Does wanderlust keep you up at night? Whether we care to admit it or not, many of us spend the moments right before we fall asleep scrolling through the Gram and scouring Pinterest for travel inspo.
Iceland is easily one of the most awe-inspiring places featured on a lot of 'bucket lists' and travel bloggers feeds. And it's really not hard to see why.
The European country has a lot to offer, with its dramatic landscapes of volcanoes, geysers, natural hot springs, glaciers and even lava fields.
Iceland is one of those countries that many of us dream about one day visiting. But why not make that dream a reality. It's the kind of place you have to experience at least once before you die. What are you waiting for?
From Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon and everything in between—there are a plethora of adventures to be had here. Explore viking history, beaches, icebergs and waterfalls. As soon as you step foot off the plane you'll wonder why you didn't book it sooner.
One of the most incredible places on earth is located in Iceland—the Blue Lagoon. Images of this picturesque paradise are plastered all over magazine spreads and social media pages. The geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in all of Iceland, nestled on a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
These absolutely jaw-dropping photos of Iceland will give you the extra push to actually book that plane ticket and start plotting the trip of a lifetime.
20 Blue Lagoon - A Little Slice Of Heaven
You can become one with nature at this harmonious spot with the ultimate backdrop. The retreat spa is a magical destination that will take you on a transformative journey into the volcanic earth. The geothermal seawater will rejuvenate you while you wander through incredible lava canyons and secluded corridors. You can relax in the water and take in your surroundings solo or with friends. But this is definitely the place to escape and enjoy quiet time. You can even get a spa treatment for a truly unique experience. Spa treatments include in-water massages that will make you feel like you've reached cloud nine.
19 Thingvellir - Showing The Beauty Of History
For all those history buffs out there, this is the place for you. The historic site is a popular national park in Iceland that is just 31 miles east of Reykjavik. It's home to Alþing, which is Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries.
It's filled with absolutely beautiful history including the Thingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The amazing landscape is also situated on a rift valley that was created by two tectonic plates separating. Soak up the lush greenery, rugged cliff faces and scenic gorges while learning all about Iceland's impressive history. You will never want to leave here.
18 Gullfoss - Cascading Waterfalls For Days
There's nothing more peaceful and relaxing than listening to the rushing waters come crashing down. This cascading waterfall is nestled in the canyon of Hvita River in southwest Iceland and brings in lots of tourists. It offers stunning views of untouched nature that you have to see first-hand to believe. It's fed by Iceland's second largest glacier, the Langjökull. The flowing water plummets down 32-meters into a canyon which walls reach 70-meters in height.
But it's more than just a pretty waterfall. It's filled with history, as foreign investors wanted to harness the power of Gullfoss to produce electricity in the early 20th century.
17 Jökulsárlón - A Glacial Lagoon You Won't Soon Forget
Find serenity at this pristine glacial lagoon that borders Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. It features icy blue waters surrounded with icebergs that are a part of the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. The lagoon is full of fish and flows right into the Atlantic Ocean.
If you visit in the Winter, you will see hundreds of seals in the area. You can tour the majestic area by boat or kayak for a breathtaking memory of your trip. The glacial ice turns a glassy and luminous blue, making it a paradise for photographers or anyone that wants to experience a truly beautiful landscape.
16 Geysir - The Epitome Of Greatness
Geysir, which is also referred to as 'The Great Geysir' is nestled in southwestern Iceland. It has been active for about 10,000 years. The highly-active Geysir hot spring area is one of the most incredible sights to see while in Iceland. It features boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the amazing Strokkur, which every few minutes shoots water up into the air of up to 100-feet high. Geysir was the very first geyser described in print and was the first of its kind known to modern Europeans. The area also has over a dozen hot water blow holes to explore.
15 Skaftafell - A Hub For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Step into the wilderness of Iceland's gorgeous Vatnajökull National Park. The park includes the incredible glaciers of Skaftafellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull. You can also take in the Svartifoss waterfall here which flows over onto black basalt columns. Go on a plethora of hiking trails that lead to the one-of-a-kind Kristínartindar Mountain. It also has the ice-capped peak Hvannadalshnúkur of the Öræfajökull Volcano.
