Planning a trip to Iceland and looking for typical things to do? Here comes the ultimate Iceland Bucket List for Film Fans…
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1. Go on a Golden Circle Tour
Known as the must-do introduction tour to Iceland, you can check off several of Iceland's most iconic sights in just a few hours.
Highlights include the famous Strokkur Geyser, which reliably erupts every six to ten minutes, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall as well as the oldest existing parliament in the world – Þingvellir National Park. You might also recognize this place as a recurring film location from the TV hit series Game of Thrones.
For more info and to book your tour, check out this overview of all Golden Circle Tours from Reykjavik.
Erupting Geyser. #OnlyInIceland
2. Trace iconic film locations
Iceland's magnificent South Coast is within a day's reach from Reykjavik, too and features film locations from Thor: The Dark World, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, James Bond: Die Another Day, Noah and Game of Thrones.
Read the whole story of my day tour along the South Coast in my post Touring the Film Locations of Iceland's South Coast and the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón
The Skógafoss waterfall has featured as a filming location in several movies, such as "Thor: The Dark World" (2013) and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (2013)
3. See the Northern Lights
Visit Iceland from November to April and you will see one of the most spectacular natural wonders that the Northern hemisphere has to offer.
Read more about catching the Northern Lights in Iceland in my post Reykjavik on a Budget: The Ultimate Survival Guide
Northern Lights in Iceland. Photo: Happy Tours
4. Wear your sunglasses at night
In the summertime (May to August), you can of course enjoy the opposite light spectacle. Be prepared to wear your sunglasses at night if you come in June. At that time, there are almost 24 hours of daylight in Reykjavik, it never really gets dark. I wouldn't say that if I hadn't seen it myself!
Join a sightseeing, food or brewery tour in Reykjavik or just walk around at your own leisure and enjoy the endless summer days in the city.
This picture was taken around 10 pm at night!
5. Ride the unique Icelandic horse
Read all about why I booked a horseback riding tour in Iceland after 15 years of horse riding absence in my post Exploring Iceland on Horseback: My Lava Tour with Íshestar Horse Riding
6. Chill out in a public thermal bath or Icelandic hot spring
Do as the locals do and chillax in an outdoor hot tub after a busy day of sightseeing. There are three public baths in Reykjavik, which are a cheap (and just as nice) alternative to the Blue Lagoon.
Read more about Reykjavik's public thermal baths in my post Reykjavik on a Budget: The Ultimate Survival Guide
Alternatively, book a day tour that includes a visit to one of Iceland's famous hot springs.
7. Have a soak in the Blue Lagoon!
Although if you want the real thing, the Blue Lagoon is of course a must-do. You can easily combine a visit with your transport to or from the airport as the Lagoon is located close to the Iceland's international airport Keflavík.
8. Watch whales and puffins up and close!
Puffin and Whale Watching Tours are popular natural attractions in Iceland, especially during the summer months. And you don't even have to go far! There are several tour providers conveniently offering Whale Watching and Puffin Watching Tours from Reykjavik's harbour.
During my visit in June, I saw boths: puffins and humpback whales! Read more in the post about my Puffin Watching Tour with Happy Tours!
Whale watching in Iceland
9. Join a free walking tour in Reykjavik
Great to get a first overview about what's located where in the capital as well as to learn EVERYTHING about Icelandic history and culture. I took the free walking tour with City Walk Reykjavik, which I can highly recommend!
Reykjavik Street Art
10. Come face to face with the vikings
The first permanent settlers in Iceland were vikings from Norway, who came to the secluded island in the North Atlantic Ocean from about 870 AD – allegedly because they had some problems with the other vikings back in Norway and were thus shunned from the community. The journey of the first vikings discovering and settling in Iceland is also portrayed in the TV series Vikings (2013-ongoing).
At the Saga Museum in Reykjavik you will learn everything about the famous tales of the vikings, which were written down in the so-called Icelandic sagas. Plus, you can even get your own souvenir pic with one of the many (incredibly realistic looking) viking wax figures.
Me meeting a viking!
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