Planning a trip around Iceland seemed like a very daunting task, however when I actually sat down and began planning it only took two notebook pages and half a day. I had originally planned to double check the initial plan and type it up before we left for the trip, but the first day of the trip arrived and there I was standing in the Reykjavík airport with my two torn out notebook pages, a set of keys, and my friend Katherine. We got ourselves into some unexpected, crazy situations, but Iceland was everything I expected and more. Here are some of my favorite places and views that we experienced on our road trip in no particular order.
Vík is located on the southern half of Iceland and has some of the most iconic tourist attractions near it. Pictured below are three of my favorite places near Vík.
Þingvellir National Park
This national park is northwest of Reykjavík. It was one of the first places we stopped on our road trip. One of the unique things you can do in Þingvellir is go scuba diving or snorkeling.
Skaftafell is a wilderness area located in southern Iceland that is known for its glaciers and volcanoes. You can take a guided glacier walk or hike to the edge of some of the glaciers. It also has one of the most unique waterfalls in Iceland: Svartifoss.
Selfoss is a called a “little giant” because it is a shorter waterfall but it is still very wide. It is upstream of its large counterpart Dettifoss, but I personally prefer Selfoss.
Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfoss
Located in the northwestern corner of Iceland, Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss, the mountain and waterfall respectively, are right on the ocean and together they create a stunning view.
Some Random Spots Along Highway 1
One of the best things about Iceland is that there are hidden gems around every corner. Here are a few of my favorite views from some random pit stops we made along the way.
The world awaits…discover it.