Top 5 Destinations in Iceland

Iceland is a country of volcanoes, lava fields, glacial lakes and rivers, and vibrant and diverse cities, villages, and towns. The country’s unusual geology and the ruggedness of the terrain make it perfect for road trips of every kind. Many use Iceland camper rental options to get the most out of their visit.

Within this mind, let’s look at five destinations you should visit on any trip to Iceland.

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is a region of the Icelandic Southern Highlands and has some real gems to savour. It is a region of geothermal activity, and some kind of volcanic activity formed much of it. It is housed within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve.

It is a favourite among hikers and campers, and there are some brilliant trails to follow. They either take you to some  magnificent awe-inspiring places such as the Grænagil Canyon or The Rhyolite Mountains.

To reach the Highlands, you will need a 4 x 4 vehicle as two-wheel drive cars and campervans won’t be able *to negotiate the terrain*.This top 5 camper companies guide will
help you choose the right vehicle to reach this brilliant destination.

Golden Circle

Iceland’s Golden Circle is a highly popular ring road that features some of the best attractions in the country. A two-wheel drive vehicle will let you savour all of it, and you can get several day tours from Reykjavik too.

It is impossible to list all of the attractions on The Golden Circle, but here are a few gems.

  • Thingvellir National Park –  For many, this is the first stop on The Golden Circle and is a UNESCO protected sight. The park contains many geological wonders, and it is easy to see why the region is deemed the cradle of Icelandic civilisation. There is so much to see and do here it is impossible to list everything. The fact the park sits where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet is probably enough to pique your curiosity.
  • The Geysir Geothermal Area – This features a 3km square of geothermal land that shoots hot water into the air. The star of the show is Strokkur, that shoots water hundreds of feet. The whole region, however, is fascinating and local spas simply get heated water from the ground.
  • Gullfoss Waterfall – The Gullfoss Waterfall is probably going to be the first waterfall you see in Iceland. Water cascades over two levels,which is awe-inspiring in of itself. The fact that you view it from aboveand you can do it all angles will keep your Instagram feed busy for hours.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Two hours from Reykjavik and featuring *pink sand beaches*, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is referred to by locals as Iceland in a nutshell or Iceland in miniature. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula forms the Snaefellsnes National Park, and you can see the Snaefellsnes volcano, lava fields,waterfalls, and caves.

As well as the geology and the land, the fishing villages along the peninsula are delightful.

Delights include the Eldborg Crater which is a delightful hike to thetop of the crater which is 50 metres deep and the Landbrotalaug Geothermal Pool. Here, the temperatures are a perfect 36 – 40°C all year round and perfect for a quick dip.

Skaftafell Nature Reserve

The Skaftafell Nature Reserve has been part of the *Vatnajokull National Park* since 2008 making it the second biggest national park in Europe. It is a wilderness region of the country and contains some brilliant vistas.

Many climbers that want to reach Iceland’s highest summit,
Hvannadalshnjukur, use it as a base camp. Any visit to the region will allow you to savour waterfalls, icy lagoons and rivers, volcanoes, beautiful floras, and black sand.

Due to the rugged and varied landscapes, several movies have been shoth ere including Batman Begins, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Perhaps the fact that Vatnajokull, Iceland’s largest glacier, has its roots here is the most inspiring reason to spend time in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that is a constant 39°C all year round. The milky blue waters that are teeming with minerals and vitamins have attracted the world’s rich and famous. Beyoncé and Bjork have all been spotted here, so any visit may see you sharing the Blue Lagoon with a celebrity or two.

There are a high number of hotels and retreats based around The Blue Lagoon. It is only 15 minutes from the capital, however,  so a day trip here works well if you are planning to drive around the Ring Road.

The water’s minerals and vitamins provide rich skin nourishment and only The Golden Circle tour receives more visitors.

Iceland is a fantastic country and one you should visit as soon as you can. Hire your campervan and get out on the open road. Each day will bring adventure and wonder, and you will never want to leave.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels