Iceland has become one of the world's top destinations, not only with thrill-seeking adventurers, but also nature lovers looking for something different. Hitting headlines, topping bucket lists, wooing nature lovers and dazzling increasing numbers of visitors – there seems no end to the talents of this breathtaking northern destination.
PLACES TO SEE
1.WHALE WATCHING, REYKAJAVIK
The gentle marine giants can be seen from the different locations all year around. During summer months you can see this magnificent creatures even at midnight sun.
2.GEYSERS, STROKKUR GEYSIR
Due to the volcanic activities underneath the surface, a lot of geysers, underground springs and thermal pools are scattered all around the country. For more information and exhibits visit the Ceysir Centre or for a more memorable experience dig up “hot spring” bread and rye bread that has been baking underground for 24 hours.
The multicolored rhyolite mountains, lava fields and the Hekla volcano make it a popular tourist destination. The main features of this mystical landscape are the multihued rhyolite mountains, Hekla volcano, and extensive lava fields. Hiking and horse riding are popular activities here, and hikes range from a couple of hours to several days.
4. MAELIFELL VALCANO, MYRDALSJOKULL GLACIER PARK
The perfect cone makes Maelifell a classic looking volcano. During the warm season, snow uncovers a lavish green surface, covered with moss. There is plenty to do and see in the park, full of volcanoes, hot springs and other beautiful sites.
5. KIRKJUFELL MOUNTAIN, GRUNDARFJORDUR
A charming fishing village lies in a picturesque fjord, surrounded by mountains and is a striking landmark. In the surroundings mountains one can find small waterfalls and admire the Northern Lights at night. The history of there seafaring is on exhibit at the Eyrbyggja Heritage Centre.
6. SKAFTAFELL ICE CAVE, VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK
The country is literally covered in ice and snow. The overwhelmingly beautiful ice caves attract adventurers. A number of visitors centers are open year around. The best time to visit is during the winter when the rain washed the top layer of the glacier away. The cave is bathed in a spectacular blue light when you see it at the right time.
7. BLUE LAGOON, GRINDAVIK
A geothermal spa offers the most relaxing natural bathing experience you’ve never had. The water from the underground hot springs reaches 37–39 °C and is beneficial for health and skin. There is also a shop selling skincare products, a range of spa treatments and restaurants.
8. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, AURORA BOREALIS
The northern phenomenon is also among the most popular attractions. Auroras are linked to solar wind, a flow of ions radiating from the sun. These particles become ensnared in the earth's magnetic field and collide with atmospheric molecules, causing bursts of energy, which appear as large circles around the poles. The lights are best admired in remote places, away from the urban lights.
The unique church is situated in the middle of Reykjavík and is Icelands top tourist attraction. It is the tallest and most recognizable building in the country. A climb to the stop will reward you with spectacular views. The statue of Leifur Eiriksson is standing infront of the church.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
The best way to get around in Iceland is by bus, taxi, rental car or the Flybus.
The best time to visit Iceland is February, March and September. October are typically best for the Northern Lights.