Visiting the black sand beach in Vik is definitely a must. The sand is crushed lava rock formed when it reaches the frigid ocean. A beautiful beach to visit, but not where I chose to sun tan. Half way down the beach is a large vaulted cavern called Hálsanefeshellir (obviously really easy to pronounce).
To read my full post on Vik Iceland click here.
2. Take A Tour Of The Crystal Caves
Sometimes called Crystal Caves, the ice caves inside Iceland’s glaciers are a truly remarkable wonder of nature. They are hard to get good pictures of, but your eyes will be able to take in an amazing view.
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3. Visit The Abandoned Plane
On the Saturday of Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy airplane ran out of fuel and was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s beach in the south of Iceland. The crew survived the landing and the airplane’s remains are still at the crash site. I’m glad I wasn’t on board as flying is already stressful enough!
4. Take A Tour Of Glacier Lagoon
Photo: Mekanoide / CC
The glaciers in Iceland are UNREAL! Some of the best are only 2 hours past Vik. I couldn’t help but think that one of these guys sunk the titanic.
5. Snorkel In The Mid-Atlantic Ridge
At Thingvellir Park you can see the island literally being ripped apart by earth’s crust pulling in opposite directions (explanation below), exposing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This rare occurrence obviously causes a number of geographic phenomenon, and excites snorkelers with views to the center of the earth.
6. Drive Through Thingvellir National Park
Photo: Gunnar Eiríkur Hauksson / Flickr
In Thingvellir National Park you can see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that splits Iceland further apart each year. On the drive you can see bubbling hot springs, beautiful lakes, and Iceland’s famous super hairy horses.
7. Watch Geysir Blow
Every few minutes within the Golden Circle you can see the Strokkhur Geysir spout boiling water up in the air. These powerful earth burps can sometimes shoot as high as 100 ft above the ground. Also cool to see are the boiling mud pits, but warning, they are not bubbling chocolate pits.
8. Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss is Iceland’s most famous waterfall. The pictures can’t show just how big this waterfall really is. The water is glacier runoff, and ultimately flows into the ocean.
9. Visit A Volcano
Iceland has about 130 volcanoes on the island. This is incredible to consider when you realize that Iceland is about the size of Georgia. Fears of a volcano erupting are a real concern there!
Blue Lagoon is deservedly Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction. It is basically a football field sized hot tub that is powered by hot water shooting up from the center of the earth. It is an awesome sight and super relaxing in the cold. Don’t worry, the hot spring even goes inside so you can get back into the locker room without having to be out in the cold.
You can read my full post of Blue Lagoon here.
Our trip to Iceland was unreal and I hope you guys have enjoyed reading our top 10.
UPDATE: I have had a lot of questions about where we stayed in Iceland. We rented a hotel in Reykjavik right in the city center. The prices weren’t too bad but we were there in December. It was about $100 a night. They offer free breakfast and wifi. The breakfast was REALLY good!
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