Must-See Destinations When Visiting Iceland

The Northern Lights

The northern lights are one of the biggest draws to visiting Iceland, however they are also one of the most elusive and unpredictable attractions this country has. Although it would be great to easily pinpoint a how to see them, there are a lot of variables to consider for seeing them: season, weather, length of stay, location and luck. The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April.

Watch Geysir Blow

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.

Take A Tour Of The Crystal Caves

The ice caves inside Iceland’s glaciers, referred to as The Crystal Caves, 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.

Visit The Abandoned Plane

On 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.

Visit The Black Sand Beach In Vik Iceland

Visiting the black sand beach in Vik is definitely a must. The beach is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland. The sand is crushed lava rock formed when it reaches the frigid ocean!

Take A Tour Of Glacier Lagoon

The glaciers in Iceland are UNREAL! Referred to as, Jökulsárlón by locals, literally meaning “glacial river lagoon” is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. It is a natural wonder of Iceland and a must-see when traveling!

Snorkel In The Mid-Atlantic Ridge

At Thingvellir Park you can see the island literally being ripped apart by earth’s crust pulling in opposite directions, 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.

Drive Through Thingvellir National Park

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.

Soak In Geothermal Hot Springs

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!

Gullfoss Waterfall

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.

Visit A Volcano

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!

For more things to do in Iceland, check out this list!