4 Must-See Icelandic Towns (That Aren’t Reykjavik)

31.05.2017

4 Must-See Icelandic Towns (That Aren’t Reykjavik)

Iceland is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and is home to stunning landscapes and amazing natural beauty. The country has a small population (around 330,000) and the capital Reykjavik is the most well-known and travelled city in the country. But there is much more to the country outside of the capital with plenty of smaller towns well worth visiting. If you are heading to Iceland and want to make the most of the entire country, read our list of 4 must-see Icelandic towns outside of Reykjavik.

Akureyri

This is one of the largest towns outside of the capital and is an absolute gem for a whole host of activities, from local bands to bird watching. The town has grown in popularity over the years due to its great conditions for agriculture and ice-free harbour. It is often referred to as the capital of the north and boasts great culture with many celebrated restaurants and bars. One of the must-see attractions in the town is the Arctic Botanical Garden, where you can find almost every plant that grows in Iceland. The area also plays host to regular festivals and events throughout the summer months that are well worth a visit.

Vík

Some of the greatest hidden treasures in Iceland are the beaches and coastline surrounding the small town of Vík, located on the southernmost point of Iceland. The beaches have often been described as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and are a must see for anyone visiting the island. The beaches along this south coast are black sand beaches thanks to its volcanic past and offer breath-taking views. The Kalta Volcano lies dormant nearby so the coastline has a very low population and the beaches remain virtually deserted.

Húsavík

Another town that you must visit on your trip to Iceland is Húsavík, which is located on the north coast. The town is a great spot to visit because it offers a wide number of attractions and things to do all in the one area. It has become a centre for tourism because the bay is a great place to go whale watching and you can find multiple species in the bay. You can take advantage of the landscape and head on a number of hikes that allow you to explore some of the amazing surroundings. The town also has some famous landmarks and things to see that include Húsavíkurkirkj, the town’s wooden church built in 1907.

Skútustaðahreppur

The Blue Lagoon is probably one of the most famous tourist attractions in Iceland, located just outside of Reykjavik. But many people are unaware that there are very similar hot baths in the town of Skútustaðahreppur. The Mývatn Nature Baths are giant geothermal hot springs and the scenery is arguably more picturesque than that at the Blue Lagoon. Not only this but it is almost half the price of the Blue Lagoon and is usually much less busy too. There are plenty of incredible rock formations around the town too for you to go and explore.

 

There’s so much to explore around the country of Iceland and you will always have plenty to see and do. But with hard to reach places and such a wide expanse to cover, your best option for travel around the country is to rent a car. Driving around the island is a once in a lifetime experience and roads are often largely deserted. If you are looking for a rental car for your trip to Iceland then make sure you get in touch with us to find the perfect car for your jouney.

 

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