The world is full of beautiful places, places failed by prolix descriptions and flowery adjectives. But it is fair to say that Iceland's beauty stands apart.
A harsh, cold place in winter with only slightly less bearable temperatures than those found at the poles, Iceland in summer is a complete reversal. Summer reveals glaciers, ice caves, volcanoes, lagoons, thermal springs and lakes, giant waterfalls, and huge valleys of perfectly uniform, soft, green grass.
Reminiscent of Victoria Falls in Africa and Niagara Falls on the U.S./Canadian border -- though smaller than both -- Gullfoss is a massive two-step waterfall on the Hvita River. In total, Gullfoss falls more than 30 meters from top to bottom at more than 140 cubic meters per second
The quintessential Iceland fishing village, Hofn is surrounded on three sides by the North Atlantic. The rainbow reds, blues and yellows of the houses, stores and buildings are matched perfectly by those of the locals' fishing boats, altogether qualifying this charming village as a natural wonder.
The Blue Lagoon
With its world-famous blue thermal waters, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited spots in Iceland. The views around the lagoon -- and the lagoon itself -- are simply stunning.
Godafoss or ”waterfall of the gods" is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Bárðardalur district of Northeastern Region at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The river has its origin deep in the Icelandic highland and runs from the highland through the Bárðardalur valley, all the way from Sprengisandur in the Highlands. The rock formations in and around the waterfall make it one of the greatest natural wonders in Iceland.
Gljúfrafoss or "one who lives in the canyon" is a small waterfall north of the larger falls of Seljalandsfoss in Iceland. The falls are partially obscured by the cliff rock, but hikers can follow a trail to enter the narrow canyon where the water cascades into a small pool.
Skaftafell Ice Cave
Vatnajokull National Park has a wilderness area within it, Skaftafell. Two features of this wilderness area make it one of the most remarkable places in Iceland: the Svartifoss waterfall on Kristinartindar Mountain and the Skaftafell Ice Cave.