Iceland is one of the undiscovered destinations in Europe. It is full of natural wonders and is a must go destination for anyone that appreciates a good view. Here is a list of things you can do when you visit the volcanic island.
Take a selfie with an Icelandic horse
Icelandic horses are bred exclusively on the small island. They look like ponies and have very long mane that can blow dramatically in the wind. They are also very friendly (or curious) and quickly come to say hello when you stop next to the road. Take a selfie with them or try to get a nice side view with their mane blowing in the air.
Wait for the Geysir to explode
The Great Geysir is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser known to 18th century Europeans and also the first one to be mentioned in newspapers and other printed media. Eruptions at the Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 meters in the air with a maximum height of 170 meters recorded in 1845.
The best part of visiting the Geysir, is the suspense of waiting for it to erupt. There isn't any obvious signs that tell you when it will erupt in a massive pillar of water, but you still try to look for some. It is also worth looking at people trying to take a selfie with it. The problem is that it can take up to 10 minutes for the Geysir to explode so people stand with their phones at the ready. Quite a comical scene.
Try to spot a Puffin
Puffins are small birds with brightly colored beaks. You can watch them dive into the sea to catch fish. Usually large groups of Puffin nest on cliffs close to the coast. They dig holes in crevices among rocks to make their nests in. The massive stone arch of Dyrahólaey, close to the fishing village Vik, is full of bird life including puffins. If you want to see the small, brightly colored beaked birds, make sure you visit Iceland between May and August.
Puffin is also a delicacy in Iceland. If you want to taste Puffin, make sure you taste it before you go see the little birds in the wild. I went to see them first at Vik and it was very difficult for me afterwards to order Puffin at a restaurant. Who can eat them? They are so small and adorable!
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara is Iceland's famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast, just beside Vík. The enormous basalt stacks, crashing Atlantic waves and stunning panorama photo opportunities, makes Reynisfjara one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland. If you want to get the perfect photo opportunity, make sure you get there early in the morning. The beach will be less crowded with tourists and you will have ample time to get the perfect photo. Take some time as well to enjoy the beach's tranquil atmosphere.
Walk on a glacier
There are many glaciers in Iceland. Vatnajökull is the biggest glacier in Iceland covering 8% of the land mass of the country. It is also the biggest glacier in Europe and second biggest in the world. You can book a guided tour to many of the glacier outlets such as the Svínafellsjökull and Sólheimajökull ice fields.
I want to return to Iceland just to hike on a glacier. We thought you could only go on a hike during the winter. Fear not, you can actually go anytime of the year! If you are not keen to walk on a glacier, stop at Skeiðarársandur and enjoy the views of the mountains and glaciers.
Iceland is a great place to explore and appreciate nature. This list is just to get you started! Enjoy the visit!