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9 Incredible Things To Do In Iceland

Iceland lives up to its name! It seems like this country is just frozen. There’s ice everywhere you go and there’s no avoiding it. By far the coldest place I’ve ever been to, and the most amazing place yet!

Breathtaking landscapes, beautiful waterfalls, amazing hiking adventures over glaciers and ice-caving excursions are what makes traveling to Iceland a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Here are 10 incredible things to do in Iceland:

  1. Visit the Blue Lagoon

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If you want to read further details and tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon, click here.

  1. Gullfoss Golden Waterfall

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  1. Vatnajökull Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

The largest glacier in Iceland! Easy hike but very slippery.

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Gear up! The tour guide gave us some safety equipment to hike the glacier. Such as, proper hiking boots, Crampons, a helmet and an ice axe. The tour guide will teach you how to properly attach the Crampons to your boots. It makes it less slippery to walk on ice! 🙂

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How to briefly summarize our tour guide's safety instructions? Mmm... It was something like: "Accidents are not an option! If you fall into an ice cave it's nearly impossible to get you. Don't fall!" haha

Let's do it!

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  1. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

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When the sun goes down and the snow melts...


Beautiful, right? The scenery is truly breathtaking.

  1. Ice-Caving is a MUST!

Aside from freezing the entire time, this is the ultimate ice cave experience. Truly impressive sight!

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Inside the cave...



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Three hours well spent!

  1. Seljarlandfoss Waterfall


An extremely scenic area with wonderful views. You can walk behind it and walk through the other side. Just try not to get wet! Freezing water + below zero temperatures = not ideal haha


Fun Fact: Justin Bieber filmed one of his music videos here haha

7. Svartifoss Cascade

A quick ten minute hike to get to this beautiful place



8. Horseback Riding around Iceland

I wasn't able to do this activity, but it seems like an amazing experience. If you like horses as much as I do, definitely book a horseback riding tour. I've never ridden horseback in winter time, so this is definitely going on my bucket list!


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9. See the Northern Lights

As hard as I tried to spot the northern lights in its majestic glory, I failed. You need two things to see them: a pitch black night and luck haha Every night around midnight I would go out and look up to the sky for several hours. There were a few instances where I thought  I was seeing the lights, but it was my imagination (maybe).  haha

I will see this one day!


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Until next trip, 



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The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.

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  1. I went to Iceland a few years ago but want to return! Those glaciers look incredible even though you look so cold! And I’d also like to try ice caving!

  2. I’ve been seeing posts about Iceland for awhile but this is the first time I’m realizing how gorgeous Gullfoss Golden Waterfall is! My husband and I are hoping to stop over in Iceland next time we head to Europe.

    • Mariella says

      Hi Marcie – Thank you for your comment! 🙂 Iceland is definitely is must-go

  3. I’ve been seeing so many Iceland posts lately! Such a beautiful place to visit. I’d love to go when the northern lights are active. That is something I really want to see in person!

    • Mariella says

      Hi Maggie – Yes, I am dying to see the northern lights as well. I didn’t get the chance to see them cause they decided to not appear the nights I was there. haha

  4. It’s one of my dreams to see the Northern Lights and I think Iceland would be the best place to do it! I love the idea of horseback riding through the snow on the back of furry horses would be so much fun! And I love how honest your tour guide was with his advice about not falling in a cave!

  5. Ugh there are so many fun things to do in Iceland!! I have been wanting to go to the Blue Lagoon since 2013 and still have not 🙁 Love your ice cave pics. Such a gorgeous photo opp even though it looks SOOOO cold! Thanks for sharing

  6. I’ve seen many articles like this before and what is new about this? Nothing. But what is special about it? It’s you who experienced it and not some textbook research. 🙂 Hope to visit Iceland too and experience the same.

  7. Looks like you really conquered over all the ice in Iceland! If my trek guide would ever tell me what your guide told you, I would crumble with fear. You are really very courageous to try out extreme adventures. The crampons attached to the boots talk loudly how slippery the surface must have been! I also loved the ice cave and don’t worry someday you will definitely catch the aurora borealis in action!

  8. Abhinav Singh says

    I have wanted to go to Iceland ever since I first read about it. Despite the small size there is so much to do in Iceland. I would love to do some adventure sports and trekking. Ice caving sounds exciting. Northern lights is a dream.

    • Mariella says

      Hi Abhinav – Ice caving was definitely my favorite activity while in Iceland 🙂 A must-do!

  9. Beautiful! I’ve always wondered what a winter trip to Iceland would be like–summer trips definitely seem more advertised/popular lately. I love the photo of the horse in the snow! This is my kind of trip–lots of outdoor adventures. 🙂

    • Mariella says

      Hi Kate – I can’t imagine how cold it is during Winter time. I visited in the beginning of fall and I’ve never felt so cold in my life haha

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