For a sense of style and a little adventure, Iceland ranks high on my list. There are many things to do in Iceland, whether you never leave the bars of Reykjavik, this country has just enough natural and man made sights to rock your world and oh yeah, it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Planning a trip to Iceland is important because this cause offers you very different experience depending on when you arrive. Besides Reykjavik in the South, Akureyri in the North should make it to your list and I would recommend renting a car to visit the island, you won’t regret it. I used SAD cars. They are a bargain compared to the other established companies- Reason? They use older model cars they are already a little beat up. A car is a a car is a car in my opinion. I would recommend getting a 4 wheel drive vehicle as you can explore a lot more of the interior (my SAD little Yaris couldn’t make it!). Iceland is a little rugged landscape with lava flows scattered all over the island and volcano made lakes and fjords forged from retreating glaciers, there are so many things to do outside of the cities, it’s incredible.
June is one of the best months to visit Iceland. You are afforded 23 hours of light a day, fewer tourists, pleasant (Iceland standards- windy but in 50-60’s) weather and cheaper everything (prices tend to jump through the roof starting in late June.
Top 10 Things to do in Iceland
- Reykjavik – Ain’t no match anywhere in Iceland to the capital. It’s where the fashion and fun happens.
- Golden Circle – Called the Golden Circle because of the sheer amount of attractions here: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir
- Akureyri – Iceland’s most northern city and polar opposite to Reykjavik plus a great place for skiing.
- Lake Myvatn – Volcano forged and seismically rich, this area in NW Iceland is worth 2-3 days hiking and exploring. Sadly, I wasn’t able to see it but the photos on the web speak for themselves.
- Westman Islands – A 2-3 hr drive from the capital via ring road 1 and a short ferry ride lies this volcanic island. Famous for it’s 1973 volcano explosion of Eldfell which left it’s physical mark on the local town and island.
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula – A 2 hour drive northwest from Reykjavik to the rugged farm/sea scape of this peninsula. Warning: Paved roads seem to disappear here sometimes and gravel becomes your buddy. Good news, you’ll probably have the area all to yourself save a farm tractor every now and again.
- Landmannalaugar – Only accessible in the summer months this highland destination has everything a visitor wants or desires: kaleidoscopic mountains, hiking, hot springs, and camping.
- Western Fjords – Renown as Iceland’s most rural geographic area and worth the drive along the steep, sliding hills on roads where you will seldom see a living soue for hours.
- Hvalfjord – 40 minute drive north of Reykjavik and is an awesome example of Iceland fjord beauty.
- Vik – Home of the famous black volcanic sand beaches and worth a stop to see it’s eery calm, plus you pass Skogafoss waterfalls on Highway 1 coming from Reykjavik
I have plenty of posts on things to do in Iceland for more research.