Top 5 must-see places in Iceland for first-timers

I have spent 4 days in the land of fire and ice and I loved every single minute of it! It’s so hard to decide which place I liked the most because every single piece of Icelandic land is unique and gorgeous. From infinite hills to abrupt mountains, it’s all full of beauty! 

I’ll do my best and I’ll name my top 5 must-see places in Iceland below. These places are perfect to explore if you’re visiting Iceland for the first time and you’re only staying for a few days.

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1. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit

Jokulsalron is a glacial lake at the edge of Vatnajokull National Park. The lake was formed due to the melting of the glaciers. Visiting Jokulsarlon is a breathtaking experience and a wake up call at the same time. Seeing first hand the impact of climate change will make you think twice about contributing to it.

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Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit
Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit
Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit

However, the beauty of this place is simply beyond imagination! I remember when I was a little girl, watching TV documentaries about glaciers and thinking how awesome it would be to see one. Watching the seals swimming between the big chunks of ice is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. If you are lucky enough to also see the Northern Lights, you’ve hit the jackpot!

Read more about the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland here.

2. Vik Black Sand Beach

Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit

The black sand combined with the basalt columns makes Vik a truly unique place. Just make sure to be careful about the waves. The waves at Vik Beach are known as sneaker waves. Even though it might seem that it’s safe to get near them, it’s not. Keep a decent distance from the sea and enjoy the beautiful landscape

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3. The Blue Lagoon

Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit

Many people say that the Blue Lagoon is overrated but can you actually leave Iceland without going? Personally, I loved the lagoon. The milky hot water combined with the surrounding black rocks create a spectacular view. After a day full of sightseeing, the Blue Lagon was an oasis of relaxation. Don’t forget to also try the silica mud mask!

Even if you’re traveling to Iceland during winter, don’t forget to bring your swimming suit – the Blue Lagoon is open all year long!

4. Skogafoss Waterfall

Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit

With so many beautiful waterfalls, it was a challenge to choose my favorite one but I think I’ll go with Skogafoss. The waterfall combined with the moss-covered hills look out-of-this-world. Although it is not the biggest one, it has its own charm and beauty.

5. Reykjavik

Things to do in Iceland - best places to visit

I know you’ll be tempted to spend less time in Reykjavik and more seeing the wonders of Iceland but the city is actually beautiful and unique and it deserves a full day of sightseeing.

You can visit the Hallgrímskirkja, and the beautiful streets in the city center or even visit the Open Air Museum where you will get the chance to see traditional Icelandic homes. Also, let’s not forget about the Harpa!

Final thoughts

With so many beautiful places it’s tough to choose only 5 but I did my best. I hope that Iceland is on your travel bucket list. If not, make sure to add it and visit it as soon as possible. Tourism is on the rise and soon you might not be able to enjoy all these beautiful places by yourself. I hope you have enjoyed my top 5 must-see places in Iceland.

May the travel bug bite you!

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Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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  1. Robert Verdin
    November 18, 2019 / 12:45 am

    Wow. What a Beautiful Paradise.
    I never travel, but I’d love to visit Iceland at least once in my life. I don’t have alot of money is there a cheaper way to travel there?

    • dailytravelpill
      November 20, 2019 / 3:45 pm

      To book cheap flights I usually use . You can choose flexible dates and you can see when are the cheapest tickets to Iceland. For cheap hotels, I recommend booking a few months in advance. I usually use . Hope it helps!

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