One must-see place in every corner of Iceland
Worry not, for we have made a list with one site to visit in each corner of Iceland (which incidentally are more than 4).
When you have planned your trip around Iceland, plotted the places you are going to see such as Þingvellir National Park, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, and Dettifoss. But what other places should you check out? Places that are not generally mentioned on What to do Lists? Worry not, for we have made such a list with one site to visit in each corner of Iceland (which incidentally are more than 4).
In Fáskrúðsfjörður you can find the French in Iceland Museum. In the olden days, a lot of French fishermen caught fish in the fjord, and due to the sometimes-bad weather conditions, it was deemed necessary by the French to open a hospital in the small town. The hospital house had been moved and left derelict before it was decided to renovate it and move it back to its original location in town. Today the museum is in two houses, connected by an underground tunnel under the road. The hospital got the Europa Nostra award in 2016 for the renovation and cultural heritage conservation.
Hofsós is one of Iceland’s oldest towns, has only about 200 inhabitants, and it has been a place of commerce since the 16th century. A museum about the emigration of Icelanders between 1870 – 1914 can be found in the town and as well as one of the oldest houses of Iceland, built in 1772. The shoreline is considered especially beautiful with basalt columns.
Ytri-Tunga is an old farmstead in Snæfellsnes peninsula. What makes Ytri-Tunga worth a visit is that the nearby shoreline is known seal colony. You will be able to see them all year round there, but it is especially likely during June and July.
Fjallsárlón. It is Jökulsárlón’s lesser-known cousin. The smaller lagoon is located west of Jökulsárlón but is just as beautiful. To some, it is even more beautiful. Fewer people visit this lagoon and it is not as large, but you will still be able to go on a boat ride like on Jökulsárlón. The lagoon is named after Fjallsjökull glacier which it lies in front of. During the summer months, be sure not to disturb the nesting skuas – they protect their nests fiercely.
Hólavallagarður is the old cemetery in Reykjavík, near to Tjörnin in the city center and is a wonderful place to take a stroll. The cemetery was opened in the first half of the 19th century and is the biggest cemetery in Iceland from that time. From the outside, it looks like a forest, and the oldest part has quite a few winding paths to stroll. It is unusual to see so many iron crosses, and fences in a European cemetery since most of them were utilized in the wars of the 20th century.
West Fjords of Iceland
And now for something completely different. In Selárdalur valley by Arnarfjörður fjord is Listasafn Samúels. An outdoor art museum opened 20 years ago which holds artworks from Samúel Jónsson. He was often called the artist with the child-like heart because of his naïve artwork. Samúel built a church on his land to house an altarpiece Selárdalur’s church had decline. This church is one of the more peculiar pieces at the museum.
Art museum image: Westfjord.is