Last updated: April 16, 2019
With a nickname like the land of fire and ice, you can be sure that there are plenty of spectacular places to visit in Iceland. It is one of the most unique countries in the world with a landscape and scenery that can’t be found elsewhere.
In recent years, tourism has grown rapidly as more and more tourists discover the beauty of this country.
If you’re currently planning a trip to Iceland and are looking for some travel inspiration, then you will be happy to know about these 25 Amazing Places to visit in Iceland.
Step inside the mighty ice caves of the Vatnajökull Glacier, which is the largest ice cap in the country, and third largest in all of Europe.
Vatnajökull covers about 8% of the total Icelandic land mass, and entering the caves will be a memory for life.
Ever wanted to see puffins in the wild?
Vestmannaeyjar, known as Westman islands in English is home to some of the largest puffin colonies in the world. But of course, The Westman Islands are also home to spectacular scenery and remote wilderness.
If you’re traveling around the Golden Circle like most visitors, don’t miss to stop at Kerid Crater. It is not on the typical Golden Circle route, but I highly recommend it, especially if you aren’t traveling to Iceland during winter.
You might have heard about the Blue Lagoon, but I bet you haven’t heard about Myvatn in the Northern part of Iceland. Very few tourists venture this far into the country, and it is generally only the tourists who circumnavigate the Ring road that pass Myvatn.
Anyway, if you’re looking for an authentic and less crowded spa experience a la Blue Lagoon, check out Myvatn if you’re driving around the Ring road.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Ever wanted to see floating icebergs? At Jökulsarloon, you can see the huge chunks of ice coming off the glaciers on their way floating out into the ocean.
The scenery is truly amazing, and this is definitely one of the best places to visit in Iceland. Jökulsarlon is around 5 hours drive from Reykjavik, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a day trip, but it is totally worth to make an overnight stay nearby and come here early in the morning.
Boat rides are offered as well, which takes you even closer to the floating icebergs.
I can’t help but think of Vikings and sagas when I see Svartifoss. It was just as beautiful in real life, and while it requires a short hike, the scenery of this waterfall is totally worth the effort.
Svartifoss is located next to Skaftafell. The hike is easy to moderate with pathways from start to finish.
Just 2 hours north of Reykjavik by car, you can enjoy the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is commonly referred to as a miniature Iceland since you can experience so much of the different landscapes here.
It is especially beautiful when the lupines are in bloom. But it’s spectacular year round and is home to famous sites as Kirkjufell, Budir Church, Erpsstadir, Skardsvik, Arnarstapi, Snæfellsjökull glacier, and Landbrotalaug Hot Spring.
Thingvellir National Park and Silfra
Thingvellir used to be the seat of The Althingi and a place where major events took place. It was here in 1000 A.D, Icelanders abandoned the old gods of the Asatru to become Christian.
In the local language, it is known as Þingvellir and it is one of the most popular stops along the Golden Circle.
Adventurers can also go for a dive at Silfra, which is a fissure between two continental plates. Divers will be rewarded with 100 meters of visibility and one of the clearest waters in the world.
If you get thirsty, you can enjoy a sip of the fresh and clean water.
Glacier Walking is one of the best things to do in Iceland, especially if you visit during the winter months. I did it at Svinafellsjökull on a guided tour from Mountainguides, a local adventure company.
It was so cool to go down into ice crevasses like this one in the picture below.
One of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, and rightly so. The massive water flow and beautiful scenery make Seljalandsfoss one of the most beautiful places to visit in Iceland.
Adventurers can go inside and behind the waterfall, but be aware, it can get pretty wet inside, so bring waterproof clothes.
Another fantastic Icelandic waterfall. Skogafoss is located just a short drive from Seljalandsfoss, and it’s a common stop among tourists outside the Golden Circle.
It’s on the way towards the Black Sand Beach, known as Reynisfjara.
If you visit Iceland during summer, I highly recommend going hiking in Landmannalaugar. The landscape here is untouched, wild, and very beautiful.
However, if you come here during winter, don’t bother. The roads will all be closed.
Another Icelandic spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Seeing the geysers throw up water high in the sky. Geysir is located in the Haukadalur valley and is a popular stop along the Golden Circle.
