Top 5 Must-See Sights In Iceland

by Aleena Islam
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With everything that’s going on right now, travel probably isn’t the safest thing to do right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your next vacation! In my opinion, planning a trip is just as much fun, if not more fun, than the actual trip itself. You can research the best places to visit, the best restaurants to eat at, and get hyped for when you actually get to go! In that mindset, let’s take a look at some of the must-see places to visit in Iceland!

Iceland has been growing in popularity recently, with more and more people traveling there. With all its waterfalls, scenery, and natural beauty, Iceland is the perfect vacation spot for those looking to be at one with nature! There are a lot of beautiful spots in Iceland, all of which are equally worth seeing. But, if you’re traveling on a schedule, you might have to prioritize a few sights. Here’s our pick of the 5 top sights you absolutely can’t miss!

1. Seljalandsfoss

First on our list is Seljalandsfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in southern Iceland. From the front, it looks like just another Icelandic waterfall, but Seljalandsfoss is famous for the fact that visitors can walk behind the waterfall.

The parking lot in front of Seljalandsfoss has a cute little shop in front of it, selling everything from coffee to pastries to sweatshirts. Grab a cup of coffee to warm you up and set out on the very short hike to walk behind the falls! The view from behind is truly spectacular, as being behind a waterfall is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is a waterfall that you should definitely not miss!

2. Skógafoss

Skogafoss, Iceland
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Skógafoss is another well-known waterfall in southern Iceland. It’s a powerful, fast-moving waterfall that drains into a river that runs along the highway. Perhaps the coolest thing about this fall is that you can climb up the cliff the waterfall is located in. There are lots of stairs that lead up to the top, so bring your energy and hiking boots! It’s tiring, but well-worth it, as the view from the top of Skógafoss is truly majestic.

3. Jökulsárlón

Jokulsarlon, Iceland

My personal favorite spot is Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon in southeastern Iceland. The lake is extremely blue and still, dotted with floating icebergs and large pieces of glacier from the nearby glacier. Depending on the season, there are usually boat rides out onto the lake. The feeling of the crisp cold air as you sail through the lake, the peaceful, clear-blue surroundings is an experience that anyone who visits Iceland should not miss out on!

In addition, the water from Jökulsárlón flows into the Black Diamond Beach, known for its black, diamond-like sand. Check out this beach on your way to Jökulsárlón!

4. Kerid Crater

Kerid Crater, Iceland

Kerid Crater is a little less popular than the other spots on this list, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Kerid Crater is a volcanic lake nestled perfectly within a crater. The view from the top of the crater, as well as view from inside the crater, are both spectacular.

Kerid is located near Rekyavík, so this is a good spot to visit on your way to or from the capital city. Climb down the stairs leading to the bottom of the crater and just enjoy the calm within!

5. Reykjavík

Reykjavik, Iceland
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Finally, we could not leave the capital city off the list! You can’t visit Iceland without spending at least an afternoon in the city. It’s quite a jarring sight to see a bustling city after days spent in the outdoors of Iceland, but it’s a nice way to end your Icelandic vacation. Perhaps sit down for a nice meal and spend a few hours walking the many streets of Reykjavík, weaving in and out of the many stores.

Hopefully, this guide helped you pick out a few places to add to your Iceland vacation! Whenever it is safe to travel again, definitely put these spots on your must-see list!

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