20 Things To Do In Iceland – Bucket List Experiences Not Miss In Iceland
Iceland is an amazing place to visit. Not just for the waterfalls, the glaciers, geysers and so many other awe-inspiring wowzer moments. If you are hoping visit Iceland for the northern lights. Get tips for places to see them and when to see them on the linked post.
1. Explore Reykjavik and take in the views from Hallgrimskirkja Church
2. A trip to the land of fire and Ice is not complete without tasting the ice cream.
3. Visit The Sun Voyager on Saebraut Road in Reykjavik.
4. Marvel at mother nature’s masterpiece that is Gullfoss.
This one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions so of course, Monkey wasn’t going to let Bee stop him from taking a quick shot of with this beautiful waterfall. This was an unplanned stop as Bee didn’t realise just how close Gullfoss is from the Geyser.
5. Visiting the Blue Lagoon.
6. More of those Ahhh moments with a visit to Seljavallalaug Pool – Outdoor bathing in Iceland
7. Visit Svinafellsjokull Glacier
8. Walk Behind A Waterfall – Seljalandsfoss In Iceland.
9. Gljufrabui Waterfall.
10. Jokulsarlon and Diamond Beach.
11. Reykjavik Chips.
12. Stand Between Continents or dive between two continents
Walk between the North American and Eurasian plates. Born from a lava oozing rift, where continental plates drift apart, the mid-Atlantic ridge is one of those rear places in the world that you can only be found in Iceland. Found in Pingvellir National Park, the Silfra underwater fissure in Lake Pingvallavatn is only 40km drive from Reykjavik. You have the option to walk between continents or swim. The clear water here allows for visibility of up to 120 meters! Another place that is within easy reach is from Reykjavik, is Hafnarfjordur in Southwest Iceland.
13. Experience Midnight Sun
14. Visit The Geysir
15. Explore Harpa Concert Hall
16. Whale Watching In Iceland
17. Visit Vik and see black sand beach and birds of South Iceland.
Vik is one of those unmissable stops on the Ring Road in Iceland. The valley of Myrdalur is a rich birding area, with Reynisfjall, Reynisfdrangar and Dryholaey are chief birding spots not to main great spots for getting amazing views of black sand beaches in the area. Your can read about our stop in Vik Iceland here.
18. Visit Perlan
19. Explore the lava fields of Eldhraun
In 1783 a huge lava flow streamed from Lakagigar in what became known as the ‘Skafta Fires’. This is believed to have been one of the biggest lava flows in a single eruption in the history of the world. Its cubic measure is approximately 16k cubic meters and the square measure of 580km square. All around you now have this beautiful wholly fringemoss that forms a continuous layer which gives off a grey colour when dry and a beautiful green after the rain. Eldhraun is located in Katla and now a world-renowned UNESCO Global Geopark. You can read tips on how to find Eldhraun Lava field here.
20. Have a photo session.
Playing it cool while hanging out of a pocket
Thanking Bee for #KeepingItTea and taking me on the Iceland Adventure
Iceland Planning Tips – Things To Know Before Visiting Iceland
- Entry: Iceland is in the Schengen zone which exempts travellers from 22 EU countries from needing a visa. For residents outside the Schengen zone, you need a valid passport with at least 3 months beyond the date of entry.
- Language: Icelandic is the national language with English being its official second language. Danish is also taught in schools.
- Emergencies: For EU nationals always carry your EHIC(European Health Insurance Card) card just in case of emergencies. For all others make sure you have adequate travel insurance. For emergencies call 112.
- Travel from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik: There are bus services operating between Reykjavik and Keflavik International airport. Buses leave the airport every 45-60minutes. The driving between the airport and Reykjavik is abour 45 minutes. If you want to bring your own car to Iceland you can do so via Denmark. The car-ferry MS Norrona sailes weekly between Denmark and Seyoisfjordour in East Iceland
- Driving in Iceland: The main road in Iceland is called the Ring Road or Nr 1. This is around 1,332 km(827 miles). The speed limit in Iceland is about 50km/ in urban areas and 80 on gravel roads. The road around mountains are closed off until June due to dangerous snowy conditions. Off-road driving and driving outside of marked tracks is prohibited by law so make sure you don’t violate the law. Gas stations in Iceland are open 24/7. You are obliged by law to use headlights at all times in Iceland – day and night.
- Climate in Iceland: The average temerature in Reykjavik in July is 11 degrees. The average temperature in Reykjavik in January is around -0.6 degrees and 1.9 degrees in Akureyri.
- What to wear in Iceland: Whether in Summer or Winter, you need to pack adequate clothing for Iceland. The weather is very changeable even in the summer. For tips on what to pack for Iceland see here. Be sure to pack waterproof coats.
- Paying for goods: Visa, EuroCard, MasterCard, DinersClub and American Express are all widely accepted.
I went to Iceland a few years ago, but I missed some of these great sights! You have me wanting to go back again!
Haha too cute! My stuffed monkey will be jealous as he's not coming with us to Iceland next month:)
i was most intrigued from your list with walking behind the waterfall and the whale watching. But seeing the lava flow covered in moss was most unexpected. This was quite the trip. A great companion in your cheeky monkey.
Scott J DeNicola
I know so many people who have been to Iceland raved about it. Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon are a must. I hear the country is beautiful and it looks like Monkey enjoyed himself.
Iceland is on my travel list. Along with that now I have also included your bucket list to do in Iceland. 😊
The pictures were beautiful. I especially liked the building that looked like it was made of ice (at least that’s what it looked like to me). The midnight sun is something I would like to see. I always think of doing that in Alaska (maybe because I’m American). Iceland would be a great place to experience it.
Amazing views I am ready to pack my bags and head out to see it all. The Blue Lagoon and the lava are my favorites, but I still want to see it all. Thank you for sharing.
Happy Spring, Kippi #kippiathome
That monkey looks like he had one hell of a trip! Truly, this trip appears to be one of a kind!
OMG! Iceland is on the top spot of my bucket list. And I am definitely saving this well written article. 🙂
It’s a complete guide. I have always been fascinated by Iceland and would visit next year. Saving it. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.
The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co.
I love seeing the adventures of Cheeky Monkey! My in-laws are traveling to Iceland in June so I’ll be sure to pass along this post so they can visit the must-see spots.
Small detail in the title you might want to fix: A Cheeky Monkey’s Guide To Top 20 Things To [Do] In Iceland | Unmissable Icelandic Experiences. I’m in awe of Iceland, it’s so beautiful and I just want to hug the cheeky monkey and take it on adventures too 🙂
Thanks! All fixed.
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The world is full of beautiful places and sights that we can never get tired of seeing. Iceland is one of them.
Erica (The Prepping Wife)
I’ve seen a few people talking about trips to Iceland lately. I think I’ve enjoyed yours the most though. The monkey pics are just adorable and made me laugh. Thanks for a great tour of your visit!