Things to do in Iceland

Iceland’s landscape will leave your mouth agape in sheer wonderment. But the Icelandic scenery doesn’t just offer pleasure for your peepers; its rivers, volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and caves promise adventure at every turn. You can swim, raft, fish, dive, snorkel, climb, dogsled, ski, snowboard, and even surf in this wondrous land. Just make sure you pack your super steamer suit for this northern light. There are also caves to explore and highlands for 4WD adventures. So if you’ve got at least one adventurous bone in your body, you’re set for good times here.

If you’re not super-adventurous, but still like to get active, why not take a walk? But not just any old walk, take one of the most spectacular walks in the world – the 55-kilometre, world-famous Laugavegur Trail Trek that connects the glacial valley of Thórsmörk and the hot springs area of Landmannalaugar in southwest Iceland. You’ll pass the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and travel through the interior of Iceland on this epic 2- to 4-day walk.

Whatever you’re up to in Iceland, make sure you pack a towel and swimsuit. While this might seem crazy with the subzero temps here, with more than 170 geothermal public swimming baths around Iceland, you’re bound to pass one in your travels.

In the capital, Reykjavík, there’s loads of culture, arts and activities to enjoy. The city is bursting with creativity. There’s also some pretty great festivals like Iceland Airways – a 5-day music festival with hundreds of musicians performing in bars and cafes around the city. Another great event is Design March, which showcases everything from prosthetics to textiles. Here’s some more of our fave things to do in Iceland.

Blue Lagoon

This super-sized geothermal pool known as the Blue Lagoon is so incredible, you can take a 40-minute tour to learn about its fascinating history…That’s if you ever get out of its relaxing waters.

Icelandic Phallological Museum

You know how they say men have an obsession with a certain male appendage? Well, this is the museum of it and the world’s largest display of the phallus and phallic parts.

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area

These sulphuric fields are possibly one of the most notable landscapes of Iceland. Framed by dramatic landscapes with colourful hillsides and steaming volcanic vents, the springs in this area are seriously hot.

Gullfoss

Translating to ‘Golden Falls’, Gullfoss is Iceland’s most famous waterfall, which is located on the Hvita River in the southwest of Iceland and takes on a golden tinge due to the sediment in the glacial waters.

Golden Circle

Like the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, the Golden Circle takes visitors to some of the most spectacular parts of the country. Covering 300 kilometres, the route will take you from Reykjavik to central Iceland. And back again.