15 most beautiful hidden gems of Iceland
Iceland is consistently ranked among the world’s most beautiful places. This lovely island, halfway between Europe and Greenland, is on practically every real traveler’s bucket list. Iceland has been a popular tourist destination in recent years, thanks to low-cost airlines, but don’t fret; there are still lots of spots in Iceland where you won’t have to worry about tourists.
Take a look at the 15 most beautiful secret places in Iceland that people come here for and get inspiration for your holiday this year:
On the Fjará River in southern Iceland, Fjarárgljfur (Fjrárgljfur) is a magnificent green canyon. This magnificent natural wonder is 100 meters deep and 2 kilometers long. Fjarárgljfur was formed by centuries of erosion and water flowing from glaciers. Although the canyon’s origins are said to date from the end of the last ice age, its slopes are up to 2 million years old.
You will also see the beautiful Fagrifoss waterfall and the Landbrotshólar craters. Enjoy breathtaking nature away from the crowds of tourists. Icelanders often take this place as magical, believing in Elves and “Hidden People.” And you can find them in the canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur.
The geothermal baths at Grindavk are made out of excavated pools in lava fields that are filled with water from a nearby geothermal power plant. The temperature will be reduced to mineral-rich water by the power plant with a heating plant, and the pools will be perfect at 37-39 ° C. A great number of people come to see the pale blue, milky water. Because this is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, people interested in visiting must purchase their tickets in advance online.
The magical mountains of Kerlingarfjöll
The Magic Mountains have been regarded as an isolated and unfriendly location for generations. Although the adjacent area of Kjölur, or rather the historic Kjölur Road, functioned as one of the key routes between northern and southern Iceland, they have not been visited or investigated in a long time.
Wrecked plane DC3
During the flight of the US Army Dakota DC-3 over Iceland in 1973, the aircraft ran out of fuel, so the crew decided to make an emergency landing on the beach near the town of Vik. The members of the crew survived and the wreck of the plane remains here to this day, which, however, gradually loses its mark due to reckless intervention and destruction of tourists.
You can get here from the parking lot along road 1 and then about 3 kilometers walk.
Only a few of the original turf huts remain today. The majority of these houses are part of Iceland’s National Museum’s historic structures collection. Visitors who want to learn more about Iceland’s history can visit reproductions of turf cottages.
Volcanic craters – Kerið for example
The water-filled Kerid Crater is a short halt on the road from Selfoss to the geysers of the Golden Circle. The crater, which was produced around 6,500 years ago by a volcanic eruption, is 270 meters long, 170 meters broad, and up to 55 meters deep. The crater’s water depth ranges from 7 to 14 meters. You can walk around the crater and down to the bottom by following the trail.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
It is another lake in Iceland’s southeast that is one of the country’s most popular natural attractions. The sight of gigantic glaciers that break, tumble off, and literally freeze in your back at the sound of cracking ice impresses most visitors. If you want a more intensive experience, you can pay for a boat ride through the ice floes, where you will have the opportunity to shoot very unusual images.
One of Iceland’s most unusual and beautiful phenomena is a glacial lake with floating bushes. There was a glacier around thirty meters distant even 60 years ago.
Mountain and waterfall Kirkjufell
Kirkjufell is Iceland’s most photographed mountain. It is a popular tourist destination because of its remote location on the edge of the sea. The Kirkjufell mountain has a lovely hiking track around it, and you may also climb to the top to see bird and fish fossils.
Aurora Borealis – northern lights
Because Iceland is so far north, you might be able to view the aurora borealis if you’re lucky. In Iceland, the greatest time to see the aurora borealis is from September to mid-April, when the evenings are long.
Rainbow mountains Landmannalaugar
This part of Iceland has a rainbow color due to its intense geothermal activity. Landmannalaugar’s rainbow mountains resemble a kaleidoscope, with colours of green, orange, red, black, and brown alternating.
The largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull, contains numerous ice tunnels to explore. Martin Loew, a well-known traveler, recently explored the glacier.
On the edge of the Mrdalsjökull glacier, the Mlifell volcano is covered in grimmia moss, which changes color depending on soil moisture.
The fairytale church Hofskirkja is the only one with a grass roof that has survived. Hofskirkja is Iceland’s sole surviving turf-roofed church.
The Litlanesfoss Waterfall cascades over a wall of perfectly uniform basalt columns. A beautiful view of Lake Lagarfljót (Lögurinn) may be had from the waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall you can walk behind
The water from the river Seljalandsá falls from a height of 60 meters. It’s a really breathtaking spectacle. You can walk behind the waterfall and take some beautiful photos. Just don’t forget your raincoat.