The 10 Most Beautiful Views in Iceland

The 10 Most Beautiful Views in Iceland

Iceland is sometimes known as the Land of Fire and Ice, thanks to a wide range of landscapes that include everything from volcanoes to thundering waterfalls to creeping glaciers. Towering mountains are surrounded by rolling valleys and black sand beaches. The sky, sometimes alight with the aurora borealis, is often mirrored in glacial lakes. It’s little wonder, then, that so many people flock to this North Atlantic country to take in the country’s natural beauty—and take so many amazing pictures of the breathtaking beauty of Iceland.

10. Hraunfossar

The river Hvítá is a wealth of majestic waterfalls and two of them are located literally a stone’s throw from each other, near Borgarfjörður in western Iceland. The more famous of the two is probably the Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls that rivulet about 900 m across the rockface of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field. Further upstream is the powerful Barnafoss, which rushes through narrow cliffs, creating lots of white water. Legend says two boys drowned after attempting to cross a natural bridge that had formed over the river. Hraunfossar, pictured here, is less powerful than Barnafoss, but perhaps more beautiful as it cascades across the lava flows. Hraunfossar is lovely in any season: in fall, the golds and reds of the surrounding plants complement the milky blue water, while in spring and summer, rich greens and vibrant blues provide contrast for the dark rock.

Hraunfossar, Iceland

9. The Westfjords at Sunset

Although Norway is the country most famed for its fjords, Iceland’s scenic Westfjords peninsula can certainly give it a run for its money. Located on the Denmark Strait, facing Greenland’s east coast, the peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by a narrow isthmus. The mountainous area is characterized by steep hills and dozens of fjords. The cliffs of Látrabjarg, Iceland’s westernmost point, are the longest bird cliff on the northern Atlantic and play host to nesting populations of birds like puffins, Iceland’s national bird. The Westfjords also contain dozens of natural harbors and it’s not unusual to stumble across sights like this one, with the last rays of sunlight highlighting the sheer cliffs, and the clear, blue water snaking its way through the lush valley below as the shadows begin to fall.

Westfjords, Iceland
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