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Things to do in Iceland

By Jo Fagan

Things to do in Iceland

Geysers, hot springs and lava fields, just some of Iceland’s features that attract tourists year after year. 1.7 million people visited the country last year, it is becoming increasingly popular and for good reasons. I was lucky enough to visit here recently and I can’t recommend it enough. Reykjavik is where most of the action takes place and with Iceland Air flying here 6 times a week, it’s never been easier to visit the land of fire and ice.



I made myself at home in the Marina Hotel, Reykjavik. I loved how quirky this accommodation was, they even had a little cinema! The location is perfect, the rooms were lovely, and the staff went above and beyond for their guests.


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What I Loved

People travel from all over the world to see the Northern Lights, it’s certainly one of the reasons I did. Its been on my bucket list for a while! There are two ways to witness this natural wonder, either by boat or bus. I opted for the boat option and the excursion lasted roughly 2 hours. Sadly, there is no guarantee that you will see the lights as certain conditions need to be present for them to appear. Heighten your chances and visit between October to November or February to March as these are considered optimum periods. It truly is a breath-taking sight.

Things to do in Iceland


Activites and Places to See

The Golden Circle Tour cannot be missed. It features the following 4 activities:

- A visit to some of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Feel the mist of glacial water as it cascades down.

- A snow mobile excursion, an Iceland holiday isn’t complete without one. Don’t worry snowsuit, balaclava, helmet and gloves are provided.

- Hear the bubbling, smell the sulphur and watch as geysers shoot boiling water into the air.

- Walk in the early Viking settlers’ footsteps in Thingvellir National Park. This is the only UNESCO world heritage site on the Icelandic mainland. Located on the fissure zone it’s full of geological wonders.

Things to do in Iceland

• Of course, you must visit the Blue Lagoon!  Little tip, the venue provides shampoo, conditioner, towels and a hair dryer so you don’t have to bring the kitchen sink with you. Make a facemask from the mud, its great for your skin! All the while sipping on your free drink from the bar, such bliss!

Things to do in Iceland

Whale watching is also very popular. I recommend doing this during the summer as sighting can be quite rare during the Winter months.


Food and Bars

Kopar located in the Marina is a great spot for food. They offer plenty of traditional Icelandic dishes. There is a heated terrace here with stunning views, the perfect place to sip on their coffee and cognac speciality. Rio is also a great spot for cocktails or an Icelandic craft beer.


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Iceland is so different to any other country I’ve ever been to. Its beauty, natural wonders and endless attractions will keep tourists coming year after year. I’m sure you’ve heard that it is quite an expensive island, I would recommend doing a shop in duty free once you land. This will save you some Krona. A trip to Iceland is a once in a lifetime experience for many people, I hope its not for me!


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