Or at least when the borders open up :)
As cold as it sometimes may be, and as unexpected as the weather can get, it is worth every layer of clothing you need to put on when in Iceland! Being there feels like you are on a different planet, and everywhere you turn, you just want to continue snapping photos. That is why, we want to share our favorite and picture worthy spots, that will make you want to follow our Icelandic foot steps.
1. Kerid Crater
We came here straight after our 6 hour flight, and boy was it worth it! We actually visited here twice, since avoiding afternoon crowds is best. Spending about an hour here is ideal, and capturing all angles of this picturesque crater. Note: there is a upper and lower crater trail, but worth the little hike.
This mountain is one of the most famous spots in Iceland, and you can probably see why! Plenty of parking and amazing angles to capture your next Instagram sensation photo.
3. Pingvellir National Park
Crazy enough you can actually dive here between 2 tectonic plates! You can easily spend couple hours here and taking in what this place has to offer. At the bottom of the trail, you will be run into a gorgeous waterfall too.
4. Solheimajokull Glacier
As you may know Iceland is known as fire and ice country, wonder why? Maybe because there are 269 glaciers! Pretty shocking for someone who comes from Chicago.
5. Hofskirkja Church
This church is another place that is visited by many due to it’s landscape. Just keep in mind it is a church and a cemetery, so please respect it when visiting.
6. Hofn Black Beach
These views were probably our favorite ones! The black sand against foggy mountains and complete peace and quiet, make you forget it is 30 degrees outside, and that you cannot feel your fingers.
Probably most visited waterfall and you can see why! Plenty of parking space and there is also a bathroom as well. Quick photo opp, or you can hike up and spend another 1-8 hours and view the waterfall from the top (definitely worth it, even in pouring rain).
8. Icelandic Horses
I am unable to provide a location, but that is because they are EVERYWHERE. When I was doing my Icelandic research, I knew my goal was to find these babies and take as many pics as possible. If you did not know, I am a huge animal lover, and every chance I get to find them, I will. Also keep in mind, it's supposedly offensive to call them ponies, even though they may look like it because of their stocky built. Super friendly, and easy to spot along the road.
9. Svinafellsjokull Glacier
Only another glacier out of the 269 Iceland has for ya! We were lucky enough to see a part of the glacier brake apart, and trust me when I tell you it is quite a terrifying moment, at least for me. I guess I was the only one that started to slowly trot back to the car when it happened LOL
10. Reynisfara Beach
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you know exactly about the existence of this beach. VERY popular beach, but also plenty of space, so you are not on top of one another.
11. Gulfoss Waterfall
Another waterfall for the books in Iceland. High foot traffic since it is easily accessible, but worth stopping by and seeing it in person.
12. Somewhere in Iceland
You will see these “out of this planet roads” pretty much your entire stay in Iceland. I am not lying when I tell you that you will want to pull over and snap as many pics as you possibly can. Where else would you find this sort of landscape?
13. Hjalparfoss Waterfall
Smaller waterfall, but still very picturesque. What is great about this place, is that it is not heavily visited, which makes for a more peaceful and serene place, where you can actually enjoy the nature.
14. Pjooveldisbaerinn Stong
How excited I was to find this place! When you Pinterest Iceland all you see is these turf huts which seem like out of a fairy tale. We were able to find this guy by accident on our last day in Iceland. Perfect background for a couples photoshoot!
If you are up for hiking one hour, one way in open, windy space to visit this plane wreck, than go for it! This is what will meet you in the end. Ideally spend 20 minutes for few photos inside and outside of the plane, and then head back.
Due to CVID-19. Iceland is currently not welcoming any tourists. They are thinking of reducing some of the restrictions come May 1st of this year. It's supposed to start with Europe first, and hopefully US will next. Fingers crossed!