A few ways to experience Icelandic history

There are many ways to experience Iceland as a traveller. Wilderness lovers will be drawn to the country’s windswept landscape, its waterfalls, black sand beaches and volcanic formations. Culture fans will find all kinds of inspiration in Reykjavik, discovering the city’s strange architecture, film scene and museums. Gourmands will appreciate the tiny northern nation’s unique cuisine, its local restaurants and Scandinavian coffee scene. Those looking for relaxation will adore the Blue Lagoon and the capital city’s bar culture.

But Iceland is also the perfect destination for history buffs. Here are just a few of the ways you can experience Icelandic history during your trip:

 

How to pronounce Icelandic place names

If there is something people love to do in Iceland, it is mispronouncing all the names of everything ever. But who can blame them? With names like Eyjafjallajökull, Bárðarbunga, and Þingvellir, Icelandic can be a tough nut to crack. But, do not worry, whether you're planning your trip to Iceland or you're just interested in Icelandic pronunciation, stick around, you might learn something interesting. Other than pronouncing the potential tongue-twisters, you will also learn something about those places and their importance for the Icelanders.

 

Follow in my footsteps: a two-day itinerary

When visitors think of Iceland, they usually think of alien landscapes and breathtaking natural wonders: geysers, waterfalls, glaciers and lava fields. And these stunning features should certainly be a part of any trip to Iceland. Yet to my surprise, upon visiting Iceland last year, I also discovered the tiny country’s capital city and its surrounding areas to be filled to the brim with unique, exciting and classically Icelandic attractions and activities.

Here is a compact two-day itinerary to help you follow in my footsteps and enjoy a quintessentially Icelandic experience, without venturing far from Reykjavik.

 

Visit the alien landscape

Iceland is a place of immense beauty and charm, but some of its landscapes are so breathtakingly alien that it inspires movie makers to film their wildest and weirdest environments right here. From the frozen planet of Hoth, where tauntauns roam through frozen wastelands, over the alien backdrops of Oblivion and Interstellar, all the way to the frozen forests and glaciers north of Castle Black, Iceland’s vistas were used to depict lands of both beauty and danger. So, put your hiking boots on, dress in warm and waterproof clothes and join us in a hike through the best known movie locations in Iceland.

 

Rugged coastline and natural wonders

Reykjavik may be the cultural heart of Iceland and the Golden Circle may be the most user-friendly road trip for visitors, but no trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the stunning, rugged coastline and natural wonders of the South. Accessible along the Route 1 highway from Reykjavik all the way to the Skaftafell National Park in the east – where public roads end! – Southern Iceland is full to bursting with gorgeous natural sites unlike anywhere else in the world. From waterfalls to lava fields, black sand beaches to friendly wild ponies, here are the key highlights of Southern Iceland

 

Waterfalls, geysers, and incredible landscapes

There are a thousand reasons to visit the far-North European wonderland of Iceland. In this relatively small island nation, culture, nature, history and adventure abound. For the perfect combination of all of them, you can’t go past the Golden Circle driving tour, which leads you north from the capital Reykjavik to some of the finest locations in the country.

 

A fairytale land: Iceland’s landscape

If I had to choose one word to describe Iceland, it would be a tie between “unique” and “alien”. There is something refreshingly strange about this little country’s landscape, and even something bizarre about some of its natural wonders. These range from the black sand and basalt rock columns of Dyrhólaey beach on the southern coast, to the geysir Strokkur on the Golden Circle circuit, which spouts geothermal water from below the earth’s surface without fail, every eight minutes.