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Why travel to Iceland? Iceland has the word TRAVEL written on its lava skin. Traveling to Iceland means discovering an incredible nature that does not exist in any other country, a pure environment, clean and so, so different. Travel to Iceland means enjoying an unforgettable vacation by visiting the geysers, volcanoes or climbing the glaciers.

During your trip to Iceland you will have the chance to observe whales, ride Icelandic horses, visit lava deserts and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe, see the Northern lights, enjoy baths in natural hot springs or tread virgin lands that no tourist has yet stepped on except the Vikings.

Enjoy your time in Iceland savoring the exceptional Icelandic food, its culture, unforgettable parties under the light of midnight in Reykjavík, or meet the gorgeous Icelanders in the thermal pools. If you travel to Iceland in summer, light comes in no matter how much you cover the windows with a curtain.

Iceland offers immensity, landscapes, nature and you can do a thousand impressive activities with spectacular treks, amazing kayak routes, incredible glacier tours and countless activities related to nature, sports and photography.

Travelling to Iceland remains a phenomenal experience as it is the land of extremes. Starting from active volcanoes to hot springs, from glacier to fjords, Iceland has natural wonders and some top things to see in a lifetime. Iceland counts itself among the world's top tourist destinations welcoming over 2 million annual tourists. Travelling to Iceland remains immensely popular among backpackers and hikers searching for extreme adventure.

It remains a wonder for everyone to believe how people survive the extreme climate of Iceland. The country remains beautiful and there are many top tourist attractions in Iceland. Shortlisting the top attractions always remain a daunting task. Over here is a list of top tourists attractions and travel guide to visiting Iceland.

Experience boiling nature - in the form of hot springs and geysers. The most famous is the Blue Lagoon, and Strokkur. Or go whale watching or a dog sled ride. Get to know Iceland and the northernmost capital, Reykjavik, with its fabulous spa facilities, your way.

But before we move on, let us know some unique information about this unique beautiful Island for those who are traveling to Iceland for the first time.

  • You can drink tap water directly as it is absolutely pure.
  • Over 125 volcanoes are identified ion the Island.
  • There is no forest.
  • Your favourite fast-food chain McDonald's doesn't have an outlet there.
  • From 21st May to 30th July, there is 24-hours sunlight in Iceland which remains a unique natural phenomenon.

Having said so, let us now discuss the best things to do in Iceland. These top 5 tourists attractions in Iceland are recommended by an Icelandic expat.

Places To Visit in Iceland

Iceland is the country of the waterfalls like Gullfoss in the Golden Circle, Skógafoss, Svartifoss with basalt columns, Seljalandsfoss, Godafoss and Dettifoss and Öxarárfoss in Thingvellir. Fall in love with Dynjandi, in the West Fjords region, or Kirkjufellsfoss in the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which also has other upper falls.

Golden Circle is a circular route that runs through places such as the fallaingvellir waterfall and fault, the Geysir geothermal area, the impressive Gullfoss waterfall, the Kerið volcano and some smaller waterfalls such as Bruarfoss and Urridafoss.

1. Jökulsárlón

One of the favorite places for travelers to Iceland is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, filled with ice floes and icebergs detached from the great Vatnajökull. A few kilometers from the Jökulsárlón Lagoon (in Vík direction) there is another glacial lagoon called Fjallsárlón.

2. Arnarstapi

This small fishing port is located almost at the entrance to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, on the south-west coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Nestled in a small inlet that serves as port Arnarstapi has taken advantage of one of the few protected and accessible enclaves of an abrupt coast where the basaltic cliffs serve as housing to thousands of seagulls and arctic terns.

The place, like the whole Snæfellsnes peninsula has many legends to tell. The name appears in the Icelandic Saga of Bardar and Snæfellsáss, where there is talk of a peasant, Bardar who would have settled in the area. The Danish farmer who after multiple adventures, ended up transforming into half troll. The statue of the famous Icelandic sculptor Ragnar Kjartansson shows the mythical importance of the subject, constituting the most important human monument of the town. Because there are natural monuments to dozens.

In fact, the coast between Arnarstapi and Hellnar (a little to the south, where there is a typical Icelandic chapel) has been declared a Nature Reserve since 1979. The hiking route is spectacular. The cliffs of Hellnar with their stone spiers and their heights are an impressive place. Búdakirkja church is the only vestige of civilization in a place that looks like another planet.

Have you ever seen a church surrounded by lava? That is Búdakirkja. Surrounding the enclosure of the church is a wall not very high but rather interesting as it was formed by blocks of lava covered with grass. There are not many hotels or places in Iceland to sleep, neither in Arnarstapi nor in almost any town in the area.

