10 Places to visit in Iceland to Connect with Earth & Nature

Driving through all the beautiful places in Iceland, the land of Fire and Ice, is a powerful journey.

As you admire its landscapes your mind and soul experience incredible connected moments such as:

  • when you feel the powerful activity under your feet.
  • when you almost travel to planet Mars.
  • when you half expect a dinosaur to show up.

These places to visit in Iceland listed below are not as famous as other natural wonders around the world, but their raw nature and intensity do make you feel a higher connection with Mother Earth.

10 Places to visit in Iceland

1. Haukadalalur, South West Iceland

Geysir in Iceland

Part of the Golden Circle in South West Iceland, the geothermal area is quite an attraction. It is home of the famous Geysir but you need to be lucky to see it erupt.

However the little brother Strokkur is very active.

Its powerful jet of water happens every few minutes, so you have plenty of time to really experience this wonder: the bubble growing and growing followed by the column of water which reaches 15 to 20 meters high, sometimes to 40 meters.

Haukadalalur is a thrilling place to visit in Iceland.

2. Jokulsarlon Beach, South Coast Iceland

Jokulsarlon Beach, Iceland

One of the most touristic spots on the south coast of Iceland is the beautiful lagoon of Jokulsarlon where the glacier releases huge icebergs. However most visitors do not cross the road to the black sand beach and miss one of the country’s highlights and best places to visit in Iceland.

The icebergs actually float through a channel into the sea and are pushed back towards the beach by the tide. You can approach these giant blocks of ice and touch them.

Some are white, others black and a few are blue, but all look stunning against the waves and the black sand. Truly a privilege to see this work of nature. Check out this ultimate full day tour highlighting the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland.

3. Hverir, North Iceland


Iceland has many geothermal areas but my favorite is Hverir in North Iceland.

You can feel the Earth boiling just under the crust with the powerful gas released from the fumaroles and the mud pools. All this activity is intensified by the bare surrounding landscape and the ground colors and the red of Namafjall, the hill behind. Don’t miss this place on your Iceland road trip.

Get your tour tickets to the mud pools here! 

If you like geothermal wonders, you may love checking out Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA.

4. Sigoldugljufur, Central Highlands

Sigoldugljufur - Iceland
one of the lesser known places in Iceland

Hidden in the Central Highlands, the canyon of Sigoldugljufur is one of the lesser known places to visit in Iceland. We ended up there by accident and it was one of those moments where you feel you have reached paradise: nothing around, just you and nature.

As the others kept photographing, I sat there in silence enjoying every curve of the canyon and every small ‘tear’ waterfall. Mother Nature is an artist!

5. Hverfjall, North Iceland

Hverfjall - Iceland

I had seen small volcanic craters before Hverfjall in North Iceland, but its size and bare landscape makes it one of a kind and a unique Iceland destination.

As I walked the 1km long rim of the 140 meter deep volcano, my mind started traveling back in time 2,800 years ago and imagining the power of the eruption. I felt privileged to see the evidence of such an intense event.

6. Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon - Iceland

I must admit, contrary to most visitors of Iceland, I am not a big fan of the Blue Lagoon. And by that I mean the spa and the huge flow of tourists. I guess it is one of one of the top attractions in Iceland!

The lagoon itself is man-made but the fascinating part is that the geothermal seawater comes from 2,000 meters beneath the surface.

It has traveled through porous lava, reaches us at 50°C and ends up at 38°C in the lagoon. Can you imagine it coming from so deep under us?

7. Leihrnjukur, North Iceland

Leihrnjukur - Iceland

Imagine walking in a field of fuming lava. Crazy? Well, not that much.

You can actually do it in North Iceland on a walking track around Leirhnjukur which is still steaming 30 years after the last volcanic event. Of course you have to stay on the path if you do not want your shoes’ soles to melt. But what an adventurerous place to visit in Iceland! It’s similar to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.

8. Pseudo-craters, Lake Myvatn

water next to a dry grass field

I know the title says you can connect with Mother Earth, but now it is time to connect with Father Mars. Let me explain.

The pseudo-craters of Lake Myvatn are the result of a rare phenomenon (almost entirely found in Iceland) where water is trapped under lava. But scientists believe the same is happening on planet Mars!

9. Aldeyjarfoss

Aldeyjarfoss - Iceland

An off the beaten track waterfall, Aldeyjarfoss offers the evidence of both volcanic activity and erosion by the glacial river: the land of fire and ice.

This place in Iceland is where you go to appreciate how the powerful flow of water created a passage allowing us to see various shapes of basalt columns from the successive volcanic events.

10. Dimmuborgir, North Iceland

Dimmuborgir - Iceland

And finally, if you want to sing the jingle ‘Denver, the last dinosaur’ and feel like one could appear any time, I recommend visiting Dimmuborgir in North Iceland.

Most lava fields are spread but low. This unique one has huge lava formations surrounding you that make you feel like you have traveled in time.

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What places in Iceland would you love to visit? Or where have you felt the most connected to earth during your own travels? Share in the comments below.

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27 thoughts on “10 Places to visit in Iceland to Connect with Earth & Nature”

  1. And now I have the “Denver the last Dinosaur” theme song stuck in my head. Lovely photos & thanks for the unexpected reference!

  2. I am going to Iceland in October so this is perfect! Thank you!

    I would love to see the Nothern Lights if it’s possible.

    Marlies aka Magnificent Escape

    1. Hi Marlies.
      Hard to predict for the Northern Lights. But in October you will have plenty of dark hours so more chances. I am crossing my fingers for you!
      Have a wonderful trip.

  3. What a lovely country! My girlfriend offered us a short break to Iceland for my 30th Birthday 4 years ago and we loved it. The trip was way too short though. We could only visit places around Reykjavik and from your list only did the Blue Lagoon and Geysir… BUT, we got the “luck” to be stranded because of the volcanic eruption of Grímsvötn. We were on a day trip when it erupted and we could see the ash cloud slowly coming towards us! An amazing moment! Couldn’t recommend to visit the country highly enough…
    Thanks for sharing your favourite places, bringing back lots of great memories. And your photographs! WOW! Gorgeous
    That post made my day and I now want to go back!

  4. Kerjan of Backpack Babe

    Wow!! Definitely a dream destination. I’ve been wanting to visit Blue Lagoon forever, looks awesome!

  5. I’m so obsessed with this site – particularly the posts relating to Iceland. I visited in August and am counting the days till I return already. If you have a moment I’d love to get your feedback on my Iceland posts and hopefully inspire you like you’ve inspired me with this post.

    x Elle | thisisyugen.blogspot.com

    x Elle | thisisyugen.blogspot.com

  6. Very good article. In top 10 I could have named all the places you talked about plsu more of course.
    About The Blue Lagoon. I understand what you mean even so all my guests have loved it. But the lagoon are now getting bigger without adding more guests in it so it will be a plenty of space in it.

  7. I love to travel and Iceland is definetely on my bucket list!
    I usually travel on my own, so here is my question: is it a safe place for women traveling alone?
    Thank you and regards

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