Icelandic Sights

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Iceland

Western Iceland

Reykjavik & Surrounding

  • Ægissíða shore
  • Geothermal pools
  • Golden Circle
    • Gullfoss – waterfall
    • Þingvellir (National Park)
      • Almannagjá – N. American and European continental plates drift apart
      • Lögberg, the Law Rock
      • Öxarárfoss – waterfall
      • Peningagja (Money Gorge) – narrow, deep lava fissure with clear, peacock blue water. Also a wishing well.
      • Þingvallavatn – largest natural lake in Iceland
      • Þingvellir Church
      • Visitor Centre view
      • Volcanic features
      • Wildlife & flora – autumn colors
    • Silfra
  • Greenways and parks
    • Laugardalur
    • Grótta (good for Northern Lights and the midnight sun)
    • Elliðaárdalur
    • Rauðhólar (outskirts of Reykjavik)
    • Heiðmörk (outskirts of Reykjavik)
  • Hljómskálagarður garden
  • Hofsstaðir historic park, viking longhouse
  • Höfði House, where Reagan and Gorbachev met in 1986
    • Not open for casual visitors
  • Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
  • Langjökull glacier
  • Mount Keilir
  • Midnight sun
    • Picture-perfect locations to view it from
      • The lighthouse at Grótta
      • Perlan
      • Solfar Sun Voyager sculpture
  • Museums, etc.
    • The Árbær open air museum (Árbæjarsafn)
    • The Maritime museum
    • The National Museum
    • The National Gallery
    • Reykjavik art museum
    • Reykjavik city museum,
    • Reykjavik museum of photography
    • The Settlement Exhibition
  • Reykjavik Park and Zoo
  • Solfar Sun Voyager sculpture
  • Tjörnin pond
  • Vatnsmýrin wetland
  • Viðey Island
  • View from:
    • Hallgrimskirkja church
    • Perlan on Öskjuhild hill

 

Western Iceland (Other)

  • Látrabjarg bird cliffs – remote location
    • Bjargtangar
      • Westernmost point in Europe
      • Small lighthouse
    • Breiðavík
      • Golden sand beach, rare in Iceland
    • Geology
    • Hnjótur Museum
      • Aircraft display
      • Farming life
      • Video of Sargon shipwreck
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
    • Coastline
    • Djúpalónssandur – pebble beach
    • Snæfellsjökull – volcano, last erupted 250 A.D.
    • Split statue of Bárður Snæfellsás, early settler to the area

 

The North

  • Akureyri (town)
  • Lake Mývatn area – local buses and tours from Akureyri. In summer, buy face netting to protect from tiny, harmless swarms of flies.
    • Askja – flooded caldera
    • Dimmuborgir – contorted lava formations
    • Hverfjall – cinder cone
    • Krafla – volcano (last erupted in 1720s)
      • Viti – flooded calsera
    • Lake Mývatn
    • Laxá (Salmon River)
    • Námaskarð – violently bubbling, sulfurous mud pits. Explore cautiously!
    • Pseudocraters
  • Möðrudalur

 

The South & the South Coast

  • Breiðárlón
  • Fjallabak Nature Reserve
    • Landmannalaugar
      • Frostastaðavatn – lake
      • Hekla – volcano that’s been erupting about every 10 years
        • Ash dunes and lava fields from 1970s eruption
      • Hrafntinnusker – obsidian “reef”
      • Ljótipollur – blue lake in bright red scoria depression
      • Medieval lava fields and rhyolite hills @ Bláhnúkur (mountain)
      • Ófærufoss – waterfall bridged by lava, flows through volcanic crater
    • Laugahraun lava field
  • Jökulsárlón – lagoon, meeting glacier; deepest lagoon in Iceland
    • Beaches, with pieces of glacier
    • Icebergs
  • Katla (volcano)
  • Myrdalsjökull (glacier)
  • Reynisfjara (beach) & Dyrhólaey (rock formations)
  • Seljalandsfoss (waterfall)
  • Skógafoss (waterfall)
  • Sólheimasandur (airplane wreckage)
  • Þórsmörk Highlands
  • Vatnajökull National Park
    • Dettifoss – (said to be) Europe’s most powerful waterfall
    • Glacial features
    • Hvannadalshnúkur – Iceland’s highest point – peak from the rim of summit crater of the Öræfajökull volcano
    • Jökulsárgljúfur (Glacier River Canyon)
      • Jökulsá
    • Lakagígar – row of craters created by terrible eruption in 1783, causing nationwide famine!
    • Skaftafell – waterfall framed by hexagonal basalt columns
    • Vatnajökull – Europe’s largest ice cap
  • Vík í Myrdal (Vik, a town in the Myrdal Valley)