What to Do in Iceland: Top 8 Activities

List of the most popular activities in Iceland

October 25, 2016
Birta Bjornsdottir

Welcome to the 3rd part in our series, Iceland Bucket Lists! This time, we share our top activities on what to do in Iceland. Here are 8 activities you shouldn't miss out on your next trip to Iceland!

8. Lava Caving

Delving deep into the heart of lava fields is a magnificent experience. Caving gives you the opportunity to explore the underground world. Iceland has loads of lava caves you can visit, as well as countless caves yet to be found! Become an explorer of the underground and go lava caving on your trip to Iceland.

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Explore the underground world

Explore the underground world

7. Bathe in Hot Springs

Iceland has many geothermal and hot spring areas. Most homes and buildings in Iceland are even heated up with geothermal energy. Because of all of the heat in the ground in Iceland, many naturally heated swimming pools are all over the country. Unwind in a geothermal swimming pool surrounded by raw Icelandic nature. This will surely be one of the highlights of your trip to Iceland.

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Bathing in a geothermal pool is unique

Bathing in a geothermal pool is unique

6. Glacier Hikes

Gear up with crampons, an ice axe, and a hard hat, and you are all set to go on a glacier hike. On a glacier hike you get to be up close and personal with Icelandic nature, which is the best way to explore Iceland. With the earths rising temperatures, the glaciers get smaller every year, so if you want to do a glacier hike, it is better to do it sooner rather than later!

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Get up close and personal with the glacier

Get up close and personal with the glacier

5. Go on a Super Jeep Tour

In order to explore the Highlands of Iceland, you need to have a really good vehicle. The highlands are the super jeep’s natural habitat, so they are perfect for exploring and traveling through rough landscapes. Traveling in a super jeep allows you to drive on glaciers, cross rivers, and go places, where other cars cannot go! Not only is it a great way to travel, it also looks super cool!

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Adventures on a super jeep

Adventures on a super jeep

4. River Rafting

Hit the rapids in Iceland! Did you know that glacial rivers are perfect for white water rafting? Ranging from family-friendly waterways to more extreme rivers, Iceland's white water beg to be tackled. 

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River rafting is extremely fun!

River rafting is extremely fun!

3. Snorkeling

Iceland is the only place in the world where you can go snorkeling or diving between two tectonic plates. The fissure Silfra, is between the American and the Eurasian tectonic plates, and it makes for a perfect place to snorkel or dive. Silfra is a very clear fissure so you can see the unique nature around you very well. Snorkeling in Silfra is definitely a must do!

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Snorkeling between the tectonic plates

Snorkeling between the tectonic plates

2. Ice Caving

Wintertime and no idea what to do in Iceland? Never fear, our winter wonderland's got you covered. 

Ice caves are a frequent feature in glaciers in Iceland. The caves are mesmerizing and difficult to describe without actually being there to experience them. Enjoy the different ice formations and the many colors that the snow and ice form. It’s truly magical!

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Amazing architecture by Mother Nature

Amazing architecture by mother nature

1. Whale Watching

Topping our charts for first place is Whale Watching!! Get to see Icelandic wildlife with your own eyes out on a boat in North Iceland or Reykjavik! There are many different types of whales, porpoises and seals around Iceland, and sometimes they like to make a big show for the audience. If you're really lucky (and it's summer), you might also glimpse a puffin.

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A whale showing off

A whale showing off



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