Iceland's Best Attractions

Iceland's Spectacular Waterfalls

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall Where is Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland, and one of the natural wonders of the world and is one of Europe’s most powerful waterfall.  What makes Gullfoss stand out is the two distinct drops in succession at right angles to each other spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.

Godafoss Waterfall

Godafoss Waterfall Where is Godafoss Waterfall

The Godafoss (Icelandic: waterfall of the gods) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.  The falls appear suddenly where the Skjálfandafljót River abruptly drops over a rift in the Earth - one of the many signs in Iceland that the country is slowly being pulled apart by tectonic plate movements. The rock formation in and around the waterfall make it one of the greatest natural wonders in Iceland.

Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss Waterfall Where is Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss is Iceland’s greatest and most majestic waterfall and is the most powerful waterfall in Europe! The waterfall is located in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland.  Its enormous power can be felt if you touching a rock close to the waterfall, it trembles. 

Dynjandi Waterfall

Dynjandi Waterfall Where is Dynjandi Waterfall

Dynjandi (The Thunderer) is a series of waterfalls located in the Westfjords, Iceland. The waterfalls have a cumulative height of 330 ft. Dynjandi is the most photogenic waterfall in Iceland. These unique waterfalls are formed in such a way that the venturesome can walk behind one and stay relatively dry.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Where is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is a unique waterfall in the river Seljalandsá.  It is 180 feet high with a foot path behind it at the bottom of the cliff. It is the only known waterfall of its kind, where it is possible to walk behind it. The waterfall is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and other publications.

Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell Where is Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell is a beautiful mountainous region in the south of Iceland on the southern edge of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. The area is an amazing place to view the great contrasts between mighty glaciers, powerful glacier rivers, active volcanoes, towering waterfalls and endless flat sandy plains.

Iceland's Geysers and Hot Springs

Strokkur Geysir

Strokkur Geysir Where is Strokkur Geysir

Strokkur Geysir is currently the most energetic geyser in Iceland. It spouts every few minutes, sometimes to a height of 120 ft.  Strokkur is an extremely powerful geyser ejecting water, gas and steam with tremendous force.

The Great Geysir

Great Geysir Where is Great Geysir

The Great Geysir, Iceland's most famous hot spring, has given its name to geysers all over the world.  Since 1916  the Great Geysir has been lying quiet. However, in 2000 an earthquake reawakened tthe Great Geysir.  Now it resemblance a large, naturally formed pool and erupts rarely.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Where is Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of a geothermal power plant and is renewed every two days.  The water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.  Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower before bathing in the Blue Lagoon.

Other Points of Interest

Reykjavík

Reykjavik Where is Reykjavik

Reykjavik is located on the coast of Iceland overlooking a bay and proud Mt. Esja. Reykjavik is the country's capital and largest city, home to half the Iceland's population. Reykjavík presents a multicolored sight with its concrete houses painted in pastel colors and crowned by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs. There are several interesting museums tracing Iceland’s Viking history.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn Where is Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn is Iceland’s fourth largest lake. It was most likely formed in a catastrophic volcanic eruption some 2300 years ago, and the area is still very geologically active with desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves. On either side of the lake are impressive waterfalls, one of which is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

The area around Lake Myvatn is a microcosm of all the natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Asbyrgi Canyon

Asbyrgi Canyon Where is Asbyrgi Canyon

Asbyrgi canyon lies in the north of Iceland, about 50 minute drive to the east from Húsavík. The horseshoe-shaped depression is part of the Vatnajökull National Park and measures approximately 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across. For more than half of its length, the canyon is divided through the middle by a distinctive rock formation 25 meters high called Eyjan ("the Island"), from which hikers may enjoy spectacular views. The canyon's steep sides are formed by cliffs up to 100 meters in height.

Asbyrgi was most likely formed by catastrophic glacial flooding of the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum after the last Ice Age, first 8-10,000 years ago, and then again some 3,000 years ago.

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvallavtn National Park Where is Thingvallavtn National Park

Thingvallavatn is Iceland's largest natural lake, with a surface of 32.4 miles² and 374 feet deep, located in the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lake has two islands and their volcanic origins are clearly visible. Close to the lake, the Eurasian and North American Plates meet.

Mid-Atlantic Ridge Rift Zone

Mid-Atlantic Rift Zone Where is Mid-Atlantic Rift Zone

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is significant because it marks the boundary where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and separate.  As tectonic plates move apart, rock melts and rises up from tens of miles deep producing volcanic eruptions. The place where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is best visible is at Thingvellir National Park. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the massive cracks or faults.