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Iceland Hidden Gems: 5 Less Traveled Places

Yes, it IS possible to find places in Iceland that are not packed with tourists. But you have to do a little more work to get to those less traveled places! In today’s video, I’m telling you my favorite hidden gems throughout the country.

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I know I don’t need to convince you to go to Iceland. Glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, northern lights, waterfalls, hot springs, Iceland kind of speaks for itself.

The only problem is that when people are planning their trips to Iceland, they’re usually only going to the most popular places. Reykjavík, the Golden Circle, South Iceland, and then flying away. This leaves those areas of Iceland so busy. But what you may or may not know is that there are still places of Iceland that are less traveled and just as beautiful. The good news is, is that you have me because I want to tell you about those places.

Oh yeah. Hidden gems. Jeannie’s gems. It’s all good. Hey, Team Iceland. My name is Jeannie and I’m your tour guide for all of the things Iceland planning.

Today we have an awesome topic and that is the hidden gems of Iceland. I’m talking about the places that not a lot of people go to, but that you should go to. I’m excited about this topic because the tourism in Iceland has just boomed over the last five years and that is bringing like, I don’t know, somewhat of like 2.5 million tourists to Iceland per year. That is a lot of people in a little country of only 320,000 people. Personally, my favorite thing to do exploring Iceland is going out and finding those places where the tourists are not. So, nothing against you fine people, but I love finding the hidden gems, and that’s what we’re talking about today, all of those less traveled places. So, let’s get into it.

Eastfjords

First up are the Eastfjords. If you’re looking for a really slow place of travel and almost zero tourists, then you need to head to the Eastfjords. The ring road actually cuts off these fjords and so not a lot of people think to detour and take the fjord route. It does take a lot more time, but it is so incredibly beautiful. I suggest taking your time and weaving in and out of the fjords and stopping at all of the small, little towns.

Highlands

Next up are the Highlands. The Highlands have some of the most amazing scenery in the whole country. Some of the Highlands have gorgeous, lush green mountains, and sprinkled with some glaciers here and there, like Thórsmörk. Usually, the Highlands are for the more adventurous type and you do need very specific vehicles to get to those areas, and also usually can only travel to the Highlands between June and September. But this is an absolute paradise for those that are avid hikers and want to get away from the crowds. I love the Highlands and there’s so much to explore in this area.

Westman Islands / Vestmannaeyjar

Next up are the Westman Islands, or Vestmannaeyjar. You can escape the busy south coast by just jumping on a ferry and heading over to the Westman Islands. Here, you can hike on an old volcanic eruption, walk around all the cute little brightly colored houses, and eat some delicious food. The Westman Islands would be perfect for a quick day trip or you could even spend a couple of days there relaxing around.

Trollaskagi Peninsula

Next up is the Trollaskagi peninsula. This area is craaaazy beautiful with scenery. I’m talking huge mountains, fjords, and adorable fishing villages. This little peninsula is oftentimes forgotten about by tourists because the ring road cuts it off as well. All you have to do is take a little two-hour detour to head around the peninsula and I promise you will not regret it!

Westfjords

Last but certainly not least is one of my personal favorites, the Westfjords. I do have to admit the Westfjords are gaining in popularity. But, still, only 3% of tourists travel to the Westfjords, so you have a pretty safe chance of still being the only people there. A road trip through the Westfjords will take you to some of the most remote and beautiful places in the whole country. Obviously, you’ll be seeing some stunning fjord views, beautiful mountains, cute towns, and one of my favorite waterfalls in all of Iceland.

Now you know some of the less traveled places in Iceland. So, it is possible to get to some of those hidden gem places with not a lot of other people around. You are welcome.

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  • Lee
    March 14, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Jeannie! You mention the Westman Islands. Would you recommend Heimaey the first part of April or is it better suited for summer season? Trying to decide if I want to take one of my (8) days away from the mainland and do an overnight visit in Heimaey; or if just focusing on the mainland (south & west part of island) is better suited for this time of year. Thank you for your valuable insight!

    • Jeannie
      May 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Hey Lee, April would also be a good time to visit Westman Islands – enjoy!