10 Most Popular Things to do in Iceland

Over the past decade, Iceland has bloomed as one of the sizzling tourist destinations on the globe.
Its plush natural landscape, crazy scenic roads, unbelievable creations of Earth and definitely the Northern Lights, people flock here year after to check off Iceland on their bucket list.
As most people land in Reykjavik, it a marvellous place to commence your Iceland private tour. However, since you’ve got quite a few things to check off your Iceland bucket list, it’ll be hard for you to stay put in one place. So, if you’re someone like me who’s endlessly dreaming of travelling to Iceland;

Following is a full set bucket list of insane things to do on your trip:


Ranging from massive to narrow slit in the hills that all, Iceland comprises of many underground caves. They depict a link with the great history of Iceland and connections to local legends.
It is a must-visit for people enthusiastic about geology as well as anyone who would want to achieve a sense of formidable power of nature and how small we humans really are in comparison to it!
Caving is an adventure sport that should definitely hold a place in you Iceland bucket list and for the surprise, you can also see a volcano from inside of a cave!

Drive Around the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is a stunning driving route that takes you through Þingvellir National Park, the Geyser geothermal area and the popular Gullfoss waterfall. The drive can take about 3-4 hours in general but if you want to make the most of your day, you can spend 8-10 hours enjoying the bliss of each spot.
As the trip offers multiple variations, proper research before choosing what you want to see is quite viable and accordingly, plan an optimal route!
Drive from Nesjavalllaleið back to Reykjavík can be found along the Golden Route only if you do it in a reversed order along with, Hellisheidavirkjun geothermal power plant, crater Kerið, Geiser Stokkur, Laugarvatn Geothermal Areas, Thingvellir National Park, and Öxarárfoss and Faxi waterfalls right at your sight!

Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure

Away from the Northern lights, diving through the Silfra Fissure is one of the most splendid experiences to check off your Iceland bucket list! Visibility of over 100m, the water here will be the purest you’ll ever see!
It is so pure and clear, which also makes it drinkable.
Here, you can actually swim through two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian continental plates.
Swimming between two different continents? How does that sound for an Iceland bucket list?

Fimmvörðuháls Hike

With over 26 waterfalls, 1 volcano, 2 glaciers and 3 magnificent landscapes, The Fimmvörðuháls Hike offers one of the most extraordinary hiking experiences across the globe.
It’s about 25km (15.5 miles) long and is usually done as a point-to-point hike from Skogafoss to Thórsmörk. It’s a massive hike and if you’re planning to visit Iceland during the summer months and are a craver for hiking, you should definitely put this on your Iceland bucket list!

Kirkjufell Mountain Spot

One of Iceland’s top bucket list items on a number of travellers list, Kirkjufell is Iceland’s famous mountain where people enjoy photography a lot. Its arrowhead shape, coastal location and isolation from other mountains make it a very unique photography spot.
Incorporating a series of waterfalls can make it a great filming destination.
It is located in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and you have to park your car in a parking lot near Kirkjufell and walk uphill to the viewpoint. You can also join a self-driven tour from Reykjavík or Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

The Blue Lagoon

Either you’re gonna love it or hate it! But to know you must experience, shouldn’t you?
Timing is everything at The Blue Lagoon. The key to having a good experience is to arrive at the destination early morning. Prefer buying the 7 am tickets so you are the first people in the Blue Lagoon. For about 2 hours, you can relax yourselves in the warm and soothing water, smear mud over each other’s faces, enjoy some drinks and make the most out of your time there. This could be the major highlight of the luxury travel to Iceland.
It is a splendid location for the Iceland bucket lists this 2020, as it will definitely add sparkle to your voyage!
But keep in mind, timing is the key. The crowd gets insane around midday!

A Visit to Mývatn

Mývatn is a small town situated in northern Iceland. But the spot itself has a lot to offer to its tourists. You can visit Grjotagja Cave that comprises a small lagoon that was a filming location for Game of Thrones.
The geothermal area of Hverir, a walk on a lava field, hiking to the top of the crater or even enjoying a long and calm bath in the Mývatn Nature Baths make it a must option on the Iceland bucket list that you need to check off.
Some tourists say that the Mývatn Nature Baths is even better than the Blue Lagoon experience. They are less touristy and offer more personal space for you and your friends to enjoy. Just one thing to keep in mind is that, don’t visit post 5 pm, there won’t be any fun for you.

Dettifoss and Selfoss

One of Europe’s most dynamic waterfalls, not far from Mývatn lays Dettifoss. And just a little walk uphill will take you to Selfoss.
You can visit both the spots from the east or west side. To fulfil this task, it’ll take about half your day. But if you only have time for some, Will you put this in your Iceland bucket list? You must consider.

Take a walk on the glacier

Set off to a very chilly Icelandic adventure; grab your ice pick and crampons to climb over the Sólheimajökull glacier on the south coast from Reykjavik.
For an extreme and unique experience, you can also walk on Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.
You can walk through crevasses and climb over huge chunks of ice for an impeccable experience for your Iceland bucket list.

Go Whale Watching

Iceland has over 20 species of whales living offshore from Iceland which makes it one of the best spots in the world to go whale watching.
Tours usually leave from Húsavík, Akuyeri, and Reykjavík for whale watching but you can also see them from Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords.

When the meltwater of summer creates subterranean glacial rivers, they cut through the ice caps giving birth to Iceland’s ravishing ice caves.  Each autumn, originate new ice caves that are as precious as rare. There are quite many things you can add to your Iceland bucket for your trip this year!

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