Top 10 Things to See and Do in Iceland

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Iceland

Iceland is one of our favorite countries, so many natural wonders here! Only a few “Top 10” lists do it without Iceland, therefore we created this list made entirely of Icelandic beauties. Have you seen any of them? Aren’t they unbelievable?

10. Whale Watching

The gentle marine giants can be seen from the different locations in the country including Reykjavík. Several companies organize the 2-3 hour whale watching tours. Icelanders also hunt whales, so later you can order it in the restaurant. Cruel, but this is life.

Why go there?

A rare opportunity to see these amazing creatures, out in the wild.

When to go there?

From May to September.

Iceland-Whale-Photo by Einar Gudmann

Photo by Einar Gudmann

9. Geysers

Due to the volcanic activities underneath the surface, a lot of geysers, underground springs and thermal pools are scattered all around the country. To see a powerful hot stream shooting from the ground is definitely exciting.

Where to go?

Strokkur in the southwest of Iceland beside the Hvítá River is a popular fountain geyser. Many geysers are found in Haukadalur in the south of the country.

8. Landmannalaugar

The multicolored rhyolite mountains, lava fields, and the Hekla volcano make it a popular tourist destination. The striking landscapes look like a different planet. Hiking and horse riding are among the most popular activities here.

When to go there?

Anytime, although summer might be the best time to go.

Read more: Vast Landscapes of Landmannalaugar

7. Maelifell Volcano, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park

The perfect cone makes Maelifell a classic looking volcano. During the warm season, snow uncovers a lavish green surface, covered with moss. There is plenty to do and see in the park, full of volcanoes, hot springs, and other beautiful sites.

When to go there?

In summer.

Read more: Top 10 Stunning Volcanoes Around the World


Photo by Unknown

6. Kirkjufell Mountain

Near a small town of Grundarfjörður in the western Iceland, the mountain beautifully sticks out in a plain landscape. In the surroundings of this striking mountain, one can find small waterfalls and admire the Northern Lights at night.

Why go there?

Unspoiled stunning nature.

How to get there?

By bus from the bigger cities.

Iceland-Kirkjufell-Photo by Oxy Z

Photo by Oxy Z

5. Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull National Park

The land of ice – the country is literally covered in ice and snow. The overwhelmingly beautiful ice caves attract adventurers. The travel agencies organize trips to the glaciers, from where the caves can be visited.

When to go there?

In winter, when the ice doesn’t melt and is safe to enter.

Read more: Top 10 Ice Caves in the World

4. Blue Lagoon, Grindavík

A geothermal spa offers the most relaxing natural bathing experience you’ve never had and is a most tempting attraction, located only 40 minutes away from Reykjavík. The water from the underground hot springs reaches 37–39 °C and is beneficial for health and skin.

Why go there?

Who doesn’t love to relax in the spa center with all the facilities and various services?

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Iceland-Blue Lagoon (2)

Photo by Unknown

Iceland-Blue Lagoon (3)

Photo by Unknown

Iceland-Blue Lagoon (1)

Photo by Unknown

3. Aurora Borealis

The northern phenomenon is also among the most popular attractions. The dazzling lights are especially bright this year, due to the increase in solar activity. The lights are best admired in remote places, away from the urban lights.

When to go there?

From the middle of September to the middle of April.

Read more: Aurora Borealis Forecast

2. Hallgrímskirkja

The unique church is situated in the middle of Reykjavík. It is the tallest and most recognizable building in the country. The architecture was inspired by the Black Falls – another Icelandic natural wonder.

Why go there?

A must see once in the capital of Iceland. A wonderful panorama of the city opens from the top.

Read more: Visit Hallgrímskirkja – a Nature Inspired Church

Iceland-Hallgrimskirkja-Photo by Mitch Russo

Photo by Mitch Russo

Iceland-Hallgrimskirkja-Photo by Gavin Hellier

Photo by Gavin Hellier

1. Gullfoss Waterfall

The gorgeous waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in the country. Located in the canyon, which forms three step terraces, river Hvítá plunges creating a powerful stream and Gullfoss. There are no rails – just a natural surroundings.

Why go there?

The must-see in Iceland, exciting experience.

When to go there?

The plunge is stronger in summer.

Iceland-Gullfoss-Photo by Coolbiere. A.

Photo by Coolbiere. A.

Iceland-Gullfoss-Photo by Peter Foldiak

Photo by Peter Foldiak