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Unique Things to Do in Iceland

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Are you preparing for your vacation to Iceland? There are so many amazing things to see and do, and we introduce a few of the unique things to do in Iceland.

Iceland is, unfortunately, one of those countries people may forget about—that is, until they see all the amazing pictures. Iceland is one of the best places to visit for anyone who loves nature. For example, you can see Iceland’s water, hiking, and beach attractions. In addition, with all the outdoor activities, there are many opportunities to relax after the adventures of the beautiful country. Let’s get into the unique things to do in Iceland.

Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Midsummer sunset in Reykjavik
Beautiful midsummer sunset in Reykjavik in Iceland

Throughout your trip in Iceland, there will be several opportunities to take tours that will help you experience Icelandic culture if you want, or you can wander throughout the cities. After all, not all those who wander are lost, right? One way to get a taste of the culture is by strolling throughout Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. There are plenty of festivals, shops, restaurants, and more.

Additionally, you can always unwind with cafes and even yoga studios—that’s why yoga retreats in Iceland have become so popular. Plus, let’s be honest, after a long day of hiking and experiencing the culture, we could all use some yoga. Another way to experience the culture is by learning about Iceland’s history by visiting sites and museums and going on tours to learn about Norse mythology and the Vikings.

Experience Nature in a Place That’s Unlike Any Other

Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland
Gullfoss waterfall in summer Iceland

Most people want to visit Iceland because they love outdoor activities and they want to experience Iceland’s scenery firsthand. For the record, it’s even more amazing than it seems. There are a few common themes for scenery to see for anyone visiting Iceland, and that is water, hiking, and beaches.

For water attractions, we recommend seeing

  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Dynajandi Waterfalls
  • Gullfoss Waterfall

For hiking, we recommend

  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Asbyrgi Canyon

For beaches, we recommend

  • Rauðasandur
  • Djúpalón
  • Reynisfjara 

And while these lists are only a handful of the options available, there’s also abundant wildlife you may be lucky enough to see. A unique animal that you can see in Iceland is the Icelandic horse, which is the same breed that the Vikings used. In addition, there are some animals that are Icelandic natives, such as arctic foxes, puffins, and whales.

Experience Something Unique

Blocks of ice on the beach in Iceland.
Blocks of ice on the beach in Iceland, Europe.

If the previous ideas weren’t unique enough, there are still more opportunities to try something new in Iceland. For instance, you can dive or snorkel between continents, or hike inside a glacier such as Langjökull. Too cold for you? Then maybe you’ll like going to a volcano instead. Of course, we didn’t forget one of the biggest attractions in Iceland: Aurora, better known as the northern lights! There’s nothing quite like them; the skies really are as green as the photographs.

As you can tell, there’s an abundance of unique things to do in Iceland. From adventurous opportunities to cultural immersion, there’s something for everyone. Regardless of if you’re looking to do a little hiking, see the beaches or waterfalls, or even do some yoga, we know you’ll love this trip!

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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