Top 10 Things To Do In Iceland

Sometimes called Crystal Caves, the ice caves inside Iceland’s glaciers are a truly remarkable wonder of nature. Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland!

1. Visit The Black Sand Beach In Vik Iceland

Black sand beach at Vik Iceland! Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Wikicommons

Visiting the black sand beach in Vik is definitely a must. The sand is crushed lava rock formed when it reaches the frigid ocean.  A beautiful beach to visit, but not where I chose to sun tan.  Half way down the beach is a large vaulted cavern called Hálsanefeshellir (obviously really easy to pronounce).

To read my full post on Vik Iceland click here.

2. Take A Tour Of The Crystal Caves

Take a tour of the crystal caves! Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!

Sometimes called Crystal Caves, the ice caves inside Iceland’s glaciers are a truly remarkable wonder of nature. They are hard to get good pictures of, but your eyes will be able to take in an amazing view.

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3. Visit The Abandoned Plane

Abandoned plane in Iceland. Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!

On the Saturday of Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy airplane ran out of fuel and was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s beach in the south of Iceland. The crew survived the landing and the airplane’s remains are still at the crash site. I’m glad I wasn’t on board as flying is already stressful enough!

4. Take A Tour Of Glacier Lagoon

Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Mekanoide / CC

The glaciers in Iceland are UNREAL!  Some of the best are only 2 hours past Vik.  I couldn’t help but think that one of these guys sunk the titanic.

5. Snorkel In The Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Snorkel in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge!! Read out top 10 things to do in Iceland!

At Thingvellir Park you can see the island literally being ripped apart by earth’s crust pulling in opposite directions (explanation below), exposing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  This rare occurrence obviously causes a number of geographic phenomenon, and excites snorkelers with views to the center of the earth.


6. Drive Through Thingvellir National Park

Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Gunnar Eiríkur Hauksson / Flickr

Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Friðþjófur M. / Flickr

In Thingvellir National Park you can see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that splits Iceland further apart each year.  On the drive you can see bubbling hot springs, beautiful lakes, and Iceland’s famous super hairy horses.

7. Watch Geysir Blow

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Every few minutes within the Golden Circle you can see the Strokkhur Geysir spout boiling water up in the air.  These powerful earth burps can sometimes shoot as high as 100 ft above the ground.  Also cool to see are the boiling mud pits, but warning, they are not bubbling chocolate pits.

8. Gullfoss Waterfall

Visit Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland! Read our top 10 things to do in Iceland! Photo: Ulf Bodin / Flickr

Gullfoss is Iceland’s most famous waterfall.  The pictures can’t show just how big this waterfall really is.  The water is glacier runoff, and ultimately flows into the ocean.

9. Visit A Volcano

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Iceland has about 130 volcanoes on the island.  This is incredible to consider when you realize that Iceland is about the size of Georgia.  Fears of a volcano erupting are a real concern there!

10. Soak In Geothermal Hot Springs

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Blue Lagoon is deservedly Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction.  It is basically a football field sized hot tub that is powered by hot water shooting up from the center of the earth.  It is an awesome sight and super relaxing in the cold.  Don’t worry, the hot spring even goes inside so you can get back into the locker room without having to be out in the cold. Things to do in iceland

You can read my full post of Blue Lagoon here.

Our trip to Iceland was unreal and I hope you guys have enjoyed reading our top 10.

UPDATE: I have had a lot of questions about where we stayed in Iceland.  We rented a hotel in Reykjavik right in the city center.  The prices weren’t too bad but we were there in December.  It was about $100 a night.  They offer free breakfast and wifi.  The breakfast was REALLY good!  You guys can book or check prices for the hotel here.  

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  • Marc says:

    Great pictures. I love Iceland and haven’t had a chance to be there yet. I would love to do all the above. I so badly wanted to see the northern lights while taking in the geothermal waters. I will soon be visiting and thanks for sharing the post.

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Thanks Marc! You will LOVE Iceland! Do lots of research before you go to make sure you don’t miss anything. We missed the northern lights while we were there due to cloudy skies. I really hope you guys get to see them! Have fun!

  • Patrick says:

    Beautiful Photography, lovely pictures.
    My wife and I will be on a cruise later this year and we will have about 3 days in Iceland. I hope to capture a few beautiful moments as you did.
    Thank you for sharing your pictures.

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Thanks so much Patrick! You will be able to see a lot with three days in Iceland! I haven’t ever taken a cruise there but that sounds awesome. Have a great time!!

