5 places you must visit in Iceland

Frequently nicknamed the land of fire and ice, Iceland is home to one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. If you are planning a visit to the country, that’s just a three hour flight from London, then here are five places that you must visit.

One – Skogafoss 

Skogafoss is one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls. It’s located on Route 1, Iceland’s main road that feeds the whole country. Therefore, it’s easy to get to from the capital Reykjavik.

At 60m high, the spray from Skogafoss can be seen from miles. The water cascades down from the Skogar River and it can freeze over during the cold winter months. If there’s one waterfall to visit when you’re here, this is the one.

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Standing in front of Skogafoss one morning in February

Two – Seltun Geothermal Area

This place is truly incredible. Think Mars, but on earth! This destination is a little off the beaten track. It’s about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik and not many people know about it. That makes it all the more special when you’re there; it makes you feel like you’re the only people on the planet!

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The steam pluming from the hot springs at Seltun

Three – The Golden Circle

This is one of the most surreal places that you will ever visit. Split between three separate destinations, the Golden Circle sends you on a roller coaster of emotions. Firstly there’s the geyser, called Strokkur.

Strokkur is guaranteed to erupt every five to eight minutes, causing you to squeal with delight. The reason it does so is because of the geothermal activity that happens underneath the earth. When the pressure builds to a certain point, the water shoots up creating the Geyser.

A link to my video that I made in Iceland!

Next, there’s the magnificent waterfall of Gullfoss, and translated it means the golden falls (it’s not hard to see why). This area is the most popular stop on the route, so be sure to get here early in the morning to have the best experience.

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The beautiful Gullfoss

As if all of that isn’t enough, the final place on the tour is the Thingvellir National Park. Perhaps the most amazing thing, is that you can walk between two plate boundaries. Here, the Eurasian plate and the North American plate are diverging to create rift valleys. If you’re a geographer like me, you’ll find it mind-blowing. And, if you’re not, it’s still incredible. How many people can say they’ve walked between two tectonic plates!?

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Just another one of Iceland’s amazing waterfalls

Four – Vik and the surrounding area

Vik is a tiny town nestled in southern Iceland. Home to under 400 people, it’s services provide a lifeline to the people who live in the remote landscape. With the emptiness, however, comes true beauty.

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The small town of Vik in South Iceland

The town of Vik is stunning and it’s easily recognisable for its colourful houses and red-roofed church.

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The coastline overlooking Reynisfjara

Just along the coast is Reynisfjara, a beautiful black sand beach that has been the filming location for TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Take That music videos…

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The black sand beach: Reynisfjara in February

Five – Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool

This is a real gem and probably my favourite place we visited in Iceland. Located at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull (the volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused havoc to flights across Europe) this swimming pool is kept warm by the water from the natural hot springs.

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The mile hike to the swimming pool over boulders and across streams

Entry is completely free and you are able to spend as much time in the pool as you like, as long as you are prepared to brave the minus eight temperatures as you go from the changing rooms to the water. Yet, it’s worth it. Besides, not many people can say that they have swam at the foot of a volcano!

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