6 Unforgettable places in Iceland that belong on your bucket list


Iceland, also known as the land of fire and ice, has become one of the most popular destinations in the world over the last few years, thanks to its unique landscapes and location at the top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Its capital city, Reykjavik, is even one of the most attractive cities in all of Europe. If you’re planning on visiting Iceland soon or have considered visiting but haven’t yet made your decision, here are six places in Iceland that belong on your bucket list.

6 Unforgettable places in Iceland that belong on your bucket list

1) Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón is a glacier lagoon located at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull in southeast Iceland, where icebergs are a daily occurrence. The ethereal beauty of this natural phenomena is such that it has been used as the set for many Hollywood movies, including James Bond’s A View to Kill and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Jökulsárlón’s otherworldly landscapes are the result of chunks from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier melting and then floating across the lagoon before travelling out to sea. These bergs can be over 6 metres tall and their presence makes for an extraordinary spectacle. Also make sure to do an ice cave tour while you are there.

2) Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

Solheimasandur Plane Wreck is a wreckage site of a United States Navy Grumman Avenger. The plane had been patrolling Icelandic airspace during the height of the Cold War when it ran out of fuel and crashed into the black sand beach. The crash was most likely due to pilot error as there were no signs of enemy fire or hostile action. The plane wreck is located just off-shore from Solheimasandur, an expansive black sand beach with no vegetation and very few visitors. The area is popular for its amazing sunsets, short walks, and lack of crowds.

3) Sólheimar ecovillage

Iceland is a small country with a big heart and soul. It’s also known for being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and natural hot springs are so stunning you’ll want to visit as soon as possible. Just remember to check the weather in Iceland before making your decision as it can impact the activities you can do. One place that comes highly recommended is Solheimar Ecovillage. It’s an eco-village where people are given some land to build their own house, grow food and take care of the environment in their own way. This village is an inspiring example of what can be accomplished when people work together towards a common goal—helping our planet heal from human abuse.

4) Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa found near the Keflavík International Airport. The water comes from underground springs and is rich in minerals like silica, sulphur, and sodium. The temperature of the water ranges from approximately 40°C to 50°C, which makes it feel as if you’re bathing in liquid silk. It’s said to have skin rejuvenating qualities but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Either way, the view is just breathtaking.

5) Seljavallalaug Pool and Spa

Seljavallalaug Pool and Spa is a geothermal pool outside of Reykjavik. The water temperature ranges from 36°C to 38°C. The pool is deep enough for diving and the water feels silky smooth to the touch. Seljavallalaug Pool is a natural spring, which means it’s also rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, perfect for relaxing those muscles after a long day of exploring the country.

6) Gullfoss waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall is a popular tourist attraction located about 20 kilometres from Reykjavík. It is part of the Golden circle and it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. The falls are split into two sections by a large rock. The upper segment has its own name – Háifoss – and drops some 32 metres (105 feet) into the narrow canyon below. Gullfoss has an average water flow of 200 cubic metres per second (7,200 cu ft per second). It’s best to visit Gullfoss during the winter months when rainwater is less likely to be flowing down over the falls.

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