Other towns in the Snaefellsnes peninsula have some hotels, hostels, B&Bs and campsites such as Ólafsvík or Sttykishólmur. The new law forces to sleep in a campsite even if we have a campervan or autocarvan.

Among things to see between Arnarstapi and Bruarfoss are the basalt columns of Gerduberg, the sandy landscapes of Löngufjörur, the rock formations of Hellnar and Lóndrangar, the cave of Vatnshellir, the beach of Djúpalónssandur, the Snæfellsjökull volcano, the Svödufoss waterfall and the Mount Kirkjufell (one of the most emblematic places of this peninsula and Iceland).

3. Vík

We are going to finish this rundown with the one that is most unique in the list. It is in Iceland - yes, Iceland! Whilst that might not conjure up images of dreamy days on the sand and in the surf, this is one beach honeymoon you will never forget while traveling Iceland. Rugged coastline and jet-black sand are what you will find here. Vík is one of the best places in Iceland to visit in summer.

4. Westfjords

The Westfjords region of Iceland is a rugged and remote group of peninsulas and cliffs that offers incredible outdoor scenery and hiking. One major highlight of the trip is being only a few meters from several arctic foxes, as they roam the cliffs in search of food.

7 Things to Do in Iceland

Among the things to do in Iceland is to just laze around the beach and wish for the Northern Lights to appear and illuminate the sky. Completely unforgettable.

1. See Puffins in Iceland

The best places to see puffins in Iceland or anywhere in the Arctic are, of course, the cliffs on the promontory of Dyrhólaey next to Vík, in Látrabjarg Cliffs within the western fjords, in some of the northern islets of the peninsula of Snaefellsnes or in Borgarfjörður, north of the fjords of the east. Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) is the largest colony of puffins in all of Iceland. The best time of the day to see this photogenic seabird is during the first hours of the morning.

2. Whale Watching in Iceland

The best options to see whales in Iceland are Husavik and Reykjavík. Whale watching at Reykjavík remains a most popular tourist attraction when you travel to Iceland. In Reykjavík it is easier to see the minke whales (the smallest and the ones that likes to hunt the Japanese whalers). Whales are large mammals of the sea and watching them in their natural habitat always remains a unique experience.

The whale watching tours are so popular that it runs day and night during summer when there is 24-hours sunlight. Exceptionally, the blue whale (the largest animal on the planet) and sometimes killer whales are even seen in both cases, even if this is a lottery. It is recommended to book whale watching trips in Iceland in advance both in Husavik and Reykjavík. Daily departures are not guaranteed as it depends on the weather.

In the case of Husavík, considered the capital of whale watching in Iceland, one can observe mostly humpback whales, usually in good numbers and an amazing closeness to the boat.

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3. Blue Lagoon in Iceland

As a low-cost activity and, we would almost say, a national sport, bathing in hot pools stands out among things to do in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon in Iceland has the best facilities and is one of the icons. It is close to Keflavik airport and can be a great (and relaxing) way of saying goodbye to your trip to Iceland.

The spectacular geothermal spa, Blue Lagoon remains a major tourist attraction. The natural hot-spring water temperature remains around 37 degrees full of mineral-rich components. The natural mud remains extremely beneficial for health and skin. Make sure to book your ticket before you arrive at the Blue Lagoon.

Myvatn Nature Baths in the north of Iceland is much cheaper, and in a supernatural environment. One of the world's most famous outdoor pools get their water directly from geothermal sources, 2,000 meters below surface. The water is 36-39 degrees year round! Take the opportunity and make a trip along the Golden Circle with Iceland's natural highlights.

4. Geysers in Iceland

The Strokkur Geysir remains a spectacular natural attraction and a wonder to the world. On visiting this place, you find hot water shooting fountains up to 30-meters high into the air. This spectacular area remains named as the Golden Circle and counts among the top tourist's attractions in Iceland.

5. Northern Lights in Iceland

The most astonishing attractions of Iceland remain this spectacular natural light show known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. In the middle of winter, when the cold is evident and it gets dark at night, you can attend a northern light show live. Tourists folk around to see this wonder of nature. Visibility of this spectacular light remains absolutely unpredictable just like the rainbow.

However, the best time to visit Iceland is during the fall and winter, when the chances stay high to see this spectacular natural phenomenon. April is not a bad month to travel to Iceland and it allows to do many of the things that can be done in summer with serious options to see auroras, although it is complicated since it gets dark around 10 o'clock at night.

You will not always catch the Northern Lights, but the best place to stay at to catch the Northern Lights is in Reykjavik. This gives you the best chances of going to where the Northern Lights are most visible. Staying in Reykjavik is a must as it is well placed for getting around the country to find a good clear spot to view the Northern Lights.

things to do in iceland travel guide

6. Waterfalls in Iceland

Reaching this amazing waterfall site is easy and just an hour drive from Reykjavík. This waterfall has two drops, 11 meters and 21 meters respectively. It remains a breathtaking view seeing the high speed falling water.

