Iceland may seem like it is covered in snow and ice, but it is actually a beautiful country with contrasting landscapes. From ancient warm water pools to glittering glaciers and elegant national parks, this gorgeous destination is as diverse as you can imagine.
You can visit some of the most epic places ever, have incredible hikes, and meet some of the friendliest people on the planet. If you are thinking about booking an Iceland Cruise, then there are plenty of amazing options for that too.
Here are some of the best things to see and do in Iceland, and thats’ without mentioning the epic Iceland Laugavegur Trail, ice caving in Iceland, or snorkeling between the tectonic plates in Iceland. This country is something special!
Bathe in the blue lagoon
A trip to Iceland is not complete without visiting its famous geothermal heated pools. It’s one for your travel bucket lists. Take a dip in the heated rock pools and enjoy a wonderful experience at one of Iceland’s most iconic spots. If you need a quieter atmosphere, visit the pool early in the morning when the number of visitors is normally low. You can also book your stay in the Blue Lagoon hotel where you will have access to their private pools.
The northern lights
The famous Northern lights are an incredible sight that should not miss. Although it takes a lot of luck to spot the Northern Lights, you can increase your chances with some smart planning. Check for updates from the aurora forecast. The best way to spot these lights is to be patient. Drive into the wilderness, switch off your engine, and wait patiently for a few hours. You will slowly see the lights dancing in the night sky.
Head out into the open ocean in search of the gentle giants. You can sign up for one of the whale watching tours and enjoy the awesome Icelandic oceans. Although it can be a little hit and miss, you will definitely get to see the majestic animals in their natural habitat. The tour usually takes around 3-4 hours.
Eat traditional Icelandic cuisine
Traditional Icelandic cuisine may not be popular outside Iceland, but that does not mean that it is not delicious. One of the mouth-watering local dishes worth trying is Harðfiskur, a dish that mainly consists of dried fish. If you want to try something more unique, then go for Svið. It is a baked sheep head.
Skógafoss is probably one of the easiest waterfalls to find in Iceland. It is a stunning waterfall that can be visited both during summer and winter. You will definitely feel the waterfall’s raw power as you walk closer to it. Do take a raincoat with you as the chances of you getting wet from the crashing water is really high. If you are lucky, you could also see the rainbow that often glistens over the waterfall.
Whilst not one of the 7 summits, Vestrahorn is a 454m tall screen mountain with an awe-inspiring landscape. It is one of the most popular spots in Iceland and travelers crowd the place to see the gentle lagoon with crystal clear water, the flat black sand beach that stretches out long, and the moody skies. It is open all year round, but try not to visit the place during winter as it can get cold and icy.
Finally, if you like Iceland also try to visit Svalbard, or travel Greenland and enjoy your Faroe Islands itinerary too. Equally beautiful.
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