A lady's guide to discovering the Icelandic landscape beyond the Northern Lights

Planning a solo mission? Iceland is one of the most scenic places to seek solitude, adventure and rejuvenation. This breathtaking country is home to some of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth. But venture back onto the beaten path and you will also experience a very friendly local population.

Beautiful Scenery in Iceland

Here are just a few favorite destinations for amazing views in Iceland:

Watch whales on the open sea-From rare Killer Whales to enormous Blue Whales, whale watching in Husavik is one view you won't want to miss.

Hike to a waterfall – Home to some stunning waterfalls, you can check out Gullfoss Falls, Dettifoss, Seljalandsfoss and many others for a stunning Icelandic sight.

Get a bird's eye view – Visit the Dyrhólaey Lighthouse on a clear day for amazing scenic views from the top.

What to do in Iceland

From social adventures to exploring Icelandic wilderness, there are many experiences to be had in the amazing landscape of this country.

Horseback riding on the Icelandic horse – Explore the sights on one of the most famous mammals of Iceland -- a magnificent, muscular horse with five gaits.

Get adventurous in the Golden Circle – Snowmobile through the Golden Circle for an exciting adventure at Þingvellir National Park to witness the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. While you are at it, snorkel at Silfra Fissure for one of the top five best dive stops in the world.

Relax in the blue lagoon – With natural, healing silica mud and soothing warm water, the relaxing spot should definitely make your list of places to be. While you are at it, add Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to your list too.

Places to Stay in Iceland

 If you are going to Reykjavik, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica will feel touristy and familiar (and comes highly rated). But if you want to stay somewhere scenic and a bit off the beaten path, a smaller place like Moar Guesthouse could be what you are looking for. Thorsmork in Hvolsvöllur, Iceland is one of the highest rated scenic campgrounds in the country if you are looking for a little more connection with nature.

What to Wear and Pack for Iceland

 If you are going to be checking out local parks, hiking and doing active things, pack comfortable clothing that can layer. Pack a comfortable pair of waterproof boots for when you want to spend a full day of activity. Wool is one of the most versatile materials, since it can regulate your body temperature in both cold and hot weather (so grab your wool socks and sweater). A down jacket is best for keeping warm in the winter.

Best Food and Drink in Iceland

Local seafood – The fresh catch of the day is part of the traditional Icelandic diet. Enjoy traditional stockfish or Plokkfiskur (fish stew) during your stay to get an important part of the Iceland experience.

Plant-based food – Restaurants, like Veganaes in Gaukurinn and Burro in Reykjavík cater to vegetarians and vegans. A few other options include Gardurinn, Kruska, Aalto Bistro and Nudluskalin.

Street grub – Icelandic Street Food in Reykjavik is a top-rated stop you will want to hit during your stay if you are anywhere nearby. The little spot has a great atmosphere and very friendly staff ready to help. Lamb soup and waffles are just a couple of the delicious items on the limited menu of this local dig.

Local breweries – There are plenty of night clubs and places to enjoy great drinks in Iceland. If you are in the northern part of Iceland, stop by Einstök Ölgerð for a great local beer, meal and a lesson in beer history.

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