7. Ice Swimming in Iceland

If this excites you then Nauthólsvík, located in the capital Reykjavik, has an excellent beach resort for ocean swimmers. You can take a hot shower or jump into a hot tub right after your swim in one of the best hidden things to do in Iceland. Now remember you are closer to the North Pole, so yes the ocean around Iceland is one of the coldest place on earth.

Food to Eat in Iceland

Some foods you must try on your visit to Iceland are the famous Reykjavik's hot dog, called pylsur in Icelandic and Skyr. It is an Icelandic cultured dairy protein product. It has the consistency of Greek yogurt, but with a milder flavor. It is low in fat and carbohydrates but high in protein. Has been eaten for centuries!

Icelandic ice creams are delicious. I think this is one of the most foods that Icelanders miss when they go live abroad. Some ice cream stores to check out to are Vesturbæjar ís, Isbúð Huppu & ísbúð Valdís to name a few. Icelanders are known for eating ice cream all year round, even in cold winter!

Festivals in Iceland

There are so many festivals throughout the year and all over the country.

Reykjavik Pride has become the largest festival in Iceland. Everybody come together and celebrate the LGBTQ community. This event is free to attend.

Aldrei fór ég suður or I never went south is more for rock music fans. This festival takes place yearly from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.

The Secret Solstice Music Festival is in June when the summer solstice happens around the 21st of June each year when Iceland is granted with the beautiful midnight sun.

Iceland Airwaves is not relatively new like Secret Solstice. This event takes place in November every year, but you can already see in February the line-up of the artists that will perform. Iceland Airwaves takes place in various venues and bars around Reykjavík. This festival is very popular and attracts many tourists.

For food lovers, Food Festival takes place in late February or early March. Chefs from around the world come to Iceland and make delicious food with. They team up with some restaurants in Reykjavik and get creative and invent another Menu for the food festival week.

How To Travel in Iceland

A good way to travel Iceland on your own is to do it in a rental vehicle using the circular road that completely surrounds the island, the Ring Road or Route number 1.

Best time to Visit Iceland

The best time to visit Iceland is February to March and September to October to see the Northern Lights in a camper van or in rotels.

The best time to travel to Iceland and have a more benevolent climate is, of course, the summer (June, July and August) with its 24 hours of light. The best time to observe the northern lights in Iceland is between November and April, although the ideal is in the months of December, January, February and part of March. In April the thing gets complicated.

Iceland Travel Tips

Reykjavík goes crazy at night. So you know, if you're looking for a party Reykjavik is the place.

Hotels in Iceland are expensive. On the other hand there are a good number of campsites where sometimes there is nobody to pay.

There is free internet in almost 100% of Icelandic accommodation.

If your budget is limited, a good way to save is to buy food in the chain of supermarkets in the cities and towns of Iceland.

Time for Bone Voyage

A holiday in Iceland comes with some incredible experience as you travel to the land of ice and fire. Enjoy your holidays and visit these top tourists attractions in Iceland with this guide to Iceland. Did you know that Iceland has about 130 volcanoes, Icelanders actually believe in elves and that the country does not have the mosquito or the forest?
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  1. I had no idea you could whale watch in Iceland! How awesome. How was the blue lagoon? Was it super crowded? Did you make it to diamond beach?

  2. I have always wanted to visit Iceland. It's such a gorgeous place. I love the terrain and the surprising amount of green it has to be called Iceland.

  3. Iceland has been on my bucket list forever, such a beautiful country. Soon i hope, sooonnnnn...

  4. Iceland is such a beautiful place. Ive visited a few times while stopping over for flight changes . The scenery is divine.

  5. I'm actually going Iceland later this month! We will be skipping the Blue Lagoon to spend time at smaller, less expensive geothermal spas. And most definitely we will be whale watching!

  6. Iceland is super high on my list. Once I save up enough money, I definitely want to go and see all of these things!

  7. thank you so much for sharing this travel guide its beautiful place 's ,its down on my travel list now to visit Iceland!

  8. Iceland is in my bucket list and I can see friends and relatives posting their Iceland picture in facebook. Iceland is one of the hot destination for Asian.

  9. Wow! Iceland sounds and looks gorgeous! And , bonus NO McDonalds...I love it. I would love to be able to visit Iceland someday!!

  10. Iceland would be a unique place to visit. love all these sugestions

  11. I'm sure there are many amazing things to see in Iceland. I would love to visit someday. You provided some great starting destinations.

  12. Iceland has been on the top of my bucketlist!!! I HAVE to go there one day!!! It sounds like such a dream to visit!


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