1. Appreciating the sarcastic humor of Icelandair
2. Take a self-guided walking tour of Reykjavik’s public art
3. Whale watching on a brisk morning
4. Take a dive between two continents at one of the most unique SCUBA spots in the world
5. Touring the Golden Circle
6. Eating some of the best hot dogs in the world
7. NOT eating at McDonald’s – there isn’t one!
8. Learning about the island’s history at the National Museum of Iceland
9. Finding your own thermal pool to enjoy away from the masses
10. Learn more about the country’s maritime culture at the Víkin Maritime Museum
11. Admiring the views at Thingvilir
12. Driving the Ring Road
13. Staying up late for a chance to see the Northern Lights
14. Enjoy some unusual shopping along the streets of Reykjavik
15. Soaking up the views and mist from Gullfloss waterfall
16. Hike along the massive glaciers
17. Spending time with the outrageously cute Icelandic horses
18. Yes, you can even go white water rafting in Iceland!
19. For a different adventure, head to Landmannalaugar where beauty reigns supreme
20. Enjoy a picnic along the banks of the Tjörnin, the placid lake in the middle of town
21. Learning more about Iceland’s Viking past
22. Experimenting with Reykjavik’s always evolving restaurant offerings
23. Go on a city tour led by a local
24. Watching the amazing geysers explode
25. Nature lovers should spend time exploring Vatnajökull National Park
26. Go off-roading in an ATV along the volcanic plains of the Reykjanes peninsula
27. Explore the unique geography of Iceland from below on a caving expedition
28. Enjoying how quick the trip is from the East Coast of the US
29. Hike through Þórsmörk – the valley between the glaciers
30. Embark on a Saga Tour to learn more about the history and culture of the beautiful island nation
31. Heading inland to climb and enjoy amazing views
32. Packing extra memory cards for all the photos you’ll take
33. Take a tour to see the elusive puffins
34. Lounging in the Blue Lagoon
35. Marveling at the unusual but beautiful Hallgrímskirkja church
36. Wandering around the beautiful downtown of Reykjavik
37. Soak up at the culture at the Reykjavík Art Museum
38. NOT eating minke whale
39. Sampling the legendary nightlife in town
40. Relaxing in one of the many posh, boutique hotels in Reykjavik
41. Enjoying a mud spa treatment at the Blue Lagoon
42. Planning your next trip back
14 thoughts on “42 Things I Love About Iceland”
It sounds like there are so many amazing things to do in Iceland. I’m going for a week in October and I’m so excited!
Haha I like #42! I need to get back to Iceland, because I missed the Northern Lights when I was there.
I’d love to see Iceland in the future and enjoy nature, icescapes, sights and food. I’d heard people there are friendly and they believe in the stories of dwarves.
I love the clean air, the crisp, cool water to drink and endless hot water in the shower.
How true light reflects colour.
Hiking inside a volcano.
Love Iceland was there in June I am going back.It is beautiful
Seeing Icelandic dogs with cute curly tails.
Am heading back in Sep – 3rd visit in 9 months. It’s just an amazing place. I would add the warm and friendly citizens of Iceland.
hearing, seeing , feeling all the Spirits that are still walking among us and the honest belief of the people in the Afterlife. The country is alive.
i love all the cats in reykjavik! and i love the wonderful icelandic friends i’ve made. and the amazing music scene. and the fashion. and the art. and the sushi. and the etc, etc, ad infinitum…
iceland is the best.
No. 6 – that little hotdog stand near the waterfront… to die for! I think we stood in the sleet for 25 minutes wolfing down 3 – 4 of them. Each. Good times! I think the secret is in the remoulade… and the crispy onions!
I would love to visit the site of the oldest continuous representative democracy in the West, and ask the various elected officials how they have made it work for so long.
The people! who are down-to-earth, friendly, individualistic, hardy and proud to share their country’s beauty and culture with visitors.
Well ! go on a riding tour with Reykjavik Riding Center :) it is a must do !
Just booked a trip to Iceland, Finland, and Estonia tonight! Love your blog.
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