This is the time saver short list. But keep reading, we have some interesting facts we would like you to read before your trip. Also, you’ll find a useful map of Iceland with markers on all of these places at the end of this post.
Let’s get on with the details.
Geysir is a geothermal area located at the Golden Circle, in South Iceland. It is one of the most famous spots in Iceland and one of the highlights of many visitors.
Research says that it has been active for around 10.000 years. That is so many years hurling water!
The main attraction is Strokkur, a fountain geyser that erupts every 6-10 minutes and up to 15-20m and even 50m high. And it is actually the reason why many people visit the area. It is just impressive and something unique to see.
Unfortunately, the area has become very popular and it is crowded most of the time. So set your mindset to also find some other tourists hanging around.
Visit Geysir with us with this tour.
Kirkufell is a mountain located in Snaefellsness peninsula, in West Iceland. It is known for its unique and weird shape but also because some scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed there (with some additional special effects but cool anyways).
But what truly makes this place beautiful is the waterfall that is just in front of it, Kirkufellfoss. Together they create a wonderful scenery worth the visit.
In fact, some say that is the most photographed mountain in Iceland.
This location is sometimes crowded. The good (and the bad) thing is that it has limited parking lots, also limiting the number of people allowed in the area.
If you have the chance, visit Kirkufell in winter and summer. You won’t regret it.
Would you like to Visit Kirkjufell? Come with us in this tour.
Jökullsárlón (Glacier Lagoon) is located in the Vatnajökull National Park, in southeast Iceland. It is a glacial lake known for its icebergs floating on the water.
These icebergs come from the glacier and make their way to the river and finally the sea. In fact, next to Jökulsárlon you’ll find the Diamond Beach, where a beautiful scenery is created by the black sand and the stranded icebergs.
Don’t be surprised if you see some seals playing around in the lake. They are naughty creatures.
It is a truly unique and stunning to see at least once in a lifetime. Do not miss it!
Note: It has a huge parking lot and some services, tours and activities.
Visit Jökullsárlón with us with this tour.
The Blue Lagoon is located in Reykjanes Peninsula, South Iceland. It is a popular geothermal spa that has become viral for its beauty. In fact, it is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.
It is relatively close to Keflavik Airport making it a very good first stop of your trip.
Many think it is a natural geothermal pool but it is actually man-made. But it is quite cool anyways, isn’t it?
If you don’t want to miss this awesome place bear in mind that due to its popularity you need to make a reservation in advance.
Hvítserkur is located in Vatnsnes Peninsula, northwest Iceland.
It is a basalt sea-stack close to the shore that has a unique shape that is often associated with animals like a rhino or an elephant. However, the legend says it is a petrified troll. So don’t mess with it too much…
The place is just beautiful with the greyish sand and this animal-shaped monolith. It is a really good place to sit and relax.
Also, we recommend visiting the whole peninsula, as it has one of the largest seal-colonies in Iceland and you’ll be likely to see some. And they are funny and cute, so why not?
It is located in Langökull, in the west interior (highlands) of Iceland.
Even though it is a man-made cave, it is a unique and exceptional experience worth the visit as it is the largest ice cave tunnel in the world!
You should get warm clothes. It looks really cold in there.
Landmanalaugar is located in the icelandic highlands, south Iceland. It is into the Fjallabak Nature Reserve.
What makes it beautiful are its geothermal hot springs and unique surroundings with hills of different colors.
It is quite popular among hiking lovers, as it has several amazing trails and routes. However, it is only open in summer for tourists.
Mývatn is located in northern Iceland. It is a volcanic big lake with a beautiful landscape and surroundings.
Around the lake there are several attractions like Krafla volcano, Hverir geothermal area and the volcanic cave lake Grjótagjá that became famous also because of a Game of Thrones scene.
Also, you can visit Mývatn Nature Baths, a sort of blue lagoon but in North Iceland. A stunning place too.
Dettifoss is located in North Iceland.
It is known for being the most powerful waterfall in Europe. If you don’t believe us, you’ll feel it when you get there.
The access is normally open all year, but in winter due to the snow or poor conditions the road is temporarily closed.
The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) is located in the south coast of Iceland.
The main town of the Westman Islands is Heimaey (the only populated island) and it can be reached by boat at a reasonable price. You can even transport your rental car.
These islands have a tragic story behind. In 1973, the eruption of Eldfell volcano destroyed part of the town, and the entire population had to be evacuated.
Recently two Beluga whales where imported from a captive environment in China where they will live in a semi wild environment in a large area in the bay.
It is a remarkable place with beautiful nature, landscapes and surroundings. In the town you’ll find all kinds of services, accommodation and activities.
If you want to learn more about the eruption tragedy, we recommend visiting Eldheimar museum.
So that’s it! These were our top 10 choices for 2019. Don’t forget to comment if you want to share with us your top 10 places.
Have a nice and safe trip in Iceland!
As we promised, here you have a map with all these places marked on it: