Five Things to Do in Húsavík
Húsavík is a small town that looks out over Skjálfandi Bay on Iceland’s northern coast. It has gained international fame as one of the world's best places to see whales.
The bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, Europe’s westernmost point, are about nine miles long and 1,446 feet high. The four cliffs — Keflavíkurbjarg, Látrabjarg, Bæjarbjarg, and Breiðavíkurbjarg — are totally vertical, allowing for a great view of the sea (just don’t get too close).
Atlantic puffins, with their distinctive black-and-white feathers and bright orange beaks, are all over the Látrabjarg bird cliffs. They can be found from May to August each year, perched in their little puffin holes. During summer, Iceland is home to about 10 million puffins.
The Hnjótur Museum in Örlygshöfn tells you the history of everyday life in the southern Westfjords. The museum was started by Egill Ólafsson, who was a big collector of old trinkets. A visit will enlighten you on the lives of the ordinary people from this part of the world.
Rauðasandur is Iceland’s most famous beach, and when you see it, you’ll understand why. Golden sand gives way to a bright blue ocean and towering black cliffs, providing an unforgettable experience. If you’re lucky, you might even see a few seals.
Feeling peckish? Grab some cauliflower soup and pistachio-crusted cod at a local restaurant while looking out over the water. Whatever your culinary preference, Látrabjarg is a great spot for foodies.
If you can endure a two-hour drive, venture to the Dynjandi waterfall. There, take a fifteen-minute hike to the biggest part of the waterfall and enjoy the overpowering rush of the pounding water as it falls from high above. There are also smaller waterfalls down the river.
After seeing the puffins and the waterfall, why not check out the "outsider" art on Samuel Jonsson’s farm? Jonsson was a prolific artist who died in 1969, and his eye-catching sculptures adorn the property. He also constructed a church and a gallery, which still stand.
The natural beauty of Látrabjarg’s bird cliff continues to be the region's main attraction, but, man-made or otherwise, all of the sights at Látrabjarg are truly otherworldly. Gaze at the cute puffins and powerful waterfall, enjoy the "outsider art" of Samuel Jonsson, and end your day with a delicious meal from one of the local eateries.
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A Guide to the National Museum of Iceland
No trip to a big city is complete without diving into local history at its primary museum, and Reykjavik is no exception. With more than 3,000 items on three floors, the National Museum of Iceland explains the history of the island, from early settlements dating back to the Middle Ages to the present day. What follows is a lowdown on what to expect.
Things to Do in Snæfellsnes
Located in western Iceland, Snæfellsnes (pronounced SNAIY-fell-SNES) and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula are often called "miniature Iceland" because they feature everything that makes Iceland worth visiting. With stunning landscapes and hidden spots to explore, give this volcanic region a visit after reading about its best features.
The Godafoss Waterfall
There are more than 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland due to the number of glaciers and the amount of rain and snow the country receives each year. One of the most impressive is the Godafoss Waterfall. Godafoss translates as "the waterfall of the gods". It may not be the country's largest, highest, or oldest waterfall, but its crystal blue hues and legends make it one of the most famous.
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