Iceland Bucket List

For all my friends, or friends of friends, or people that contact asking for my recommendations of things to do in Iceland  - I've put together an Iceland Bucket List to share it with you. These are places, sites, restaurants, hotels that I recommend or, yup, still want to try. Click the names for links. I recommend self driving so you have the freedom to come and go as you please but there are lots of wonderful tours on offer too. 

Near Keflavik (iceland international) Airport

  • Blue Lagoon - book tickets in advance, go for option with marks and drink at swim up bar

  • Gunnehver Geysir - near Blue Lagoon, amazing but smelly landscape

Reykjavik, iceland

  • Harpa - concert venues, worth looking at inside and out, tour of building on offer

  • Hallgrimskirja - view from top, service in English last Sunday of every month

  • Perlan - ice cave exhibition, view from top - still to do (newly opened)

  • Seabarren / Sægreifinn - lobster soup

  • Íslenski barinn - Meat soup, shark, beer

  • Cafe Loki - rye bread ice cream

  • Laundromat - a great breakfast, I love the pancakes

  • Fish Market - for a special meal, try the epic taster menu

  • National Museum - still to do (shockingly)

  • Icelandic Phallological Museum - still to do

  • Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús - still to do (shockingly)

  • Settlement Exhibition - still to do (shockingly)

  • Reykjavík Art Museum - a great big space with some mad exhibitions

  • National Gallery of Iceland - still to do (shockingly)

  • Nauthólsvík Beach - hot pool, nice walks, cafe

  • Grotta Lighthouse - great for Northern Lights spotting, small hot pot, beach walks

the Golden Circle

  • Pingviller National Park - tectonic plates, amazing landscape

  • Geysir - erupting every few minutes, cafe is good here (free soup refills)

  • Efstidalur - farm serving homemade ice cream, eat a steak in the restaurant overlooking the barn

  • Gulfoss Waterfall - powerfull waterfall, wrap up as can get wet

  • Fontana - geothermal spa - still to do

  • Secret Lagoon / Gamla Laugin - fab hot pool, walk around site after

  • Mika Restaurant - a lovely family run place with lobster and handmade chocolates

  • Fridheimar Greenhouse - eat tomatoes soup amongst the plants in this greenhouse - still to do

  • Bruarfoss Waterfall - still to do

  • Kerid - Walk around the edge of a crater

Hveragerdi, iceland

  • Reykjadalur hot river - 1 hr hike, well worth it though to bathe in the hot river

the South Coast trail

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - walk behind the waterfall

  • Gljúfrabúi - 2mins walk after Seljalandsfoss

  • Seljavallalaug Natural Pool - amazing pool, can be cold if it's been raining/snowing

  • Skogafoss Waterfall - huge waterfall, not worth the stairs to the top

  • Skogafoss Bistro - soup and a view

  • Sólheimajökull - Glacier, you can walk up to it but you'd need to join a tour to go on it, amazing experience

  • Plane wreck - a long walk, only do if you really want to

  • Reynisfara / Black Sand Beach - be careful of the waves

  • Dyrhólaey - dramatic coastal landscape

  • Vik - Service Station burgers to tide you over

  • Skaftafell - Glacier + Ice Cave tour

  • Jokulsarlon / Glacier Lagoon - stunning, enough said

  • Diamond Beach - just over the road from Jokulsarlon, epic for photography

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, iceland

  • Snæfellsjökull National Park - self drive and see some amazing landscape

  • Djúpalón Beach - beach where fishermen lifted stone weights to show their strength

  • Snæfellsjökull - glacier

  • Kirkjufell - most photographer mountain in Iceland but stunning

  • Norska Húsið - traditional houses, architecture

  • Súgandisey - orange lighthouse, look out point

  • Helgafell - mountain

  • Malarrif - coastline and lightouse

  • Saxhöll Crater - drive into a crater

  • Stykkishólmskirkja - futuristic church here

Accommodation in iceland

…and on my bucket list:

  • The West Fjords

  • Landmannalaugar

  • Fjaðrárgljúfur

  • Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

  • Akyreri

  • Myvatn Nature Baths

  • An Ice Cave

  • The Ring Road!!

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what's on your bucket list?