The Top 10 Things To Do In Iceland

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1. Visit The Black Sand Beach In Vik Iceland

Black sand beach at Vik Iceland! Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Wikicommons

Visiting the black sand beach in Vik is definitely a must. The sand is crushed lava rock formed when it reaches the frigid ocean.  A beautiful beach to visit, but not where I chose to sun tan.  Half way down the beach is a large vaulted cavern called Hálsanefeshellir (obviously really easy to pronounce). To read my full post on Vik Iceland click here.


2. Take A Tour Of The Crystal Caves

Take a tour of the crystal caves! Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!

Sometimes called Crystal Caves, the ice caves inside Iceland’s glaciers are a truly remarkable wonder of nature. They are hard to get good pictures of, but your eyes will be able to take in an amazing view.

3. Visit The Abandoned Plane

Abandoned plane in Iceland. Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!

On the Saturday of Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy airplane ran out of fuel and was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s beach in the south of Iceland. The crew survived the landing and the airplane’s remains are still at the crash site. I’m glad I wasn’t on board as flying is already stressful enough!

4. Take A Tour Of Glacier Lagoon

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The glaciers in Iceland are UNREAL!  Some of the best are only 2 hours past Vik.  I couldn’t help but think that one of these guys sunk the titanic.

5. Snorkel In The Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Snorkel in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge!! Read out top 10 things to do in Iceland!

At Thingvellir Park you can see the island literally being ripped apart by earth’s crust pulling in opposite directions (explanation below), exposing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  This rare occurrence obviously causes a number of geographic phenomenon, and excites snorkelers with views to the center of the earth.

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6. Drive Through Thingvellir National Park

Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Gunnar Eiríkur Hauksson / Flickr

Don't miss the top 10 things to do in Iceland! Click through to read the whole post!Photo: Friðþjófur M. / Flickr

In Thingvellir National Park you can see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that splits Iceland further apart each year.  On the drive you can see bubbling hot springs, beautiful lakes, and Iceland’s famous super hairy horses.


7. Watch Geysir Blow

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Every few minutes within the Golden Circle you can see the Strokkhur Geysir spout boiling water up in the air.  These powerful earth burps can sometimes shoot as high as 100 ft above the ground.  Also cool to see are the boiling mud pits, but warning, they are not bubbling chocolate pits.

8. Gullfoss Waterfall

Visit Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland! Read our top 10 things to do in Iceland! Photo: Ulf Bodin / Flickr

Gullfoss is Iceland’s most famous waterfall.  The pictures can’t show just how big this waterfall really is.  The water is glacier runoff, and ultimately flows into the ocean.

To see more of the best waterfalls in Iceland click here.  

9. Visit A Volcano

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Iceland has about 130 volcanoes on the island.  This is incredible to consider when you realize that Iceland is about the size of Georgia.  Fears of a volcano erupting are a real concern there!

10. Soak In Geothermal Hot Springs

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Blue Lagoon is deservedly Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction.  It is basically a football field sized hot tub that is powered by hot water shooting up from the center of the earth.  It is an awesome sight and super relaxing in the cold.  Don’t worry, the hot spring even goes inside so you can get back into the locker room without having to be out in the cold. Things to do in iceland

You can read my full post of Blue Lagoon here.

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Claire

Hey there! I’m Claire, the founder of AvenlyLane.com & AvenlyLaneTravel.com. Thank you so much for visiting the website. I hope you enjoy it!

10 Comments
  1. I had a friend once who visited Iceland and saw the Crystal Caves, so beautiful! He is a photographer so I got to see lots of amazing shots. What a fun place!

  2. Taking a tour of the Crystal Caves is high on my list after seeing a post on Expert Vagabonds blog. They caves look so breathtaking.

  3. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!

  4. What, no horses!? The Icelandic Horse is the most unique riding horses in the world, having been bred in isolation for over 1,000 years. They have a comfortable running walk gait callt the Tolt. There are multiple companies that run tours on Icelandic horses where you travel with a herd of untethered horses, and swap out your riding horse for one from the herd and intervals. I can’t believe they didn’t mention it.

  5. Your difficulty in believing that a glacier sunk the Titanic is a good instinct. An iceberg sunk the Titanic and your photos are of icebergs. There is a BIG (quite literally) difference between these two forms of ice. In fact, icebergs are large chunks that have broken off a glacier and fallen into the ocean. Glaciers are very large ice fields often covering thousands of square miles over land, sometimes with ledges over the sea.

  6. I meant to mention also that glaciers are often found in mountains and sometimes seem to be mountains themselves. A Google search in images for ‘glacier’ will result in some magnificent photos of all kinds of glaciers. Video even has glaciers ‘calving’ which is when icebergs break off the glacier. Scary, but awesome!