Iceland is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world for its magnificent beauty and natural wonders. This North Atlantic Island, home to the Blue Lagoon and the spectacular Gullfoss Falls, is a traveller’s paradise offering distinctive experiences. Tourists enjoy exploring these gems, taking in the charm of Iceland’s diverse landscape. However, it is not only the landscape that mesmerizes the visitors. Many things can be enjoyed enthusiastically.
James Smith, a UK traveller, and explorer has listed all the solo travel adventures on his blog, Only By Land. He has travelled to several countries, but his blogs will narrate personal stories, which most travel sites miss out on. You can find the names of tourist attractions on several online sites, but James’ blogs give a personal touch where he tells his story and the best way to travel and explore different cities by land.
Things To Do In Iceland
- The geothermal wonders of Iceland include countless hot springs and geysers, which produce natural plunge pools, some free, while others charge for offering showers, saunas, and changing facilities. These appealing hot pools are top attractions, like the famous natural pools Blue Lagoon, Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, Myvatn Nature Baths, and Secret Lagoon.
- The glacier-covered landscapes of Iceland provide hiking opportunities, such as ice climbing, Northern Lights viewing, horseback rides, and frozen lake treks. Numerous tour guides offer glacier trekking options.
- Consider a Reykjavik helicopter tour for a memorable trip to Iceland to enjoy breathtaking views of mountains, glaciers, parks, volcanoes, and waterfalls. Some helicopters also fly to the top of mountains to get a close-up view.
- Húsavík is Iceland’s top whale-watching spot, where tours have high sighting rates, including blue whales. Dalvik, Akureyri, and Hvammstangi all provide seal and whale-watching tours.
- For a unique coastal excursion, consider sea kayaking in Stykkishólmur or Ögur in Ísafjarðardjúp, or try paddleboarding in Akureyri. Ólafsfjörður offers jetski tours to see Ólafsfjarðarmúli vertical cliffs from below.
- Enjoy Iceland’s local cuisines like Harðfiskur (dried fish) and the Svið (baked lamb head) in Reykjavik. Consider a 3-hour food tour among Reykjavik’s eateries while savouring all Icelandic delicacies.
- Reynisfjara is a breathtaking black sand beach resulting from the basalt rocks in Iceland and is 180 km southeast of Reykjavik. It is ideal for leisurely walks, with towering basalt formations, wild Atlantic waves, and breathtaking views.
- Discover the fascinating Thingvellir National Park of Iceland, which was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1930. Near Reykjavik, this rift valley offers diving, scenic treks, and wildlife discovery.
- Einar Jónsson’s Museum in Reykjavik is the first sculptor from Iceland and a popular tourist destination. It features some of Jonsson’s well-known sculptures and is a must-see for tourists who love art and history.
- Witness beautiful and mesmerizing sunsets over Iceland’s renowned black beach at Vik and Dyrhólaey. Explore the Mrdalsjökull Glacier and the ice cave of the Katla Volcano from Vik, as well as embark on an unforgettable ice cave and glacier tour.
Iceland is a package of natural beauty. Look through the weather when visiting the island and pack your essentials accordingly.