Sure, we've all heard about the Blue Lagoon. But have you ever heard about Fridheimar? Or what about the secret lagoon, Gamla Laugin?
Iceland is full of small hidden gems, and if you want to get the most authentic experiences, these are the once you should check out.
Fridheimar - It's Kardashians approved!
The Tomato farm, Fridheimar, is a unique small oasis full of greenhouses specialized in growing tomatoes. Not only does it look great, it also tastes great. You can try for yourself in the restaurant that serves an excellent tomato soup with fresh-baked bread as well as plenty of other tomato-inspired dishes and drinks. And just a small a fun fact: The Kardashians (as well as Kanye West) paid this place a visit, and they saw, they ate and they approved! Any other quality stamp needed?
Gamla Laugin - The Secret Lagoon
You'll find Gamla Laugin in the small village of Fludir, which is located in the Golden Circle Area. It's less touristed than Blue Lagoon, obviously, but the scenery here is absolutely amazing. Nestled in between several geothermical spots and a small geysir that erupts every 5 minutes, this place is magical!
Vatnajökull National Park
This widespread national park, which also happens to be an UNESCO heritage site is a great choice if you're into exploring uninhabited highlands, stunning nature and a broad variety of hiking trails that comes with different levels of difficulty. The national park is Iceland's biggest, and you can easily spend several days here.
Hot springs of Westfjords
In the northwestern Iceland you'll find the Westfjords. It's not the most accessible part of the country, admitted, but nevertheless well worth a visit. Besides consisting of beautiful landscapes, the Westfjords also offers several hot springs, that you can enjoy completely free of charge. What's not to like? And if you happen to be keen on some beach time, Rauðisandur is a huge sand beach that almost looks like it belongs to Australia and not Iceland. Bonus: If you decide to go here, you'll most likely get the beach pretty much to yourself!
The northern region of Iceland
Don't let the fact that most tourists in Iceland rarely visit this region scare you off. The northern part of Iceland has some incredible spots to visit. Mývatn Nature Baths is one of these. Here you can enjoy the geothermal area that surrounds the beautiful lake. If you visit the north you should check out the small village, Siglufjörður, located by the ocean surrounded by big ice covered mountains. The buzzword for this town is tranquility.
A third option in the north is to visit the village Hofsós, where you can enjoy the afternoon in the infinity pool overlooking the fjord.