Five must-see places when visiting Iceland

Posted May 11, 2022 8:00 a.m. EDT
Updated May 13, 2022 5:02 p.m. EDT

There are many interesting places to see and experiences in Iceland. Here are five places that should be at the top of your list when you visit.

A tomato-themed restaurant. While some people in the U.S. put ketchup on everything, a restaurant in Iceland puts tomato in just about everything! Fridheimar is a family-owned restaurant with tomato-themed cuisine. The tomatoes are grown in on-site greenhouses. You can try tomato ice cream, tomato espresso, and even tomato beer.

The largest church in Iceland. Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran church located on a hill in the center of Reykavík. It’s 245 feet tall, making it the largest church in Iceland. The church was designed to resemble Thor’s hammer with the handle facing up as a nod to Iceland’s religious history.


Iceland’s hidden world. Take a guided tour through ancient man-made caves. The Caves of Hella are the oldest standing archeological remains in Iceland. If you like history with a side of mystery, make sure you check this one out.

Black sand beaches. At Diamond beach you’ll notice the sand is black. The sand comes from Iceland’s volcanic landscape. Lava from a currently dormant volcano floats across the beach hardening and solidifying when it hits the cold water.

A geothermal spa. The Blue Lagoon is the most popular attraction in Iceland. It’s considered to have restorative properties because the water is rich with silica and sulfur. In addition to the spa, the Blue Lagoon also has a restaurant, café, steam rooms and even a small waterfall.

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