1. Discover the waterfalls
Iceland is the king of waterfalls. You probably won’t see as many waterfalls in one trip as in Iceland. You will find the most impressive waterfalls in the southern part of Iceland, but if you have enough time, travel the ultimate Iceland route through the whole country. Our favorite? Godafoss!
2. Discover the art city of Seydisfjordur
The small village of Seydisfjordur is outside the usual route of Iceland. This art influenced the city in the deep east of Iceland with only about 600 inhabitants. It is also the port of the ferry to Denmark which arrives every Wednesday.
To get to the city, you have to cross a spectacular snow-capped mountain in a 30-minute drive, which is a highly recommended thing to do in Iceland!
3. Hike to the Kolugljúfur Canyon
Kolugljufur is our favorite place in Iceland. This canyon is only 15 minutes by gravel from the Ring Road and not-known to most tourists. The main reason for this is that it cannot be seen from the main road.
The canyon is easily accessible (2 minutes walk) from both sides of the bridge. It is home to some waterfalls and a breathtaking viewpoint. No 4×4 car needed.
4. Admire the Icelandic wild horses
If your route through Iceland is not magical enough, the Icelandic wild horses make it even more special. All over the country you can see horses and sheep on the side of the road. You might be surprised and find yourself stuck in a traffic jam caused by these beauties.
5. Capture the most beautiful churches
In every town, small or large, there is a picturesque church (kirkja). Try to look for the signs that end with the word “kirkja”. Our personal favorites are located near Hellissandur and in Reykjavik.
6. Visit Iceland during the lupine flower season
In summer, you can find lupine flowers all over the country. Their flowering period is usually during the first two weeks of June. These purple beauties give your Iceland photos an extra touch.
7. Warm up in one of the natural hot springs, a must in Iceland!
No matter how cold it is in Iceland, you can always warm up in the many hot springs in the country. Most of them are man-made, and the natural hot springs are all located in a beautiful landscape. Be sure to visit Hrunalaug and Landbrotalaug.
8. Snæfellsnes Peninsula
In the west of Iceland is the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It is home to one of the most photographed places in Iceland called Kirkjufell. It is a beautiful area to spend a day, visit a crater in the national park, the Black Church, a city of art and of course Kirkjufell.
9. Stokksnes, Vestrahorn
Stokksnes, also known as Vestrahorn, is a scene of black dunes with tall grass and a mountain range background. It is a 30-minute drive from the town of Höfn. This area is private property, so you will be asked to pay.
Use Google Maps in Iceland to get there and be sure to turn right on the gravel road before entering the tunnel.
10. Motorhome camping in Iceland
We’re not campers. However, we never wanted to miss camping in a camper van in Iceland during our 2-week itinerary in Iceland. Being able to drive wherever you want and camp at any campground gives you the ultimate freedom to travel through Iceland as fast or as slow as you want.
11. The Dyrhólaey lookout
The Dyrholaey Viewpoint is about a 5-minute drive away. You will be rewarded with a view of the black sand beach of Kirkjufjara, the Dyrholaey Arch and maybe you will have the chance to spot puffins. Dyrholaey is located near the popular camp town of Vik.