With just one main ring road running around its perimeter and a large percentage of land inaccessible by car, Iceland is the ultimate destination for intrepid travellers and as Europe’s most sparsely populated country, it’s not hard to escape the crowds. Whether exploring the wild landscapes and traditional villages of the Westfjords, burrowing through glacial ice caves in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park or enjoying the sunrise from the black sand beach of Vik; here are some of Iceland’s best off the beaten track sights.
As the unofficial capital of the north, Akureyri is the ideal starting point for exploring Iceland’s rugged top counties, with easy access to the Diamond Circle sightseeing trail, a scenic 260km loop that runs between nearby Húsavík and Lake Mývatn. Many travelers choose to explore the north on a multi-day tour, but the region’s most spectacular attractions can also be visited on day trips from Akureyri. Here are some of the best.
Whether you tuck into a bowl of shrimps dripping with garlic butter or bravely sample a platter of fermented shark meat; you can’t visit Iceland without tasting the country’s renowned seafood. Benefitting from the icy, unpolluted waters of the arctic, fresh fish and seafood makes up a large portion of Icelandic cuisine and one of the most popular choices is lobster. Despite being smaller in size than their American counterparts, Icelandic lobsters are known for their delicious taste and there are plenty of ways to enjoy them – fresh with salad, smoked in a sandwich, or even on a pizza. The most tasty and traditional dish, though, is Iceland’s famous Lobster soup.
As the unofficial ‘capital of the north’, Akureyri is renowned as the gateway to the famous Diamond Circle tourist route, as well as a popular starting point for Northern Lights viewing tours, and there are plenty of things to do in and around Akureyri. From standing beneath Europe’s most powerful waterfall to scrambling through a lava ice cave; here are 5 things not to miss.
The “land of fire and ice” is a land of contrasts – both physical and cultural – that make it a delightful, quirky, enchanting surprise just waiting to be discovered.
How to discover it? Here are a few ideas:
With the eagerly anticipated fourth season of HBO epic Game of Thrones hitting the small screen this April, fans are gearing up for a dramatic return to the Seven Kingdoms. There’s plenty to get excited about for the new season, as the fateful War of Five Kings finally comes to a head, new characters like Oberyn Martell, the ‘Red Viper’, are introduced and ever more spectacular set locations are revealed, including a series of brand new Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland.