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- [Narrator] Iceland is a true dream destination
for outdoor lovers and landscape photographers
due to its impressive, dramatic landscape.
It is a volcanically and geologically active
Nordic island country of Europe,
located in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Traveling Iceland's Ring Road
is the perfect way to get to know the country
on and off the tour's path,
but also if you have less time,
you are able to see some of the coolest spots on the island
with day tours, for example, the Golden Circle Route.
With this video I want to show you
my favorite places to visit in Iceland,
with tips for short term visitors
as well as Ring Road adventurers.
Are you ready?
Let's get started.
Of course we need to start this list with the foss
as there's no shortage of waterfalls in this country.
The Skogafoss makes this list due
to its powerful white water curtain you can get up
really close to and take some impressive photos.
On top of that, you can also walk up
to a platform to see it from above.
Located close to it, you could easily visit Skogafoss
as part of a day trip from Reykjavik.
Don't forget your rain jacket.
Located along the Golden Circle Route,
this attraction is one of the most popular ones.
Just one and a half hours out of Reykjavik.
Here you get to see some splashing geysers
as well as the original geyser,
the one where the word geyser is coming from
which is unfortunately dormant most of the time.
The Strokkur on the other hand
is very active and shoots water into the air
every six to 10 minutes.
After cold and hot water,
you also need to see of course, frozen water.
The Vatnajökull, also known as the water glacier in English
is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland
and one of the largest in area in Europe.
Seeing the glacier lagoons in the south,
is truly impressive, but if you want
to take it a step further, I would recommend
going on an ice cave tour where you also learn
more about the glacier itself.
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An area which I wished I would've had more time for
were the Highlands, just a bit off the Golden Circle Route.
For this, you should come in summer
and you would need a four by four in order
to explore the many canyons, waterfalls,
and mountains up here,
or you go on a proper hiking trip.
The Highlands center, Hrauneyjar is a good base for that.
Because of the difficult pronunciation of the name
and due to the fact that Justin Bieber made
this place popular by filming a music video here
this canyon is mostly referred to as the Bieber canyon.
Located just one hour east of lake,
this canyon quickly became one
of my favorite places to visit in Iceland.
Once there, you should walk all the way
up to a platform which is shaped like a whale tail.
There, you can enjoy the best view into the canyon.
Next is Anarstapi, located on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
another possible day trip from Reykjavik.
Here you can see what happens
when hot lava meets the cold ocean.
Take your time and walk the trail
along the impressive coastline where you get
to see steep cliffs and columnar basalt
similar to the famous Giant's Causeway in Ireland.
Even though we spent two weeks driving around the island,
I totally love the part in the southeast
as it is incredibly picturesque.
One of my favorite spots was Stokksnes,
a headland near Hofn with white black beaches
in front of the dramatic mountain named Vestrahorn.
As a photographer, you can easily spend hours here.
Located in the north of Iceland,
the Asbyrgi canyon is a bit more off the beaten path
and way quieter than most of the sites
as it takes some time to get here.
The hike along the edge of the canyon
to the waterfall makes up for the efforts,
especially when you come in autumn.
Then the inside of the canyon
is dotted with colorful trees.
It's about time for another waterfall don't you think?
The Hengifoss is also located remotely,
but the east of the country
and it takes a little hike to get up
to the third highest waterfall in Iceland.
There's a rounding basaltic strata with thin red layers
of clay between the basaltic layers,
makes up for a beautiful composition.
What's missing in this list of places to visit in Iceland?
Right, hot springs.
For me, the Blue Lagoon was a bit too crowded.
My tip is to drive a bit out of Reykjavik to Reykjadalur
and hike up a valley filled with hot springs and mud pools.
Above the river, surrounded by beautiful landscape
is the best reward I ever had on a steep hike
and a great way to finish a trip in this beautiful country.
And that's a wrap.
If you want to get more tips and personal recommendations
make sure to check out my comprehensive Iceland
travel guides on the blog
with plenty of practical information.
The link can be found in the info box below.
For more videos of Iceland,
you could find a whole video series
named Circling Iceland on my channel,
where I take you to all the places I visited.
Finally, if you like this video, don't forget to subscribe
for new travel videos every Thursday.
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