  • Holly H says:

    I want to visit Iceland SO BAD it’s not even funny. My husband told me I was in charge of our vacation for 2017 and Iceland is a top contender.

  • Ela says:

    It was a truly incredible trip ineded. Iceland is my favourite place to date and is full of great places. I’m glad you found our posts useful and there si so much mroe we could have done, for 6 day trip the south of Iceland is well worth it as you can take your time and everything is a few hours drive from each other. If you do decide to do something similar then you MUST stay a the Volcano Hotel. THe people are really nice and the location is fab. Stepping out at night (Providing your not going when the light nights are in) and you look up and the milky way is clear as day. Its well worth getting in touch with a girl called Inga who runs a blog called Tiny Iceland (We have written a few articles for her)! She helped us out a lot and we met up with her in Reykjavik and had a great night! You will have a fab time no matter what you do and we are planning to return to this amazing place. I look forward to reading about your travels on your blog, its great to see another fellow traveller who has to balance travel with work

  • Love these! I’ll be travelling to Iceland for the first time in May for 9 days and plan on doing the entire country – or as much of it as humanly possible I absolutely can’t wait!

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      You will love it Madi! I am jealous you get to spend so much time there. Me and my husband did not have a chance to explore the northern part of the country. I am hoping to drive the whole island next time we are there. Have so much fun on your trip!

  • Michael Neyra says:

    I’ll be spending 5 days in Iceland for my birthday at the end of March and I can’t tell you how eager I am to finally be there, especially after going through your list of locations to visit. I had some of these on my itinerary, are there more places you’d recommend?

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      How exciting! Happy early birthday! I would definitely make sure you see the Jökulsárlón lagoon. We were so mad we missed it on our last trip due to lack of research on our part. It is an unreal site, especially the beaches with the giant chunks of ice washing up to shore. Also, the golden circle is an easy day trip.

  • Mac says:

    Enjoyed your comments and pictures. Looking forward to my first trip to Iceland this summer.

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Thank you! I am so excited for you. Iceland is unlike anywhere I have travelled to. Have a great time on your trip!!

  • The view are so beautiful, and very amazing. I’m sure everyone will enjoy their vacation in this kind of place.

  • Nilani de silva says:

    Thank you for your lovely post on Iceland. We are planning to visit Icekand in February 2017. I am very excited about snokling in silfra fissure. It apparently takes about 40 minutes . I guess you have done it. I would like to know how easy it is. Do you just float and let the current take you? The realson why I asked Is I am no spring chicken, I am 57 years old and not sure If I can snokle for 40 minutes. Thank you

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Hey Nilani!

      So exciting about your upcoming trip to Iceland! You will fall in love with the country. I was not able to do the snorkeling because of health issues at the time. However, I have had a few friends do it and they say it is not taxing at all. I would think you would do great.

  • Nilani De Silva says:

    Thanks Claire. I have researched so much into this trip. I can’t wait ,

  • Brigitte says:


    My husband just found this location to visit, not sure if We shoud go this Summer. I didn’t do any research. How is the temperature? How long should we go 1 week, 10 days, 14?
    Is it expensive to visit? We did the 4 islands in Hawaii last year, it looks a bit like the same kind of trip!

  • Sherri says:

    I lived in iceland for 5 years when i was young….i returned several years ago with my family. It truly is a magical place…the pictures do not do it justice..

  • Monika says:

    Amazing blog with great info! I agree with you that, Blue Lagoon is deservedly Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction. I am a big fan of this place. Thanks dear for all the amazing info.

  • Justine says:

    Awesome post!! We’re planning a trip to Iceland for a few months time and you’ve definitely given us some ideas of what to see and do. Thank you!!

  • Neoh Kean Chye says:

    Dear Claire,
    Thanks you so much for your good and informative travel tales that you have shared with us all. I really enjoyed reading your post.

    I was thinking to travel with my wife to Iceland either in mid May 2017 (for about 10 days) or mid July 2017. I would like to visit as many places as possible with enough daylight hours during the day, preferably up to 7pm at least. Would the May 2017 period a better choice for a trip to Iceland instead of July period? Please advise. We are planning a 4×4 self drive holiday while we are there.

  • Lyssie says:

    Are the ice caves something you can do in summer or is it winter only? Those photos are incredible! Also, I’m definitely going snorkeling in June when I head back to Iceland. Did you go in a dry suit or wet suit? I saw one site recommending just a wet suit in summer because you can dive down under water and have more freedom and flexibility (even though it’s freezing). And finally, did you ride an Icelandic horse??

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