If you plan on traveling and want to rent a car in Iceland in order to explore the land, continue reading to discover some of the stunning attractions which you should add to your trip itinerary. Most of which are natural attractions.
Sightseeing in Iceland: Where to go
1. The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and is an outdoor geothermal spa, that is the perfect place to pamper yourself. As well as being able to soak in the picturesque outdoor lagoon, you’ll be able to book spa treatments at the Blue Lagoon’s world-class spa.
2. The Great Geysir
The Great Geysir is located in southwest Iceland and is the first geyser to be discovered by Europeans. If you visit the Great Geysir you’ll get to see it blow boiling hot water 200 feet into the air. On some days it will even blow water 260 feet into the air. One of the reasons why this particular geyser is one of the most impressive geysers in the world is that it has a wide opening which measures approximately 60 feet.
Luckily the Great Geysir erupts every 2-4 minutes, so no matter what time you visit, you’ll be able to watch the Great Geysir explode, multiple times.
3. The Seljalalandsfoss Waterfall
The Seljalalandsfoss Waterfall is a majestic waterfall which features a 197-foot drop and is well worth a visit, during your sightseeing trip of Iceland. Especially as you can walk behind the Seljalalandsfoss Waterfall. If you’re keen to walk underneath it, just make sure to wear a waterproof jacket and non-slip shoes such as a pair of hiking boots or running shoes.
Lastly, this particular waterfall is located next to a major road, so if you’re planning a road trip through Iceland, you won’t have any trouble getting to the Seljallandsfoss Waterfall.
4. The Dettifoss Waterfall
The Detifoss Waterfall happens to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe and is well worth viewing on a fun road trip through Iceland. While you can view the Dettifoss Waterfall from the west side or the east side, the most impressive photo opportunities can be found on the west side of the Dettifoss Waterfall.
5. The Vatnajokull National Park
If you enjoy camping or hiking, make sure to visit the Vatnajokull National Park, where you’ll be able to explore glaciers, ice caves, glacial lagoons, and snow-capped mountain peaks. As an added bonus the Vatnajokull National Park features its own camping ground, so if you feel that you need more than a day to explore the park’s scenic hiking tracks, it’s well worth spending at least one night at the park’s camping ground.
Perlan is one of the most unique restaurants in Iceland and offers visitors a fine dining experience as well as a revolving glass dome. So if you’d like to be able to view the night sky while you enjoy your dinner, it’s well worth booking a table at Perlan, especially as Iceland boasts some of the clearest skies in the world due to its lack of population.
So if you’re excited about planning an epic road trip through Iceland, make sure to add all of the attractions listed above to your itinerary!
Gentle reminder: Worry not about trying to see or do everything at once. Plan a doable itinerary and consider the logistics. Look into renting a campervan to access more amenities that would enhance the quality of your trip. A budget campervan can have blackout curtains and soft bedding, for example.
Enjoy the land of fire and ice.