The word Iceland conjures up images of stunning landscape, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers and the magical Northern Lights. The land of Fire and Ice is touted as one of the top destinations in the world.
Every corner in Iceland is the stuff of Instagram legends. The country is blessed with stunning vistas that will absolutely knock your socks off.
We have meted out a list of top Instagrammable places in Iceland that you don’t want to give it a miss at any cost.
Godafoss is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Iceland. It is one of the three main attractions along the Golden Circle.
In 1973 a US Navy plane ran out of fuel and crashed here. The remains of the ill-fated plane are still there and is a delight for photographers. It is also quite popular among wedding photographers.
To get to the plane wreck site you need to walk for an hour or so from the main road as driving to this place is not allowed to protect the flora and fauna of the site.
It is one of the most photographed mountains of Iceland. Known as Church mountain and is located on the north coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is only a short distance away from the town of Grundarfjörður.
The waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss near the mountain is one of the favorite spots to capture the mountain is all its glory.
It is the star attraction of Skaftafell National Park in the East Region of Iceland. The waterfall is surrounded by magnificent geometric black lava columns and looks breathtaking.
One of the largest and the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland is in the Westfjords region. It is a series of 7 waterfalls and each having a different name.
It is 30 meters wide and widens up to 60 meters at the bottom. You can also hike up to the main waterfall while stopping by the smaller waterfalls on the way.
Secret Lagoon or Deljavallalaug Pool
Iceland’s oldest swimming pool that was built in 1923 is still operational. It is quite popular among locals and tourists alike.
Another stunning waterfall in Iceland. It is 65 meters tall and is freaking stunning. You can easily amble behind it and capture the views of magnificent waterfalls.
If you are not planning to drive in Iceland, you can opt for South Coast Tour offered by Super Jeep Tours and explore a lot of offbeat places.
Skogafoss waterfall is probably the most photographed waterfall in all of Iceland. The waterfall is located on the South Coast of Iceland and is easily accessible from Reykjavik in 2 hours time. There is an observation deck located on the top of the waterfall from where you get a unique view of the falls. Legend has it that, a treasure chest is hidden behind the waterfall.
A cute little fishing village in the East of Iceland. The town sits at the end of a 17 km long fjord of the same name. The wooden houses and the lush green landscape are worth a visit. The cute little houses beside the calm water with a backdrop of stunning mountains makes for a perfect Instagram shot.
If you want to get off the beaten track then Seyðisfjörður is the place for you.
National Geographic voted this place as one of the Top 10 Non Tropical beach destinations in the world.
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black sand beach found in the South Coast of Iceland near the fishing village of Vik. The basalt rock formation, the black sand beach, the Atlantic ocean and the stunning panorama gives you ample scope for photo ops.
How can we not include the famous cave that was featured in GOT? Unfortunately, it’s too hot to swim in but it is gorgeous for pictures and your Instagram feed.
Iceland’s deepest and most spectacular glacial lake looks straight out of Ice age. Isn’t it?
Quite close to the Jokulsarlon Glacier. Diamond beach is a black volcanic sand beach. You fill find icebergs of various sizes dotted all around.
To reach this place, you have to pull off on the left side of the road before crossing the bridge and follow a trail that leads you to the ocean.
One of the most touristy places in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon. It is crowded and the tickets are sold in advance. There are thermal pools, spas, hot tubs at Blue Lagoon. Mineral-rich hot water from far beneath the earth forms the spectacular pool. The geothermal water is known for its positive effect on the skin. It is accessible by car or bus from Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport.
Mývatn Nature Baths
Less touristy and a cheaper alternative to the famous Blue Lagoon.
Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River
Hot Springs are quite popular in Iceland. There are many peppered all around the country. Do check out a detailed guide HERE
There are various Ice Caves dotted in the southern coast of Iceland. A visit to the Ice cave is seasonal and is only possible during winter months. There are various guided tours that are organized during winter months. One of the most famous is the Vatnajökull glacier which is the largest glacier in Europe.
Last but not the least. If you are planning a trip to Iceland between September to March; don’t miss the Northern Lights.
Few Important websites to bookmark for your visit to Iceland
- For up to date road conditions – www.road.is
- Weather and Northern Lights/ Aurora updates www.vedur.is
- Repository of Iceland Travel Guides – Guide To Iceland
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