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Whether you love traveling for relaxation, adventure, or nature, there is something for everyone in Iceland. It is a coveted destination for trips and holidays, being a great spot for solo travel, couples, friends and family travel. If you’re looking for a destination where you can unplug and connect to the incredible nature in particular, Iceland is certainly a destination to consider.
Here are just some of the amazing things to do while in Iceland:
Drive around the Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a must see in Iceland, stopping along some of the most popular sites. If you rent a car you can see more and stop along the way wherever you’d like. The route starts in Reykjavik, goes through the southern uplands, and takes you along Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
Soak and relax in a hot spring
Hot springs are plenty in Iceland, and the most popular that you will see all over tourists in Iceland is Blue Lagoon. You can easily spend a day (or longer) here, as it is also possible to book a stay in one of their gorgeous suites, such as the Blue Lagoon Silica Deluxe room. It is known for its healing properties, and many people with chronic pain and skin challenges will go here for this.
Go snorkelling in the Silfra Fissure
The Silfra Fissure, at the Þingvellir National Park, is one of the top dive sites in the world. So if you love being in the water and going snorkelling, this is something to add to the top of your Iceland list of things to do. The water is known for its visibility past 90 metres, and you can see extensive marine life while here.
Explore the Vatnajökull Glacier
The Vatnajökull Glacier is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as being the biggest glacier in Iceland and one of the largest in all of Europe. With over 30 outlet glaciers and covering 8% of Iceland’s landmass, it is a must-visit for visitors. You can hike it, visit the ice caves, go snowmobiling and more while you’re here.
See the majestic Skógafoss waterfall
There aren’t many places in the world where you can see roaring waterfalls, and making it a point to see the majestic Skógafoss waterfall is well worth it. Located 2 hours away from Reykjavik, it is also a more accessible site around Iceland. If you are stopping by during the day you can stop here to spend a good portion of your day and take it all in, and if you want to stay locally there is Vik and Selfoss that make for a great stopover point.
Try typical cuisine
Trying the local cuisine is a great way to learn about the destination you are traveling to, and traveling in Iceland is no different. You can dine at a Michelen-starred restaurant in Iceland just as you can eat a local eatery and have a wonderful dining experience. Local dishes to try include seafood, rye bread, lamb, and ice cream!
Experience Reykjavik’s vibrant nightlife
The nightlife in Reykjavik is lively, and after exploring nature and all that Iceland has to offer throughout the day, going out at night for a cocktail or dinner is a fun way to be around the nightlife energy of Iceland. Nightlife is in easy walking distance here, so you can stay close to the action and enjoy a (convenient) evening out.
These are only some of the activities to do in Iceland. Seeing wildlife such as via whale watching and penguin watching, etc. are also great activities to do, especially if you are travelling with your children. But no matter what, there is something for everyone here and Iceland is a great place to travel to if you love to unplug and spend time in nature.