The Most Beautiful Villages in Iceland | AIB
We have spoken to you on more than one occasion about the most beautiful places in Iceland, and you may come to think that one, in the end, gets tired of so much nature.
The truth is that there are many things to do in Iceland and that is something that is palpated just visit their most beautiful villages, which I will talk about in this blog post. So that you have them in mind when preparing a route through this country in which the number of sheep (more than 600,000) doubles the number of people living there.
1. Vík í Mýrdal
Iceland is a freezing country because of its geographical location, but there is a town called Vík í Mýrdal where temperatures are more pleasant. That does not mean you can sunbathe as if you were in Goa, but at least it gives you a break. What you can do is visit Reynisfjara beach, whose black pebbles and basalt columns make it one of the most curious in the world. There live less than 200 people.
If we look through the history books, we will quickly realize that Húsavík is the first inhabited place on the island. A Viking was the first to set foot, but he soon left, leaving behind a man and two slaves who built a farm. Today it is one of the places most demanded by tourists who come to Iceland since in its waters it is possible to spot whales. In fact, you can even visit the Museum of the Whales of Húsavík, a non-profit organization that opened its doors in 1997.
Some 50 kilometers southeast of the capital, Reykjavik, we came across this beautiful town that has been filled with second homes. What does that mean? That in winter there are very few people, but it changes in summer when the Icelanders take the opportunity to spend their vacations there, with more atmosphere and surrounded by an incomparable nature. Also, the Selfoss Festival is held every year, which translates into decorated streets and a market where residents sell handicrafts and homemade food.
It is the largest town in the whole western peninsula of Vestfirðir (Westfjords), famous for hosting some of the most important cultural events in the country, such as the Ísafjörður Rock Festival, Við Djúpið Music Festival of classical music or the Fossavatn Ski Marathon, a skiing trial that has been held since 1935.
It is one of the most beautiful villages in Iceland by far, something that partly has to do with the fact that it is at the innermost point of a fjord. That allows you to climb to the top of its hills to see incredible panoramic views, while you can go hiking camera in hand. On the other hand, if you opt for a more relaxed plan, you should know that you are always in time to stay with the locals, who are reputed to be very kind to tourists.
It is very small and is in a quite lost area where sheep and horses abound. It is highly recommended for adventurers, and also for those who are curious to visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery, where one can soak up everything that is said to be done by local witches in the seventeenth century.
This other town is on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is undoubtedly worthy of being on this list for the beauty of its old town, which is next to the harbor. Also, you can go further and visit the islands that surround the Breiðafjörður fjord, in what will be an experience that you will hardly forget.
Unlike what happens with most Icelandic peoples that I mentioned above, in this case, it is not recommended to travel in summer, but the best season to visit is winter. This is because you can enjoy all kinds of sports-related to snow, although it is also true that in summer you can practice golf or go fishing. Anyway, you should visit the Herring Museum (Museum of the Herring), where they will explain that these fish have proved to be fundamental in the economic growth of the area.