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Amazing Places to Visit in Iceland

Northern Lights

Northern Lights (photo: David Phan)

Situated in Northern Europe, Iceland offers some of the most amazing, breath-taking landscapes on the planet.

It’s geologically active due to its location in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; meaning, it features some of the most active volcanoes in the world. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful country. Below you’ll discover some of the best places to visit.

Bláskógabyggð – The Northern Lights

Okay, so Bláskógabyggð isn’t the first place you think of when you’re looking at Iceland holidays, but it’s one of the best places to witness the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are one of the biggest attractions of Iceland, drawing thousands of tourists each year. While they can be viewed from many parts of the country, and occasionally light up the skies of Reykjavík, the smaller towns and villages such as Bláskógabyggð offer a much clearer view of this natural phenomenon.

You'll also find the famous Gullfoss Waterfall here. So even if you aren’t lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights during your stay, you’ll still get to have an amazing experience.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon (photo: Heather R)

Grindavik –Home to the beautiful Blue Lagoon

The village of Grindavik may be small, but it's home to the best-known attraction in Iceland.

The beautiful Blue Lagoon boasts 6 million liters of geothermal water (a combination of fresh and saltwater). Naturally heated between 98.6F and 102F (37C and 39C), the lagoon water is known for its excellent health benefits. There’s also a waterfall, steam bath made from a lava cave, a gift shop, and a café to be enjoyed.

But that’s not all this charming village has to offer. It’s one of the most surprising destinations for tourists, offering everything from exciting annual festivals to the best golf course in Iceland.

Greenland – The most remote part of the world

While technically separate from Iceland, Greenland is a popular Icelandic holiday extension. If you book an Iceland holiday via Exodus Travels Limited, for example, you’ll find offers to explore the many beautiful sights of the world's biggest island. To put Greenland's size into perspective, it runs the length of about Scotland through to the Sahara!

Despite being the largest island in the world, it's population is just 57,500 people, with the most living in scattered settlements on the western coast.

If you’re looking to experience the more untouched parts of the island, a walking tour along the Eastern coast is highly recommended. There you will enjoy stunning views of icebergs and unspoiled wilderness. It’s one of the most remote parts of the world, making any visit a truly unforgettable experience.

Volcanic eruption in Holuhraun

Eruption in Holuhraun, Iceland on Sept 1, 2014. The location is north of Bardarbunga volcano. (photo: Sparkle Motion)

Askja – An outer world experience

As Iceland is mainly known for its volcanic activity, you don't want to miss out on witnessing its many volcanic attractions. Askja is situated within the Dyngjufjoll Mountains, and it’s one of the most impressive attractions the country has to offer.

Upon arrival, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. A huge crater houses a geothermal lake which has a beautiful milky turquoise color. If you’re willing to climb down the sides of the crater, you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the lake.

An interesting fact about Askja is that it was once used by American astronauts as a training ground due to its unique lunar landscape.

Landmannalauger – A hiker’s paradise

Another part of Iceland to boast a unique, unearthly landscape is Landmannalauger. Situated in the Highlands of Iceland, its most significant appeal is its wild-colored hills. It has a rugged, natural landscapes and is a firm favorite with hikers from all over the world. It’s worth noting that this part of the country is only accessible in the summer months.

Iceland's location and geography give it a unique edge over most other countries, creating diverse, exotic landscapes that you won’t find anywhere else.

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gg2106

Monday 8th of August 2016

Iceland is totally my kind of vacation. That compelling Blue lagoon inspires me to visit Iceland again.

Katie @ tea break project

Friday 29th of July 2016

Sounds amazing. Iceland has been on my list for ages and ages - and weirdly, perhaps, so has Greenland. I have a weird attraction to super remote places, and Greenland definitely fits the bill for that. Great list :-)

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