Iceland offers jaw-dropping scenery, cosmopolitan cities and a fascinating Viking heritage. The Nordic island country is rugged and remote, with a landscape shaped by glaciers, rivers, volcanoes and tectonic plates.
Things to do in Iceland
Over the past few years, Reykjavik has emerged as one of the hippest cities in Europe. The Icelandic capital enchants visitors with its walkable neighbourhoods filled with trendy cafes, bars and galleries. Stop by the Saga Museum to learn about the country’s Viking heritage. The Icelandic Punk Museum charts the legacy of artists such as Bjork and Sigur Ros.
With a footprint of more than 14,100 square kilometres, Vatnajökull National Park occupies around 14% of the country. Within the park, you can discover shimmering glaciers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient volcanic craters. Visitor centres are dotted throughout the park and are great for picking up maps, planning hikes and finding out more about local attractions.
Watching the Northern Lights dance in the sky is an unforgettable experience. The season runs from August to April, though it’s also possible to see the phenomenon in March and September. From remote destinations like Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to guided tours departing from Reykjavik, there are plenty of opportunities to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
The harsh climate and remote setting have played an important role in shaping Icelandic cuisine. Traditional dishes like “hakarl” fermented shark will challenge even the most adventurous eaters. “Pylsur” Icelandic hot dogs topped with tomato sauce, mustard and raw onions are a great on-the-go snack.
Sate your appetite for adventure with exhilarating snowmobile tours on the Langjökull glacier and pony treks through the picturesque Icelandic countryside. Dog-sledding tours take you out into the wilderness. After your ride is over, be sure to snap photographs with your team of Siberian and Greenlandic huskies.
Getting around Iceland
Reykjavik is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Keflavík International Airport is a 45-minute drive from the city centre. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Iceland at your own pace.