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When in the Land of Ice and Fire: 6 Places You Must Visit in Iceland!

May 3, 2015
Country/Region:  Iceland
Category:  Travel

Iceland is full of natural wonders, but in order to explore most of them you will need at least two weeks. It can happen though that you are just making a few-day stop in Iceland when travelling between the United States and Europe- a quite popular thing to do- and will have just three-four days to explore. In that case all you need is good organization in order to bring out the maximum of your mini-trip. I will share with you my photographs of my six favorite sights in Iceland, all of them incredible and breathtaking places.


1. The Hallgrímskirkja Church

A Lutheran Church in the heart of Reykjavík. In front of it you can see the statue of Leif Eriksson, the famous Icelandic explorer, the first European to land in North America, almost 500 years before Columbus did so! Inside the church there is a large pipe organ. Go to the top and enjoy a beautiful view of the city from all sides.

Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland
Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland



2. The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, in southwestern Iceland. It is located between the Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. You can bathe in it all year long as the temperature of water is between 36-39 degrees Celsius and I assure you it is an unforgettable experience. Your skin will glow for days afterwards!



3. The Strokkur Geyser

The Strokkur is found in the geothermic zone near the Hvítá river. An eruption occurs about every six minutes and it can go up to 30 meters. It is one of the stops of the Golden Circle tour, the most popular day tour in Iceland which includes the Geysir geothermal area. The tour takes eight hours and it is available every day during the whole year.



4. Vík

The southernmost town of Iceland, Vík has a black sandy beach from where you can observe the huge waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. You can go there as a part of the Southern Shore Adventure day trip, which lasts ten hours and is available during the whole year.

Vík
Vík



5. The Eyjafjallajökull Glacier

The glacier is found in the southern part of Iceland. It is not only an „average” glacier, it actually partly covers partly covers a volcano! It was my number one sight in Iceland, it is an incredible experience to be there. Part of the Southern Shore Adventure day trip.



6. The Seljalandfoss

A 60 meters high, marvelous waterfall found in the southern part of Iceland. Two things make it super-special: firstly, you can actually go behind the waterfall, and secondly, whenever there is sunshine there is always a small rainbow in front of it! Expect to get a bit wet when behind the waterfall and you should be careful not to slide as it can get quite slippery there. It is part of the Southern Shore Adventure day trip.



About the Author

Marta Ritecz-Sekulic

Marta Ritecz-Sekulic

Marta has obtained her Master’s degree in European Studies in Cracow, Poland. She adores writing and sharing her thoughts in general, as well as learning new languages and getting to know other cultures. She is mostly acquainted with Polish, Croatian, Hungarian and Serbian culture as she has lived in those countries. Marta currently works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary as a Desk Officer for Poland. She is the founder of The Cultural Spotter.