Top 5 Things to do in Iceland (and my reasons to visit Iceland)

Things to do in Iceland (and my reasons to visit Iceland)

Are you looking for new adventures? If you are like me and love new experiences and nature locations, Iceland is your country.

It’s on the top of my bucket list destinations and I’m counting the days to planning a trip to Iceland.

In this post I will show why I want to visit Iceland, what to do there and what experiences you can’t miss.

Would you like to see the northern lights or swim at the blue lagoon? Keep reading!

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Top 5 Things to do in Iceland

See The Northern Lights

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Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. You have to visit Iceland in the darkests months with clear skies. Best time to see them is from September to April.

To have the best chances to see the Northerl Lights it’s recommended to stay a minimum of six nights in Iceland. The longer time you spend in the country, the higher your chances are of seeing them.

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

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In a 6-day Iceland itinerary, you can experience Iceland’s top attractions and activities without feeling rushed, and I can assure you that the Blue Lagoon is a must.

This geothermal spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík, southwestern Iceland, 50 minute drive from Reykjavík. t’s been said that the Blue Lagoon has healing powers and that’s why people go there to have a relaxing day.

Almost every traveler who visits Iceland goes to this famous lagoon. If you like heat, you will love the warm body and cold head feeling! I won’t miss it!

Go on an Iceland road trip

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First of all tell you that Iceland is a very easy country to drive through. You can visit almost the whole country with a rental car crossing the famous Ring Road.

If you’re planning a trip around this popular road, check out the best stops across the Ring Road.

When you rent your car, don’t forget to buy a protection service for your car that will ensure you against unforeseen events like costly damages, theft, lost keys or flat tires. Better be safe than sorry!

I prefer exploring on my own as it gives me more freedom. So an Iceland road trip is perfect!

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Don’t forget to include insurance as some roads are very damaged. It never hurts to be well covered just in case.

Explore Iceland’s nature

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Iceland is full of breathtaking landscapes and you will need to have your camera ready all the time!

If I have to choose an Icelandic natural wonder (northern lights doesn’t count) I will pick the Southern Iceland waterfalls.

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Gullfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland but you must explore the island and visit others like Seljalandfoss, Skogafoss or Svartifoss. You won’t be disappointed!

And if you travel to Iceland with kids, the little ones will have a lot of fun jumping between waterfalls and running in the open air!

Visit Reykjavík Cathedral

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Hallgrímskirkja church is one of the main attractions in Iceland and one of the must things to do in Reykjavik. It is located at Austurvöllur, next to the parliament house.

Do you know that its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city?

If you want to explore the city, don’t miss these free things to do in Reykjavik and the best street art in Reykjavik.

Planning a trip to Iceland

When traveling to Iceland you will land to the main Iceland Airport called Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik. You can find lower prices booking here.

When I’m planning a trip, I always look for inspiration and in this case, when you search for Reykjavik on the Web, you will get amazing images that will show you how wonderful is this country.

Are you planning to visit this amazing country? What are your top things to do in Iceland?

Photos by  the Iceland  Tourism.

I was asked to write about my Iceland Wishlist by Guide to Iceland, but all opinions and views are my own.

Sara Rodríguez

A passionate traveler with a mission: Help you plan your next trip easily and enjoy it to the fullest.

In this travel blog you will find everything you need to get inspired and organize your next adventure. Read more about my story here.

12 responses to “Top 5 Things to do in Iceland (and my reasons to visit Iceland)”

  1. Erin says:

    Sounds like you are ready for the adventure- hope you give us an update when you get back!

  2. Dee says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, looks amazing!

  3. Josh says:

    Hey Sara!

    I’d love to go to Iceland some day too. I once read that American Airlines do a stopover flight, so I’ll look into that before coming back from my upcoming and extended trip in the Americas! Thanks for the info :)

  4. Meg Jerrard says:

    Such a fab post Sara – Iceland is one of my favorite countries, though we visited in Summer so didn’t have the chance to see the Northern Lights. Can’t wait to get back in Winter to catch them though!

  5. Kristin says:

    That’s definitely a very good wishlist! I went to Iceland for the first time last month — I managed to tick all of those items off and loved them all. Even though I drove 3300km it was well worth it! I hope you get to go there soon, especially since the northern lights have been really strong so far this year.

    By the way, the photo you’ve used for the Blue Lagoon is actually Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. That was one of my favourite places in Iceland but I definitely don’t think I’d want to go swimming in it!

  6. Agata says:

    Iceland looks so beautiful and welcoming! Especially to all who prefers a chilly weather. I personally enjoy visiting so- called cold countries rather than burn my skin in the sun. And aurora borealis – no words for that!

  7. Melanie says:

    Great post! Iceland is definitely on my list, such a great country full with adventures. Cheers from Costa Rica!

  8. Iceland is on the top 3 of our bucket list, we would love to go there on a road trip. The only thing that keeps us away are the costs. Traveling as a family of 4 is expensive

  9. This was a great quick guide and I could imagine doing all these things and more. If you could promise I would see a whale breaching at sunset I would leave today. (what an amazing photograph). Iceland is very high on our bucket list and we hope to experience it one day soon

  10. Edith & Juan says:

    This is a great wishlist! Not sure when we are planning to go but it’s definitely a must for us some day. Our top reasons would be the Northern Lights and The Blue Lagoon. Hope you get to go soon!

  11. Great that I dod all of the above you recommended. There are a lot of places to see and marvel at the northern lights, and some of the landscapes and architecture are just unique!
    You are welcome to check out some amazin waterfalls in Iceland@

  12. Jacomijn - Safe and Healthy Travel says:

    I loved Iceland! The Nature is so fascinating!! I unfortunately missed that great Aurora Borealis!! Well…Now I have to come back one day ?

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