Underrated Iceland

It’s no secret that Iceland is popular- sometimes having more tourists than its population! While it can be hard to stray from the beaten path, it is no doubt doable- and here are a few spots you can do it.


If you need a digital detox, Fljótsdalur is the perfect place for you. A renovated farmhouse that overlooks the infamous Eyjafjallajökull, the hostel is rustic but comfortable. With no Wifi, you can fully immerse yourself in the nature, either by taking one of the many hikes in the area or getting stuck into one of their 2000 books on Iceland.


This small town in the south of the West Fjords has only 120 residents, but has plenty of history. Just walking through the town will give hints of epic Viking battles, and the old church has a few legends surrounding it. The coast with its small inlets and marsh makes for the best place to bird watch or just admire the views, which you can do from the comfort of the hostels private hot tub. The forest in the area is also great for a stroll, or you can take a road trip to Rauðisandur or Látrabjarg.


Visiting Broddanes is like having your own personal fjord- a haven for nature, seals and many species of bird call this area home. The small island just off the coast is home to a puffin colony, and the hostel offers kayaks to see them up close. Unlike Dyrhólaey or other puffin hotspots, you’re guaranteed peace and quiet here. Broddanes is a former school with a unique midcentury style to it, making it a unique place in itself. A little down the road is the village of Hólmavík, with a swimming pool, horse rental and museum of Icelandic Sorcery, home to the worlds only pair of necro pants (google it).