Guide to 2021’s Hottest Tourist Attraction: Lesser Known Places to Visit in Iceland

By Rameen Hassan | 17, Nov, 2021
Guide to 2021’s Hottest Tourist Attraction: Lesser Known Places to Visit in Iceland

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”

--- Hans Christian Anderson

From exploring the ice caves and glaciers to viewing awe-inspiring volcanoes, swimming in the soothing natural hot springs, gazing at breathtaking landscapes and waterfalls, and savoring the Halal cultural food, Iceland provides you the best travel destination experience of your lifetime.

If anything, once you have disclosed the views of Iceland, your desire to revisit will grow more than ever. So, without further ado, savor and discover the land of ice and fire as we guide you through the top things to do in Iceland. Let’s delve right into it:

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Visit Reykjavik: A Vibrant Cultural Representation of Icelanders
Reykjavik Iceland

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Ah, the small but mighty Reykjavik! There is so much to do in the country’s capital; from exploring culture and history to indulging in mouthwatering cuisine and exploring endless views.

If you’re looking to start your journey by getting a good insight into the culture and history of Icelanders, visit the National Museum in Reykjavik. You will come across local sculptures and other cultural representations of Iceland. Next, your eyes will thank you if you run into the drama of nature in Ellidavatn: a lake in Reykjavík. Here, your track will be surrounded by exciting trails, with magma erupting from volcanoes as you discover the lakeside.

After spending your day exploring Reykjavik, offer your Salah in Moskan í Reykjavík and savor the luscious Halal fish, rice, shrimps, and meat at Shalimar restaurant or Mandi. Both of these are the best Halal restaurants in Iceland.


Boat Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon: The Land of Black Sand and Diamond Beach
Jakulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Iceland

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See the Orcas playing with the water and diving into the southern coast of Iceland. Imagine yourself standing on the black sand - which reflects the residues of volcanic ash - on the shore and caressing the icebergs that the waters of Jokulsarlon bring to the beach. While you are amazed to utter anything, your lips will move, “Are these not diamonds on the ash?”

Adorned by both travel enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, you’re guaranteed to experience the comforting warm water of natural hot springs and geothermal pools if you make your way to the ever-famous Blue Lagoon. However, because there are few native Muslims in the country, it is not possible to find Mosques and Halal restaurants nearby. All you can do is buy and relish Halal chicken nuggets or other Halal products from the Blue Lagoon store.


Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure: One of The Top Things To Do in the World
Diving in Silfra Fissure Iceland

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Pack your diving masks and swim fins because Iceland offers one of the world’s top snorkeling experiences!

Silfra Fissure is a tapered volcanic gully located in Thingvellir National Park that entices you to wander the aquatic world where crystal-blue water is the king, and the rocks chant about its glory. We recommend reaching out to a company that offers guided snorkeling tours, as you can easily discover the underwater and snorkel between continents, all while staying safe.


Exploring the Katla Ice Cave: Adventure Under the Volcano
Katla Ice Cave Iceland

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Now that you have hiked through Iceland’s rough tracks, explored the water, and seen most of what the country has to offer, it is time to make your way through the bumpy glacial paths to visit the breathtaking Katla Ice Caves.

Situated in the South of Iceland in the Kotlujokull glacier, the Katla Ice Cave helps you experience the true meaning of the land of fire and ice. When you venture through the glacier and enter the blue cave, the blue belts of ice and black ash of volcanoes stun your mind to interpret what is going on.

Sadly, Muslims contribute 0.4% of the total population of Iceland. So, be prepared to not find a lot of restaurants that offer Halal food near the Kotlujokull glacier. However, you can always buy Halal food from the city center prior to making your journey.

Jokunsarlon Iceland

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Although there is a lot more to explore in Iceland, these are four lesser-known spots that are definitely not to be missed. Be sure to add them to your list of things to do in Iceland for an all-rounded vacation. For more destination ideas, check out our travel blog to find locations of Halal restaurants and Mosques near you.

Want to read more about the things to do in Iceland? Check out our other articles on Iceland!

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