In Iceland there are so many magical and beautiful places to visit and things to do.
On this site we only touch on few and this is by no means a full list of places nor activities.
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45 minutes from Reykjavik. Nice walking paths around Hveragerdi and because of the geothermal heat it is possible to bathe in a warm river - which is cool 🙂 Walking/hiking routes available.
An hour from Reykjavik, if you are hungry you can stop at Tryggvaskali or for a lighter meal or cake and coffee at Kaffi Krús A horseback riding in the area with Sólhestar is a good option in the area.
HELLA & HVOLSVÖLLUR
Hvolsvöllur is the last stop on route 1 before turning to Thorsmork. At this point you are getting closer to Eyjafjallajokull. Around the area there are a few caves and waterfalls that might be of interest. Seljalandsfoss & Gljufrabui waterfall is something worth stopping for.
Stop to enjoy the powerful and impressive Skógarfoss and surroundings.
VÍK Í MÝRDAL
Despite the natural beauty, Reynisfjara can be dangerous. The water is extremely cold, the waves are unpredictable, and the rip currents are strong, so do not go near the water.
Arcanum Glacier Tours offer snowmobile trips, glacier hiking, ATV tours and more.
Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) are a beautiful set of Islands south of Iceland. During summer months it is possible to take a boat from Landeyjarhofn and the trip takes about 30 minutes. Due to weather conditions trips may be cancelled so please check in advance.
In Vestmanneyjar we suggest birdwatching and ribsafari.
The town of Vestmannaeyjar is a lovely place and walking around in a relaxed mode is a good idea. Visiting the aquarium & museum of natural history, museum of Eldheimar which focuses on the volcanic eruption in the town 1973 are also good options.
Laugarvatn Fontana is a place where you come to relax and experience authentic Icelandic nature while relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms.
Efsti-dalur II Good place to stop by for an icecream or a meal at the restaurant.
The kids will love their open farm and a view of their cattle.
It erupts frequently and reliably. When in Iceland this (along with Gullfoss) is a must-do.
Friðheimar Visitors gain an insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture, with a short and informative talk on the subject – and in fact it is quite remarkable that it should be possible to grow vegetables in this cold climate, by creating warm Mediterranean conditions, all year round
During the summer months, Friðheimar offers its own horse show: A Meeting with the Icelandic Horse, available in fourteen different languages, with an accompaniment of lively Icelandic music.
Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir and are in the Golden Circle area.
There are plenty of amazing hiking routes from Skaftafell This is something you can do on your own and is a economical way to see the beautiful landscape.
Local Guide of Vatnajökull offer Glacier Hikes and Icecave Tours.
HÖFN Í HORNAFIRDI
And if you have the chance to taste their lobster (langoustine) - it is one of the best.
The lagoon attracts thousands of visitors every year. Stop and enjoy the magnificent icebergs that have broken off from the glacier and are floating in the lagoon. A boat trip on the lagoon brings you closer to the icebergs and enhances the experience of the visit.
Borgarnes and the surrounding Borgarfjörður region can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The area's landscape, nature and culture reflect this heritage and bring history to life. Make your way towards Húsafell and take the Into to the Glacier tour, visit Surtshellir and stay at the Hótel Húsafell
Deildartunguhver is Europe's most powerful hot spring.
There are several small towns around the Snaefellsnes peninsula and beautiful landscape. A full day tour, travelling between small towns, stopping at Vatnshellir & Arnarstapi, getting in close encounter with Snaefellsjökull-glacier, looking at the pebbled beach Djúpalónssandur & Dritvík are all good suggestion for your day at Snæfellsnes.
Walking path between Hellnar and Arnarstapi is a beautiful and non-challenging walk.
If you want to spend more than a day at the peninsula Hótel Búðir is the place you would want to stay at.
Stykkishólmur is the biggest town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. From there you can do boat tours to look at the birdlife in Breiðafjörður Bay and even taste fresh scallops straight from the sea. For dining options we recommend Narfeyrarstofa and Sjávarpakkhúsið
SeaTours.is offer a variety of trips around the Breidafjordur Bay. Bird-watching and fresh scallops straight from the sea is something worth trying.
Patreksfjordur is the biggest town in the southern part of the Westfjords, with a population of around 660. From Patreksfjordur it is a must to visit Latrabjarg
The cliffs of all cliffs, Látrabjarg, are home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This is the western most point of Iceland
Dynajandi Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the Westfjords and a gem. In your walk towards Dynjandi you walk past 6 other smaller waterfalls. This walk is definetely worth doing if you are in the area.
The road from Patreksfjörður to Rauðasandur is partly a gravel road, it is rather steep and has numerous curves. So please be careful when taking this road. - In good weather this is in our opinion one of the most spectacular places in Iceland. The white/red sand beach (contrast to the black sand beaches in most places in Iceland) and the magnificent mountains all around.
