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Top Things to See and Do in Iceland
Check out the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – Located in the southeast of Iceland, this ice flow is only a couple of decades old and one of the most popular attractions in the area country. I enjoyed just sitting down and listening to the ice crash into each other on its way out to sea. For an up-close look at the glaciers, consider exploring the lagoon by boat. Jökulsárlón recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, as the melting glaciers have caused the lagoon to expand. It has also been a setting for several Hollywood movies, including Die Another Day and Batman Begins!
Visit the Mývatn Nature Baths – These were quieter and less expensive than the famous Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik. I relaxed here by myself for over an hour mellowing out in the warm waters. The geothermal spa offers the most relaxing natural bathing and is the most tempting attraction. The water from the underground hot springs reaches 37–39 °C and is beneficial for health and skin. Grab some local geyser bread that they sell at the little cafe and relax! Admission is 4,000 ISK during the peak season, and 3,500 ISK during the low season.
Take a Game of Thrones tour – The harsh climate north of the wall in HBO’s hit series was predominantly filmed in Iceland. Explore the film locations on a guided tour, with both single- and multi-day options available. If you’re a die-hard fan of the series this tour is for you!
Soak up in the Blue Lagoon – While I found the Mývatn baths to be a more relaxing and less expensive option, you cannot deny that Iceland’s most famous geothermal pool is the country’s top tourist attraction. It might be crowded and expensive, but there’s nothing like it in the world. This huge, milky-blue spa is fed by mineral-rich heated seawater from the nearby geothermal plant. Add the silvery towers of the plant, rolling clouds of steam, and people covered in white mud, and you’ll think you’re in the twilight zone – in a good way! Admission starts at 5,200 ISK during the low season and 6,400 ISK during the peak season.
Watch the Northern Lights – Seeing them in person is one of the most awe-inspiring things I ever witnessed. Words will never do them justice! The lights are best admired in the remote places, further from the city’s bright lights. The best time to catch them is from mid-September to mid-April. The northern lights usually tend to be very active for two to three nights, then low for four to five nights. However, it’s a crapshoot! The longer you stay the north, the better your chances!
See the waterfalls – “Foss” means waterfall in Icelandic, and you’ll find a lot of waterfalls throughout the country. Iceland is overflowing with these natural beauties! Dettifoss, located in the north, is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Gullfoss can be found in the Golden Circle and is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Located in a canyon which forms three step terraces, the river Hvítá plunges from a height of 32m to create this majestic force of nature. There are no rails – just natural surroundings. Gullfoss is strongest in summer and is a must-see when in Iceland. Other noteworthy waterfalls are Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Svartifoss, and Goðafoss.
Spend some time in Thingvellir National Park – This national park and UNESCO World Heritage site is interesting for two reasons: it’s the original site of the longest-running parliament in the world, and it’s also where the North American and European continental shelf plates are being torn apart. Pretty cool, huh?
Visit the Maelifell Volcano in Myrdalsjökull 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. During the winter, a lot of the roads in the park will close, so the summer season is the best time to go if you want to see the volcano.
Check out the geysers – Due to the volcanic activities underneath the surface, a lot of geysers, underground springs, and thermal pools are scattered all around the country. To see a powerful hot stream shooting from the ground is definitely exciting. Strokkur, in the southwest of Iceland, beside the Hvítá River, is a popular fountain geyser. Many geysers are found in Haukadalur in the south of the country.