Words alone does this country no justice to convey the visual treats and mind boggling experiences. Indeed, seeing is believing. Here are my top 5 picks and directions / co-ordinates to get there.
#1 – Geysir Hot Springs
Iceland is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world due to its high rate of volcanic activity. Be entranced by the Strokkur which erupts every 5 mins and spouts hot water up to 20m high! There are also more than 40 other little hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles nearby.
Here’s the big blast that sent everyone screaming! Wish I had an umbrella.
How to get to Geysir Hot Springs
Take road no. 1 from Reykjavík. Just before you arrive at Selfoss take exit to road no. 35 to Geysir. Geysir is about 60 km from that exit.
GPS: N64°18.591 W20°18.057
#2 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
This natural wonder evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean (also the movie set for James Bond, Tomb Raider and Batman!). While most ice bergs in the lagoon are majestic and incredibility blue, explore those by the shore and be surprised to find some exceptionally clear ice bergs. Plus, if you are lucky, you might just spot a seal!
How to get to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Take road no. 1 from Vík direction Höfn. About 57 km east of Skaftafell you will find the Glacier Lagoon by road no.1
GPS: N64°02.904 W16°10.774
#3 – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. What sets it apart from all it’s Icelandic buddies is that you can actually walk behind this magnificent 60m high picturesque waterfall. Did you know that Seljalandsfoss was also featured in the Amazing Race 6!
How to get to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Take road no. 1 from Selfoss heading towards Vík. After about 22 km from Hvolsvöllur, take the exit to road no. 249 to Þórsmörk and travel about 0.5km. You will see Seljalandsfoss from road no. 1
GPS: N63°36.966 W19°59.572
#4 – Lake Myvatn
It is almost surreal how a humongous body of immensely blue water and in the midst of vast, barren and almost uninhabited land, alongside the area’s strong sulphuric pungent smell, can captivate one’s heart. A must try in this area is the Geysir bread which is slow baked underground by natural geothermal heat, even in Winter!
How to get to Lake Myvatn
Take road no. 1 from Akureyri heading towards Mývatn and Egilsstaðir. Mývatn is by road no. 1 about 98 km from Akureyri
GPS: N65°38.681 W16°54.902
#5 – Myvatn Nature Baths
This, in winter, is absolute heaven. Relax those muscles as you soak yourself in the 40°C natural pool of geothermal water based in the middle of a lava field. Those staying within the Golden Circle could visit the Blue Lagoon instead, although do take note that the Blue Lagoon is more commercialized and crowded, as such the overall experience will be different.
How to get to Myvatn Nature Baths
Take road no. 1 from Reykjahlid heading towards Egilsstadir. After 3km, exit right by the sign “Jardbodin” and follow the road to Myvatn Naturebaths.
GPS: N65°37.500 W16°50.520
For more information on Myvatn Nature Baths visit http://www.jardbodin.is/en