Full of both volcanoes and glaciers, Iceland is also known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’. While the name may sound a little dramatic, so is the landscape. Everywhere you look in this awe-inspiring country there are lush green vistas, cascading waterfalls and steaming hot springs. If you’re unsure of what you can get up to on this Nordic island, we’ve put together a list of the most fun activities in Iceland.
Trek the Glacier
A must for anyone visiting Iceland is a visit to the incredible glacier formations. The Solheimajokull glacier is one of the most popular choices for a guided tour. Featuring a variety of ice sculptures, waterfalls and deep crevasses, exploring Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier is the best way to spend a day outdoors.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal pool is a highlight for many visitors to Iceland. The ethereal beauty of swimming in silky water naturally heated to 37°C all year round is often described as a magical experience. Rich with minerals, the Blue Lagoon is also ideal for those looking to indulge with a spa treatment or massage.
The Kaffibarinn Bar
Part-owned by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, this Reykjavik bar is a great place to relax for a drink with a mixed crowd of international visitors and locals. Boasting a range of Icelandic beers, a buzzing happy hour and great music, this has been pegged as one of the coolest bars in Iceland – pun intended.
To get that perfect photograph of Reykjavik there are few places better to visit than the Hallgrimskirkja church. The eye-catching architectural design alone makes it worth a visit, and it remains the largest church in Iceland to this day. Visible from 12 miles away, the church is the ideal place to take that postcard-perfect snap of Iceland’s capital city.
The Northern Lights
The greatest free show on earth, the aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon that you don’t want to miss in Iceland. You can see the otherworldly lights in downtown Reykjavik or the seaside spot Seltjanarnes. If you want to ensure the best chance of seeing the northern lights you can join a guided tour.
From basking in the glow of the Northern Lights to bathing in geothermal pools, there is an abundance of fun things to do in Iceland. If you have any top tips for travel to Iceland, comment below.