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It is really impossible to keep track of all the activities and the things to do in Iceland. I still try to do my best. On this site, I give my readers ways to save on top-rated tours with the biggest selection of promotional codes, or voucher codes anywhere on the web. I only work with the best tour companies, people who I know and trust.

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Man at Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland. Things to in Iceland includes chasing waterfalls
Things to in Iceland includes chasing waterfalls

But there are also ways to enjoy so many places and activities without joining a tour. Here are some fantastic things you should consider when planning your Iceland trip. ‘

Things to do in Iceland with your kids and family

Iceland is a family-friendly country. It has a low crime rate and so many fun activities for kids. If you are going to Iceland with your kids check out the section on family-friendly travel in Iceland. Swimming, meeting farm animals, going horseback riding, enjoying Reykjavik, entering ice tunnels and going whale watching, seeing lava flow indoors, and so on and so forth. Iceland is a dream country for kids who want to learn about nature and geology first hand.

Iceland is a family friendly destination.
Iceland is a family-friendly destination.

Hiking in Iceland

Iceland is an incredible country for hiking. This is one of my favorite activity and I have been on so many incredible hiking trips here. There is such a great variety of hiking trails all around the country. In my section on hiking trails, there are articles about brutal and long hikes in the mountains of northern Iceland, easy strolls up Mt. Esja just outside Reykjavik, and a cool app that enables you to discover hiking trails all over Iceland. Please make sure that you stay safe when hiking in Iceland. Watch the weather forecast and study the safety guidelines on the Safe travel website.

Hello Mr. Cod. I love you.
Hello Mr. Cod. I love you.

Eating and drinking

Iceland has a lot of great restaurants and bars and great cuisine. In fact, it is nearly impossible to keep up with all the cool places opening (and closing) here in Reykjavik! I am not a big fan of fancy restaurants, there are few things that annoy more than pretentious places which charge you a lot of money for a few foamy morsels. I guess I am old-fashioned that way! So if I recommend a restaurant, it is a good value for money for constantly hungry people who work out 4-5 days a week and bike to work.

Northern lights in Iceland.
Northern lights in Iceland.

The northern lights

The northern lights are both spectacular and elusive. I always say to people, don’t come to Iceland just to see the northern lights. Their sighting cannot be guaranteed. But if you see them when they are at their best it is a sight you will not forget any time soon. In my section on the northern lights, I have done my best to publish content that helps you to find the northern lights when you visit Iceland. Good luck with hunting for the northern lights.

Pool in Iceland in sunset.
Jump in.

Soak in pools and spas

The northern lights are elusive but the abundance of mineral enriched geothermal water means that you can always count on being able to soak in fantastic spas all around Iceland. The swimming pools and hot pots in every town in Iceland must be experienced by every visitor. Be sure to follow the instructions on bathing before you enter the pools. Yes, you must shower naked and apply plenty of soap everywhere. No exceptions.

Humpback whale
Humpback whale

Whale watching is one of the most popular activity

Whale watching is such a fantastic activity. I am always blown away by the majesty of the whales in Icelandic waters. I am proud of working with the leading whale watching company Elding. My readers can get discount promo codes for their top-rated whale watching tours.

Puffins in Iceland.
Puffins. They are cute.

Birdwatching

Iceland has a fantastic variety of birds. You hardly need to step outside of Reykjavik to see the incredible birdlife up close and personal.

Martin Schulz is one of the best photographers there.
Things can get cold on your photography tour in Iceland. But that does not stop Martin Schulz

Photography tours to Iceland

Just imagine a country where the scenery is constantly changing with the weather and different light. Consider a landscape that is transformed with the different seasons. Have you seen the stark differences between boiling geothermal water and ice and snow? Stark mountains and rugged scenery with delicate vegetation. Picture raging rivers and cascading waterfalls. My country is the ultimate place for ambitious photographer.

Paragliding in Iceland
Paragliding in Iceland

Extreme sports

The country is a magnet for those who want to do extreme things. But of course, I advise everybody to be careful and respect nature. Make sure you know what you are doing before you attempt it.

