Valorous views in Iceland

1) Landmannalaugar Hills

Landmannalaugar (The Pools of the People) is named due to the region’s abundance of steamy geothermal pools, historically used by shepherds to help keep their livestock warm during the winter. As one walks across the hiking trails of Landmannalaugar, you’ll be privy to the kaleidoscopic hillsides where the rhyolite rock reflects sunlight in all manners of colour.

stunning view over the Landmannalaugar Hills in Iceland

Ívar Eyþórsson

Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Highlands, Route 26 to 208, 851 Hella

+354 893 8407

2) Dyrhólaey Rock Arch

A sightseeing staple, Dyrhólaey promenade is located before Reynisfjara black sand beach when travelling from the capital. Those atop this glorious elevation will have staggering views over the meadows, bird cliffs and shoreline of South Iceland, as well as be within walking distance to Dyrhólaey lighthouse. Onlookers below can marvel at the arresting rock arch that curves dramatically upward from the ocean.

a foggy view over the Dyrhólaey Rock Arch

Ívar Eyþórsson

Off route 218, 871 Vik í Mýrdal

+354 487 1480

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3) Inside-look at Þríhnúkagígur Volcano

Near the capital, one can find Þríhnúkagígur, a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted for over 4000 years. By way of a cable lift, guests can descend 120 metres into the open caldera, at which point they will see just why this natural phenomenon comes so highly praised. Vibrant red, orange and purple rock faces surround you at all times, their colour and texture forever changed by the searing heat that once built up here. Getting to Þríhnúkagígur requires a 3-kilometre hike, so a moderate level of fitness is required for visiting.

visitor exploring the inside of Thríhnúkagígur Volcano

meet at: Bláfjöll Parking Lot, Bláfjallavegur 1, 203 Kópavogur

+354 519 5609

4) Þingvellir National Park Viewpoint - Hakið

Þingvellir National Park is one of Iceland’s most popular stops. Forty minutes from Reykjavík, it makes up one-third of the Golden Circle sightseeing route alongside Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal valley. Those quickly passing through might miss out on the park’s visitors centre, a modern facility sat atop the Almannagjá fault. Here, Hakið viewpoint showcases the park in its entirety: Lake Þingvallavatn and its tributaries, the surrounding mountains, Þingvallakirkja Church, and Eurasia’s distant tectonic plate. As one of the most beautiful and culturally significant locations in the country, no visit to Iceland is complete without having seen Þingvellir from Hakið.

stunning views of the snowy Þingvellir National Park

Shaherald Chia



Þingvellir National Park, 801 Selfoss

+354 482 2660

5) The Summit of Mount Esja

Local fitness fanatics will regularly jog or cycle up and down Mount Esja on the weekends, but casual hikers will take approximately 3,5 hours to reach the top. Even during the summer, the mountain’s highest altitudes will still hold a thin, picturesque layer of snow. One exciting means of visiting Esja’s peak is to book a helicopter tour, not only bestowing you with a brilliant aerial view over the multi-coloured tin rooftops of Reykjavík but also an epic means of beating hikers to the top of the trail.

the view walking up Mount Esja in Iceland

Peter Luck

Mógilsá, Mount Esja parking, 162 Reykjavík

+354 562 2500

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