Iceland is a beautiful island nation located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The name of this country is a bit of a misnomer. Iceland is a volcanic land that is actually quite green. This is a diverse landscape with extreme and beautiful countryside and cosmopolitan cities. Let’s take a look at 4 of the best things to do while visiting Iceland.
A good place to start your visit is in the capital city of Reykjavík. This is a city that is quite easy to navigate on foot. This harbor town is steeped in Viking history mixed with modern culture. You will find museums, galleries, a university, upscale shopping, excellent eateries, and a bustling night scene.
Be sure to sample the freshest seafood available anywhere. Free-range lamb is also a great selection for a hearty meal. Stop by a pub for a sip of Iceland’s spirit Brennivin, also referred to as black death.
Iceland boasts of many dramatic and stunning waterfalls. One of the most popular falls to visit is Gullfoss Waterfall, not far from Reykjavik along the Golden Circle drive. The name means golden waterfall. The falls are accessed by well-maintained walkways and stairs that afford you an up-close look. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and a rain jacket.
The Blue Lagoon is a large geothermal pool known for its healing waters and silica mud. It is such a relaxing experience. Make sure to take a step into the communal sauna. If you can spend the day, take advantage of the spa facilities. Enjoy a healthy meal overlooking the serene lagoon in the Lava Restaurant.
Whale Watching Tour
It might surprise you that whale steak is a common menu item in Iceland. The waters surrounding Iceland are home to more than 20 species of whales, including Humpback, Blue, and Killer Whales. There are seasonal tour boats that depart from Reykjavík, Akureyri, and Husavík. While on the tour, you are also likely to come across the rare Puffin waterfowl with its bright orange bill.
These are 4 of the best things to check out when visiting Iceland. The most popular time of year to make the trip in summer when the weather is nice and the days have over 24 hours of sunlight. However, late spring and early autumn will ensure that you get a few more hours of darkness, and the crowds will be smaller. Remember to bring good walking shoes, a rain jacket, and your camera.