When visiting Iceland there are many great places to visit, things to experience, and food to try. Here are five places that you must visit when you vacation ice Iceland along with why these locations are so integral to an Iceland trip. Assuming you have bought one of the top 5 trip packages to Iceland it is quite likely they will offer these as a part of their packages. In no specific order…

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1. Visit the Snaefellsnes Volcano:

While it may have a name that is a little tricky to pronounce if you’re not a native, don’t let that scare you off of visiting Snaefellsnes Volcano. Found in only one of Iceland’s two National parks, it is an active Volcano but not immediately at risk of erupting should you be concerned for your safety! There are multiple day tours and private tours are available to get an up-close look at the Volcano and it is a beautiful sight.

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2. Watch the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis:

Should you be in Iceland during the winter and at a high enough elevation, you can see the amazing natural beauty that is the Aurora Borealis. It can be tricky to locate so hiring guides experienced at knowing when and where this amazing light-show will occur can be recommended. Otherwise, if you prefer to travel solo, you might want to choose transportation fit for northern lights hunting. You may consider booking The Aurora Explorer by Cozy Campers because it has a panoramic sunroof for enjoying the northern lights inside the comforts of a campervan.

Reykjavik, Iceland

3. Experience the Nightlife in Reykjavik:

The city of Reykjavik is known for having quite the exciting nightlife. Should you want to have a “Night out on the town,” in Iceland, Reykjavik is arguably the city to do it! Whether you want to go bar-hopping and try craft-beers or dance like nobody’s business at a club, Reykjavik is perfect for a wild and fun night that stretches into the early morning.

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and lava rocks in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and lava rocks in Iceland.

4. Visit the Blue Lagoon:

The most famous natural spa in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa with unique milky-blue water brought about by the minerals. Swimming in the steamy water is one of Iceland’s top attractions so be sure to book a visit well in advance lest you be unable to visit the Blue Lagoon.

Horseback Riding in Iceland at Winter

5. Take a Tour on Horseback:

Exploring the tundra of Iceland on a horse can be one of the most enthralling things a visitor to Iceland can do, and for this reason, multiple horseback riding tours are available all over the country. Whether riding along the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara or witnessing the serene beauty of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, seeing these sights whilst riding along on a strong and beautiful horse is one of the most awe-inspiring attractions a person can enjoy when visiting Iceland.


When someone visits Iceland there are so many possible sights to see and attractions to enjoy it can be nearly impossible to list them all. While the above 5 things are recommendations of things you must do, also realize there is so much more beyond these 5 things to explore after you, “Tick them off you list,” and want to continue exploring this amazing country. This list did not even mention whale-watching or exploring the Eastfjords because there simply is so much a person can enjoy in Iceland after these initial top 5 recommendations. Truly, Iceland is the kind of country that may need multiple visits to enjoy even a hint of all it has to offer!