This place will always have a special place in Icelanders hearts and for a good reason. It's one of the most popular sites for both locals and tourists to visit. It features a camping area so it's a great spot to head for one mind-blowing vacation. Did we mention it also has an epic ice cave?
14 Snæfellsnes - Volcanoes, Glaciers and Lava Fields—Oh My!
This one is a complete triple threat. You can discover the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland which is known for its dramatic landscapes. It features the Snæfellsnes Volcano, which is where you will find a glacier at the top. You will also find a trail in the area that leads you through the sensitive lava fields and onto the black pebble Djúpalónssandur Beach. Images of this spot always make people stop right in their tracks, with its rugged and natural beauty.
It's not too far away from Reykjavick so it makes for a great day trip of adventuring. But make sure you bring your camera, this area is swarming with Instagram-ready shots just waiting for you.
13 Hallgrímskirkja - The Largest Church In Iceland
You can visit this Lutheran parish church in Reykjavik which stands at 74.5-meters high, making it the largest church in Iceland. It is also one of the tallest structures in the whole country. Visible throughout the city, it's one of their best known landmarks. The massive church took 41 years to build, starting in 1945 and not being completed until 1986. It's not just a church though, it also features an observation tower overlooking all of Reykjavik and its surrounding mountains. The stunning architectural building definitely needs to be on your bucket list if you're planning a trip to Iceland.
12 Fjaðrárgljúfur - Canyon That Will Take Your Breath Away
Witness this beauty of a canyon nestled in southeast Iceland. It runs two-kilometers long and is 100-meters deep with the Fjaora river flowing right through it.
If it looks familiar to you, it might be because it can be seen in a music video. The canyon was featured in Justin Bieber's 'I'll Show You' music video.
Fjaðrárgljúfur is just two miles away from Ring Road. But you can't reach it by road, you will have to take the short and scenic hike to reach it instead. Soak up the scenery and go for a dip in the stunning Fjaora river below.
11 Mývatn - A Volcanic Lake Like None Other
Find this shallow eutrophic lake in northern Iceland. You can discover it 50-kilometers from Husavik in an area surrounded by active volcanoes. Mývatn Lake is the fifth largest in the country and a marathon is hosted there every year. It's also home to the Mývatn Nature Baths which are man-made lagoons with naturally-heated waters.
The lagoons are filled with mineral-rich waters which are great for their health-giving properties. If this spot is not already on your bucket list, then it needs to be. Whether you want to take in the volcanic lake, soak in the lagoon or just enjoy the beauty around you—this spot cannot be beat.
10 The Northern Lights - See All The Vibrant Colours
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis are an incredible display of nature that everyone must experience once in their lives. Why not see it in Iceland? The vibrant display of colours lighting up the night sky is one of the most incredible sights on earth.
Plan a trip to Iceland anywhere from late September until the beginning of April to increase your chances of seeing them there. It's never guaranteed, as it's based on a number of atmospheric conditions, but it's worth a shot. When the weather is perfect and there are clear skies, the Northern Lights are visible in most places through all of Iceland.
9 Kirkjufell Mountain - A Wondrous Escape Into The Mountains
Just a 2.5-hour road trip from Reykajavik you will come across this serene oasis. The small town of Grundarfjördur is a quaint fishing village that is home to the incredible Kirkjufell Mountain. The vast landmark is every photographer's dream with rushing waterfalls, small streams, towering mountains, lush greenery and stunning skies. In the Winter time, this also makes for an epic place to take in the Northern Lights.
There's nothing more peaceful than sitting here and just listening to the sounds of nature. You won't want to miss out on seeing this beauty with your own eyes. It's worth it.
8 Seljalandsfoss - Chase This Waterfall
This may just be Iceland's most visited waterfall, and it's pretty obvious as to why. It's the ultimate getaway if you're looking to immerse yourself in nature. You can find this gem in the South Region, right by Route 1.