 

 

Celebrate the good life at Hvammsvík Hot Springs

One of Iceland’s most precious resources is its geothermal water. In many places, it either bubbles out of the ground or is accessible by drilling a hole. This is amazing for our country. We can heat most of our houses with hot water, greatly enriching…

Dating in Iceland: A unique blend of tradition and modernity

In a world where dating landscapes vary dramatically from one country to another, Iceland stands out with its distinctive approach to romance and relationships. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and liberal society, Iceland offers a unique experience for those navigating the dating scene. Unlike many…

Advice on how to have the best road trip in Iceland

My latest partner, KONVIN Car Rental, stands out with its new car offering, emphasis on cleanliness, and excellent service.  From compact hybrids to rugged camper vans, their vehicles ensure that every traveler finds the perfect match for the best road trip in Iceland. The Managing…

Whale Watching Akureyri brings you close to the giants of the sea

Few people can claim more experience in the Icelandic travel industry than Sara Sigmundsdóttir. As a teenager, she started working in the family business, the whale-watching company Elding. Fast-forward to today, Sara is running Elding’s sister company, Whale Watching Akureyri, and has a captain’s license. It…

Slow travel in the Westfjords – discover this incredible region

The Westfjords region is a stark, beautiful, untamed, serene region. This northwestern peninsula has dramatic fjords, steep mountains, and an unbeatable coastline. It offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life like no other place. Seals, Arctic foxes, birds, and whales are…

Dagný Björg of Hidden Iceland talks eco-friendly traveling in Iceland

Hidden Iceland is one of the highest-rated Icelandic companies on Trip Advisor. They have over 1.240 reviews, most of which are five stars. The company is also dedicated to and is a pioneer in eco-friendly traveling in Iceland. In short, they are a great example…

Go Whale Watching from Árskógssandur with a 15% discount

Experience whale watching with a high chance of spotting humpback whales from the charming village of Árskógssandur, just a 30-minute ride from Akureyri. This picturesque location is renowned for its stunning scenery and is home to Iceland’s first microbrewery and the famous Beer Baths. Sign…

Exploring Thorsmork in winter is something else

It is safe to say that Thorsmork, the forest of Thor, has a special place in the hearts of all Icelanders. Travelers mostly experience it in the summertime, but exploring Thorsmork in winter is something else. I have often visited Thorsmork in the summer, but…

Explore Snæfellsnes peninsula which is Iceland in miniature

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, located on Iceland’s western coast, extends 55 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, offering a breathtaking array of natural landscapes. Known as “Iceland in miniature,” it encapsulates the essence of Icelandic scenery and culture, featuring a glacier-capped volcano, diverse lava fields, striking basalt…

The wonders of the Icelandic highlands are yours to experience with Midgard

My latest partners are Midgard Adventure and Midgard Base Camp. They operate in the village of Hvolsvollur on the south coast of Iceland. At the helm of this family-run tour company is Hildur Kristjánsdottir. Her passion for the wonders of the Icelandic highlands and sustainable…

River rafting adventure in Iceland with Arctic Rafting

In the heart of the Icelandic Golden Circle, the thrill of adventure meets the beauty of nature. Founded in 1985, the rafting and kayaking company Arctic Rafting offers a gateway to the exhilarating world of river rafting in Iceland under the stewardship of Tinna Sigurðardóttir,…

Sky Lagoon spa – relax & unwind in paradise

The Sky Lagoon spa is located near downtown Reykjavik. Here, you can experience authentic Icelandic luxury with unparalleled calmness and relaxation. Visiting the Sky Lagoon is, therefore, one of the best ways to end a cruise through Europe. This beautifully designed outdoor spa is open for…

Stuck in Iceland recommends: Sümac restaurant

In this first special Stuck in Iceland restaurant recommendation, we will talk about one of our all-time favorite restaurants in Reykjavík, the Middle-Eeastern themed Sümac, run by one of Iceland´s most renowned chefs, Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon. Þráinn also runs ÓX, one of the three Michelin-star…

