Iceland Top Places to visit

Iceland top 10 Palces to Visit

If you are planning to visit Iceland you better be a fan of nature. Iceland’s nature is by far the most popular reason travellers visit the country. It is difficult to make a ranking list of the most interesting places to visit in Iceland but if one was to make such a list the outcome would be something like this:

1.  Asbyrgi

Asbyrgi can certainly be counted as one of nature’s wonders. This wonder of nature is 3 1/2 km long canyon with up to 100 m high walls occupied by fulmars during the breeding season. Asbyrgi is the northernmost section of the National Park Jokulsargljufur.

2.  Glaciers of Iceland

Almost all types of glaciers are found in Iceland, ranging from the small cirque glaciers to extensive glacier caps reminding one of the inland ice of Greenland. The latter are drained by broad lobe-shaped outlets or by valley glaciers of the alpine type.

3. Glacier fjords – Jokulfirdir

The West Fjords may not be one of the hot areas in Iceland. There are no active volcanoes but there are geothermal fields in some places although it’s not enough for house heating. One Glacier, Drangajokull, is on the high plains in the eastern part of the area.

4.  Glacier lagoon – Jokulsarlon

The Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon), a glacial river lagoon in Iceland, is part of one of the shortest rivers in Iceland, Jokulsa at Breidamerkursandi, which is only 1500 meters (4900 feet) long.

5.  Gullfoss and Geysir

Geysir is Iceland’ best known geyser area and includes the infamous geyser of geysers Geysir it self and his little brother Strokkur. Nest stop is Gullfoss, a huge waterfall in a cliff-girded canyon, it’s fall is about 32 meters. It plunges over rock ledges in a series of two cascades over 32 meters down into the deep.

6.  Myvatn

The natural beauty of the area is special and draws a stream of tourists in the summer, though it is not less beautiful in the winter. Popular tourist sites are the lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, Krafla, and the geothermal area east of amaskardur.The lake is drained by the Laxa, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in Iceland.

7.  Skaftafell

Skaftafell covers an area of about 1,600 sq km which spreads over three valley glaciers of the glaciers Skeidararjokull, Morsarjokull and Skaftafellsjokull on the southern fringes of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier ice-cap.

8.  South shore

When leaving Reykjavik you first will cross a mountain range to enter the wide plains of the south. In good weather you can see tens of miles to the mountains of the highlands, to the majestic glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull that cover two volcanoes.

9.  Westmann Islands – Vestmannaeyjar

Sometimes called „Popeii of the north“ Vestmanneyjar is known for it’s lively volcano activities. The islands are located in a active volcanic area, which erupted last during the Heimaey eruption of 1973. Vestmannaeyjar, the Westmann Islands, are a group of 15 to 18 steep and rocky islands, with green mountain sides and ridges.

10. Thingvellir

The only place in the world were you can easily see the tectonic plates move apart from each other You can stand on the American tectonic plate and look over at the European tectonic plate. This is the only place in the world where it is easy to see it above sea level.