My 5 Favorite Places in Iceland
Here I present to you my list of top 5 places to visit when in Iceland, they are by far my favorite ones.
Ásbyrgi Canyon – North East Iceland
Ásbyrgi Canyon is a stupendous horseshoe-shaped canyon, created by catastrophic glacial flooding, it is 3.5 km long and over 1 km wide with dramatic cliffs. In summer, the base of the canyon is covered with wildflowers. Rowan and birch trees are plentiful and a cacophony of birdsong is amplified by the exceptional acoustics. Hiking here is very special.
Deep within Ásbyrgi, there is a shallow tranquil pool. Maybe your inner poet will be inspired? Einar Benediktsson, the Icelandic poet, lawyer, and entrepreneur, wrote Summer Morning at Ásbyrgi. This poem likens the shape of the canyon to a hoof-print made by Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Norse mythology.
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Hofsós, Skagafjörður – North Iceland
Hofsós, Skagafjörður is one of the oldest trading settlements in Iceland. There is a wonderful swimming pool with outstanding ocean views. The wooden houses down on the harbor are home to The Emigration Center, learn about the intrepid Icelandic people who moved to Canada over 100 years ago. Local horse farms offer riding tours, or maybe you are up for some white-water excitement? Try the level 4 Beast of the East or the Wonderful West Family Rafting Adventure. Both operate from the nearby Hafgrímsstaðir Farm Rafting Base.
Photo captured by Norris Niman
Goðafoss waterfall – North East Iceland
Goðafoss waterfall is not the highest nor the most powerful in Iceland, but it is very elegant. The Skjálfandafljót River drops 12 meters through the wide horseshoe-shaped falls. It is possible to view Goðafoss easily from many different angles – photo opportunities abound! In 1000 AD, the Law Speaker, Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði, hurled his statues of the Norse Gods into this waterfall after he converted Iceland to Christianity.
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – South East Iceland
Jökulsárlón – Jokulsarlon Lagoon is a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park filled with floating icebergs which have calved off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon has been the setting for James Bond action scenes and other movies. A boat trip will take you sailing between the amazingly shaped icebergs, some larger than houses.
Seyðisfjörður village – East Iceland
Seyðisfjörður appears like a magic jewel below when you drive over the high mountain pass from Egilsstaðir. If you are a lover of outdoor activities, Seyðisfjörður is a paradise. Hiking trails wind through the mountains. Kayaking and cycling tours are available.
Waterfalls cascade down the steep mountains which surround this charming town with its blue church and stylish buildings. There is a bohemian feel and a good balance between liveliness and peacefulness. The lively Skaftfell Arts Center and Bistro offers residencies to artists from around the world, regular exhibitions and delicious pizza.
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When the driver dropped us near the glacier, our glacier guide provided us with all the equipment we needed. We were given glacier crampons to put on our hiking shoes so we wouldn't fall or slide about. We, also, were given ice axes for additional support.
We have reached Landmannalaugar, we get out of the bus right next to a campground that is nothing but bare rocks. Now it is time to meet our supply driver that will make our life easy for the next few days, pack his car, have a quick bite to eat, grab our day packs and start what we all came here for, the Laugavegur Trail.