Icelanders are often asked: what do you recommend? What are the most exciting and unique things to do in Iceland? Where can you find the country’s most beautiful locations and landmarks? Read on to discover our suggestions for what to do and where to go in Iceland.An island of striking landscapes, where rivers run through deserts and molten lava erupts from ice. Iceland is a realm of stark contrasts.
An island of striking landscapes, where rivers run through deserts and molten lava erupts from ice. Iceland is a realm of stark contrasts.
If you want to see the diverse landscapes and features of Iceland, all you need to do is plan a day trip to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.Snaefellsnes has been nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to the sheer variety of landscapes you can see on the peninsula. While all are unique and beautiful, none compare to its crowning glory, Snæfellsjökull glacier.
2. Stroll Down the Beaches of the South
Iceland’s South Coast is extremely popular among travellers. It is a region everyone should consider visiting when deciding what to do in Iceland.If you decide to take a tour of the South Coast of Iceland, make sure to explore the black sand beaches that lay along the coastline. While its waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes are beautiful, it is the beaches here that make it truly unique.
3. Enjoy Natural Treatments at the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and perhaps the country’s most visited geothermal spa. The water here is an opaque, milky blue, unlike anything found elsewhere on earth.The hot pool is rich in minerals and thriving with good bacteria. Silica masks are available for all guests, too. Both the water and masks have granted the lagoon a reputation for healing.
Over twenty species of whale, dolphin and porpoise can be found in Iceland’s waters, making it a top destination for whale-watching.While boat tours head out from ports such as Reykjavík and Akureyri, in places such as the Westfjords you can catch sight of whales from shore. The most successful tours usually set out from the small northern town of Húsavík.
5. Escape to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Intertwined with the Sagas, and populated until the early decades of the 20th century, the northernmost part of the Westfjords is called Hornstrandir. Abandoned due to its remoteness and lack of industry, it has found new life recently as an incredibly well-preserved nature reserve.
The Eastfjords of Iceland are sparsely populated and mark the farthest point from Reykjavík.This means that only those driving the full Ring Road or who have booked a vacation package around the country are likely to see them. However, those that do visit often return, saying it was their favourite part of the country.
7. Add an Activity to your Golden Circle Tour
The Golden Circle is one of the most popular sightseeing routes in Iceland.It only takes approximately five hours to complete and takes you to the most spectacular features in southwest Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
In northeast Iceland, just off of the beaten track, is a natural feature so intricately formed that early Icelanders could only put its existence down to divine intervention.The horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi is believed to have formed when one of the hoofs of Oðin’s eight-legged Icelandic horse came in contact with the ground.
The Skaftafell Nature Reserve has such varied and beautiful landscapes that it was once a National Park in its own right.Now it is one of the most alluring, incredible and yet accessible features of Vatnajökull National Park.
10. Explore the Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area
Around an hour’s drive east of the ‘Capital of North Iceland’, Akureyri, is a geological and geothermal wonderland called the Lake Mývatn area.The lakes formed during a streak of catastrophic eruptions over two millennia ago.The area now boasts a wealth of hidden gems that visitors can reach by taking a tour of Myvatn.