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Top 10 Experiences to Have in Iceland

By: Jenna
Last Updated: 18/10/2021

Planning a trip to Iceland but feeling a little overwhelmed by the number of choices? Here is a handy list of the best and most unique experiences to have in Iceland, as chosen by our local travel specialists.

1. Hunt northern lights

Watching the green and white lights dance and flicker in the sky is a magical experience. The northern lights season is from September to March and you can take a tour, or try your luck on your own. Remember to dress warmly! 

The northern lights

2. Get acquainted with a glacier 

Get up close and personal with the actual ice in Iceland. Thrill-seekers will love snowmobiling on one of Iceland’s glaciers or embarking on a glacier walk or visiting a crystal clear ice cave (during deep winter) with a professional guide.


3. Bathe in geothermal-heated water

Travellers are treated to many options to enjoy Iceland’s geothermal water, whether it’s a trip to the Secret Lagoon to relax in the famous milky blue water, or a visit to natural hot springs or the island’s many pools. 

The secret Lagoon

4. Go for a hike

Iceland is a hiker’s paradise with mountains, volcanoes, lava fields and valleys begging to be explored. Hikes range from the challenging Fimmvörðuháls trek, which includes climbing between the famous Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, to easier day hikes in each region of the island.


5. Check out the wildlife

The waters surrounding Iceland are rich with wildlife, including whales, dolphins seals and seabirds. You can choose from numerous organised tours that visit each region of the island where these animals live.

Puffins can only be seen in the summer months, and two of the most popular areas to catch of glimpse of them are in the Westman Islands and the Westfjords


6. Embark on a Ring Road trip

Spend time exploring the highlights of the island by touring Route 1, known as the Ring Road, which loops around the island. See waterfalls, glaciers and charming towns throughout Iceland. 

The ring road

7. Visit the Golden Circle

The classic Golden Circle is a perfect tour to get acquainted with Iceland’s natural wonders. This 1-day tour takes you to the roaring Gullfoss waterfall, the active Geysir geothermal region and Þingvellir National Park, a historic and geologically significant site. 

Gullfoss waterfall

8. Enjoy the National Parks

Iceland’s national parks are free to enter and explore. Each of the three parks—Þingvellir, Snæfellsjökull and Vatnajökull—have unique characteristics and are wonderful places to hike and learn about Iceland’s history. 


9. Ride an adorable Icelandic horse

The small and stocky Icelandic horse is a breed that’s unique and pure. What they lack in height, they make up for in intelligence for they know up to five gaits. A horse riding tour through valleys and lava fields is an ideal way to get to know this special Icelandic animal.  

The Icelandic Horse

10. Gaze at icebergs

It’s possible to see ice in Iceland any time of year. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is home to icebergs of various sizes, shapes and colors. Boat tours are available from May to October where you can get close to the icebergs. 


If you need help planning your perfect Iceland travel package, contact our travel consultants who will be happy to build your ideal itinerary.

Post by: Jenna

Originally from New York City, Jenna Gottlieb made her first trip to Iceland in 2007, promptly fell in love with the island and relocated in 2012. She lives with her Icelandic husband in rural West Iceland.

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