Natural Wonders
28 September 2020

The 3 Best Places to Visit in Iceland - Staff Picks!

We really don’t like to start arguments in the workplace, but when it comes to choosing the best places to visit in Iceland, all hell breaks loose. Everyone at Blue Car Rental has a favorite spot and since Iceland has so many beautiful and magical places it was very difficult to choose only 3. We decided to leave Reykjavík out of the equation (already covered here) and focus on the countryside.

Ásbyrgi canyon
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Nr. 1 Best Place to Visit in Iceland - Ásbyrgi

Ásbyrgi was the most mentioned place when we did the staff poll. We can’t say we’re surprised, since it’s such an overwhelmingly beautiful area. Most people here at Blue Car Rental said they have fond childhood memories of Ásbyrgi where they had an almost spiritual experience among the tall cliffs at the very bottom of the canyon where you can find a lovely pond surrounded by a fragrant birch forest. ‘Magical’ was the word most commonly used to describe it.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland

Nr. 2 Best Place to Visit in Iceland - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The glacier lagoon is a kind of crazy place! You have a glacier crawling down a mountain, dropping little iceberg-bombs into the murky glacial river. They float right past you, almost close enough to touch (please don’t do that), and keep breaking down right before your eyes. They end up in the ocean and in the winter time you can head across the ring road to admire the so-called Diamond beach. There, the icebergs sit in the black lava sand and look like, well, diamonds!

Dimmuborgir
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Nr. 3 Best Place to Visit in Iceland - Dimmuborgir / Lake Mývatn

The whole area around Lake Mývatn is spectacular and you´ll find lots of stuff to see and do there. But whatever you do, do not miss the awesome Dimmuborgir lava formations. The name in itself is gritty and powerful with ‘Dimmu’ meaning ‘Dark’ and ‘borgir’ meaning ‘cities/forts’. It’s the home of the 13 mischievous Icelandic santa clauses. They live there in lava caves with their evil Christmas cat and their troll parents, Grýla and Leppalúði. But what Dimmuborgir really is, is piles of very rough lava formations where you can walk different paths and explore astonishing caves and odd shapes. 

We hope you enjoy these places when you come to visit Iceland. Our staff firmly stands behind the decisions to vote them the top 3 very best places to see in Iceland, outside of Reykjavík.