29 Photos That Prove Iceland Is The Most Amazing Place In The World

There’s a lot to be said about the less-travelled path. From the thirst of discovery to the feeling of utter amazement, it’s that insatiable hunger for wonder that keeps us, explorers, going. Mind you, the quest is different for everyone; some people actively research plenitude, while others are simply looking for the perfect photo. One that will summarise, in millions of tiny pixels, what it felt like to stand in a given place at a given time.

And make their Facebook friends jealous AF in the process.

Luckily for us curious souls, Iceland exists. Regardless of what you are looking for, this volcanic island of the north is sure to fulfil your needs.

And while Iceland is hardly a less-travelled path anymore (the country receives a rapidly increasing quantity of tourists every year), it still has that raw, untouched, unspoilt character that very few other places in the world can boast having.

Let me demonstrate how, in just 29 photos, Iceland is simply the most amazing place in the world.

Jökulsárlón Lagoon And My Icy Pals

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comWell hello there, giant blue friend.

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
 
Just a glacier with various layers of volcanic ash. NBD.
Lunar landscape or Iceland?
 

Located at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier along Highway 1, the lagoon came to be after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, forming Iceland’s deepest and most famous body of water in the process.

Because ice can detach from the glacier without any kind of warning (except an ominous creaking sound letting you know it’s already too late), boats are not allowed to get too close – the same logic applies to icebergs, seeing as they are also quite unpredictable in nature and can flip over at any given time.

That’s Iceland for you.

Thingvellir National Park AKA Middle Earth

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comThe great Almannagjá fault – or Middle Earth?

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comCan’t have too many close-up shots of Iceland’s nature.

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
 
Snorkelling in some of the world’s clearest (and coldest) waters
Did anyone say “clearest waters”?
 

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comAre those colors in Silfra INSANE or what?

The Silfra canyon pictured above is formed by two continental plates, which means that yes, it is possible to touch both Europe and North America at the same time. Diving in Silfra is legit one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I unless I go on the moon I don’t expect it to be outranked anytime soon.

Icelandic Waterfalls Are No Biggie

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comSeljalalandsfoss

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comGullfoss

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comSkógafoss

Not to go all TLC and 1990’s R&B on you (if you’re not old enough to know what I’m referring to, we can’t be friends) but chasing waterfalls in Iceland is the shit. You’ll be soaking wet, you’ll be worried about your camera’s well-being more than your own and you’ll be exhausted from all that climbing, but nothing will ever be as worth it as this. Trust me on this one.

Whether you opt for Seljalalandsfoss and the short but epic walk BEHIND IT, for Gullfoss’s incommensurable power and seemingly permanent rainbows, for Skógafoss’s sheer beauty, or hell, for all three of them, you won’t be disappointed.

Exploding Water – The Mystery of Geysers

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comGeysir Geothermal Field at its best

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comAdmiring Mother Nature at work at the Geysir Geothermal Field

Sure, the Earth looks like it’s on fire but because this is Iceland, it’s NBD. Everything’s normal, carry on to the next jaw-dropping natural phenomenon, please.

Just FYI: A geyser is a periodically spouting hot spring. Water temperature 20 meters down Geysir’s, the large geyser pictured above, is about 125 degrees Celsius, having risen from a depth of up to 2 kilometres. Again, NBD.

This Is What Midnight Looks Like In Iceland

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29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
 
June in Iceland doesn’t suck!
Let’s never go to sleep, alright?
 

Obviously, midnight in Iceland looks vastly different depending on what month it is. Although it is probably dark AF for the better part of the winter, in the summertime, however, it’s a different story. Waking up in a panic because it’s so bright outside thinking you’ve overslept only to realise it’s 3 in the morning… true story.

Adorable Icelandic Architecture

48 hours in Reykjavik 2A church that looks like it was made out of basalt columns is a win in my book.

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comSkogar Museum

This old thing? Just traditional Icelandic turf farmhouses made out of grass and driftwood dating back from the 1800s. Really, to me, all of Iceland is sooo boring and not Instagram-friendly at all. This totally isn’t one of my most liked photos ever.

Roadtripping in Iceland Takes Forever…

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comHorses chilling along the river

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
 
Casually driving on Highway 1
Waterfall #9384020 of this trip
 

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comTOTALLY AN ELF HOUSE!!!

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comDriving to Jökulsárlón on Highway 1

… because you have to stop every five minutes to get a photo. I swear, there are more photo opportunities in Iceland than there are numbers to count them. It seems that with heavy rain with menacing clouds or blindingly bright sunshine, every turn brings a new corner of Iceland begging to be captured.

Which is why I recommend you bring the MOTHER of SD cards for your next road trip in Iceland, because you will fill it up. That’s just the way it is.

The Dullest Coastline In The World

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.com
 
Beach adventures in Vik
Picture perfect Reynisdrangar
 

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comDyrhólaey

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comDyrhólaey lighthouse

29 photos of #Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comBlack sand and treacherous waves in Reynisdrangar

C’mon Iceland, it’s like you’re not even trying!

