Iceland may be a small country, but the tiny Nordic nation packs a significant punch in terms of things to see and do. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we’ve decided to compile a short catalog of the places that are definite must do’s during your trip to Iceland.
#1 The Blue Lagoon Spa
This natural wonder is one of the country’s most iconic and most spectacular places to visit. Dip your toes into the silica-infused, turquoise blue waters. You’ll feel your tensions begin to melt away as you get a massage either indoors, out by the pool or in the geothermal waters themselves. One of the best things about Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is that it’s easily accessible to most travelers who come to the island. It’s close to both Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik, the country’s capital city. Be sure to book your tickets in advance so you can skip the line at the entrance.
#2 The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
You’ll find yourself floating in a sea of mini-icebergs if you come to visit this awesome destination. The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon Has been featured in movies and rightly so. It looks like something from another world and is unique to Iceland. If you happen to find yourself traveling Iceland’s Ring Road during August, be sure to check out the dates for the fireworks at Jökulsárlón. They’re not to be missed.
#3 The Golden Circle
Iceland’s trifecta of natural attractions, this popular route will show you the of the best in Iceland all in a day’s trip. Located close to Reykjavik, this is a favorite of visitors. You start the day by driving about an hour and a half to Thingvellir National Park. Here, you can see the splitting of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next up are the geysers at Geysir, which spout high up into the air. Lastly, you have Gullfoss waterfall with both of its spectacular drops. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall or two?
#4 Vik’s Black Sand Beaches
One of the cool things about being a volcanic island is all of the lava. Well, all of the lava once it has cooled and has had millennia to be broken down into small particles, like sand. Along with Hawaii, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Spain’s Canary Islands, and others, Iceland is one of the few places in the world that boasts black sand and black pebble beaches. Vík is a favorite spot in the south of Iceland where you can explore this unusual phenomenon along with the area’s basalt columns.
#5 Hiking in Landmannalaugar
Iceland is every hiker’s dream, and its windswept, volcanic landscapes and rock formations are out of this world. Landmannalaugar and the Laugavegur Trail are particularly colorful and are a favorite among nature enthusiasts. Be sure to pack your swimsuit as there are many geothermal pools in the area and you might want to hop on in during your trek.
Top Five Things to Do in Iceland
We can’t have a list of things to do in Iceland without also mentioning ice caves and glaciers, whale watching excursions, Reykjavík, and exploring the fjords. Guess we’ll just have to make another list of the top five things to do in Iceland!