best places in Europe for whale watching, Husavik is the tiny fishing village in the sheltered cove in Northern Iceland. One can easily spot minke, humpback and blue whales as well as white-beaked dolphin and harbour porpoise in Husavik. The village also has a small museum dedicated to whales where you can learn everything about this majestic mammal.
The largest glacial lake in Southern Iceland, Jokulsarlon provides you with an experience that no other place can. The sound of an iceberg breaking and crashing into the sea and the view of slow-moving floating icebergs from the island’s Ring Road is one of a kind experience. Take a boat tour to Jokulsarlon to witness this jaw-dropping power of nature in its all might.
Golden Circle Route
The famous day trip from Reykjavik, The Golden Circle route is famous for its active geysers. On the route, you will come across some of the most picturesque waterfalls and quaint villages. The famous and the most beautiful pitstop in the entire route is at Gullfoss, where you will find the mammoth Golden Falls and the Geysir hot springs.
Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
The south of Iceland is blessed with some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in all of Europe. The Seljalnadsfoss waterfall consists of pure glacier water from Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes this waterfall different from the others? You can actually take a walk from the cliff and get right behind the waterfall without getting drenched. A small cave behind the waterfall gives one of the most beautiful sights to behold. A 5-minute walk from the Seljalandsfoss waterfall will take you to Gljufrabui waterfall, a beautiful waterfall that gets overlooked because of Seljalandsfoss. Visit both the waterfalls when you are taking a tour to this area of Iceland.
One of the most famous destinations in Iceland to witness the vastness of Northern Lights, Hvitserkur Rock is a monolith rock that was once a volcanic dyke but has now been eroded by the Arctic Sea. It is famous for both its geological significance and supernatural rumours. The place is considered to be an ideal spot to watch Northern Lights in winter. Tourists can take a detour to Borgarvirki and Kolugljúfur while visiting Hvitserkur Rock to experience the old Icelandic traditions.
The place got it's popularity from the famous TV series - Game of Thrones. Portrayed as the passageway to the land of Eerie, Fjaorargljufur Canyon is now visited by a lot of tourists to see the grand Game of Thrones locations. Located in south Iceland, the canyon is in shape of a serpent. Fjaðrá river flows within the canyon. The river originates in the Mount Geirlandshraun lava field and runs its course southeast into Skaftá glacial river. The canyon is located 1 hour drive away from Vik.
Travelling is an art, the art that only a few have a stomach to digest. Appreciating the vastness of a landscape is not for every eyes and only a few can devour in the extremities of the mother nature. Visiting Iceland means reconnecting with the untouched beauty of nature and one must be prepared to embrace it with open arms.