Iceland has fast become one of the top tourist destinations and there’s plenty to see and do when you’re there. From picturesque towns to bubbling geysers, Iceland’s landscape is a wonderful mix of colourful buildings and natural wonders.
Here are some top tips so you can make the most of your visit.
It’s likely you’ll stay in the capital, or at least stop off at some point. There are lots of restaurants and cafes to warm up in after a stroll around the harbor, and the nightlife isn’t bad either.
Take a night-time boat trip to see the Northern Lights, or go whale watching the next morning.
When you’re done, be sure to check out Hallgrímskirkja, the imposing Lutheran church in the centre of the city.
2. The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a great pit-stop if you fancy a bit of pampering after a busy day of sightseeing. Relax in the mineral-rich warm waters of the geothermal spa, get a massage and afterwards grab a bite to eat in the on-site restaurant.
It’s a 50-minute drive from Reykjavik and you can book to go during the day or the evening; we highly recommend a late-night visit to for a real treat for the senses.
Þingvellir is a national park that sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates. Sound spectacular? It really is. You can walk along the seams of the earth, or even go diving in the valley.
There’s lots more to see here too, as it’s the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries.
Find the Þingvellir Church, remains of stone shelters, and a mass of spectacular views in this impressive national treasure.
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4. The Great Geysir
The Great Geysir, or simply Geysir, was the first geyser to be described in a printed source. It’s been dormant since 2000, so it’s unlikely you’ll see it erupt.
Plan your trip by following the Golden Circle route; this will take you to whooshing waterfalls, gushing geysers and lots more and it’s a great way of packing in as much as possible.
It starts in Reykjavik and makes its way to the heart of Iceland, covering approximately three hundred kilometers, and countless breathtaking views, in total.
If ice is your thing, be sure to find time to head to Jökulsárlón; its a glacier lagoon in the south-east of Iceland and a real spectacle to behold.
Journey through the still waters and get up close to the icebergs on boat tour.
There are different types of tours to suit, whether you just want to take in the scenery or get a little closer to the action. Depending on the time of you go, you might even spot some seals.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. Icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on the black sand beach. #Jökulsárlón #jokulsarlon ##jokulsarlonglacierlagoon #iceberg #icebergs #glacier #glacierlagoon #brieðamerkurjökullglacier #vatnajökull #southerniceland #iceland
Shades might not be the first thing on your to-pack list when visiting Iceland, but it’s important to protect your eyes against the reflection from the snow/ice. Or the 24-hour daylight if you’re going in summer of course!
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