There are several geysers in the area, and another popular one is called Strokkur. The eruptions are frequent, and visitors only have to wait a couple of minutes before a new water cascade erupts from the geyser.
The regular eruptions normally go about 15-25 meters high, but it is not unusual with higher cascades reaching up towards 70 meters. Of course, you have to have some luck and patience in order to see the biggest ones.
Want to see some of the ocean’s giants? There are plenty of whales swimming around in the Icelandic waters. Husavik has become somewhat of a Whale Capital in the world, and you’re almost certain to see some majestic whales if you go on a tour here.
Some of the whales that can be seen are Minke, Humpback, Sperm and killer whales, and even the biggest of them all, the blue whale.
One of the best places to visit on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Kirkjufell (the mountain) and Kirkjufellsfoss (the waterfall) is probably one of the most popular places for photographers.
The mountain top of Kirkjufell and waterfall in the foreground is an iconic sight which shouldn’t be missed. It is beautiful year round, but during summertime, it will be greener.
If you’ve been watching the famous TV-series Game of Thrones, you might recognize this place as well since it is one of the filming locations.
Another spectacular place to photograph is the majestic stone of Hvitserkur, which stands 15 meters tall.
If you like to admire Mother Nature and her creations, then Hvitserkur is a magical place to do so. It is located in the northern part of the country, about 3 hours drive from Reykjavik and Akureyri.
One of the most massive waterfalls in all of Europe. It’s located in the North-Eastern part of the country, about 1.5 hours driving from Husavik.
One of the lesser known places to visit in Iceland that many tourists seem to miss. If you’re driving around the Ring Road towards Husavik, you should definitely make a stop at Asbyrgi Canyon.
It is commonly mentioned in local folklore, and it is believed to have been formed around 8-10 million years ago.
The black beach, one of the most iconic places to visit in Iceland. Nearby Dyrholaey also offers scenic views. If you come to Reynisfjara during summer, don’t forget to hike up to the top of the mountain to enjoy a magical view over the beach and the monoliths.
DC Plane Wreck
Since 1973, Solheimasandur has been home to a crashed and abandoned DC Plane Wreck. It is one of the most surreal places to visit in Iceland, simply because it lies in the middle of nowhere.
Visitors who want to go here, have to park their car and walk for about 4 kilometers. The parking spot is located about 11 minutes from Skogafoss, and it has gotten very popular in recent years thanks to social media.
You can even walk inside the plane wreck.
Another off-the-beaten-path place that shouldn’t be missed if you have time for it.
Raudasandur is one of the most famous beaches in Iceland and it can be found in the West Fjords, about 5 hours from Reykjavik.
This list would of course not be complete with the Blue Lagoon. While Myvatn is impressive, there are some very good reasons for the fame of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
It’s easy to get here, great health benefits, good hotel available, and the watercolor and temperature are amazing.
One of the most charming Icelandic towns, Seydisfjordur is located on the East Side of the country. There’s not really much to do here, but if you’re traveling around the Ring road it’s definitely worth a stop.
All of the “fjordurs” nearby are charming and comes with beautiful scenery. Reydarfjördur was another favorite of mine.
One of the best places to visit in Iceland to see something from the Icelandic history. Hofskirkja is a traditional turf church, and there are only 6 turf churches left in Iceland.
Hofskirkja is even more special though since it is the last one being built in
Last but not least, the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. One of the smallest capitals in Europe, but nonetheless one of the most scenic ones.
There are also many cultural experiences to enjoy here, such as the concert hall of Harpa. Some other notable tourist attractions include Hallgrimskirkja, and the Sun Voyager sculpture.
Reykjavik is also home to a great number of restaurants, and also the best Icelandic nightlife, which is said to be one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe.
More Places to Visit in Iceland
- Laugarvatn (hot springs)
- Dynjandi waterfall
- Hornstrandir National Park
- Mount Mælifell
Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Iceland
These are my 10 favorites. Do you agree? Share your own favorite places to visit in Iceland in the comment section below.
- Vatnajökull Glacier
Book Your Trip
So, now that you know about all these beautiful places to visit in Iceland, it’s time to book your trip!
Iceland is an incredible destination where you can spend weeks or even months. If you know some more beautiful places to visit in Iceland, feel free to share in the comment section!