The land of fire and ice, Iceland is the place of extremes. Travel from the barren and brown, hot steaming land of the Mývatn area and you will feel like you just landed on the moon. Or, make your way through the winding roads in the East Fjords lined with moss-covered, craggy mountains disappearing into the mist and you’ll instantly be taken right into a fantasy novel. Still, when you get to the southern coast with ice blue glaciers at your fingertips and blistering wind in your hair, you will begin to understand why its called the land of extremes. Iceland’s natural beauty is incredible, but when you factor in the deep rooted culture of the Icelandic Sagas, this country takes on a whole other meaning. You will find your imagination running wild when you learn how unusual lava rock formations around the island are known as elves’ castles or petrified trolls to the Icelanders. This country is simply magical and should definitely be visited in one’s lifetime.
Lucky enough to spend two weeks in Iceland, we collected a ton of photos as we drove around the country in awe at the natural, yet otherworldly landscapes. Take a look at our top 50 photos, then try telling us that you don’t want to book your next trip there!
Walking around the back of Seljalandsfoss will make this particular waterfall even more spectacular than you could’ve dreamed.
You’ll pay a hefty price to get in, but you’ll enjoy every peaceful moment at the coveted Blue Lagoon.
Taking a long detour on the Trollaskagi Peninsula in the North is worth it.
From Reykjavik to Snaefellsnes, there are numerous reasons to stop.
The steaming water on Krafla, the volcano crater in Northern Iceland, will impress.
Braving the wind to climb the unearthly Hverfjall crater in Northern Iceland.
Looking out over the unusually shaped lava fields of Dimmuborgir.
Another view of Dettifoss, a captivating waterfall included in the Diamond Circle up north in Iceland.
In Asbyrgi canyon, you’ll want to pause a moment when you find the most peaceful pond.
Take the road less traveled and you’ll find the picture-perfect Aldeyjarfoss surrounded by moon-like basalt columns.
The astronomical sizes of the Icelandic waterfalls will take your breath away. This is Godafoss just outside of Akureyri.
A sunny morning driving along the picturesque Trollaskagi Peninsula.
Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, will be waiting for you in the capital of Reykjavik.
In the tiny, undiscovered town of Hofsós in Northern Iceland, you’ll consider yourself lucky to enjoy such an incredible sunset from the infinity pool on the bay.
You may be fighting for a spot to get the perfect shot of Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland, but it’s a stunning view.
The Icelandic culture is founded on the belief of elves and it’s easy to see why, the landscape here is otherworldly.
How did I get to the moon? It’s the question you’ll be asking once you visit the Myvatn area of Northern Iceland.
Walking among the giant glaciers will be a highlight of your trip.
Reynisfjara, a creepy black sand beach on the South coast of Iceland.
If you’re heading to Iceland in October, bring your high-tech rain gear. Iceland’s rain gives a whole new meaning to the word “wet.”
Fjadrárgljufúr, the most breathtaking canyon you’ll ever see.
The mountains in the East Fjords are majestic and will have you gawking out your window in awe.
Iceland’s beaches along Vatnajökull National Park’s edges will often be littered with melting ice from the glaciers.
Once you get to the glaciers at Jökulsárlón along the south coast of Iceland, you’ll never want to leave.
The creepy, craggy mountains of Iceland’s Eastern Fjords will make you feel like you’re living in a fantasy novel.
A grass-covered roof restaurant in the middle of nowhere.
Beserkjahraun, a moon-like lava field covered in moss on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which comes with a brutal Icelandic saga.
The desolation in Iceland is simply remarkable.
You will be gawking out your windows when you drive through the rhyolite, moss-covered mountains of the East Fjords.
Hiking some of the craters around the Myvatn lake will give you impressive views of the area.
The ominous glaciers and floating icebergs will astound you.
It’s so quiet and desolate in Iceland, you will find many moments of tranquility to yourself.
You will feel enchanted to walk in amongst the lava-filled fields of Iceland’s north.
At Thingvellir National Park, you can witness the fissures that show proof that Iceland is being ripped apart at its core.
Your love of mountain landscapes will grow exponentially as you drive around the country of Iceland.
Another beautiful waterfall to admire in Thingvellir National Park.
Iceland’s melting glaciers will make you realize how fast the world is changing.
Not a soul will find you when you visit the oldest swimming pool in Iceland as it is surrounded by nothing but lush green mountains.
Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, will make you feel small and insignificant.
A sunset over Hverir, a geothermal area in Northern Iceland full of steaming vents, red dirt and bubbling mud pots.
Though a small capital city, the arts in Reykjavik can be found all over.
Be prepared to see a million waterfalls in Iceland and then fall in love with every single one of them.
When the wind isn’t blowing, you can really appreciate the calm desolation of this country.
From steaming vents to boiling mud pots, you’ll see it all in Northern Iceland.
The quiet town of Stykkishólmur is a great place to sleep when exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
You will quickly fall in love with all the fluffy sheep roaming the barren land or climbing the highest mountains of this country.
If you’re searching for a low-key, naturally heated pool in Iceland, head to the Secret Lagoon. It’s everything you would imagine hot pools in Iceland to be.
The stunning Gulfoss in the southeast.
Icelandic horses are just waiting to get their pictures taken too.
Part of the over-populated Golden Circle tour, Gulfoss is actually a pretty magnificent waterfall that you can get up close to.
So, are we right? Don’t those pics make you want to book a flight to Iceland right now? Tell us below which spots you are dying to see!
Want to learn more about Iceland? Start here.
Peace & love,
Tim & Marcella
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