From black beaches to blue lagoons; Iceland is full of dramatic landscapes and picture-perfect panoramas, making it possibly one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Reykjavík is fast-becoming a favourite European city break destination and the Aurora Borealis, visible in the night skies over Iceland, is one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenons. If these aren’t enough reasons to hop across to Iceland, then maybe these incredible shots from photographer and blogger Ruairidh McGlynn will convince you to go:
1. Route 218
One thing you learn very quickly on Iceland’s ring road is to be adventurous; you’ll be amply rewarded with terrific views by veering off the main road and exploring some of the quieter tracks. You’re guaranteed to discover something very special.
Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park, in one of many remarkable places you’ll come across driving along the Southern section of route 1, between Vik and Hofn. Surrounded by groaning Glacial tongues, follow the trail up the side of Svinafellsjokull and take in this vast expanse.
3. Stokksnes Peninsula
A short drive from Hofn and just off of route 1, the mighty Vestrahorn rises above the Stokksnes headland. A favourite spot for the cold water surfing elite, it’s worthwhile venturing along the beach to take in the impressive view.
4. Reynisfjara beach
Detour off of route 218 (see no.1) and you could come across these memorable cliffs and lone sea stack overlooking Reynisfjara beach. Watch the waves of the North Atlantic rolling in, before venturing on in to the nearby town of Vik.
En route to Lake Myvatn, route 1 meanders directly through the otherworldly geothermal land of Námaskarð. Stop here for some of Iceland’s most unmissable landscapes.
6. The Blue Lagoon
After ten days on the road and having circumnavigated the iconic ring road. Through blizzards, across high mountain passes and after many unforgettable pit stops , the best way to relax and unwind is a trip to the blue lagoon.
7. Kirkjufell Mountain
The distinct Kirkjufell Mountain rises from the Snaefellsnes peninsula in western Iceland, just off of route 54. The town of Grundarfjörður is a stone’s throw away and the perfect place to spend the night before returning to Reykjavik.
8. Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Setting out from the northern city of Akureyri, you’ll arrive on the Northern shores of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, a truly magical place. Take time and make sure you follow route 54 all the way around.
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