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January 19, 2024

Iceland Unveiled: Embracing the Adventure

Iceland, a land of untamed beauty shaped by fire and ice, beckons travelers to embrace their inner adventurer.

While the iconic Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon captivate many, the true essence of Iceland lies in its hidden gems.

In the summer months experience:

  • The Midnight Sun
  • Waterfalls, Glaciers, and Volcanoes
  • Lush Vegetation and Flora
  • Wildlife Encounters: Puffins and Beyond
  • Hot Springs and Geothermal Wonders

Only in the summer can you also experience the Westfjords. The Westfjords of Iceland stand as a rugged and remote peninsula, captivating travelers with dramatic landscapes and serene beauty. Nestled in the northwestern corner of the country, the region is characterized by deep fjords, towering cliffs, and picturesque fishing villages. This hidden gem of Iceland beckons those seeking authenticity, tranquility, and a profound connection with the untouched beauty of the Nordic landscape.

I drove the Ring Road in a rental car and did some amazing hikes, saw some incredible waterfalls, experienced the midnight sun, soaked in geothermal baths, went whale watching, and found my own hidden gems along the way. We also hiked inside a glacier ice cave near Vik. Then later, our trip took us to a volcanic lava tube: Raufarholshellir Lava Tube Cave. Here we hiked inside and learned many amazing things about Iceland’s geographic history.

Fun fact: during the summer months, lambs roam freely all over the countryside. While driving, you must be extremely careful not to hit a lamb. We encountered many on our drive.

Here are a few more activities to consider when traveling to Iceland:

The Westman Islands, accessible by ferry, present volcanic landscapes, puffin colonies, and a rich history, offering an exclusive escape from the mainland's hustle.

The Vatnsnes Peninsula in North Iceland rewards those on the road less traveled with rugged coastlines, seal colonies, and the mystical Hvitserkur rock formation, offering a raw connection with nature.

Only in late fall and through early spring can you see the Northern Lights.

Iceland, year-round, offers a symphony of natural wonders, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures. Whether you are seeking the thrill of exploring volcanic landscapes, relaxing in geothermal hot springs, or immersing yourself in local traditions, Iceland is a journey into a realm of enchantment and discovery.

Headshot of this blog post's author, Darla Forsnes.

Darla Forsnes

For me, family is the anchor of life's journey. Let's create memories that bind you closer, whether it's a multi-generational escapade, a romantic getaway, or a solo expedition. Your travel plans will be crafted with the same care and warmth as if they were for my own family.