Iceland Ring Road: The Best Parts Are Free (Part 4)

Here are three more natural beauties to visit in Iceland that are free.

Thingvellir at Pingvellir National Park

I thought this World Heritage Site was truly fascinating since it was basically on two continents. Thingvellir lies in a rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.  Read more about the tectonic plates here.

We walked along the path, taking in the harmonious environment and observing the gorgeous views of the waterfalls, a small church, the first Icelandic Parliament and so much more.  

We then walked along the valley and came across the most transparent water I’ve ever seen. I could see the bottom crystal clear. We admired this as we listened to the roaring Öxarárfoss waterfall across the river.  

We stopped by the Lögberg, which was where the Law Speaker proclaimed the laws to of the Icelandic Commonwealth between 930 and 1262. This area is an integral part of Icelandic History, read more here. 

The environment was a nature lover’s paradise.  

There are some areas that are quite icy, so bringing crampons along is a good idea, especially if you’re going during the winter months.  

We spent about 2 hours here; however, we could have easily spent more time because there was so much to do: snorkeling, diving (read more here), Horse riding, fishing, and hiking.

Skutustadagigar

This was our first stop in the Myvatn area. This area was so bizarre yet so incredibly thought-provoking. I am not well versed in geology, so I was mesmerized as to how these vast craters came to be.

After visiting Skutustadagigar, I researched the area – basically, these craters are the result of steam explosions triggered as lava flowed across the wetlands.

Myvatn was blanketed entirely in crisp white snow, except for multiple craters overlooking the area.    

We were able to walk around nine craters that overlooked the wetlands. You could see for miles when standing on the rim of a crater; this perspective provided an enigmatic view as we could see other massive craters in the distance.  

This place is remarkably popular amongst birdwatchers, although there weren’t any there when we visited at the beginning of March.

There are two walking path options – the first allows you to view the craters while the second one, which is 6 km long, goes around the craters and down into the wetlands.

This area was free, as was the parking.

Reynisfjara Beach

This beach is located in the southern Iceland and is home to the legendary Reynisdrangar, which are basalt sea stacks on the side of Reynisfjall Mountain, surrounded by a black sand beach.   

This was probably one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. The sun’s reflection lit up the small rocks along the deep black sand.  

The Reynisdrangar formations were astonishing to view. I stood there, absorbing the magnificent sight of the basalt sea stacks while listening to the wild Atlantic ocean waves crashing along the shore. Then I turned around to this stunning sunset; I can understand why this is one of the most popular non-tropical beaches in the world.  

There were so many surrounding areas to explore and discover. 

While taking in this fascinating scenery, we saw seals popping out of the ocean, much to the delight of the other visitors.

This area was quite busy with several tourists watching the sunset.

This area was free, as was the parking.

Other Free Attractions

For more great ideas about free attractions in Iceland, see my blog posts Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.