In recent years, Iceland has become a widely popular destination to visit among travellers, so much so that I’m pretty sure anyone reading this will at least know one person who has visited Iceland and returned recommending it. But while everyone’s main goal is to catch the iconic Northern Lights, we know that there’s plenty more reasons you should be exploring this magnificent spectacle of a country. Among the bright lights of the Aurora Borealis lies a couple of hidden gems that we think are well worth exploring…
Skaftafell National Park
Skaftafell National Park could easily be described as a nature lovers dream. It’s home to incredible mountain peaks, icy glaciers and epic landscapes that will require no filter. Low and behold, we also visit the park on our adventure packed Iceland tours which means you’ll be able to tick exploring Europe’s second largest National Park off your bucket list! Located further east of the park you will also stumble across the majestic Jokulsarlon glacier which is the perfect location to take a boat trip and go seal spotting.
Explore the Diamond circle
Iceland is popular for its Golden circle, which is the tourist route that covers the commonly visited locations of Pingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. Believe it or not, there is also what’s known as the Diamond circle located North East of Iceland and consists of some of the most mesmerising sites you’ll come across when visiting. Starting in the town of Husavik, work your way around the circuit to the mountainous valley of Vesturdalur and the Dettifoss waterfall which you can find in Vatnajökull National Park amongst and endless list of hidden gems that are not to be missed.
Whale watching from Reykjavik
Another popular activity in to do in Iceland that shouldn’t be missed out on is whale watching. With Iceland being perfectly located in the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll be likely to spot a variety of species of whale. Many whale watching trips depart from the capital city of Reykjavik, making it a great location to arrive into as you’ll experience the best of the city life and with added adventurous nature-filled activities.
Visit the Langjokull glacier
Located West of Iceland, the Langjokull glacier is the ultimate location to visit if you’re wanting to take the perfect photo. The glacier itself is a 300m long tunnel of man-made ice caves that even have a cafe present. It couldn’t get any icier than that!
So there you have it, our run-down of Iceland’s hidden gems or well…just some of the many places you should definitely tick off your Icelandic adventure bucket list. Happy exploring!