Iceland is known for its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. Onerous glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the people live in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
So, in honor of the Iceland guide we just published today, here are our favorite things to see and do in Iceland that will convince you to book your ticket:
The capital is awash in thriving cafes, high-energy clubs, friendly public house, and a colored ancient town with rows of wooden houses clustered together. And if you’re a night owl, you’ll be a real fan the party life. Lovely city and never find myself bored here.
Explore the Westfjords
The Westfjords is a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland with tons of mountains and a coastline heavily indented by fjords. It’s one of the rawest parts of Iceland and my favorite region. Some people live here and fewer tour, though Icelanders make their way here on summer vacation. It’s an area of tiny towns, fishing villages, mountains, waterfalls, and lakes just an awesome place to enjoy a lot.
In the summer months, puffins and whales call it their home. In the winter, many of the roads are closed by ice and snow for several months.
Soak in a Relaxing Lagoon
Most people soak in the Blue Lagoon. This large, milky-blue spa fed by mineral-rich heated seawater from the nearby geothermal plant. Though it’s the most expensive one, you cannot deny that Iceland’s most famous geothermal pool is the country’s top tourist attraction. But there are so many other hot pools in the country.
See The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is the famous tourist route that includes Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park. They can make a relaxing day trip from the capital, so people on a short layover always come to this area. You can rapidly drive the whole ring in a day. Along the way, there are a few farms where you can stop and enjoy Icelandic horses.
Watch the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights become more visible here from September to April. These dancing lights are one of the best natural wonders. To witness the aurora borealis in all their kudos in Iceland requires patience, luck, and darkness. This is the best place to see the lights, especially during times of “low” activity. If the views are extreme, you can sometimes see them in Rekjyavik.
This amazing place is situated in the southeast of Iceland, the ice floe is only a couple of decades old and now one of the most famous destination in the area country. Icebergs float in the pool all year. I enjoy just sitting and listening to the ice blocks crash into each other on their way out to sea. You can also go for a boat journey around the lagoon.
Do a Glacial Trek
During the winter months, the glaciers get a bit sturdier, and groups of tourists led across them. There is no more flexible way to observe the glaciers than to walk on them, releasing your inner Arctic explorer. Vatnajökull is one of the most accessible glaciers to hike, though there are others around the country, as well. Some travel companies that offer polar expeditions are Extreme Iceland, Icelandic Mountain Guides, Trek Iceland.
Wherever you stop in Iceland, pure charms and fabulous nature are your constant companions. It is not surprising that this amazing country has so much to offer – not only a feast for your eyes but also a banquet for your taste buds.
We recommend you take your best friends to this one. It is awesome! We took several friends who helped us start our business almost 5 years ago (www.MesaPaintingPros.com) on a 10 day excursion and we loved every minute of it!
Here are the top 7 local Icelandic foods that should try:
- Roasted Lamb