Iceland’s Summer Travel Guide

It’s not a tropical island, but visiting Iceland in the summer has its perks. From extended daylight hours and mild temperatures to ice caves and hot springs. Plus, it’s only a short nonstop flight from the east coast and Europeans can reach the island by ferry!

Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo Courtesy of Lonely Planet

You will most likely fly into Reykjavik or visit at some point during your journey through Iceland. It’s the country’s capital and the largest, most popular city. While chain hotels are common, opt for staying in a smaller boutique hotel like the Alda Hotel. Stay in one of their rooms with a private balcony and views of the sea and city.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon
Photo Courtesy of Guide to Iceland

Often considered the Disneyland of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa created in 1976 by the overflow of water from the power plant next door. The steaming waters and silica mud are said to have healing properties that lure hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Communal bathing is an important Icelandic custom and while the Blue Lagoon is the most popular public pool, there are many others all over the country.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn
Photo Courtesy of Iceland Magazine

Located in northern Iceland, Lake Myvatn is a site to see. From desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves this area is full of adventure. You must travel through the highlands to get to Lake Myvatn, which is only accessible in the summer for a few short weeks. This is a great area for hiking and you won’t want to miss a dip in the Myvatn natural baths!

West Fjords

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
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Visit the West Fjords if only for the scenery. The stunning green landscape and dramatic cliff sides make this area the ideal spot for camping and hiking. Since it becomes quite popular in the summer, opt for a more remote experience and head to Hornstrandir Natural Reserve, at the edge of the Arctic Circle.

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