Top 5 Things to See and Do in Iceland
Updated: Apr 11
Interested in visiting Iceland? So are thousands of other people every year, so planning your trip in advance is always a great idea. Want to brainstorm with me on how to maximize your time and have an amazing experience? I’m happy to help!
Here are my top 5 things to see or do while in Iceland:
West Fjords – Located in a popular peninsula, the fjords are breathtaking. Plan to leave plenty of time to explore everything this area has to offer. Want to see puffins? You can get within an arm’s reach of these cute little birds from the Látrabjarg birdwatching cliffs. You can visit a myriad of special sites, such as the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum. One important thing to keep in mind: the Westfjords are really only accessible in the summer months, from May to October. Because this area receives heavy snowfall, it is difficult to travel the roads once the snowfall becomes heavy.
2. Whale Watching Tour – Many tours are available allowing you to see whales as well as puffins. You can engage with naturalists and experience rare sightings that will leave you in awe! It is best to whale watch in the summer months, preferably April through September. Minke whales are the most common in Iceland.
3. Skogafoss – The perfect place for you to get a picture of a double rainbow, Skogafoss is the most scenic fall in Iceland. With a drop of over 195 feet, the view is spectacular. To add more intrigue to the waterfall area, there is a legend of gold that may lie within the falls. Take your chance and search if you dare. This is simply a stunning place to see!
4. The Blue Lagoon Spa – This mineral rich attraction is minutes from the Keflavik International airport. There are many spa options available due to the geothermic forces and many natural elements. The lagoon is man‑made and renewed every two days with fresh water. You can easily access the site via car or bus.
5. Silfra ‑ Silfra is an amazing diving spot located in Thingvellir National Park. It is the crevice between the tectonic plates in North America and Eurasian continents. It is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates that shift roughly 2 cm every year. The shifting of the earth creates new caverns and tunnels. There is plenty of wildlife to see on your dive/snorkel. The three main dive sites are: Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon. The maximum depth is about 207 feet. The water is the purest in the world and you can feel free to take a sip while diving.
Guess what? There are plenty of other exciting things to experience in Iceland and planning is vital. You’ll want help in determining where and when to visit to see the best Aurora Borealis!
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