Iceland has easily become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The Nordic island nation's diverse landscape has attracted millions of visitors each year and continues to be named one of the most beautiful places on our planet.
Iceland is known as the "Land of Fire and Ice," being home to glaciers and volcanoes that have found a way to co-exist. The nation's dramatic waterfalls are awe-inspiring, its gigantic glaciers are stunning and its geothermal hot springs have become a popular tourist attraction.
From the famous Northern Lights, which travelers can see practically on almost every night to their beloved Icelandic horses which hold a special place in people's hearts, Iceland is a unique island nation that continues to fascinate people.
Here we show 20 photos highlighting why Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
20 Iceland Has Some Of The Best Landscapes On Earth
Iceland is made up of a diverse landscape that includes glaciers, geothermal hot springs, spectacular ice caves, stunning waterfalls, and black sand beaches. Its incredibly diverse landscape is what makes travelers so intrigued with this Nordic island nation and it is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth.
19 There Is A Plethora Of Natural Treasures
There is an array of natural treasures that travelers love to explore in Iceland. Kirkjufell, known as "Church Mountain," is the most photographed mountain in all of the nation because it is the best place to see the famous Northern Lights. Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier is filled with hidden ice caves waiting to be explored.
18 Travelers Will Never Get Tired Of Iceland
There is a reason why tourism in Iceland has gone up. There is no place on earth where travelers can visit a thermal spring, like the one pictured above, and see gigantic glaciers all in one day. CNN writes, travelers will find more horses than humans and scenic snow-topped mountain in the north and green fields and black sands in the south.
17 The Night Sky Is A Photographer's Dream
From September to March, travelers will look up into the night sky to view the aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights. According to Travel and Leisure, visitors can see the lights practically anywhere in Iceland, since it's easy to find a dark place. If a traveler points his or her camera to the north during dark, clear skies, their photo will almost always include a faint green aurora.
16 The Country Is Boasting A Diverse Landscape
This isolated nation is a travelers paradise with its colossal waterfalls, temperamental volcanoes, and endless untamed lands. The Thingvellir National Park is a favorite among hikers and nature lovers because of its beautiful countryside and crystal clear lake. However, it is also a diver's paradise, where you can dive between the Eurasian and American continental plates.
15 Stunning Ice Caves
Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland and in Europe, covering eight percent of the nation's landmass. Being so extensive, travelers will find numerous ice caves. According to Conde Nast Traveler, small group tours are offered to see these natural formations, also known as Crystal Caves.
14 Multiple Hidden Gems Spread Throughout The Country
Not many travelers visit Iceland's Westfjords, making the area extremely remote, but filled with untouched land, mountains and an awe-inspiring coast. Látrabjarg is considered the best place to get close to and photograph a large puffin colony. These birds don't seem to mind humans and sometimes appear to be posing for the camera!
13 Parts Of Iceland Are Covered In Glaciers
Iceland is a glacier paradise with Vatnajökull being the largest and having around 30 outlet glaciers that form this beautiful landscape. Glacier hiking is a must-do here where travelers will find themselves high on top of the most prominent glacier and see views of endless white, writes Glacier Guides.
12 It Is A Hiker's Dream
Whether you enjoy hiking to tops of glaciers or reaching the summit of a tall mountain and seeing stunning waterfalls, there are multiple regions in Iceland that make for the perfect hike. Travelers can go backpacking through national parks, reach the tops of volcanoes or find themselves in ice caves.
11 The Nation Is Known For Its Jaw-Dropping Waterfalls
Iceland is home to a plethora of waterfalls and each one is jaw-dropping. One of the most famous and most popular among tourists is the Gullfoss. The Gullfoss waterfall is actually two separate waterfalls, with the highest one having a drop of eleven meters and the falls below have a drop of 21 meters, according to Global Grasshopper.
10 Iceland Is Almost Too Good To Be True
It's hard to name the most beautiful place in Iceland because the island is filled with acres of stunning countryside, charming cities, spectacular waterfalls and a place where molten lava erupts from ice. While it can seem a little overwhelming, Guide to Iceland suggests that to see all the diverse landscapes in Iceland at once, plan a day trip to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, nicknamed, "Iceland in Miniature."
9 There Are Always New Parts To Discover
There are so many places to discover in Iceland, including Jökulsárlón, a stunning glacial lagoon that has become one of Iceland's most popular attractions. Travelers can hop aboard a boat to float among the blue icebergs dotted all around the lagoon. The glacial lagoon is also Iceland's deepest lake, according to Guide To Iceland.
8 Its Landscapes Are Unmatched
Another jaw-dropping Icelandic landscape is Viti Lake, a large crater in Northern Iceland known for its bright blue water, surrounded by lava fields and a colorful geothermal area, according to The Outbound. It's an easy to access rim hike and weather permitting, travelers can even take a dip in the mineral-rich waters.
7 Iceland's Rich Supply Of Water Is Its Most Valuable Resource
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with glaciers covering a good chunk of the nation and thousands of waterfalls, it's no wonder that water is Iceland's most valuable resource. According to Guide to Iceland, the Icelandic people "cherish" and "protect" their water, treating it like a "sacred medicine" and "holy source."
6 An Array Of Colorful Towns And Cities Can Be Found
Iceland is so diverse and besides its diverse landscapes, travelers can find an array of beautiful towns and cities. Vik (pictured above) is the second-largest city in Iceland and a fantastic spot for driving around the nation's ring road and getting a bite to eat, writes Hand Luggage Only.
5 Geysers Are One Of Nature's Marvels
Geysers can be found in active volcanic areas and Iceland has many of those. Iceland has pretty impressive geysers including The Great Geysir, which erupted on the island in the 14th century. The Great Geysir is the most popular known to shoot boiling water up to 70 meters in the air. Into its feeder channel, you would find water reaching temperatures as high as 125 degrees, according to Book Mundi.
4 It Is Home To The World Famous Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black sand beach on the South Coast of Iceland. One of the stunning features besides the black sand is the large basalt columns that were even featured in season seven of the HBO series Game of Thrones. These sea stacks are home to nesting seabirds like puffins and fulmars.
3 The Icelandic Horse Is Loved By Travelers And Natives Alike
The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. The horses are smaller than your average horse, sometimes as small as a pony and are loved by natives and travelers alike. According to Guide to Iceland, unlike other horse breeds, these Icelandic horses are more curious, intelligent and independent.
2 The Icelandic Skies Have Inspired Many Travelers
Iceland's clean air and dark nights make it the perfect location for stargazing. According to Happy Campers, travelers should get outside of Reykjavik capital area since light pollution is stargazing's "biggest enemy," and camp safely off the road. You'll be amazed to see constellations and even Mercury, if you're lucky and patient!
1 The Blue Lagoon Is The Best Known Geothermal Spa In The World
While the famous Blue Lagoon attracts millions of visitors to Iceland and that may be a turn off to some travelers, there is nothing else like it on earth. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa with milky-blue waters set against a backdrop of black lava landscapes, writes Global Grasshopper.