Top 4 Beautiful and Unique Places to See in Iceland

Iceland is known for some of its most magnificent views. This Nordic island country is located in the North Atlantic Ocean and is usually considered to be a part of Europe. The population of the Republic of Iceland is only about 330,000, which makes it the least populated country in Europe. For such a small country, Iceland has its fair share of natural phenomena. There are fascinating landscapes with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. You’ll find stunning sceneries that range from crystal blue glacier lagoons to green moss volcanoes, black sand beaches, and illuminating ice caves. There are so many beautiful destinations in this country. I want to share four of my favorite places in Iceland to visit. While following along my journey, look at a map of Iceland and you may discover many of the other interesting places that you may want to learn more about.

 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland

Jökulsárlón Lake is also known as Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon or the Glacier Lake. This is probably the most photographed place in Iceland and it has become one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. You will be mesmerized by its extreme beauty! You may have seen this Lagoon in some movies like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, A View to a KillDie Another Day, and Batman Begins. It was even a setting in the reality TV series Amazing Race.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland

Jökulsárlón is one of the deepest lakes in Iceland being more than 600 feet deep. It flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean all while leaving chunks of sparkling ice to wash up on the black sand beach. You’ll find blocks of ice in all shapes and colors as they are constantly changing from transparent to white and to an amazing blue color. Some of the ice is even black.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland

Thanks to the small river leading to the ocean, the lagoon is filled with fish. This fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals during the winter. They will gather at the river mouth to feed, along with huge numbers of seabirds.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland

The best time of the year to visit Jökulsárlón is between May and October. Icelandic weather is fierce but weather conditions tend to be worse outside of these months.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland

 

 

 

Diamond Beach Iceland

You can follow some of the icebergs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and down the ocean to Jökulsárlón Diamond Beach to discover the black sand beach. Some icebergs get pushed back to shore and shine like sparkling diamonds on the black sand. The black sand will sometimes stick to the glassy surface of the icebergs, which only adds to their beauty as they lie upon the shore. All the icebergs on the black velvety sand combined with the power of the waves and the sunlight reflecting through and off the icebergs create a place that is so magical. The scattered ice chunks that you find here are simply captivating. You will be hypnotized by the diamond-looking ice chunks.

Black Sand Beach Iceland

 

Black Sand Beach Iceland

 

 

 

Stunning Deep Blue Cave In Iceland
Photo Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

 

After about a 30 minute drive from the Diamond Beach, you will find the stunning Crystal Ice Cave of Svínafellsjökull. This cave is located in Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Created by the unparalleled forces of the Vatnajökull ice cap, the Crystal Cave emerged as a result of its glacier meeting the Icelandic coastline. The centuries-old ice that has come from the slopes of Vrffajvkull, Iceland’s tallest active volcano, has compressed all air out of the ice adding to the texture and color of the cave. Everywhere you look in this ancient glacier are different shades of blue colors and natural creations. You’ll experience the extraordinary world of an ice cave where the scattering of the light seeps through the ice giving the cave a mystical blue color. The interaction of light and ice is unique and the experience of being inside the glacier is so breathtaking that no word can describe it. This is definitely a must see in the winter.

Crystal Cave of Svmnafellsjvkull
Photo Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

 

The best time of the year to visit Crystal Ice Cave is from November to March. It can be too dangerous to visit in the spring & summer due to a threat of collapse. Cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible.

