Hidden Gems

Maybe not so hidden for long...

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Ásbyrgi is one of the most magical places in Iceland. This horseshoe-shaped canyon offers spectacular views and scenery.
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The nature reserve in Lónsöræfi is a remote, off-the-beaten-track, hidden gem in Southeast Iceland. A wilderness adventure like few others.
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While some of these "hidden gems" are gaining popularity fast, this article provide some great ideas of places to visit in Iceland where you still won't see any big-tour busses!
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Thjorsardalur is located on the verge of the Iceland Highlands in southwestern Iceland. It is easily acessible and loaded with attractions, like Gjáin Canyon for instance.
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If you are looking to get off the beaten tourist tracks in Iceland, Lónsöræfi is an excellent place to visit. It is hard to get there (without local expert guides) to which makes it worth your while. Unspoiled nature adventure at its very best.
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Due to its remoteness, the Westfjords of Iceland are commonly dismissed by tourists. The region is in fact absolutely stunning, like this article illustrates.
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Mjóifjörður Fjord, in the Eastfjords of Iceland, is home to around 20 people. Sailing this remote fjord is simply unforgettable.
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This blogger stumbled upon the beautiful Sigöldugljúfur Canyon by a coincidence. The blog post contains information about how to get to this beautiful, off-the-beaten-track destination.
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While literally all towns in Iceland are by definition small towns, here are five favorites recommended by Intrepid Travel.
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Lónsörævi is still mostly not on the map for most tourists visiting Iceland. It's a hidden gem which we highly recommend if you're up for an adventure - it's hard to get to!
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A great overview of the Dimmuborgir lava fields in North Iceland, by Lake Myvatn.
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The Melrakkaslétta peninsula is most certainly not on most tourists' bucket list before visiting Iceland. However, if you're looking for a remote road-trip, look no further.
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A local's guide describing nine great hiking options in and around Ásbyrgi Canyon in North Iceland, ranging from one hour to two days.
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Hiking and backpacking in the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is nothing short of spectacular but its also a logistical challenge. Here's my take on how to do it over 4-6 days in June or July.
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The Westfjords of Iceland are largely off the tourist radar, perhaps due to lack of public transportation and pretty poor road conditions. If you are driving a rental car, it's actually not that much trouble to visit the Westfjords.
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This inspiring blog post is full of beautiful photos and colourful descriptions of the Kerlingarfjöll area in the Highlands of Iceland.
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Flatey used to be home to hundreds of Icelanders but now it consists of one farm and a few guesthouses and cottages. It's full of wildlife and surrounded by thousands of small islands scattered around the fjord.
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There are numerous famous waterfalls in Iceland, not all easily accessible. When my girlfriend was visiting Iceland for the first time I took her to one of my favourite secret locations.
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Here is an excellent list of nine things to see on your next Iceland trip, which many people aren't aware of and drive right by without a stop.
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Kjalvegur is a higland hike that is no less interesting than the Laugavegur with stunning landscape and gorgeous glacier view.
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There was a change in the landscape in the Holuhraun area after the eruption in 2014. New lava field was formed and a geothermal pool emerged.
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If you are travelling to northeast Iceland, you should take a good amount of time to explore the Mývatn Lake area. Here are six natural wonders you absolutely shouldn't miss.
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While this is a page about a local project called "Friends of water", focused on maintenance of geothermal pools, it's also an excellent list of pools to visit in the Westfjords.
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Gudrunarlaug is one of many "hidden" geothermal pools in Iceland, located in the western part of the country. I visited the pool for the first time on a sunny day in early June.
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Hellulaug is a hidden gem in the southern part of the Westfjords. My advice to you is to visit the pool soon – while it's still off the tourist radar!
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Grimsey is a remote island, north of Iceland. With the population of around 80 people, Grimsey is the northernmost inhabited territory in Iceland. This tour takes you to the magical Grimsey, where you can actually cross the Arctic Circle.
