5 PLACES TO VISIT IN ICELAND THAT AREN’T THE CLASSICS
Despite the lack of palm trees and heat waves, Iceland is becoming one of the hottest destinations for a road trip. And, with a limited number of roads, the main attractions can become crowded especially during summer.
To help you plan your road trip around Iceland, here are 5 places to visit in Iceland that are off-the-beaten-path and alternatives to the “classics” of Iceland.
Jokulsarlon vs Fjallsarlon
When looking for icebergs, everyone stops at Jokulsarlon. It is the place that “puts the ice in Iceland”. An alternative is its little brother, Fjallsarlon. Just a 5 min drive from the Ring Road, its lagoon is smaller but rewards the visitor with great views of the glacier and surrounding mountains.
Haukadalur vs Leirhnjukur
When it comes to geothermal areas, Iceland is paradise. One of the most popular places to visit in Iceland is Haukadalur on the Golden Circle Iceland. During the day it is one of the most crowded places as everyone looks at the same spot waiting for the big splash. But if you go to North Iceland, take a detour to walk through Leirhnjukur. It will give you another perspective of the volcanic activity in Iceland. This lava field is still steaming 30 years after the last volcanic event!
Dimmuborgir vs Berserkjahraun
Much of the Icelandic landscape is shaped by lava. One of the most famous areas to walk through is Dimmuborgir near Myvatn. During the day, visitors take over the delimited paths scaring the elves away. To avoid the crowds, drive on a small gravel road (558) on the Snaefellesnes peninsula to the lava field of Berserkjahraun. The geology and shapes are different, but the views as impressive.
Svartifoss vs Aldeyjarfo
Even though hiking is required to reach Svartifoss, it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. The little path around it fills up pretty quickly. Another option is to go off road in North Iceland (4WD required for the last 5 kilometers) to discover Aldeyjarfoss, a 20-meter drop waterfall surrounded by intricate basalt shapes. The surrounding area is bare making the location even more intriguing.
Blue Lagoon vs Myvatn Bath
Swimming in a hot bath is a must-do in Iceland. And most people experience it at the famous Blue Lagoon. A man-made swimming area, filled with the water taken underground to generate electricity. Although not really off the beaten track, the alternative of the Myvatn Baths in North Iceland will give you a more intimate experience.
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