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The 12 Best Stops On Iceland's Famous Ring Road
This 330-foot-wide waterfall is a breathtaking sight in Vatnajökull National Park — Iceland's largest national park, and the second-largest in Europe. Torrents thunder over the cliff into the canyon below, with water seemingly moving from all directions in what is said to be Europe's most powerful waterfall.
1. Dettifoss
At 98 feet wide, Goðafoss is much smaller than Dettifoss, but is considered one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Goðafoss can be translated as either the waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the priests, and it was here that pagan idols were thrown into the waters when the country converted to Christianity in around A.D. 1000.
2. Goðafoss
The village of Seyðisfjörður lies in one of the country's most picturesque fjords. Just a short detour from Ring Road, it offers plenty to see and do, such as visiting the Tvísöngur Sound Sculpture, skiing in the winter, hiking year-round, and attending one of the town's many festivals.
3. Seyðisfjörður
For an experience that is completely different from the popular — and often busy — Blue Lagoon, head to Djúpavogskörin Hot Springs. Though it's just off the Ring Road, it’s out of view of drivers, and you're quite likely to have this small and simple hot spring all to yourself, surrounded by nature with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Djúpavogskörin Hot Springs
Visitors flock to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in southeast Iceland to see the floating icebergs, take a boat trip on the lagoon, look for the Northern Lights, and spot seals — especially in the winter when they catch fish around the mouth. A mix of saltwater and freshwater, the lagoon has a unique color, and is getting larger as the ice blocks melt.
5. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon