Iceland has recently become quite the hotspot for people seeking a unique getaway despite the country’s average temperature being fairly cold. It is a stunningly beautiful country with mountain ranges, fields, and lakes unlike anywhere else in the world, which take up most of the average tourist’s time spent here. However, if you’re looking for a less touristy adventure, consider visiting any of the following locations that tend to fly under the radar.
The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
It is as fascinating as it sounds. This museum (known to locals as “Strandagaldur”) pays homage to the country’s ritualistic history, detailing spells that were casted, artifacts used for conjuring, and supposedly magical staves. Spending just 2 minutes here will pique your curiosity enough to venture further into the museum, where you may come across a few exhibits that are not for the faint of heart.
Kerid Crater Lake
This vibrantly blue lake rests within the caldera of volcano thought to have collapsed, forming the indented structure. Kerid is surrounded by an eclectic color palette of sediment, ash, plants, and more. It is one of many stops along the famed Golden Circle; Iceland’s most iconic sightseeing route.
Leiðarendi Lava Tube
Not for the claustrophobic. This underground tunnel located in the port town of Hafnarfjordur is made entirely of hardened lava giving off a brick red color. It spans over 900 feet and is fairly easy to navigate despite the constant crouching required. Expert tour guides will take their groups to what is referred to as “the world’s darkest place.” This cave within the tunnel is lined with stalagmites and stalactites, and is entirely inaccessible without a flashlight.
Whales of Iceland
Another awesome museum worth spending a few hours in, Whales of Iceland is an educational exhibit full of life-sized models of the country’s indigenous whales along with interactive features. There are 23 gargantuan models hanging from the ceiling of this massive museum, displaying the impressive sizes of blue whales, orcas, humpbacks, and more, accompanied by beautifully ambient music to replicate the deep ocean. In addition to teaching tourists and locals about Iceland’s native whales, the museum also details the country’s conservation efforts in protecting their local wildlife.
Silfra Tectonic Fissure
Separating the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, Silfra is a freshwater rift that allows divers to literally swim between two continents. While scuba diving experience is needed, taking a few classes to earn that experience is well worth it. Visibility in this stunning underwater structure can go as far as 300 feet thanks to the crystal clear water. This filtration is caused by extrusion through the plates beneath the surface, making the clarity truly remarkable.