Previously, we talked about some of the major attractions in southwest , southeast of Iceland, East of Iceland and the North of Iceland infamous ring road. This article will dissect the major attractions West of Iceland. Iceland proudly boasts one main road known as Route 1 or more commonly known as the Icelandic Ring Road. The road snakes all the way across the Island and is 1332 kilometers long. This magnificent road allows travelers to see all the spectacular regions of Iceland except the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords. The ring road connects the capital city if Iceland; Reykjavik to the second largest city in Iceland called Akureyri. Moreover, some other noteworthy towns that are connected via the ring road are Blönduós, Egilsstaðir, Höfn, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Vík, Hella, Hvolsvöllur, Selfoss and Hveragerði. Continue reading to uncover all the amazing attractions on and located near the Ring Road. We will discuss all the things you can partake in on Iceland’s famous Route 1. Additionally, we will provide you with vital information on how to locate bedazzling sparkling waterfalls, gaze upon the midnight black sand beaches, secret spots to spy on reindeers, majestic volcanoes and towering intimidating glaciers. So, keep on reading!
Ring Road’s Western Beauty
Visitors will be happy to know that the mighty Ring Road snakes across two of the most beautiful areas in West of Iceland; The Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords. Sparked your fancy did it? These areas are considered the most popular amongst our tours and are included in “our must see places to visit” in Iceland list! The West is very popular amongst those taking the ring road to breeze across the magical landscape of Iceland. It boasts Iceland’s best attractions across the country and are located a short detour away. The amazing and bedazzling sights are definitely worth exploring. So pack your bags, clear your schedules and join us as we whisk you across the the beautiful West of Iceland. Keep on reading as we unravel the main attractions located in West of Iceland.
Often deemed as the “Island in a pocket”, Snæfellsnes has always been a source of immense fascination and pleasure amongst the visitors and the locals alike. It offers a little glimpse into every terrain and landscape that Iceland is so well known for. It homes waterfalls, lava formations, glaciers, volcanoes and the famed black sand beaches. The peninsula is not part of the Ring Road but it is well worth it taking an extra day or two to discover what this part of the country has to offer.
This magical journey will whisk you away to a fantastical land of the famed Kirkjufell mountain, Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls, Djúpalónssandur beach, Snæfellsjökull glacier and national park, Lóndrangar pinnacles, Arnarstapi fishing village and sea cliffs and the Berserk lava field. Our experienced tour guides will narrate stories, tales and legends about the culture and lore along the way. This makes the entire experience all the more enriching, enticing and bewitching. We urge you to join us for a unique experience into the magical wonders of the peninsula and we promise you that you will not be disappointed in the least!
The Westfjords is truly stunning and the most remote location in Iceland. Visitors can locate numerous dazzling fjords, the stunning Dynjandi waterfall, the red beach of Raudasandur, spectacular hot springs to dip in, quaint rural villages, and the westernmost tip of Europe: Latrabjarg bird cliff. Unfortunately, the Ring Road doesn’t extend to the Westfjords, which makes them a little harder to access and slightly remote as compared to the rest of the country. If you plan on visiting the Westfjords please be sure to include 3-4 days extra in order to adequately explore the West side. It is, however, important to know that the Westfjords may not be accessible during the darkest winter due to excessively heavy snowfall.
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Deildartunguhver is Europe’s most powerful hot spring! but definitely not one you can take a dip in. The water temperature is high and ranges around 207 F (97 C), visitors, however can observe the misty eyed presence of the hot spring from atop the wooden walkways. Reykholt, is another fascinating site that should definitely not be missed by any aficionados of history. Reykholt. As the home of Snorri Sturluson, one of Iceland’s most famous writers and poets from the Viking age; this is a humbling and a fascinating site altogether! It is located a short detour from the Ring Road and 4.3 miles from Deildartunguhver.
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Deemed as some of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Iceland; the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss trickle down directly from underneath a lava field. Sounds pretty spectacular doesn’t it? Well, it looks even more spectacular from up close so why not see it for yourself this year? They’re located only 78.3 miles from Reykjavik, and snake along the same road to Deildartunguhver and Reykholt. Borgarnes is a humble little pretty town just a stone’s throw away from Reykjavik. Settled in the late 9th century, history buffs can learn about it in the Settlement Center. So, be sure to check it out for yourself! During the journey towards Borgarnes, visitors can also enjoy ice-creams and hotdogs to amp up for the adventure ahead!
Reykjavik and Mount Esja
Let yourself be whisked away on a sweet exploration of Reykjavik’s vibrant cityscape and the mighty mountains that rise in the distance embracing the world’s northernmost capitol. Where else can you witness a metropolis that houses almost two-thirds of the population of a country? Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. From atop Mount Esja, you will be able to witness the entire city region, including its colorful roof tops, parks, and other neighborhoods.
The most well known of the mountains embracing Reykjavík, is Mt. Esja, or often called Esjan, is located in Kjalarnes, past the town of Mosfellsbaer just east of Reykjavík. Mount Esja is a mountain range formed by volcanic activity eons ago and is a sight to behold when gazed down from above. The view from this 914 metre high mountain is absolutely wonderful! You will find yourself betwixt the vast sapphire and aquamarine ocean engulfing the city shore, you will gaze upon the small islands smattering the ocean whilst the crumbling mountains take your breath away. In the distance, you will be able to observe the small and colorful settlements dotting the vast Arctic. This adventure is the best way to familiarize yourself with Iceland’s majestic landscape. As the country’s capital, Reykjavik boasts numerous restaurants, art galleries, shops, nightlife, museums, and everything extraordinary you’d expect to find in a capital city. All of Iceland is beautiful and unique but nothing can take away the beauty of Reykjavik.
That’s it, we have come full circle! Our ‘best attractions surrounding Iceland’s Ring Road’ ends here. We hope you had a wonderful time reading about the main attractions surrounding West Iceland’s Ring Road an we hope that you will have an even wonderful time exploring them with us. So, let the adventure begin, for Iceland awaits thee!