Although it seems we are talking about the new George R. R. Martin book, don’t get wrong. In Iceland, a country with many volcanic activity and full of geysers, but also glaciers, we’ll find an impressive combination between ice and fire. We want to recommend the best travel destinations, and there’s no better choice to start than one of the most famous destinations nowadays.
There’s a lot to see in Iceland, but we’ll focus on those places and activities you can’t miss in this country with many contrasts.
This is the capital and the most inhabited place in the island. To get an idea on how the population is distributed (about 319,000 inhabitants) keep in mind that the second city is Akureyri, and it has about 15,000 inhabitants. Reykjavik is a pretty small city but with lot to do and a great cultural offer!
- Take a walk around Lake Tjörn and discover the typical houses with many colours you’ve surely seen in the postcards.
- Visit the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral. We bet you’ll remember this monument all your life. Its strange spaceship shape is unforgettable!!
- Enjoy the great environment of 101 district, there you can go shopping and discover the strange Iceland fashion.
- Take a tour in the colourful old harbour and taste the famous lobster soup or whale meat.
- Go to the viewpoint of Perlan to enjoy the wonderful views of the city
Visit the Skaftafell National Park
This is the second largest park in Iceland and lies between Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Hofn. In this park you can take several routes to admire the wonders of nature that are hidden in Iceland. Without a doubt, the main attraction is the so-called ‘black waterfall’, or waterfall of Svartifoss. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name, a real wonder for the senses.
Visit the Krafla Volcanic Area
One of the greatest attractions in Iceland is the visit to its dormant, but still active, volcanoes. The Krafla is the best example of the visual spectacle that can leave the eruptions. In this area, you can visit the crater Stóra-Viti now filled with water and the Leirhnjúkur crater in which we will find an impressive lava field full of solidified minerals, whistling vents, sulphurous vapours, mud puddles and hot water.
Go to the Blue Lagoon
The most famous geothermal spa in Iceland, very characteristic because of the blue colour of his water. Although it’s very frequented by tourists, a bath in its 40º waters rich in minerals such as silica and sulphur with great medicinal properties, will be the most relaxing thing you’ll ever do.
The spa is located on one of the youngest lava fields on the island, 45 minutes from Reykjavik by car. In addition, the natural environment that surrounds the spa will leave you with your mouth open for its spectacularism. The contrast between the blue of the water and the volcanic black of the rocks, give this place a very intriguing air.
Humpback whales, the common whale, the minke whale and especially the great blue whale are the protagonists of the Icelandic coast. The orca and the porpoise, timid and sad looking, but one of the friendliest cetaceans, are also common in Iceland. The dolphins will also stay with us in this experience.
There are three main areas with organized tours and trips. Firstly Reykjavik, with three-hour tours around the great bay of Reykjavik. The second area is the most reputed in Iceland and one of the most visited by whales in Europe. It’s the north coast and, specifically, in the city of Hûsavik.
Finally, the third zone are the Vestmann Islands, in the south of Iceland. After reviewing some of Iceland’s strengths, do you feel like visiting Iceland? If you do, and wherever you go, choose Aerobús to go to and from Barcelona’s airport. Every 5 minutes, with free Wi-Fi on board, USB chargers and the best professionals at your disposal. Your trip will begin and end in the best way!