Places to Visit
Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Iceland
Whale Watching, Reykjavik
No matter when you decide to visit, seeing whales happens all year round, even though summer is the most common time to see these gentle giants. During the warmer months, day and night trips can take place, like catching whales in the midnight sun. Tour operators estimate that there is an 80-95 per cent chance of seeing these amazing animals, depending on the time of year.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavík
Only 40 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík, this most emblematic geothermal spa is a must-see tourist attraction. Here, in the shade of a power station, you can find natural bathing in pale blue water. The entire Blue Lagoon industry has evolved around this attraction since it first reached locals in 1976. Water from subterranean hot springs reaches 37-39 degrees Celsius and is said to be highly beneficial for both health and the skin.
The Northern Lights
Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. Auroras is connected to the solar wind, a river of ions radiating from the sun. These particles are ensnared in the Earth’s magnetic field and collide with air molecules, producing bursts of energy that appear as large circles around the poles. This spectacular natural light display is best seen in remote areas and is especially impressive at times of increased solar activity.
Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
Landmannalaugar National Park, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations, is located 180 kilometres from Reykjavik in the south of Iceland. The key features of this mysterious landscape are the multi-hued ryolite mountains, the Hekla volcano and the extensive lava fields. Hiking and horseback riding are common activities to do here, and hiking is from a few hours to a few days. You can visit from June to the end of September, after which the road is closed.