Are you planning a trip to Iceland and looking for some true hidden gems? I got you covered! I can guarantee that these places will leave you in awe and that there won’t be a lot of other tourists!
When traveling to Iceland most people only stick to the typical tourist route. And while this is a good option, Iceland has so much more to offer! While visiting Skógafoss and the glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón is a must, you’ll always be visiting these places together with a ton of other tourists. And somehow it takes away it’s magic. What if I told you there is an even more beautiful glacier in Iceland, and that you can have it all to yourself?
Keep reading this guide to find my favourite places in Iceland that are off the beaten path and less discovered by tourism.
5 Crazy Beautiful Hidden Gems in Iceland
This beautiful hidden gem is a waterfall located only 5 minutes away from Skógafoss and is a must see when visiting Iceland!
How to get there – Park your car at the Skogar Museum. From walk to the right (when facing the mountains) and go around the hangar. At the end of the trail there will be a ladder going over the fence. What this means is that you’ll be entering private property but that the owner actually allows you to visit. So remember to be respectful, don’t leave any waste and don’t bring damage to the property. It would be a shame if because of this you can’t visit the waterfall anymore in the future! Once you’re over the ladder walk alongside the little river into the canyon. You’ll reach Kvernufoss after 10 minutes hiking.
Why should you visit – Just like with Seljalandsfoss you can walk behind the waterfall. Just minus the 300 other tourists. Sit down and take in this amazing view and the tranquility that comes with it.
Click here to read my guide on the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
This hidden gem in Iceland is one of my absolute favourites in the entire country. I think it speaks for itself that on my last trip to Iceland I made a 5 hour detour just to see it again! The canyon is located between Reykjavik and Akureyri and a must see if you’re driving the ring road.
How to get there – When it comes to following directions this one is pretty standard. Simply put in this location in your GPS. The last part of the drive is a non gravel road so always make sure to take it slower here. You can park either in front of the bridge or drive across it and park on the other side. Once parked you hike down across the bridge, either on the left or right. Always be aware of your surroundings when walking around here.
Why should you visit – Did I already tell you that besides a canyon there is a waterfall as well? You heard me right! You get two for the price of one here. When I visited this place in November we were the only ones there for 2 hours straight. This time around in the summer there were around 10 other people, which isn’t all that bad compared to other places in Iceland!
Located on the beautiful Snæfellsness Peninsula, this beautiful church is often overlooked. Most people simply visit Búðakirkja and Kirkjufellsfoss. But this Peninsula has a lot more to offer and actually hold two of these hidden gems in Iceland!
How to get there – Ingjaldshólskirkja is located on the Northern side of the Peninsula and can be easily reached by car! There is a long driveway up, which is an amazing photo spot and there is parking at the top of the church. If you’re travelling with a Camper Van the best camp site to stay at is the one at Olafsvik. It offers a beautiful view of the coast and the mountains in the back are drop dead gorgeous.
Another gem that often gets passed up for it’s more famous counter part at Arnarstapi.
How to get there – If you type in this location on Google Maps you will end up at the lighthouse. This is in my honest opinion not the best starting point. Rather park your car here. Once parked you simply walk up and be amazed by the view that lies before you. If you look to your right you will see a small pathway that you can follow down. Definitely do this and go take a look at the cliffside from up close! Also, the drive up here is epic!
This magnificent glacier is now my all time favourite place in entire Iceland! Imagine this: you drive up to the parking lot to see it empty. You start a small hike up the hill and then you see it. A glacier so beautiful it actually brought tears to my eyes! I can’t emphasise enough on how magical this place actually is. It’s what I call: Iceland at it’s very best.
How to get there – Fjallsárlón is located between Skaftafell camping and the always overcrowded Diamond beach. It is super easy to reach by car. Just one turn off from the main ring road!
Why you should visit – I will tell you again. When I visited I had this place entirely to myself. And that doesn’t happen very often anymore these days. Just sit down, relax and enjoy the amazing view.
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