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View of Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja church tower

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to take your next adventure. According to our research, Reykjavik, Iceland will be one of the top affordable destinations for students looking to experience some of the world’s best natural attractions. Whether you take a full week there to go around the entire “Ring Road” or see Iceland as a stopover on the way to Europe or Asia and travel along the “Golden Circle”, you will not regret spending time here.

One of the best ways to see the highlights around Iceland is by taking a road trip on Ring Road. Check out this incredible video, “Travel Iceland,” created by PK Travels which documents the journey of six students on their trip around the entire island. The students took the trip in August 2014 and covered 2,550 km over 8 days.

Travel Iceland from PK Travels on Vimeo.

Credit: @pktravels on Instagram

Another popular tourist route for those who cannot travel as extensively is the Golden Circle, which covers 300 km looping from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back. The main stops along the route are Thingvellir National Park, Geysers at Haukadalur, Gullfoss Waterfall and Kerid Crater Lake. Before leaving Reykjavik to begin your adventure, be sure to eat at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, which is renown for having the world’s best hotdog.

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Baejarins Beztu Pylsur hotdog stand

Thingvellir National Park features rolling pastures dotted with stone piles, hardy Icelandic horses and sheep for as far as the eye can see. In fact, there are more sheep than people in the country! The Great Atlantic Rift creates deep fissures in the ground, which is a result of the earth’s tectonic plates slowly splitting apart. The world’s first democratic parliament, Althingi, was established here in 930 AD.

Haukadalur valley features two famous geysers called Geysir and Strokkur. In fact, the common term “geyser” was named after this particular one in Iceland. The original Geysir is no longer as active, but Strokkur consistently erupts about every 5 minutes in an explosion of scalding hot water and steam.

Geysir

Gullfoss Waterfall (meaning Golden Falls) is situated on the Hvítá river and is the largest waterfall in Europe. The wide and fast moving river abruptly turns a corner and falls 100 feet into a ravine, producing thick mist and frequent rainbows.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Kerid Crater Lake is a red volcanic crater covered in green vegetation filled with deep blue water at the bottom. The 55 meter deep crater was once a cone-shaped volcano that has since collapsed, creating this beautiful sight.

Kerid Crater Lake

The number one attraction in Iceland is the geothermal hot springs, specifically the Blue Lagoon. Visitors can spend hours bathing in the milky blue water reknown for its rich minerals and healing properties and relax with massage and spa treatments.

Blue Lagoon

With all Iceland has to offer, you’re probably wondering why you’ve never traveled to this remarkable destination. StudentUniverse can help get you there, so start planning your trip today!

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