10 Best Things to Do in Iceland

Iceland is a great place to relax at the Blue Lagoon or witness the northern lights!! Iceland is a Nordic Island in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Below are 10 things to do in Iceland.

Fun Facts:

  • Iceland became independent in 1918.
  • Iceland is the 18th largest country in the world.
  • East Iceland has the country’s largest forest and farmlands.
  • 30% of Iceland is lava fields.
  • There are 30 to 40 active volcanoes today and over 100 that have not erupted in the past thousand years.
  • The police forces carry no guns.
  • The national sport is handball.
  • Iceland foods include fish, smoked lamb, singed sheep’s head, and cured shark.

10 Things to Do in Iceland:

1: Northern Lights-

10 Things to Do in Iceland
Northern Lights

The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is between September and April.

2: Blue Lagoon-

10 Things to Do in Iceland
Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa open to visitors year-round because the temperature is 99 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. It is one of the most touristy attractions in Iceland, so it will be busy when you get there. 

3: Glaciers

Vatnajokull National Park (Glaciers + Caves)

Natural glaciers in Iceland are a popular tourist attraction because the ice formations are gorgeous. More than 10% of Iceland is covered by glaciers. The most famous one to visit is the Vatnajökull glacier because it is the largest one.

4: Black Sand Beaches

10 Things to Do in Iceland
Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara is the most popular black sand beach in Iceland and is known for being a prime film location in the hit tv show Game of Thrones.

5: National Parks

The nature in Iceland is stunning, and the best way to experience it is to visit the three national parks: Þingvellir, Vatnajökull, and Snæfellsjökull.

6: Ice Caves

Katla Ice Caves

The Katla Ice Cave adventure will be one of the most memorable moments on your trip! The caves are under a volcano.

7: Waterfalls

Dettifoss Waterfall

The Dettifoss waterfall is the most powerful in Europe at 45 m high and 100 m wide.

10 Things to Do in Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall

Another waterfall to go and see for yourself is the Gullfoss Waterfall. The waterfall is on the southwest side of Iceland. It is also quite powerful.

8: Golden Circle

Driving along the golden circle is a must-see route that everyone should go on. The drive basically goes in a circle through the Iceland countryside and there are tours that stop at prime locations along the famous route that begins in Reykjavik.

Cities to Visit:

9. Reykjavik-

Reykjavik is the best place to see the Northern Lights in Iceland. Aside from witnessing the Northern lights, the city is known for its row of colorful houses and natural beauty. There are a ton of outdoor museums, street art, and art galleries to explore as well as coffee shops and restaurants to try. The nightlife and music festivals are super fun to attend. You will not be bored in this city.

10- Akureyri-

Akureyri is home to hiking trails, as it has nearby mountains and a river that you can walk along or go fishing. The town is located in northern Iceland and is one that you should see if you are in the area!

The stunning nature and landscape in Iceland are unforgettable. We listed 10 things to do in Iceland. Have you ever been to Iceland? I would love to hear about your experience!

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