Just kidding. This coastline has GOT to be the universe’s most stunning. How can this even be real? Iceland wins this battle fair and square.

Oh and by the way – you can sleep in that lighthouse if you go one of Icelandair’s famous stopovers (not sponsored, obviously that link is meant to be shared because WOAH). Indeed, the century-old lighthouse has recently been converted into a private luxury hotel – can you imagine falling asleep to the sound of the North Atlantic waves crashing on the cliffs below? Equal parts magical and terrifying.

Iceland Isn’t Just For The Outdoorsy Types

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comHiking behind Hotel Skaftafell

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comLupines for the win!

29 photos of Iceland that will make you want to pack your bags immediately - ToEuropeAndBeyond.comSometimes in Iceland, when you hike long enough, you stumble upon Seljvavellir pool

Why had I not been made aware that outdoorsy activities looked like this? If I had the slightest idea that hiking in Iceland included frolicking in fields of lupines and unobstructed views of glaciers I would have been an earlier convert. Lesson learned.

And obviously, swimming in hot springs where you can touch the mountain on one side and feel the fresh Icelandic breeze on the other is the best kind of swimming, despite the fact that changing rooms are cold as hell not to mention extremely slippery. It’s all worth freezing a finger or two over, I promise.

PS Rest assured the white shape on the photo above isn’t a giant sea monster (which would be really scary since this isn’t a sea, merely a pool); it was just a kid playing the game of “who can stay underwater the longest”. No child was harmed in the making of this photo.

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Iceland is the most amazing place in the world. Sure, the weather can be hostile at times and the food is an undeniably sad affair, but I’ll take high winds and snow storms any day for these views.

If you’re like me, travelling to Iceland will change your life and no other country will ever compare to the rush you will feel when you finally stand before those remarkable sights.

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22 Comments on 29 Photos That Prove Iceland Is The Most Amazing Place In The World

  1. Kay
    August 10, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    I went to Iceland for the first time this year after dreaming about it since I was about 15 years old and I was FLOORED. It’s stunning there, no matter where you go. Even though it rained every single day of the two weeks I was there, I still found it one of the most gorgeous and other-worldly places on our planet. Your photos are brilliant and they really reflect the striking beauty and vastness of Iceland!

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      August 10, 2015 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Kay! Iceland is indeed stunning.

      Reply
  2. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    August 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm (2 years ago)

    You didn’t have to prove anything to me but DAMN! Iceland is the first place on my list for 2016! Amazing photos, thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels :)

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      August 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for the kind words Lauren! Enjoy Iceland!

      Reply
  3. Rhonda Albom
    August 11, 2015 at 4:08 am (2 years ago)

    You are correct, after only the first few I was ready to pack my bags. What an amazing county. It about half way around the world from our home, but we will get there some day.

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      August 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Rhonda! Iceland will rock your socks!

      Reply
  4. Rachael
    August 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m hoping to do a trip to Iceland as my graduation present next year. This post has just made me so much more determined to make it happen! <3

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      September 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww that sounds like a wonderful occasion to take the trip! I hope Iceland lives up to your expectations :)

      Reply
  5. Sue Tunmore
    March 5, 2016 at 3:46 am (1 year ago)

    I went to Iceland in January for 4 days. I packed so much within such short space of time by going on bus tours. However bus tours are good I definitely wouldn’t see Iceland that way again. I managed the geysers, gullfoss seljalalandfos waterfall, skogafoss (think that’s how its spelt) and black sand beach, which was amazing covered in snow. After this very brief visit we are going back in 2017 on a road trip around the whole island. Its my favourite place next to Switzerland. Great photos too. Sue

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    • Marie-Eve
      March 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm (1 year ago)

      That must have been an amazing few days in Iceland! It’s also nice to explore independently.

      Reply
  6. Fotosolution
    May 16, 2016 at 3:37 am (1 year ago)

    That’s great pictures. Look at these pictures, i want extremely to discover the wonderful beauty of beautiful city – Iceland!

    Reply
  7. Kharen
    May 21, 2016 at 6:11 am (1 year ago)

    you have very astounding and awesome photos… will my photos be very bad if I just use my iphone?

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      May 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Not at all. Iceland is beautiful regardless of the camera you use!

      Reply
  8. Megan
    June 15, 2016 at 8:52 am (12 months ago)

    I’m heading there in just a few months and I can’t wait! Reading your post and seeing those photos definitely added a few stops to my itinerary – so thanks!

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      June 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm (11 months ago)

      Happy to help Megan! Have a great trip.

      Reply
  9. Abby
    July 31, 2016 at 10:44 pm (10 months ago)

    I was wondering what kind of camera you have/used for the pictures?! I am looking at different options as an investment for the trip! I have heard that an underwater/waterproof camera is necessary for Iceland (what are your thoughts on that after visiting)?!
    Thanks!

    Reply
  10. northierthanthou
    March 30, 2017 at 2:25 am (2 months ago)

    Looks so beautiful. The ocean water looks so clear.

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      April 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm (1 month ago)

      It really is actually!

      Reply

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