12 Must-See Places In Iceland

12 Must-See Places In Iceland

An inside scoop of the most memorable places visited by a college student and a geo-location map.

Have you ever wanted to travel to Iceland, but don't know where to go? Here are 12 awesome places to see and things to do if you ever find yourself in Iceland! These are in no specific order and are all considered must-see places! All photos were taken during my recent trip to Iceland!

1. The Secret Lagoon in Flúðir

This is a beautiful geothermal hot pool in Iceland's southern region. It is known as the one of the oldest pools in Iceland and has a gravel bottom as well as a small walk-around where you can see the sulfur pools that feed into it! Check out Hot Pot Iceland for Geo-location!

2. Icelandic Knives by Palli

In Mosfellbær in Southern Iceland, there is the small artist's workshop and home of Palli Kristjánsson and his wife. They make one-of-a-kind knives that are beautifully hand crafted, and fascinating. Even if you are not looking to purchase a knife, his workshop is definitely worth a stop to see his and his wife's handiwork. Find his knives online here.

3. Krosslaug Hot Pool

For those of you who are interested in religious and historical context, Krosslaug or Reykjalaug is not something to be missed. On route 52, it is a small two-person geothermal pool that was the first place that the pagan priests of old were baptized into Christianity after Iceland changed its national religion. Check out Hot Pot Iceland for the Geo-location!

4. Þingvellir National Park

Pronounced "Thingvellir," this lovely site is where Icelandic Parliament was first founded in 930, and is a popular tourist attraction.

5. Hvalfjarðarlaug Beach Pool

If you like sea-glass beaches and incredible views, then you'll love this little hot pool. It is slightly colder than others due to the wind blowing off the ocean, but it has such an amazing view of the mountains across the bay. There is no name for it, but it is in Hvalfjörður near Hvammsvík by the red houses on the beach. Check out Hot Pot Iceland for the Geo-location!

6.Grjótagjá Caves

If you're a "Game of Thrones" fan, especially of HBO's show, then you're in for a treat! Grótagjá caves are where Jon and Ygritte spend the night together! Although you cannot swim in these geothermal pools anymore as the temperature has risen to an unsafe level, they are beautiful to visit. The water is a wonderful deep blue and the caves are easily accessible. Located near Mývatn in the North of Iceland. Check out Hot Pot Iceland for the Geo-location!

7. Musteri Spa and Bed'n'Breakfast in Bakkagerði

Located in eastern Iceland, this lovely coastal town is hard to get to, but worth the trip. In town, there is Musteri B'N'B and spa! You can rest, relax and enjoy the stunning view of both the ocean and mountains that have the serenity and similarity of the Swiss Alps.

8. Dettifoss

This waterfall set is wonderful, and you can walk right up to the edge of it! Generally a pretty snowy area. The water spray from the falls creates incredible patterns in the surrounding snow with the black sand of the cliffs, and the hexagonal rocks that make up the sides of the river canyon are very cool.

9. Grettislaug

One of my personal favorite spots, Grettislaug sports two wonderfully warm hot pools right on the edge of the ocean. Nearby are several original styled Icelandic houses, and an incredible view across the bay towards Hofsós and its mountains. Check out Hot Pot Iceland for the Geo-location!

10. Secret waterfall

Near the Skógafoss waterfall, there is a secret and lesser known waterfall that is absolutely stunning. It's about a 20-minute walk from behind the historic folklore museum which is to the right of Skógafoss. You hop the fence on the path behind it and follow it through a sheep pasture and up a small canyon until you reach the fall.

11. Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón

Also known as the glacier bays that a James Bond movie was filmed at, here you can see glaciers meeting the ocean and large ice chunks floating around. The sheer awe this place puts you in is incredible.

12. Pakkhús in Höfn

Are you a foodie? Then the Pakkhús is for you. This was easily one of the best meals I've ever had in my life (and I mean this, I have traveled the globe). Pakkhús is full of life and its chefs make art. As well, Pakkhús is also known for carrying the only beer in the world brewed with glacial water, Vatnajökull Beer.

As you find yourself traveling throughout Iceland, the best tips I can offer are to listen and talk with the locals—they know everything. Know about the things you'd like to do and whether or not they're touristy or off the beaten path. Rent a 4-wheel drive car so you can go anywhere! And of course, try the hot dogs. They're out of this world.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Glah

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We should always explore, right?

Going to school and living in Southern California brings many fun, instagrammable opportunities and spots. Whether it is food places, hiking spots, the ocean, or some trendy area to be in, SoCal has so many places for anyone to visit. Here is my bucket list of 10 places I've yet to go in SoCal.

1. Rocky Horror Picture

Every Saturday night at 11:59pm, the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles has a performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

2. Venice Canals

The Venice Canals is this super beautiful spot where they filmed Valentine's Day (the movie) and a place that many people have first dates.

3. Balboa Park

Balboa Park is located in San Diego, California and is home to museums and beautiful parks. For those of you who are deep into cuffing season, maybe a potential wedding location.

4. Nobu

Nobu is one of the most popular, most expensive restaurants in Malibu, California. Hopefully, by the time I start making good money, this place will be just as popular.

5. Malibu Wine Safaris

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6. Java Man Coffee House

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7. Hotel Del Coronado

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8. Amoeba

Amoeba is located in Los Angeles, CA and will provide all your music needs. The question my roommates ask me every week, "How have you not been yet?"

9. Carpinteria

Carpinteria is located east of Santa Barbara and is known for its small-town vibe (well as small of a town as there could be in California) and beautiful secluded beaches.

10. Bruxie

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I hope you enjoyed my bucket list of places to go to in SoCal.

Go eat, drink, be merry, and most importantly forget about adulting and college stress.

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