It’s no surprise that the gorgeously shot song sequence in Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer Dilwale got everyone really interested in checking out Iceland. And it really is gorgeous. It’s all the way out in the middle of oceans, and it’s slowly spreading its magic to tourists world over, especially filmmakers and photographers. The untouched lush green grasslands, the icy white waterfalls, and the unexplored land are the biggest attractions of this place. Home to the oceanic wonders, Northern Lights, and ice-covered volcanoes, Iceland boasts of scenery that will make you stop and linger, and you will be struck with how beautiful unadulterated nature could be.
If Iceland’s raw splendour has touched a chord with you, plan an escape before skyscrapers and shopping streets start mushrooming and hinder the view. Here are a few things that must be on your Iceland itinerary.
- See the magical Gulfoss Waterfall: A major tourist attraction in the country, it is located in the three step terraces of the canyon. The river Hvita rushes past the landscape creating a powerful stream. There are no rails just natural surroundings.
- Romance in the Kirkjufell Mountain: Head to a small town called Grundarfjorour in western Iceland, which is dotted by small waterfalls and makes a great place to watch the Northern Lights.
- See The Blue Lagoon: About 40 minutes away from Reykjavik, The Blue Lagoon, Grindavik is a tempting attraction would be the spa treatment offered by Geothermal spa which offers the most rejuvenating relaxed natural bathing. The water is from underground hot springs that reach 37-39 degrees Celsius and is beneficial for health and skin.
- Visit an ice cave: Organise a trip to glaciers where the caves exist. One of the places where one can see ice caves is Skaftafell Ice Cave in Vatnajokull National Park.
- Get active: Iceland is also home to multi-coloured rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar, lava fields and the Hekla volcano where you can go hiking and horse riding.
- Spot the Maelifell Volcano in the Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park: It makes for a perfect cone and is a classic looking volcano.
- Try local delicacies: Tingle your tastebuds with mainstays such as lamb, skyr, potatoes, Icelandic horses, Icelandic hot dogs (pylsur), Kleina (is a traditional diamond-shaped pastry). Icelanders love seafood as they are surrounded by arctic waters and have the pleasure to eat cod, haddock, monkfish, herring, skate, lobster, and salmon and the Minke whale. Last but not the least when in Iceland you must try the ice! Try it in its purest form at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland.
- Arty Shopping: A few tourist boutiques to visit in Iceland are The Viking, Alafoss, and The Geysir. For art souvenirs, take a stroll on the street of Skólavörðustígur where you can find beautifully crafted pottery to warm woolens and resilient outdoor wear.