Who wouldn’t want to travel around Iceland, the tiny island that sits in the North Atlantic? The country is known for its rugged and diverse landscape, thousands of magnificent waterfalls, museums, snow-capped mountains and mysterious caves, as well as gorgeous glaciers, secular areas and active volcanoes. You will soon realize that it is only you and nature, so here are a handful of things you can do while you are in Iceland.
Travel around the Westfjords
No doubt it sounds good to many travelers to visit places where you come across fewer people and even fewer tourists. The Westfjords are the perfect example of such a place. This large peninsula is located in the northwest of the country and has a beautiful coastline that is full of incredible fjords, threatening waterfalls, lakes, fishing villages and rare animals, such as whales and puffins.
Walking on Hornstrandir
Although everything is beautiful in Iceland, Hornstrandir Nature Reserve offers you something else that is even more incredible. This gorgeous and stunning landscape will give you the opportunity to see mountain tops, sea peaks, waterfalls and dozens of foxes.
Volcano Trihnjukar Gig
You may have wondered what an active volcano looks like inside. If you dare, you can take a 30-minute drive from the capital, Reykjavik, and throw yourself in the Trihnjuku cradle to explore the golden stones and the burnt lava world. However, you do not have to worry about your life as this mountain will never erupt again.
See Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are a wonderful sight to see, especially the seeds of September and until April. When it’s dark, you can watch the magnificent dance of the Northern Lights.
Perhaps the Blue Lagoon is the most attractive place in Iceland. Swim in turquoise blue geothermal water containing heated seawater. The water in the lagoon has minerals that soften the skin and can improve various problems such as skin conditions.
Hiking Trails in Iceland
Iceland is also the perfect place to visit if you are looking for hiking trails that offer great views. Take a look at some of the best hiking trails Iceland has to offer.
The Laugavegur road is the most famous hiking trail in Iceland and spans a total of 53 kilometers. The tour starts at Landmannalaugar and ends in the beautiful green Torsmork. The journey takes at least four days and three nights. The walk is long but not too difficult. However, you will need a GPS device and be able to cope with rain, wind and even snow.
What you can expect to see as you hike this famous trail include large snowy mountains, orange mountains, beautiful mountains with green canyons, black sand desert and several places where pure Icelandic mountain water springs from the earth.
The waterfall Glymur is only accessible to pedestrians and people need to be in pretty good shape to get to it. The trail is quite difficult and is about 8 km long. It takes about three hours to walk to the waterfall and back. Streams, dark caves, green canyons and wildflowers will hide along the trail, making the walk very memorable.
If you are brave enough, try the Five Quarter. This trail contains one of the most magnificent landscapes and best views in Iceland. The trail starts from Skogafoss and ends in the famous green valley, Torsmork. In addition to being over 25 km long, you have to climb more than 1 km upwards. During a one to two day hike you will have to climb over glaciers, threatening waterfalls, a few years of clean drinking water and a fascinating lava landscape.
You need good outdoor clothing for all weather conditions, good but comfortable hiking shoes, hiking boots and snowshoes, as well as food, snacks, water bottle and GPS device for the trips. You need to be in good physical shape before attempting these trails.