Otherworldly Things To Do and See in Iceland

Published 26 January 2018

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Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
Strokkur fountain geyser
Auroras aka the Northern Lights
Iceland’s crater lakes
Gullfoss Iconic Waterfall
Kirkjufell Mountain
Skaftafell Ice Cave

Places to visit in Iceland

Blue Lagoon geothermal spa

People dotted around swimming in the steaming blue lagoon surrounded by volcanic rock formations

Pictured: Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland.

The spa is located in an otherworldly lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula and it is very popular with tourists visiting Iceland. In fact it is so popular that you could expect to see the same faces in the pool that you saw on your place to Iceland! Luckily the pool is very large, so there should be enough space for everyone. The Blue Lagoon volcanic waters are full of minerals as well as sulphur so be prepared to get used to the unpleasant smell of sulphur.

Strokkur fountain geyser

People observe as Strokkur fountain geyser spouts water high into the air

Pictured: Strokkur fountain geyser.

Strokkur geyser is located in a the highly active geothermal Geysir hot spring area with boiling mud pits in southwest Iceland. Every few minutes or so Strokkur energeticly spouts water up to 30 metres into the air.

Auroras aka the Northern Lights

A beautiful skyline lit by the green light of aurora, aka the Northern Lights, at nighttime

Pictured: The green light of aurora, aka the Northern Lights.

The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April as that’s when you can get the most darkness in the nights. Aurora Borealis is a big tourist attraction in Iceland and many travellers visit Iceland to experience this natural light show.

Iceland’s crater lakes

Perfectly blue waters of Viti crater lake against brown volcanic slopes in Krafla

Pictured: Víti (meaning 'Hell' in Icelandic) in Krafla - a huge explosion crater, approximately 300 metres in diameter, now filled with aqua blue water.

This Viti was formed in 1724 by a massive eruption that lasted for five years. There have been people spotted swimming in this particular crater lake.

Blue water of Kerid crater volcanic lake surrounded by red slopes covered in patches of green vegetation

Pictured: The striking Kerid crater volcanic lake.

This is believed to be a collapsed volcano, now a crater lake, surrounded by red slopes. It costs a few euros to enter the site, but it is well worth seeing this beautiful site. Concerts on this crater lake are known to have taken place, including one by singer Bjork.

Gullfoss Iconic Waterfall

Gullfoss iconic foaming waterfall set against mountains and lush green grass

Pictured: Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) an iconic waterfall in the canyon of Olfusa river in southwest Iceland and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

Kirkjufell Mountain

Kirkjufell cone-like mountain with a waterfall at forefront

Pictured is the 463 metre high Kirkjufell mountain.

Kirkjufell mountain gets photographed a lot by tourists and filmmakers alike. The Kirkjufell mountain has been featured in high end productions, including the Game of Thrones season 6 and 7 and its one of several film locations from Game of Thrones season 7 you can visit in real life. Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall is small but very beautiful and it’s another gem to see in the area.

Skaftafell Ice Cave

Photographed from inside icecave is a person standing at the entrance of the cave in Skaftafell, Iceland

Pictured: Icecave in Skaftafell, Iceland.

In Skaftafell you can get up to various activities like glacier hiking, ice climbing or take part in ice caving tours. This is a perfect opportunity to explore the Europe's largest glacier - Vatnajokull Glacier. For ice caving adventures the best time of the year is winter.

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