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Heiðmörk is a forested parkland just 30 minutes away from Reykjavik. The area is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities and hasn't been discovered by tourists yet.
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Iceland's youngest volcano, Eldfell, was formed in a volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar Islands in the year 1973. A visit to Vestmannaeyjar, including this rather short hike up Mount Eldfell, is unforgettable.
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Seljavallalaug is the first swimming pool that was built in Iceland. The pool, which is located near Seljalandsfoss in South Iceland and filled with warm geothermal water, is still relatively undiscovered by tourists.
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In this article, you can read about a few interesting sites in Iceland that aren't popular (yet) with tourists.
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The settlers of Iceland lived in turf cabins, characterised by their grassy roofs. Some turf houses still remain and have been rebuilt partly or entirely. Saenautasel is located in Iceland's Highlands and has been redecorated as a restaurant.
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If you are looking for some of the freshest - and claimed best by many - langoustine in Iceland, you should definitely stop by at Höfn on the southeast corner.
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Keflavik Airport and the Blue Lagoon aren't the only things Reykjanes Peninsula has to offer.
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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the most remote places in Iceland, being located at the northernmost tip of the Westfjords. Hornstrandir's dramatic cliffs and raw beauty will take your breath away while you hike along the seaside.
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Your bucket list of what to see and do around Myvatn is right here. Five places you probaly shouldn't miss if on your trip in North Iceland.
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Snorralaug is a natural geothermal hot spring in the tiny town of Reykholt, where some famous vikings from the Icelandic Saga's used to take a bath.
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Iceland certainly has a plethora of romantic spots in the rugged nature. Here are a few favorites of a local travel writer.
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A personal story from a road trip to Iceland, touching up on some very remote parts of the country that are worth a closer look.
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Right next to the more popular Esja, you'll find the mountain Móskarðshnjúkar - Loved by many locals who prefer a less crowded hike on a good day.
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Overview of 15 famous waterfalls in Iceland, divided up in sections of the country. The photos are worth more than a thousand words.
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This travel story takes you on a journey through unique remote places, tiny fisherman villages and rugged wilderness of the Westfjords in Iceland during summer.
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Experience the stunning beauty of Dynjandi Waterfall through a short hike and explore Westfjords untouched nature in this guided tour
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Seljavallalaug is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland and is easily accessible from the ring road. With hot water flowing from the cliff it makes it the perfect spot to stop and enjoy!
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The best way to start a day in Reykjavík? With a kleina, snúður, or flatkaka. This guide to local bakeries highlights some of the best places to find Icelandic breads and pastries.
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Fjaðrárgljúfur is a gorgeous canyon in the southeastern part of Iceland, not far from the ring road. If you are road-tripping in the area, this destination is a must-see.
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The stunning and the strange combine in the buildings of Iceland's capital. A walk around the downtown area shows off some unusual designs and hidden gems of Reykjavik's architecture.
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Most visitors in Iceland stop by the world famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, but fewer know that very close by is another excellent glacier lagoon called Fjallsárlón.
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When I'm in Reykjavik, I tend to work from various coffee shops in the city. I also like to mix things up a little bit and not always work from the same place.
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The Seljavallalaug swimming pool is often overlooked by tourists despite being very close to the ring road. This blog posts offers information on this truly unique pool and a detailed map with directions how to get there.
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Rauðisandur is a truly unique beach in the Westfjords of Iceland. It's characterized by its rust red color, its remoteness and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and cliffs.
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There are hundreds of waterfalls in Iceland. Some of them are famous, like Gullfoss and Dettifoss, while others are less known. Although Kvernufoss waterfall belongs to the latter category, it's extremely pretty.
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The Husafell area is surrounded by beautiful nature and is in close proximity to Langjokull Glacier. Here is a good overview of 7 things to see and do in the area.
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Vatnsnes Peninsula may not be the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland. An often overlooked corner of North-West Iceland it is home to beautiful nature and wildlife.
