Sightseeing in Iceland

The tourism industry in Iceland is growing and there are many sightseeing attractions in Iceland. Sightseeing in Iceland can be the experience of your lifetime. With a plethora of tourist spots, Iceland draws a large number of tourists per year.

Over the past one or two decades, tourism has become an important part of the Icelandic economy. Tourist spots in Iceland principally circle around the assorted geographical setting, comprising creeks, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, lakes and hot springs. Worth mentioning are Vatnaj�kull, which is the biggest glacier in Iceland and Geysir (a geyser closely located to Haukadalur). You can watch aurora borealis because of latitude of Iceland. Aurora borealis is a significant tourist attraction in the country. Iceland is famous across the world for its rich cultural heritage revolving around the heroic tales and the Viking-oriented society.

The offices of the Icelandic Tourist Board are located in Akureyri and Reykjkavik, the capital of the country. The overseas locations of the board are based in Berlin, Germany and New York, United States of America.

Since 2006, the tourism industry of Iceland has made an approximate contribution of 4.1% of the gross national product of Iceland. The tourism industry of Iceland has shown signs of stable growth during 1990 to 2000. In the year 2000, there was a landmark development where the number of tourists surpassed the overall resident population. During the decade of 2000, the travel and tourism industry showed signs of constant growth by approximately 11% per year on an average and about 360,000 tourists came to Iceland in 2004. Since that time, the number of tourists has gone up significantly and the figure was 485,000 in 2007. In 2008, the number crossed 500,000. In 2000, the number of nights spent in Iceland was 0.585 million and in 2008, it was 1.05 million. In 2000, tourism industry generated around 7,385 jobs and in 2006, the figure was 8,211. This was 4.5% of the overall manpower of the state, in comparison to 6% each in cultivation and the fishing industry.

Sightseeing tours in Iceland

Given below are the names of the famous sightseeing tours in Iceland:

  • The Golden Circle Classic
  • Northern Lights Mystery
  • Golden Circle Express
  • The Blue Lagoon Direct and Gullfoss and Geysir Express
  • The Blue Lagoon Direct to Keflavik Airport
  • South Coast and Thorsmork
  • The Viking Horse and Gullfoss and Geysir Express
  • Golden Circle Evening Tour
  • South Coast and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  • Greater Area Reykjavik Sightseeing
  • Reykjnes Peninsula
  • The Blue Lagoon Direct
  • Iceland from Below - An Underground Adventure
  • The Blue Lagoon Direct From Keflavik Airport
  • Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and Snowmobile Activity

Sightseeing spots in Iceland

Listed below are the important sightseeing spots and attractions in Iceland:

  • Hot Springs
  • Volcanos (Mount Hekta is a must visit)
  • Northern Lights
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Geysir
  • Islands
  • Golden Circle
  • Strokkur
  • Vatnajokull
  • Glacier (You should visit the Vatnajokull glacier)
  • Thingvellir
  • Hekla
  • Skaftafell Iceland
  • Grimsvotn
  • Heimaey
  • Surtsey
  • Dettifoss
  • Myvatn
  • Waterfalls (Waterfall of the Gods and Gullfoss waterfalls)

Adventure trips/Adventure tour -

If you want to go for an adventure tour or trip, then you can select your own destination and merge your air tour with the following:

  • Snowmobile tour
  • Super Jeep tour
  • Sea angling
  • Hiking trip
  • Boat trip
  • Kayaking

Iceland is the second biggest Island in Europe. It is increasingly becoming a popular tourist spot due to the aspects of its diverse landscape. While sightseeing in Iceland, you will come across geysers, active volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs, lava deserts and so on.