Lee-Anne Fox has visited Iceland 17 times – here are her travel tips

As I have often discussed, a big part of my motivation for running Stuck in Iceland Travel Magazine is the great people I have known through this part-time passion project. Sadly, I have not met all of these people, but that is a feature of…

Litli Barinn in Reykjavik – A haven of Icelandic culture and warmth

In the heart of Reykjavik’s historic Vesturbær neighborhood lies a quaint and cozy gem within the Local 101 hotel, offering a unique blend of Icelandic culture and hospitality. At the helm of this charming bar and its accompanying hotel are Alma Bremond and her partner,…

Discover the real Iceland through the lens of amateur photographer Einar H. Reynis

The amazing thing about the internet is how everyday people can apply their skills and reach millions of other people from all over the globe. I have achieved modest success in this regard. However, sometimes you notice that other people have, in their quiet way,…

Explore the Wilderness: Unique adventures in the Westfjords

Borea Adventures stands out as a leading adventure guiding company based in Ísafjörður, the vibrant heart of the Westfjords of Iceland. Established in 2006, the company embodies a lifestyle deeply rooted in the untamed beauty of its surroundings. I am delighted to add the company…

How to best experience the 2026 solar eclipse in Iceland

On 12 August 2026 at 16:42, we here in Iceland will be treated to an amazingly natural phenomenon: a total sun eclipse. Therefore, I am thrilled to bring back a familiar face to my readers: Sævar Helgi Bragason, a renowned Icelandic educator, TV personality, and…

The ultimate list of tips for your camper van road trip in Iceland

This is the season when people are planning their camper van road trip in Iceland. Embarking on a camper van road trip in Iceland is an exhilarating experience. Here are some practical and actionable tips for the best camper van road trip in beautiful Iceland…

Sonia Nicolson is the Reykjavik Sketcher

Sonia Nicolson, AKA the Reykjavik Sketcher, is a Scottish expat living in Iceland who has carved a space in the world of design and education here in Iceland. Not your typical architect, Sonia’s journey is one of perseverance, passion, and adaptability. From struggling through high…

The eruption in Grindavik

Early this morning, a volcanic eruption started just outside the little fishing town of Grindavik. The town is situated on the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. Keflavik International Airport is on the north-west corner of the Reykjanes peninsula and is some 27 Kilometers (I7…

Self-drive guides for Iceland: John Lloyd’s expertly curated routes

John Lloyd has visited and explored Iceland 19 times since his first trip in 2012, completing the Ring Road several times and covering the Westfjords, Snæfellsnes and Vestmannaeyjar too. The results are comprehensive and practical self-drive guides for Iceland. His e-book series, “Iceland – Route…

Dancing in the morning at FlyOver Iceland

A friend of the magazine, Emilía Sigurðardóttir, Sales & Marketing Manager of FlyOver Iceland, just sent me this article about their recent holiday breakfast, which their friends and neighbors enjoyed at the FlyOver Iceland HQ. It is also the first entry into a brand new…

The Katlatrack adventure with Gudjon Gudmundsson

I’m excited to introduce you to Gudjon Thorsteinn Gudmundsson, the founder of Katlatrack, one of Iceland’s top adventure tour companies. Since its inception in 2009, Katlatrack has pioneered year-round natural ice cave exploration in Iceland, offering unique, offbeat adventures beyond typical tourist hot spots. As…

Stuck in Iceland Wrapped for 2023 – thank you dear readers

What a year 2023 was for my Stuck in Iceland Travel magazine. Over 70 thousand people read the magazine, and 5.400 readers signed up for my newsletter. By doing so, they receive discount codes from over 100 tours and travel services from over 40 travel…

Auður Jónsdóttir: insight & warmth in Iceland’s literature

If you only knew Iceland from its dynamic literary scene and the number of books published in Icelandic every year, I would understand if you thought Iceland is a country of millions. In 2021, 895 book titles were published in a country of just under…

Iceland road trip with camping – find great tips here

Want to go on an Iceland road trip with camping? Zakarias Fridriksson is a young entrepreneur who recently founded the car rental and camping equipment rental company Camping Iceland with two of his childhood friends, Aron Freyr Gíslason and Bergsteinn Máni Guðmundsson. I just started…