Crystal Cave of Svmnafellsjvkull
Photo from unknown

 

 

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is one place you must visit in Iceland! It’s famous for its outdoor pool and health center. Bathing in the steaming salt water of the Blue Lagoon and being surrounded by amazing nature is a dream come true. The Blue Lagoon is simply an oasis of true relaxation. Iceland’s geothermal spa is tucked into a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula where water temperatures average 98 to 102 degrees F. At the Lagoon, you’ll find several saunas and various spa treatments along with a bar and restaurant with views over the lagoon. You can get a water massage under a waterfall, enjoy a white silica mud mask, or simply just take in the marvelous scenery.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

 

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Relax and recharge in the soothing, milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon. The mineral-rich hot water from far beneath the earth forms the spectacular lagoon, where a luxurious health spa has been developed in the rugged lava landscape. The lagoon’s geothermal seawater is known for its positive effects on the skin. The water is rich in silica and sulfur which helps make your skin rejuvenate and shine. The Lagoon’s warm geothermal water and natural active ingredients help you relax and unwind. The Blue Lagoon is without a doubt the most sophisticated spa experience ever!

Blue Lagoon Iceland

 

Iceland is a year-round destination where there’s something to see every day. There’s always an exciting adventure waiting to happen and a spectacular view to be seen!

 

 

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Brandi Hayden

Brandi Hayden

I'm Brandi from suburbs of Memphis, TN. I enjoy trying new products & services, and sharing my experience with others. My blog consists of my "Theory" on products and everyday life from a babe born on Easter.

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55 thoughts on “Top 4 Beautiful and Unique Places to See in Iceland”

  1. ICELAND is definitely on the TO GO TO list of my husband and mine. However, we typically take vacations during the winter months and I DO NO THINK Iceland would be a GLORIOUS TIME as we freeeeeeezeeee our buts off LOL!

  2. Iceland looks so amazing. I would love to explore all of these places starting with Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

  3. I hate being cold, but Iceland looks stunning. I’m really interested in seeing the Diamond Beach you shared with us. Gorgeous!

  4. gloria patterson

    I am nuts for saying this based on our cold icy weather right now………… BUT i would love to go to iceland. So many people are going there for holidays and they are showing up more and more in adventure books

  5. gloria patterson

    I watched the Amazon race last night and the first place they visited was Iceland. But it must have been between may and october because it was so green and beautiful there.

  6. Iceland is one of my top places on my list to travel. Such beautiful pictures . Hope to go there sooner rather than later .

  7. I think the caves would be really neat to see. My Aunt and Uncle have been to Iceland before and said it was beautiful. I would love to one day see it.

  8. Iceland is truly beautiful. I especially love the pictures of the Crystal Ice Cave of Svínafellsjökull. I bet it is even prettier in real life.

  9. Angela Williams

    Wow, I love the light in the photography of the lagoon and ice cave pictures. Beautiful places to visit while in Iceland!

  10. How gorgeous! I’ve watched several blogs on Iceland and always thought it would be a neat place to travel to.

  11. Linda Manns Linneman

    Iceland sounds like a beautiful place to live. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. I will love to take a trip here. thank you for sharing this great article and pictures. God Bless

  12. Wow… just, wow. I would love to travel to Iceland some day! I’ve taken a few visits to Europe, but never thought about trying to work Iceland into my itinerary. It would have been pretty hard to work out, especially since I was traveling solo and for a time, renting a car. But yes, definitely… there are so many reasons why Iceland is not to be overlooked. And let’s not forget about the music festivals! ….Oh my gosh! I just searched for ~ iceland music festivals ~ , and clicked on one link. I can’t believe how much there is on just this one page! (Hopefully you can see where I’ve pasted it, near my name.) Ms. Easter Babe, you’ve given me the travel bug– I mean, you’ve given me a new one! 🙂

  13. I have never thought about going to Iceland. The pictures and descriptions of your article make me want to see it. I especially would love sitting in the Blue Lagoon.

  14. heather eg Kaufman

    The places look amazing, I would really like to go to the Blue Lagoon. It looks so beautiful & relaxing.

  15. Wow, what a gorgeous place! I would absolutely love to be able to visit here someday. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Linda Manns Linneman

    This is awesome. So much of Gods beauty. I have never thought of visiting there before. Now that I have seen these pictures this will be on my bucket list. Thank you so much for sharing this

  17. Buddy Garrett

    Iceland is beautiful. I would love to visit all the natural beautiful sights. Check out the cuisine.

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