Iceland is famous for its innate beauty. There are so many discreet places to discover, far away from the regular touristic trends. Often we visit countries and remain loyal to the guidebook. Yet, if you’re searching for a way to get away from the ordinary and into the unique, you’re in luck. We love to stray away from what is expected and believe that you should be open to all discoveries. The Icelandic jewels are tempting and there’s so much to see! You don’t have to do what everyone else does. That’s the best part! Be unique in your journey and venture off into the unknown. Here are the 5 magical mysteries that are waiting for you in Iceland…
This hidden island is tremendously remote. There are many islands located around Iceland, yet this one is known to be one of the finest. Known to locals as the ‘flat island’, Flatey is the largest one among a cluster of others.
Many Arctic Cruises will take you to Flatey Island as there are no cars allowed. It has a stunning yet quaint village with colorful houses. There’s so much wildlife to witness. From cute little puffins waddling about to arctic terns, it’s great for bird watching! Everything is so calm and chilled out in Flatey, even the sheep. You’ll enjoy walking through the habitat and seeing life from a niche perspective. There’s a lot of fresh and local food on offer during your visit to Flatey. If you’re used to the hustle and bustle of a city, then you’ll be shocked! There’s hardly any noise. It’s so quiet and peaceful. It’s the best place to go if you’re searching for a place to wind down and take a step back from reality. The villagers are also known to be very welcoming here!
If you’re searching for an innovative infinity pool then prepare to be amazed! It has been labeled as one of the most magnificent pools ever as it was designed by the same architect who gave life to the Blue Lagoon. Built into the hillside, there’s something truly remarkable about its design. As you swim around in its geothermal waters, you’re wading through your worries. It’s not a huge pool, for what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty.
Floating in the waters of Hofsós will provide you with a sense of harmony. You’re surrounded by Iceland’s natural green landscape. There are lots of lodges nearby for you to nestle into and it is fun for all ages. The pool has been heated as Iceland can get pretty cold in the winter months. Wildlife flies past you as the water ripples through the pool. If you’re not really a swimmer, you can take an idle dip in and test the temperatures. It’s a place you should not miss on your travels to Iceland and an area full of splendor.
According to the International Business Times, there has been major activity within the Icelandic volcanic system since 2014. The Holuhraun field began spitting out rock and shooting ash into the atmosphere. However, don’t let this panic you! You can still visit this field without being swallowed by a huge pit of lava.
As a result of the massive eruption that occurred in the past, it has fascinated hundreds of visitors. Yet, it’s still a magical mystery as it isn’t a huge tourist attraction. There have been multiple rocks and stones added to Iceland’s Geological family, newly formed since the event. You do need a 4×4 when visiting this fascinating field. Due to a lot of off-road tracks, a modified vehicle is advised. The eruption produced 85 square km of lava field. That’s why you cannot walk across this without having a car beside you. Plus, that’s part of the fun! Zooming across an open space that was once covered in burning hot lava, it’s an ideal journey for any adrenaline junkies out there!
Go to Glymur! This waterfall makes you feel as though you’ve stepped onto a fantasy film set. This is Iceland’s highest waterfall and is only a 1 hour drive from Reykjavik. You can hike up this natural site and the journey up there feels like a miniature expedition. So make sure you’re wearing super comfortable hiking boots with bamboo socks and carry a GPS in case you get lost. Even though signs to Glymur are dotted everywhere, it’s better to be safe than sorry. A lot of visitors like to drink from the mountain stream. Like most rivers in Iceland, you don’t need a water filter to consume the organic goodness. It’s up to you if you bring iodine tablets or not. Yet, most locals will tell you about the blessings of Icelandic streams.
You can also dive into the Silfra. This is a cool rift between two tectonic plates where you can dive and snorkel around. It’s meant to be amazing as you’re essentially swimming between two continents! A once in a lifetime opportunity and something great to tick off the bucket list!
Many people recommend Iceland to be a prime place to escape the heat. Reykjavik in Iceland always scores high on traveler ratings. Yet you don’t always have to head towards the main city for a fulfilling experience. This farm offers a ‘backstage pass’ into the vegetable growing process.
If you’re a lover of food, then try out the famous tomato farm! At Friðheimar, a lot of visitors rave about the scrumptious soup on offer. Locally produced, you can almost taste the time and effort that has gone into creating these tender tomatoes. Visiting the vegetable farm adds a little spice to your trip. Sometimes it’s all about trying something new and taking a look into Icelandic culture. As you dip your bread into the mouth-watering soup, you’ll feel much warmer in the cold climate. For any gardeners out there who are about to visit Iceland, definitely check this place out! You can even ask the farmers for top tips on how to grow your own tasty tomatoes. It’s a win-win situation…
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