Is the largest town in the peninsula and is conveniently located between five smaller villages. Wild Westfjords have a great variety of tours, for example kayak trips, horse-back riding, hiking at the Látrabjarg and more.
Activities & Museums
Aviation Museum Collects, gather, reserves and exhibiting everything that has something to do with Aviation in Iceland. Great thing to do with the family.
Motorcycle museum This new museum opened in May 2011, covers the history of motorcycles in Iceland the last 100 years. Motorcycles from all over, objects and artefacts relating to the history of motorcycles in Iceland in a stunning 800 square meter building, that was especially designed for the museum.
Akureyri Art Museum The Museum opened its galleries on August 29th 1993 and is the oldest of those three establishments. For the past two decades it has been the flagship of the Art Canyon and has played a prominent role in the cultural life of Akureyri as the first institution outside Reykjavík to concentrate solely on visual arts.
Ambassador, Whale watching, claim that they have a 100% success rate between June 2015 – Oct 2015 and offer a coupon for a second trip if your trip is not successful.
Dive at Strytan In Eyjafjörður there is a geothermal cone rising 55 meters from the bottom (starts at 70m). This is the only natural phenomena of it´s kind that is possible to dive to. Only for experienced divers but definitely worth it.
Kjarnaskógur woods this is were the locals take their kids to play during good summer days.
Jólahúsið Christmas all year around
Akureyri´s Geothermal Pool one of the best swimming pools in Iceland for families.
River Rafting close to Akureyri you can go to one of the best river-rafting experience in Iceland.
Rub23 is an Icelandic restaurant that uses ingredients from Icelandic fishermen and farmers . Ingenuity from Asia and America. They specialize in seafood and have a wide variety of fish species and a wide selection of sushi dishes mixed with steaks and desserts
Strikið Diverse and elaborate menu, good food and good service. Together this makes a visit to the restaurant in Akureyri delightfull experience that you enjoy and keep in memory. Our balcony's make this experience more memorable on a good summer day.
Kaffi Ilmur, nice and cozy place in the heart of Akureyri. Good and light meals or just coffee and cake. Most of what they serve is good and during good summer days sitting out and looking over the main street is great.
Bláa Kannan great to have a good cup of coffee or a light meal. Situated on the main street.
Brynja, Ice Cream store “Best Ice cream in Iceland"
Bautinn, A family run restaurant in the heart of town. Set in one of Akureyri’s oldest houses, Bautinn restaurant has been the town’s fixture for over 40 years. It is the place to go for reasonably priced quality food for the whole family.
Húsavík is probably the best place for whale sightseeing. If you make your way there the Whale museum
Dimmuborgir is an area of randomly strewn lava rocks and cliffs, surrounded by vegetation, such as low bushes and plants. Dimmuborgir is a place of surprises with its myriad forms and images, small caves and towering volcanic rock, pierced by natural apertures.
Dettifoss Waterfall is with the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, 500 cubic metres of water per second plunges over the edge. Dettifoss is 45 m high and 100m wide. A nice hiking trail, 34km, goes along the canyon from Dettifoss to Asbyrgi. Camping possible in Vesturdalur.
Ásbyrgi is one of the wonders of nature, a well forested horse-shoe shaped canyon in Oxarfjordur. Asbyrgi is a part of Jökulsárgljúfur, within the Vatnajökull National Park. The Jökulsárgljúfur site of the National park reaches from highway 85, by Asbyrgi south to Dettifoss, covering an area of 120 km2. Informative visitors centre, shop, golf course and camping is located by Asbyrgi.
Mývatn Birdlife by the lake is abundant and a visit to the new Bird Museum is worthwhile. Myvatn Nature Bath is located just east of Reykjahlid village, where travellers can enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm natural water. In the Myvatn region there are many marked hiking routes.
The East (often referred as Eastfjords by Icelanders) is very beautiful part of Iceland and less crowded than other tourist places.
We would like to recommend Silfurberg for accommodation, beautiful boutique country resort just between Egilsstaðir and Breiðdalsvik - at the farm Þorgrímsstaðir. The owners are fantastic people and they will offer exeptional and personal service.
We would also like to point out Óbyggðarsetrið have accommodation which will both be enjoyable but also leave pleasant memories. Wilderness.is also offer tours around the area and whether it is horse-back riding at midnight or Waterfall trail hike you will defenitelly enjoy their service.
At Mjóeyri you can stay at a very quiet place and they offer recreation as well.
Whether it is Bird-watching, Cave exploring, Boat tours, Kayaking, Diving or what ever. We can help you make your stay in the east very enjoyable.