Old-time Icelandic Christmas – dodging trolls, and a kid eating cat

Icelanders love to celebrate Christmas. In a country where people must deal with a long, hard winter, feasting, gift-giving, and merrymaking are welcome distractions. Articles about Icelandic Christmas are popular with my readers during the advent. This is why I wanted to write about old-time…

Entrepreneur Safa Jemai spices up Iceland

One of the best things that has happened to Iceland in the past decades is the many immigrants that have moved from abroad and enriched the country´s culture and country. When I was growing up, Iceland was utterly monoculture, and everything was rather bland, both…

Man-made caves in south Iceland could be from the first settlers

For the longest time, the history of Iceland has been told this way: Noble Norwegian chieftains wanted to be free of the aggressive king Haraldur Hardrada, who unified Norway with force. These intrepid chieftains wanted to live free in remote Iceland rather than bend the…

Will American Scientists Solve the Mystery of the Caves at Hella?

A team of American scientists is currently working on the age determination of the caves at Ægissíða in Rangárþing ytra and their possible role in settlement of Iceland. The team is investigating carvings on cave walls and sediment layers in the caves. They use an…

Serendipity seekers love Reykjavik music festival Iceland Airwaves

The Reykjavik music festival Iceland Airwaves should come with a health warning: Do not attend if you have FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. You will have a bewildering choice of musical acts and venues throughout venues in central Reykjavik. The 2023 Iceland Airwaves had 82,…

Icelandic Eiderdown is rarer than diamonds, and much more useful

Based in northern Iceland’s rugged Troll Peninsula, Icelandic Eider was founded in 2019. It is based on a well-established legacy of 80 years of a family business. Eiderdown has been gathered in the area by the locals since 1860. About 4.500 eider ducks nest in…

The third batch of love letters of Iceland is here

My friends and partners at Sleipnir Tours offered me their exquisite Sleipnir necklace by Icelandic artist Óttar Gauti Guðmundsson. They generously provided two necklaces—one for me and one for you, my readers, with a 20% online discount code. Simply subscribe to my newsletter for the code….

Exclusive winter discount: Explore Iceland with Moonwalker Tours!

Are you ready for an unforgettable Icelandic adventure this winter? I’ve got an exciting offer for my dear subscribers at Stuck in Iceland magazine. When you sign up for our exclusive newsletter, you’ll get a fantastic 15% discount on top-rated private tours with Moonwalker Tours,…

A new batch of love letters to Iceland

My friends and partners at Sleipnir Tours offered me their exquisite Sleipnir necklace by Icelandic artist Óttar Gauti Guðmundsson. They generously provided two necklaces—one for me and one for you, my readers, with a 20% online discount code. Simply subscribe to my newsletter for the…

Love letters to Iceland: affair started in challenging times

Sometimes, you don’t know quite what to do with good things that come to you. My friends and partners at Sleipnir Tours offered me to promote their fabulous Sleipnir necklace created by the Icelandic artist Óttar Gauti Guðmundsson. Sleipnir Tours gave me two necklaces, one…

Nice Travel: Icelandic Hospitality and small-group travel

Founded in 2012 by three Icelandic families, Nice Travel is a top-rated tour company with almost 600 positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Their ethos centers around providing personal travel experiences. Limiting their tours to a maximum of 19 guests ensures a more intimate journey for every…

Reeling in Memories: Meet Icelandic fishing Guide Guðmundur Atli

I could never be a fishing guide in Iceland. I am what is called in Icelandic ‘fiskifæla,’ a word that means something like ‘fish repeller.’ Every time I am by a riverbank and try to fish, the salmon, trout, or char conspire not to interact…

From first flash to fading embers: A tribute to eruptions in Iceland

Daníel Páll Jónasson, a geographer and avid photographer, has embarked on a remarkable journey through Iceland’s recent eruptions in Iceland. After the 2021 eruption in Geldingadalir, Daníel published a book featuring 112 of his favorite photographs from that first eruption. But now, after two eruptions,…