I think I can officially say that Iceland is by far the most beautiful place I have had the privilege to visit. I have never been to a country that is more naturally perfect, pristine in every way. The colors of the landscapes, houses and water were almost too incredible to handle. It is no wonder Iceland has become one of the top tourist destinations over the past few years.
I was in Iceland for a total of 4 full days, which was just not enough. I would suggest allotting at least a week of your time if you plan to visit this stunning country. I will say, with just those 4 days, we were able to conquer a lot of ground – hitting most of the major attractions Iceland has to offer. Here are my must-sees while in Iceland.
- The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular tourist routes in South Iceland taking a loop from Reykjavik to the center part of the island. You can either rent a car and drive it yourself, or you can take a guided tour – which is what we did. I suggest the Reykjavik Excursions line. The tour takes you through beautiful countrysides, seaside towns and to three main landmarks in Iceland.
- The first stop is Thingvellir National Park – one of Iceland’s most sought after sights due to its historical, cultural, and geological importance. The location of Iceland’s first Parliament, the crest of the Mid Atlantic Ridge Tectonic Plates, and a filming location for Game of Thrones – the National Park is a great way to see the lands of Iceland.
- Second stop is the incredible Geysir – which is one of the first know geysers to the European world. Going off every 5 minutes, the Geysir is picturesque tucked into the Icelandic mountains. Also, I want to note that the Geysir had one of the most amazing rest stops I have been to in my life. With gourmet take-out options, 3 different stores and a mini market, the Geysir service station was quite impressive.
- They saved the best stop for last – Gulfoss waterfall. Offering several walking paths so you can see the waterfall from every angle, Gulfoss was magnificent and mighty at every turn.
2. The Blue Lagoon is definitely Iceland’s most luxurious attraction offered. Essentially an all day spa – with large geothermal wading pools, steam and sauna rooms and a new face mask to try at every turn. I’ll talk more about the Blue Lagoon in my next post, along with my tips and suggestions – but this needs to be your top excursion when visiting Iceland.
3. Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. The building offers a small service fee for entrance to the top looking tower which gives stunning views of all of Reykjavik. You can spend as much time at the top admiring the adorable colorful homes, the incredible mountain spans and the views of the town below. Mass is also free to guests, services are listed daily.
For all transportation we used Iceland’s preferred bus service – Fly Bus