When you think about Iceland, what comes to your mind first?
… A cold weather, volcanoes, geysers, lava fields, hot springs?
Iceland is definitely an unique and majestic natural country that you will not forget.
It had been one of my bucket list destination for almost three years. My cousin and I traveled there for a week in May and we had always pictured it as a freezing country even during spring/summer. Coming from the South of France, where it never snows, we came prepared. Our suitcases were almost fully packed with skiing clothes (ok, exaggerating a little bit here!) but we were very surprised to find ourselves in tee-shirts under a beautiful sunny sky… in Iceland!
Here are my top 5 places in Iceland…
Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon located in Southeastern Iceland. We drove all the way from the village Hella where we stayed a night (3h30) and 4h30 if you go from Reyjkavik. It is quite a long drive as the country is small but you will make several stops on the way to admire the road, the waterfalls and horses on the way.
You will also be able to go on a boat tour to visit the glacier. Jokulsarlon is also the deepest lake in Iceland and will be, without a doubt, one of your best experiences in Iceland.
Amazing view of the interaction between water and earth. RAW BEAUTY.
- Snaefellsjokull National Park
In my opinion, it is not the most spectacular place you can go to on your trip. So why being a part of my top 5?
Because… the afternoon we got to spend driving around the national park was one of the best of our week.
We got to see a volcan, waterfalls, desert black sand beaches… all within a couple of hours. Amazing!
… or Golden Falls is one of the outstanding waterfall we got to see. Located in the Golden Circle, it was our last stop of the day after the Geysir, Selfoss, Thingvellir National Park. It was very windy and cold so unfortunately we didn’t spend much time there but enough so keep this place close to our best memories.
You will literally not miss Vik as this village is situated on the main road – heading South. Around 2h20 drive from Reyjkavik and a population of 320 inhabitants, this black sand beach was the first we went to on the trip. I recommend to go during sunrise.
Some of you might disagree about putting a city on the top 5 places to go to when in Iceland. But… the capital was special. This is where you will land anyway, so you better make the most of your stay!
I really enjoyed the view from the Hallgrimskirkja Church, all the houses looking like legos, walking all around, the little cute cafes we went to, the tulips everywhere, the sunset at 11.30pm, the amazing sun setting in the ocean at almost midnight… A Reyjkavik blog post is coming!
You might be wondering… how about the Blue Lagoon!? For those who have been to Iceland already, I have a question… Is the Blue Lagoon overrated? Blog post about it coming soon!