Northern lights, majestic waterfalls… Welcome to Iceland, one of the most popular tourist destinations!
Why Iceland has become in recent years as a popular destination for tourists around the world? The reason is simple: the top 10 things to do in Iceland is amazing and will delight even the most jaded of tourists. The density of activities to do and things to see show that it is impossible not to visit Iceland at least once in your life.
1. Go to the hot springs of Myvatn
Although the “Blue Lagoon” is the most famous hot spring in Iceland, the reality is that there are countless other hot springs around the country that are worth visiting and cost much less than the Blue Lagoon (the price per person is at least 35 euros). Located in the north, the village of Myvatn hot springs are much less popular – and cheaper – than Blue Lagoon. An ideal place to go if you are traveling off the beaten track in search of authenticity.
2. Make the campsite at the foot of Skogafoss
There are so many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, which makes it difficult to choose where to go. We recommend you to visit Skogafoss and spend a night in tents. In fact, you can admire a beautiful waterfall in a private setting and enjoy the view until sunset.
3. Climb to the top of the tower of the church in Reykjavik Hallgrimskirche
Because of its original architecture, the Church Hallgrimskirche is the most famous church in Iceland! From its summit – the boom of the Church reached 75 meters high – you’ll have one of the best views of Reykjavik which you will love to see! You can reach the top of the tower by the stairs or if you do not want to tire you, you can use a lift.
4. Watch the eruptions of geysers Geysir
The original geyser – named Geysir – not erupts as often as the experts had predicted because the hole was gradually filled by visitors who amused themselves by throwing stones at the bottom of the geyser. There are many other geysers near and one of them plans to water 10 meters high every 6 minutes!
5. Enjoy the power falls Dettifoss
No other place in Iceland will also make you feel small and vulnerable than Dettifoss. Indeed, this waterfall, 45 meters high, is the power of Europe. You can admire a powerful waterfall pouring dramatically in a narrow canyon in a deafening roar. Going to Dettifoss will remind you the power and beauty of Mother Nature!
6. Stay in a traditional house covered with grass
Around Iceland, you may notice the presence of traditional houses covered with grass – a green building material and present in abundance in the country. Many houses covered with grass have been converted into guest rooms.
If you want to sleep in one of these atypical homes, we recommend you to get to the Fljotsdalur hostel. This inn has a green roof space to make a campfire and an outdoor shower for you to shower under the stars. If you’re lucky, you may be able to observe the Northern Lights.
7. Make scuba diving in Silfra
When you think of Iceland, scuba diving is probably one of the last things that comes to mind, is not it? Yet divers from around the world come to this beautiful country of Iceland to dive in Silfra fissure, known for being the only place on earth where it is possible to swim between two tectonic plates. Silfra is also known to house the most pristine waters and most transparent in the world; Visibility under water even exceed 100 meters!
8. Enjoy the icebergs floating on Jokulsarlon
Jökulsárlón – Icelandic name meaning “the lagoon glacier” – is the best place in Iceland where you can see the adorable sunset. You can admire the last rays of sun waver over hundreds of icebergs that float across the lake – a magical show colorful.
9. Go to “hunt” the Northern Lights
In Iceland, the weather is very variable from one place to another. So, it is never certain that you will observe beautiful starry nights and the Northern Lights during your stay. In addition, if the sky is clear, know that Iceland is one of the best places in the world where you can see the Northern Lights – an incredible and unique show.
10. Go behind Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss is a unique place not to be missed. Indeed, this waterfall is one of the few in the country that you can explore by passing behind! Geting behind this waterfall is a unique experience. This will allow you to fully experience the beauty and power of this majestic waterfall 60 meters high – the equivalent of a 20-storey building!