Roughly 11% of Iceland's landmass is covered in glaciers.
These glaciers are just one of the many remarkable sights Iceland has to offer. If you are planning a trip, there is a lot to see across the country. Driving to these different sites is the best way to experience it all, and there are some things you definitely don't want to miss!
For a rundown of five of the best sites to see in Iceland, keep reading.
1. Into the Glacier Experience
Iceland is more temperate than the name suggests, but it is still covered in frozen landscapes with some of the largest glaciers in the world. One of the most breathtaking things you can do in Iceland is to see the ice tunnel in Langjökull Glacier.
A walk through the man-made tunnels in Iceland's second-largest glacier is an experience like none other. You travel up the glacier in a specialized 8 wheel monster truck then walk through various illuminated tunnels with an English-speaking tour guide.
2. Northern Lights at Seltjarnarnes Penisula
No vacation in Iceland is complete without seeing the Northern Lights. One of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet, the aurora borealis is high up on many people's bucket lists.
The northern lights can be quite elusive, so you may have to make the effort to get out of the city. Light pollution makes them harder to spot, so if you are in Reykjavik you may want to drive a bit out of the city to an area with as little light as possible.
At Reyjavik's most northwestern spot is Seltjarnarnes peninsula, a very popular spot for viewing the northern lights. Here you will also find the Grotta Lighthouse which makes a unique backdrop.
3. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland with good reason. It's the country's most famous spa thanks to the healing silica mud, stunning blue water, and magnificent surroundings.
The water is warm even in the middle of winter and there are various sections to explore. There's even a bar in the middle where you can buy refreshments to enjoy as you relax.
4. The Golden Circle
When you visit Iceland your time may be limited, but you should definitely take the time to make a trip to the Golden Circle, Iceland's most popular sightseeing route. It can be driven in a few hours, so it's worth hiring a car from a company such as Blue Car Rental.
When driving the Golden Circle you can see its three major attractions:
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysers in Haukadalur Geothermal Valley
- Gullfoss Waterfall
If you have enough time you can spread the drive over a few days. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy along the route such as snowmobile tours and snorkeling tours.
5. The Westfjords
Of all the places to see in Iceland, the Westfjords is one of the most beautiful. It isn't as popular as the South because it is a bit out of the way, but it's perfect if you want to avoid the crowds.
There are cliffs and waterfalls, as well as the northernmost glacier in Iceland. You'll also find there is plenty to learn about folklore, mysticism, and magic through the rich history of the area.
Driving Around Iceland
There are some incredible sights in Iceland, but they can all be quite far from one another. Renting a car and driving around is the best way to see everything you're interested in and gives you more freedom than taking tour buses everywhere.
Blue Car Rental has a wide range of vehicles that you can rent with insurance, unlimited mileage, and VAT all included. We also supply studded tires for winter driving. To find out more about what we offer, click here to contact us today.