It’s a land where the natural elements dance between the poles of fire and cold, with unending nights in the dead of winter and sun that never sets in the summer.
Making decisions on what to do and where to go in Iceland might be difficult. There’s a lot to think about before you plan your vacation.
1. Take a dip at the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous geothermal hot pools, and it is one of the purest!
Spend a few hours lounging in these steaming hot pools at the Blue Lagoon (about a 10-minute drive from the airport). Because the lagoon can get crowded, get your tickets ahead of time and visit during off-peak hours. It’s usually a little quieter first thing in the morning.
2. Take a Whale Observation Tour
One of the finest things to do in Iceland is going whale watching. The Icelandic coastal waters are home to over twenty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, ranging in size from small harbour porpoises to the world’s largest creatures, blue whales.
Minke whales and humpback whales are the most common kinds seen, but there’s always the chance of sighting rarer creatures like killer whales and fin whales. Whale-watching tourists can see a variety of unusual seabirds, including skuas, Arctic terns, guillemots, and even the colourfully billed puffin, as on many Iceland trips. Raykjavik, Akureyri, and Husavik are the main departure points for whale-watching trips. Due to the abundance of animal traffic that flows through its fjords, Husavik is known as Iceland’s whale-watching capital. The fertile feeding grounds off Iceland’s northern shores are the source of this activity.
3. Have a Reykjavik Night Out
What can you do at night in Iceland? Going out late at night is surely a popular hobby among the locals, who will eagerly take advantage of the opportunity to drink a few cold ones before the night comes to a close. We don’t know if this has anything to do with the fact that beer was just allowed in 1989 or the fact that the country is blanketed in darkness every year.
Bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and social events abound in Reykjavik’s downtown area. The great majority of them will have a good mix of local Icelanders and visitors, assuring an interesting night of conversation. Going out at night is one of the most popular things to do in Reykjavik for a reason!
4. Mountain Vestrahorn
Imagine yourself sitting on the coast of a tranquil lagoon with crystal clear water lapping at your toes, a flat black sand beach stretching out before you, and one of Iceland’s most beautiful peaks dominating the scene. Vestrahorn, a 454 metre (1,489 foot) tall screen mountain, is unquestionably one of our favourite places to see in Iceland.
Gujón Samuelsson created this white concrete cathedral in 1937 and it can be seen everywhere in the capital. Surprisingly, the design was inspired by the volcanic basalt pillars that can be seen all around Iceland.