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Hvalfjordur is a fjord just north of Reykjavik. If you are driving north from Reykjavik, you might as well skip the Hvalfardargöng Tunnel and drive the fjord instead, since there are so many beautiful attractions in the area.
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North Iceland is full of surprises. If you are visiting the northern part of Iceland and you want to experience something other than the typical tourist attractions, check out this great compilation of "off the beaten track" destinations in North Iceland.
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If you are travelling to the famous Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, be sure you don't miss the beautiful "diamond beach" of Breiðamerkursandur, which is just across the street from the Lagoon.
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Neskaupstaður is an old fishing village, characterised by gorgeous mountains and the serene Nordfjörður fjord. It's authenticity will take your breath away.
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The town of Seyðisfjörður is a must see if you are planning to visit the East Fjords of Iceland. Despite having only 650 inhabitants, the town is bustling with culture and arts and not to mention the stunning nature surrounding it.
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River rafting in Icelandic East Glacial River (Jökulsá Eystri) with a few surprises. Unique view of the landscape while survival instincts kick in and you make new friends and have a great time.
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Ten great natural hot springs that are more authentic and natural than the most famous tourist attraction in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon.
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It's a pretty surreal experience to hike into the magnificent lava cave called Víðgelmir. In this experience, you will have a chance to explore the cave with expert guides.
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Thjofafoss Waterfall is absolutely beautiful, despite being relatively unknown. It is situated in remote mountainous landscape in South Iceland but it is well worth a detour. More info in this blog post.
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Thjofafoss and Hjalparfoss aren't among Iceland's most famous waterfalls, perhaps due to their remote location. If you are travelling to Iceland's Central Highlands, you should definitely take your time to visit them.
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Hveravellir is one of the most remarkable attractions of the highlands of Iceland. With good hiking routes and stunning landscape all around, it is probably one of the most interesting geothermal areas to visit in Iceland.
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The ultimate guide for thrill seeking people who are not afraid of the cold and want to surf in Iceland. The article includes great tips and valuable information such as a map with the best spots information about what gear is necessary and more.
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Let's be honest, there are a lot more than five great spots in the highlands. However, this list does count five great places worth a visit during summer.
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If you happen to be visiting during one of these 10 major festivals in Iceland, you're in for a treat! Music and local cultural events leaving lasting memories.
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Enjoy the nature in all it's beauty and experience Drangey island with this puffin tour in Skagafjörður.
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Vatnshellir Cave is one of the most fascinating caves in West Iceland. It is a must-see if you're travelling in the Snæfellsnes area.
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Having hiked to the top of Mt. Snæfell myself, I can assure you it is well worth the effort on a good day! If you are looking for a great guided hike up the mountain, this local-guided tour is your best option.
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If you think the Blue Lagoon is the only option for a geothermal pool experience in Iceland, you're wrong! There are countless geothermal pools, rivers and ponds in Iceland and many are relatively unknown, like this one.
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There are surprisingly many villages scattered around Iceland, despite the country's small population. Here's a guide to ten stunning villages in Iceland.
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Holaskjol Waterfall is surrounded with basalt columns, lava and green moss. It is one of Iceland's less known waterfalls, located in the Highlands.
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This guided tour of Norðfjörður Bay will bring you into completely deserted fjords without another human in sight. Departure from Neskaupsstaður.
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A personal take from a local travel blogger about her day trip to the Westman Islands, what she liked and what she didn't.
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Most people that travel to Iceland don’t make long stops in Reykjavík. If you can tear your eyes from the beautiful mountains surrounding the city, you will notice that downtown Reykjavík is literally covered with outdoor art.
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Spending three days in one of Iceland's most remote areas to hike and explore wildlife is something you'll never forget. Accommodation and transport is included in this three-day tour.
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This super jeep day tour includes some interesting sights and a 30 minutes hike. A great way to explore the hidden treasures of the East!