The powerful waterfall has a 197-feet drop and is part of the Seljalands River. What makes this spot even more cool is that there's a small cave behind the falls where you can get a whole new vantage point of the scenery, as seen in this photo. Every Instagram feed needs this beauty on it. It looks so spectacular, it's hard to believe places like this really do exist.
7 Reynisfjara - Spend A Day At The Black Beach
If you go to Iceland without visiting the Black Beach, did you even really go to Iceland? Everyone wants to go to a tropical beach with sandy shorelines. But have you ever stepped in black sand? The unique landmark is a must-see while in Iceland. It's a magnificent sight to see that draws in many tourists each and every year.
You can discover this magical place just 180-kilometers from Reykjavik. It's easily accessible and will give you so many incredible photos to share about your experience in Iceland. What are you waiting for? Take a walk on the wild side and feel the black sand through your toes.
6 Kerið - Along The Golden Circle Route
You can witness both history and beauty at this gorgeous spot. The volcanic crater lake is situated in the Grimsnes area, which is part of southern Iceland. The iconic landmark features a blueish-green water which vibrantly stands out against the dark brown and deep red slopes surrounding it. It's a popular tourist attraction that should be on your bucket list, if it isn't already.
The lake is about 3,000-years-old and runs 55-meters deep. Kerid is also part of the volcanic hills known as Tjarnarhólar. It's the perfect detour to make when checking out all the other things to do in the area.
5 Sun Voyager - An Ode To The Sun
This dreamboat, also known as being an ode to the sun, is a sculpture created by the brilliant Jon Gunnar Arnason. You can find it next to the Saebraut Road in Reykjavik. The stunning architectural piece is a key landmark with the most beautiful shore walk and backdrop imaginable.
The meaning behind it was to convey the promise of undiscovered territory. It's intended to inspire its audience to dream of hope, progress and freedom. On the city's 200th anniversary they wanted to commemorate the moment with a sculpture and held a contest, of which the Sun Voyager won. It's been there only since 1986.
4 Haifoss - A Secluded Waterfall Paradise
This is one of Iceland's highest and most striking waterfalls. It's also situated in a more secluded spot, which adds to how awesome it is. You can find it in a narrow gorge that leads into the Icelandic Highland. It falls a whopping 122-meters down the cliff which is two-million-years-old. Talk about history. The waterfall wasn't even discovered until the first decade of the 20th century, where it was not only thought to be the highest in Iceland but also the highest in all of Europe. Go for a hike here you will always remember and get some epic shots of the cascading falls and lush greenery surrounding them.
3 Tjörnin - Simply Breathtaking
It doesn't get much more quaint than this, just look at it. The pond is located in downtown Reykjavik and it's a beautiful sight to see every season of the year, no matter the time of day. It's one of Reykjavik's most defining landmarks downtown.
Go for a stroll along the water while taking in the buildings and churches across the way. It's also right next to the City Hall building and several prominent museums. There are lots of birds and wildlife in the area to make for an even more enchanting experience. Take in the sounds and surroundings of this quiet sanctuary.
2 Landmannalaugar - The People's Pools
Also known as being 'the people's pools,' this spot is nestled right in the heart of Iceland's southern Highlands. Part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, it's popular for hiking, sight-seeing and hot spring bathing.
It is located right at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field, which was created in an eruption dating back to about 1477.
Soak up the history, the serene beauty and all the activities you can partake in around the area. It truly is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts and a great place to capture some incredible shots. Don't miss out and add this spot to your list of places to check out while visiting Iceland.
1 Vestmannaeyjar - A Hidden Gem Of Iceland
This place will simply take your breath away. It's filled with a number of magical islands and it is known as being one of Iceland's most hidden attractions. The islands are still considered quite young, as they are less than 10,000 years old. There are cozy huts situated throughout for those who wish to camp here or to observe the variety of birds that flock to the area. It's absolute heaven for people who love to bird watch, as millions of different species have been known to show up here—including puffins. It can be found just off the south coast of Iceland.
Have you made it this far without booking your plane ticket yet? Now's the time. Explore all Iceland has to offer—you will have memories for a lifetime.