Iceland, the craggy realm of Game of Thrones, doesn’t need the cinematic filmography or CGI dragons to make it one of the most aesthetically stunning spots in Europe. Here are 10 of the most beautiful spots in the country to show you just how much you need to visit Iceland for yourself, phone in hand, Instagram ready.
Hiking by the Skoga River in Skogaheidi
Photo @materas // In a recent post I shared a photo of some waterfalls of the Skoga River, Skogaheidi, Iceland. Here two hikers hike along the miles long gorge carved out by the Skoga River in the Skogaheidi highlands above Skogafoss. Follow me @materas for more images like this from Iceland and around the world. #iceland #skogafoss #hiking
There’s no better way to see Iceland than on foot. Hiking around the towering cliffs that surround the Skoga River is a must, and will undoubtedly yield countless sensational photos to show all your friends online.
Lady Aurora over the Icelandic Westfjords
The Aurora Borealis is perhaps Iceland’s biggest attraction. The green dancing Lady of the North is sought out by thousands every year, but only a few lucky explorers get to witness her. Thanks to photography sharing on the web, you could pass on that experience.
The waves of Vik, South Iceland
The waves from the south ripple into Iceland like iron ribs, and from Vik the views are both haunting and magical. You’re not going to catch a tan on this beach, but you might get the inspiration from a new internationally acclaimed fantasy TV series.
The icy wastes of Jökulsarlon – the Glacier lagoon
It’s not called Iceland for nothing, so don’t waste those panoramic views of drifting bergs. Get out that camera and start snapping, uploading and sharing.
Climb the Kirkjufell Mountain
The Icelandic landscape is nothing short of unexpected. Huge glacial lagoons open up, only to be replaced by towering piked mountains like Kirkjufell. From the sky you can’t appreciate it’s majesty, but from the ground it’ll tower above you.
The Harpa architecture
Reykjavik’s most impressive building, Harpa, is a concert hall and conference centre. Opened in 2011, the glassy geometric architecture was inspired by the gritty landscape of Iceland, and works perfectly in those startling surroundings. It’s worth a visit with shops and some inventive musical sounds to be made.
The little house in Arnarstapi
Arnarstapi is not just home to the lucky people in this startlingly white house, but also the infamous archway rock bridge – a naturally forming crag walkway that so many use as an Instagram opportunity.
The Troll Rock of Hvítserkur
What better way to troll all your friends online than with the Troll Rock itself? Hvitserkur, sitting out there all alone in the wide Icelandic ocean, is just waiting for you witness its powerful stance.
The famous city itself isn’t all huge glass structures and concrete plazas – Reykjavik has a number of more charming districts which are perfect for a little Insta-shoot. Get a passerby to hold the camera and pose in front of this pink house. That’s a profile picture, for sure.
Inside the Langjökull Glacier
Last but certainly not least, the Langjökull Glacier is a once in a lifetime opportunity to literally walk through the belly of an iceberg. The Into the Glacier cave tours at Langjökull offer an experience unlike any other, so don’t miss out, and don’t forget to Instagram it.
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