Forget the big tours. Here's what to do in Iceland if you're looking for a more authentic experience. As travel destinations go, Iceland is hot, so to speak, and for good reason: the country boasts 30 active volcanoes, milky-blue hot springs, elf-inhabited lava fields (or so many Icelanders believe), extraordinary scuba diving, and a landscape best described as a blend of the moon, the Arctic, and western Ireland.
Drive the Dirt tracks
Driving the F-roads inThe highlands of Iceland is a magnificent place to drive. The scenery is big and powerful, at times you only see black mountains and black sand. There is only one gas station up there called Hrauneyjar which is the last stop before the great highlands. There you can fill up your car, use the facilities, get a meal before heading out to the wilderness. The roads up there can be pretty rough so make sure you tske your time and again, do not drive off road.
Stop at the Glymur Waterfall
Glymur, with a cascade of 198 m, is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland. It was long regarded as the tallest waterfall in Iceland until being surpassed by a newly measured waterfall near Morsárjökull in 2011.
See the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
Eyjafjallajökull, English Eyjafjalla Glacier, is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1,651 metres.
Chill in your own remote rented digs
Like many natives of Reykjavik, you'll want to escape to a spare stylish holiday cottage in the quiet countryside. Many of these houses dot isolated lava fields—striking land blanketed in moss, heather, and blueberry bushes. Soak in a naturally heated hot tub overlooking a distant volcano. Buy local lamb or seafood and dine in instead of eating at one of Iceland's notoriously expensive restaurants.