Tops things to do in Iceland
Look for the elusive northern lights
Many visitors to Iceland hope to witness the spectacle that are the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis. The northern lights are not easy to catch, as there is a list of things that have to happen for the perfect conditions to arise. If you want to try it, you should plan your trip in winter, between September and April, and try to get away from light pollution. To increase your chances of catching the northern lights, book one of the many Northern Lights tours from Reykjavik.
Soak in the Blue Lagoon
Although man-made and a bit pricey, the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most visited attractions. This geothermal spa is a perfect destination to treat yourself and relax while enjoying the surroundings. It is located close to the Keflavik airport, so you can even squeeze it in on your last day. As Blue Lagoon is among the top things to do in Iceland, make sure to book your spot in advance or you may miss out. You can also find organized Blue Lagoon tours if you don’t want to worry about transport. There are even tours that combine a visit to the Blue Lagoon with the northern lights – talk about an unbeatable experience.
Want to see blue whales with your own eyes? Iceland is one of the best places in the world to do that. If whale-watching is the main purpose of your trip, aim to visit Iceland between April and September. Most whale-watching tours leave from Húsavík in North Iceland, but you can also find many options from Reykjavik, such as this one. You can expect a typical whale-watching tour to take around 3-4 hours.
Embark on the Golden Circle tour
If you’re a first-time visitor and have limited time in Iceland, we recommend embarking on the Golden Circle road trip, which allows you to see some of the best attractions in Iceland in just a few hours. The sights along the Golden Circle include the Geysir geothermal area, Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Tectonic Plates. You can see them all and admire Iceland’s nature during our convenient Golden Circle Classic tour. If you want to pack in even more adventures, you can also opt for this trip of the Golden Circle with a stop for horseback riding. Alternatively, you can end the Golden Circle tour relaxing in a natural hot spring at the Secret Lagoon.
Take a stroll on the famous black sand beach in Iceland
Reynisfjara is one of Iceland’s most photographed spots thanks to its black sand, rock formations, and huge waves. Located on the South Coast, you can admire this dramatic scenery on a one-day South Coast Classic tour. Other stops on the itinerary include the Solheimajökull Glacier, Skógafoss waterfall, and Iceland’s southernmost village called Vík. A definite must-do tour!
Consider a glacier hike
Want to do something cool? It is said that glaciers cover 11% of Iceland’s land. The country is also home to Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Hiking and snowmobiling on glaciers is a popular activity and is mostly done on Iceland’s south coast. If this sounds tempting, have a look at our South Iceland & Glacier Hike Adventure or South Coast Classic and Glacier Walk Tour.
Visit the ice caves
Travellers looking for more adventures may be interested in ice caving. Located beneath glaciers, ice caves in Iceland can provide some memorable experiences. Keep in mind, however, that they can be dangerous, so you should always look for ice cave tours with experienced guides and during the winter months. One such option is our Ice Cave Classic Tour, during which you can see what lies beneath the Langjökull Glacier.
Admire the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Located in South Iceland at the foot of the largest ice cap in Europe is the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – one of the best natural wonders in Iceland. It is the deepest lake in the country, created by melting glaciers. The drifting icebergs make it a beautiful sight and one of the most popular places to photograph. You can even take a boat tour to get up close.
Walk around Reykjavik, Iceland
In Iceland, the spectacular nature and wildlife tend to take center stage. However, Iceland’s capital deserves a bit of exploration too, despite its small size. Not to mention that it’s a good starting point for all the guided tours – no matter whether you’re looking for day trips or multi-day tours. Hallgrímskirkja, the country’s largest church, is the most recognizable site in Reykjavik. We recommend going to the top of this massive church for panoramic views of the city. The capital is also a good place to visit Iceland museums like Perlan –Wonders of Iceland. You can also join a Reykjavik Walking Tour with a local guide to see all the attractions in the city.
We hope that this quick list of the best things to do in Iceland gave you some ideas for your upcoming trip. A visit to Iceland is truly worth it and its national parks, hot springs, and hiking trails will certainly keep you occupied. There are plenty of options, so check out all the Iceland Tours we offer to choose the best ones for you. Don’t forget that we can also provide you with convenient private transfers from and to the airport.