Otherworldly: Immerse yourself in Iceland’s breathtaking landscape

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Photo by Rachel Shulman

Over the last few years, Iceland has become a destination hotspot both in summer and winter. Just a 3 hour flight from NYC, this entirely different world is remarkably easy to get to.  Whether you want to see the Midnight Sun or Northern Lights, there are spots you cannot miss and places you can swap in or out depending on the season. All the pictures you recognize (waterfalls, glaciers and more) are on the South Coast of Iceland and should be the center of your Iceland trip. You can find a detailed 6 Day Iceland Itinerary here to start booking your trip!


Waterfalls (and a lot of them)

There are hundreds of waterfalls in Iceland’s South Coast, each with a special feature that makes them unique. I recommend seeing them all!

1 South Coast Waterfalls

South Coast Waterfalls

2 Seljalandsfoss waterfall


3 Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell National Park

4 Hiking Solheimajokull Glacier

Solheimajokull Glacier

5 Rachel on a Snowmobile in Iceland


6 Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

7 Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

8 Black sand beach
Photo by Rachel Shulman

Black Sand Beach

9 Strokkur Geyser

Strokkur Geyser


Reykjavik is the biggest city in Iceland and is a must-visit since you fly in and out of it, but you only need a day here! Make sure to see the impressive church and the views from the top.

11 Northern Lights in Iceland

Northern Lights/Midnight Sun

Rachel Shulman is a seasoned travel blogger specializing in planning in-depth guides for destinations around the world. She has lived in 4 major cities in her 27 years of life (New York, New Orleans, Prague and Tel Aviv) and has traveled to 30+ countries with no intention of stopping soon. She owns From East To West, a travel blog outlining her travels and writing detailed, efficient guides and itineraries for cities and countries as well as reviewing locations, accommodations, restaurants and tips and tricks for traveling.