Travel Guide: 10 Amazing things to do in Iceland

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Ten Amazing things to do in Iceland

Are you planning to go out of town one of these days – but have no idea where to? Want to chill to some underrated place waiting to be appreciated and discovered? Well, you might want to ready your passport as we list some amazing things to do in Iceland.

The sunset at Gardskagaviti
The sunset at Gardskagaviti

What we know is that endless adventures await you in Iceland! In this travel guide article, we’ll introduce you to the activities, Instagram-worthy spots, and must-visit Icelandic restaurants as Out Of Town Blog takes you to the land of fire and ice.

Visit the Skaftafell Ice Cave and Go Glacier Hiking at Vatnajökull National Park

Since Iceland is made up entirely of lava fields, mountains, and glaciers – it is no wonder that various ice activities can be done. If you crave for an adventure, then one of the things you must do is visit the Skaftafell Ice Cave. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is located in a frozen lagoon in Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell.

The cave is accessible through a 22-foot entrance on the shoreline. You’ll get to sight the unique and majestic ice formation. It is recommended you visit this cave during winter so that the cold temperature can harden the ice.

Get a sight of Northern Lights

You’ve seen it in movies and now’s your chance to experience it yourself. The Northern Lights has been a fascination around the globe for its dancing colors in the sky. This natural phenomenon is definitely one of the spectacular light show created by nature. Although there are few countries where you can catch this incredible phenomenon, Iceland has been an optimal destination in such sightings because of its surreal winter setting.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

The ideal time to go Northern Light hunting is on months February-March and August-November.

Go Mountaineering

Well you know what they say – you can only appreciate the beauty of a country if you see the wonders up above. Mountaineering would be a great experience as you’ll get the chance to see the magnificent landscape, with colorful mountains, jagged peaks, glaciers, and more.

Hiking in Iceland
Hiking in Iceland

Again, it’s best to book for a tour because they’ll offer great selection of touring.

Go Skiing

Skiing in Iceland
Skiing in Iceland

Sounds exciting right? Wait until you try it! Skiing is one of the most tried activities in Iceland. One can feel the adrenaline when they get to glide in numerous summits and slopes of Iceland. If you dare to go extreme, you can always try Heliskiing. Remember that a briefing will take about time depending on the traveler’s knowledge on the sport.

Whale Sighting

What better way to enjoy the splendor of nature is to see one of the best gifts of nature, the gentle giants breaking out of the ocean’s surface.

Whale Sighting
Whale Sighting

Iceland is considered to be one of the world’s best destination for Whale Watching. Not only you’ll get to see the whales, but you’ll surely devour the stunning sights including the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, and explore a historical place at Þingvellir National Park.

Relax in Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Make your Iceland a memorable one by relaxing at Blue Lagoon! Blue Lagoon houses a geothermal spa and is visited by tourists around the world. It is located at Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwestern Iceland. From there, you can avail in-water massages and enjoy the use of spa amenities.

Drive through the amazing landscape

One of the most popular activity in Reykjavic is taking Golden circle trip.  Other recommended routes from Reykjavik are Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Reykjanes and Hvalfjordur fjord.

Beautiful Landscape in Iceland
Beautiful Landscape in Iceland

This particular tour package allows you to visit some of the country’s most stunning sights; Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the Þingvellir National Park. The tour includes a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide that can perfectly narrate to you the history and geology of each site.

Binge-eat on Icelandic delicacies

Splurge yourselves into the best restaurants in Reykjavik. Here are some restaurants you must visit:

Restaurant Reykjavik– This restaurant offers seafood buffet and ala-carte menu every day of the week. “a la carte” menu includes traditional salted cod with almonds and shrimps in lemon butter – tender lamb creations along with the famous Surf & Turf.

Food in Iceland
Food in Iceland

Grillmarkadurinn Restaurant– If you ought for a more high-end restaurant, this might be the best place for you. They have an interesting wine list and serves 8-course tasting menu.

Svarta Kaffid Restaurant– When it comes to good hearty bowl of soup, this restaurant is been the go-to place of the locals. They also serve an assortment of wine and beers.

Cafe Loki Restaurant– This is a quaint restaurant that offers hefty servings of food, and is budget-friendly.

If you still have time to roam around the city, try visiting the Harpa Concert Hall. During the evening, it is lit up to resemble the northern lights. You can also visit the Hallgrímskirkja church

Get to visit the filming location of Game of Thrones

Great news for Game of Thrones fan out there! You can now have access of the filming location of the hugely popular HBO series.

A sulfuric martian landscape in Iceland that looks far better than it smells
A sulfuric martian landscape in Iceland that looks far better than it smells

Go camping in Iceland

For us Filipinos, budget matters all the time. If you want to immerse yourself in nature, why not rent a tent – or better yet- bring your own. There are special camping areas around Iceland, but it’s best to ask the locals.

Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the world, which also makes it worthy to be on your bucket list. Now, what are you waiting for! Save up, plan with your friends, and make a wonderful memory in this fascinating country.

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