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Places to Visit When in Iceland
Iceland is a beautiful country filled with mountains, caves and volcanic powers. There are several places one should visit when in Iceland, but I have chosen my own personal favorites.
Gullni hringurinn / Gullfoss
Gullfoss is an iconic waterfall located in the southwest of Iceland. The waterfall is a part of the "Golden Circle" which is a tourist route some people set out on when they wish to see the finest sights of Iceland.
When you first approach the waterfall it creates a illusion that the water falls directly in to the earth. The waterfall looks best at winter in my opinion, but that is just a matter of preference.
This is in my opinion one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. The water is not icy blue, it's actually blue! The walk up to the waterfall is way better than standing on the opposite hill watching down on it.
The Blue Lagoon is probably one of Iceland's most visited attractions. The spa is only a twenty minute ride from Keflavik Airport. The gigantic pool is surrounded by volcanic rocks. Many people travel far to bathe in the waters as they are filled with sulfur and silica. These minerals are supposedly healing for people with skin diseases.
This place has a very touristy-vibe to it, but if you look pass that I believe anyone will enjoy it. Yes, it may be crowded, but I would recommend to visit in the afternoon or evening,- it will be way more peaceful.
Strokkur is a geyser located in the southwest part of Iceland. The geyser erupts quite often and the water can reach a height up to forty meters at it's best.
This place took me absolutely by surprise. It just looks like your average natural habitat and then suddenly a giant geyser pops out of the ground. I mean I'm from Norway so I'm used to odd natural happenings, but this was absolutely worth a trip. Gorgeous!
This may seem like an odd tip, but I really have to say I have not enjoyed road trips before I went to Iceland. The views from the back seat of your car is what makes the trip worth while. This will probably vary from season to season, but in spring, it is absolutely magnificent.
I am a terrible driver so I'm happy I stayed in the back seat on our trip to Iceland so I could watch every mountain slowly pass by. Be also sure to take a trip to Reykjavik and check out some of the local street art, it's really unique.