As the world tentatively reopens, intrepid travelers are dusting off their suitcases and planning their long-awaited first trip. Low visitor numbers this year have allowed Iceland’s natural wonders to truly blossom, and there’s never been a better time to see them.
If you’re needing destination inspiration, we’ve pulled together a selection of videos below which showcase some of Iceland’s most beautiful and untouched spots so that you’ll know exactly where to go when you get here.
Whether you’re drawing up your Iceland itinerary or just looking to re-spark your traveling bug, sit back and let these videos whisk you away on a virtual adventure.
Standing spectacularly at the very south of Iceland, the magnificent volcanic cliff Dyrhólaey is an iconic feature of the country’s landscape. Dyrhólaey attracts visitors year-round with its uniquely castle-like white lighthouse and iconic rock formation. So whilst you’re exploring the natural wonders of South Iceland, from the famous golden circle to stunning icebergs of the glacial lagoon, don't miss the chance to visit the must-see Dyrhólaey peninsula.
The unique, serpent-like Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon stretches for 2km (1.2 miles) along Southeast Iceland’s Fjaðrá river path. The canyon welcomes hikers of all abilities, with a walking path along the top that’s perfect for beginners, and a route through the riverbed below for the more adventurous.
Winding its way along a treacherous coastal route on the east coast of Iceland, Hvalnesskriður is known as the most hair-raising part of the Ring Road. If you dare to take the drive, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over black sand beaches and the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Known for its magnificent icebergs and uniquely blue waters, Jökulsárlón is one of the world’s most famous glacial lagoons. The deepest lake in Iceland, it’s home to spectral icebergs which make their way into its chilly depths from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Don’t forget to wrap up warm!
Casting a striking figure against a barren black sand desert, moss-covered Mælifell is another crowning jewel in the Icelandic highlands. Its iconic cone is covered in grimmia – a moss that grows specifically on cooled lava – and is at its emerald-colored best the morning after a rainy day.
This little-known canyon sits only 2.4km (1.5 miles) from the famous Ring Road and, despite its accessible hiking trail and magnificent beauty, is one of Iceland’s little-known gems. Two waterfalls – Hangandifoss and Múlafoss – tumble over the canyon walls, and the quiet walkway between the two gives you unrivaled access to untouched Iceland.
The Reynisdrangar sea stacks stand 66m (216ft) high in the Atlantic Ocean off the southern tip of Iceland. The best time to visit is between May and August, when the stacks become a puffin nesting site. Make sure to take a walk along the magnificent Reynisfjara black sand beach while you’re there.
Known as the ‘Valley of Tears’, Sigöldugljúfur canyon is home to the Lekafossar waterfalls, which cascade down the canyon walls into vivid blue pools below. Stop here on your way to Landmannalaugar for a taste of the beauty of the Icelandic highlands.
Home to nearly two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavík is a stunning place to fly to all year round. It’s the perfect base from which to see the Northern Lights in the winter and enjoy the long Icelandic hikes and midnight sun of the summer. Whatever you’d like to explore, we have the perfect vacation package for you so book your flight ticket and start planning your next adventure.
What better way to get a taste of the beauty and splendor of our magical country? We hope you’re feeling inspired to book your next visit, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to Iceland with open arms!
Narration provided by Guðmundur Heiðar Helgason
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