If you’ve been to this country, then you know the best things to do in Iceland are nothing short of amazing! While I do not think any of the destinations we saw were more or less beautiful than one another, I’ve narrowed down my list of stops to my top five favorite places to photograph in Iceland’s western and southern regions. Hopefully the next time you go, you can add these places to your itinerary. If you’ve never been then it’s time to add this country to your list.
This canyon is one of my favorite things to do in Iceland. I could have easily spent an entire day just admiring the beauty of this place. The texture of the canyon's mossy walls is seriously something else. There are plenty of view points along the walking path and some parts lead closer to the river where you can walk along the canyon walls. Parts of Game of Thrones was filmed here, so why not go?
When searching for things to do in Iceland, I was surprised how little this location came up! This crater was once a volcano which erupted its magma reserve. Once depleted, the volcano collapsed into the empty chamber and filled with water at some point. Why I love it? The colors. The red rocks of Kerið are rare to the area and create contract against the light layers of moss around it. Not to mention, the sapphire blue water created from the minerals in the ground add a hint of flavor to this special place. You should definitely add it to your list of things to do in Iceland!
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Oh glaciers. If you follow me on Instagram then you're probably sick of seeing pictures of ice cubes by now, but I'm not! Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon lets you get up close and personal with these giants. The lagoon is a more popular spot when you search for things to do in Iceland, but it's for a good reason! The glaciers slowly break away into the "glacier milk" they've created below, creating a mix of textures. You can walk along the lagoon via the path created for viewers, allowing you to view different vantage points of the landscape.
I don't know why, but this was the one mountain I wanted to see in Iceland. There was a ton of cloud coverage on the day we went to Kirkjufell. I've honestly never seen so many photographers lined up with their cameras and tripods, patiently waited for a clearing. I personally like the moody vibes. It's honestly no wonder why this is one of the most sought out things to do in Iceland. There are 3 waterfalls along the main path where you could easily capture a long exposure shot, if you're into that. You could even drive around to the opposite side of the mountain to snap a pic in a less crowded area that'll also offer you a different point of view. Some travelers like to come here at nightfall capture northern light and astro shots too.
Yep! Iceland has beaches too. The coastal area of Anarstapi offers coast-side trails and arch formations that you won't find in many other places. There's even a "secret" arch along one of the trails. This is a great place to just sit and listen to ocean sounds if you don't feel like doing anything else. 10/10 worth the drive.
These are some of the best things to do in Iceland! Let us know in the comments if you've visited any of these spots!
This blog was written by Mountain Chicks Founder, Dani The Explorer