The Ultimate Iceland Bucket List


If you are planning on visiting Iceland any time soon, there are certain activities and excursions that you have to take advantage of while you are there. Whilst some of these you may already have heard of, others may come as a surprise to you. There are plenty of amazing things to discover in Iceland, and here are just a few that you need to add to your bucket list.

Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Iceland, as its name suggests, is a land full of beautiful frozen landscapes and caves. There are many glacier tongues, floating icebergs and shockingly blue ice caves out there to discover.

Many of these places have guided tours which are the best way to check them out to ensure that you are safe whilst doing so. During the summer months, the caves are not too cold, and many tourists are surprised by the mild temperatures. Although if you plan to visit in winter, you will need to wrap up warm.

The Northern Lights

You cannot visit Iceland without seeing the spectacular natural beauty that is the Aurora Borealis. This only occurs in winter time though, so make sure that your visit is during this season.

There are many glass igloos and campsites that you can stay in around Iceland which boast spectacular views of the northern lights, so you can watch the gold, purple and green ribbons of light whilst curled up in bed!

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is one of the most popular routes around Iceland and is made up of three attractions; Gullfoss Waterfall, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley and Þingvellir National Park.

For those who seek a bit of adventure, you can add snowmobiling and snorkelling to your route. Haukadalur is the home of some of the natural hot springs which erupt every five minutes. If you want a guided tour of the area, there are plenty of tours and experiences to suit every traveller – for more information visit Viator.

The Westfjords

If you want to visit somewhere with less tourists, the Westfjords in Iceland is the place to be. Boasting some spectacular views and plenty to do, if you want to discover the true beauty and culture of Iceland, it is certainly worth visiting here. There is plenty of rich history to discover here, including magic, mysticism and folklore.

The Dynjandi waterfalls are certainly a place to visit whilst here and the cliffs in Hornstrandir have stunning views. Iceland’s northwest region is one of the most beautiful parts of the country and if you enjoy natural views and spectacular scenery, you certainly don’t want to miss out.

Don’t forget to take a camera, especially at sunrise or sunset, so you can capture the beauty forever.

Reykjavík Nightlife

If you’re looking for a night out whilst visiting Iceland, then Reykjavík is worth a stay. Beer was only legalised in Iceland in 1989 and it is best to avoid buying any from the supermarket as these are often very weak percentage wise.

Look for the places with happy hour as this can save you a lot of money and it is usually where most of the travellers and locals will be. Luckily in Iceland, happy hour lasts for around three hours, so there is plenty of time to get your fill!

There are many guesthouses and hotels just a walk away from downtown Reykjavík, meaning you won’t have to travel far at the end of the night.

Horseback Riding

The Icelandic horse is one of the most famous residents in the country and they are built to withstand the cold temperatures and snow.

There are many horse-riding tours available and if you decide to stay in a farmhouse during your time here, the farmer may offer a horse-riding tour for a small fee. Riding a horse while taking in the views is certainly something you should experience whilst there.

Natural Hot Springs

What better way to relax after a day of discovering Iceland than in a natural spa? Hot spring tours are a great way to combat your hangover or jet lag.

To find the best hot springs, it is recommended that you find an Iceland car rental company. Hiring a car in Iceland is the best way to get around and find the places that you would otherwise not be able to reach. When looking for car rental Iceland has many options, such as Reykjavik Cars.

If you’re looking to rent a car Iceland, Reykjavik Cars offers the best prices for travellers and those on vacation, you can find more information here.

If you want to discover everything Iceland has to offer, it is recommended that you stay for a couple of weeks. Wherever you decide to stay, this country has plenty to do and you won’t be stuck for choice.

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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