Map of Iceland's Attractions

Are you coming to Iceland for the first time and wondering where all of the country's best attractions are on the map? Do you want to know where Reykjavík's points of interest are or where the best waterfalls are along the South Coast? Find a wealth of maps below with all the main sights and best attractions to be found in Iceland. 

When travelling to a new country, it is good to start by getting yourself oriented and prepared. Why not start by looking up where you are staying, then scribbling down—or memorising, if you can—the names of the attractions you want to see and where they can be found?

Some people like to just go with the flow and not plan too far ahead; still, for all of you organisers out there, here are a few handy maps to help plan your route around Iceland, making sure not to miss any of the country's best highlights!

Best Travel Plans of Iceland

Circle of Iceland Driving Map

Above, you will find a useful map for driving around Iceland, with all of the main sights marked on it in varying colour tags. Feel free to zoom in to get a closer look at each attraction's location one by one.

Iceland has one ring road (Road Number 1) that loops the entirety of the country. Along this route, you will find multiple attractions such as: waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and beaches. Why not stray a little off the ring road in order to include some of the lesser known attractions in East Iceland or the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland?



Vestrahorn mountain is in east Iceland

If you want to visit the northern or eastern regions of Iceland, then you should aspire to drive the whole circle from Reykjavík. It is roughly the same distance to drive from Reykjavík to the town of Egilsstaðir in East Iceland, no matter whether you take the northern route or the southern route. Whichever route you choose, you will find the landscape is vastly different in every part of the country.

You can book the 10 Day Self Drive Tour here.

Circle of Iceland & the Westfjords

The Westfjords make up Iceland's most remote area, simply because the region is cut off from the ring road and a bit of a detour to travel to. Many of the roads are also gravel roads, so you'll need to take your time as you drive one scenic fjord to another. The Westfjords are hardly accessible during winter time due to heavy snowfalls, closed roads and even avalanche threats; such dangers only makes the region more magical during summer.



Beautiful views at Iceland's Westfjords

If you want to add the Westfjords to your itinerary, then you will need a minimum of 2 weeks to include both the ring road and the Westfjords. If you simply want to explore the Westfjords on their own after departing from Reykjavík, you'd do well to give yourself a week of exploration time. 

Note that you can shorten your driving time by taking the ferry Baldur between Stykkishólmur and Brjánslækur, with an optional stop at the tranquil Flatey island, one of Iceland's hidden gems.

If you're on a budget, but want to spend 2 weeks exploring the whole country, then it is advised you book this 14 Day Super Budget Self Drive Tour, including a rental car and budget accommodation. If you'd prefer ensuite bathrooms during your stay, then this 14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & the Westfjords is also available. 

Iceland's South Coast Driving Map

There are multiple attractions along the South Coast of Iceland; it has quickly become one of the most popular routes to take due to its proximity to Reykjavík and easy accessibility all year round.

In wintertime, we don't advise travellers to go to the Westfjords, East Iceland or North Iceland. Although some days it is not problematic at all to travel to these destinations, it is not possible at all in advance to know what the weather will do when you arrive. If you have booked your accommodation in advance at these locations, then there is a high chance that you'll run into difficulties on arrival, either due to snowstorms and/or road closures, but locals try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to dealing with the weather.



Winter landscape by the village Vík in south Iceland

Snowstorms and road closures also occur in Iceland's south and west during winter, but not as frequently. Please take this into consideration when planning your winter travel in Iceland, as you can always add more time to your estimated journey duration or even go on a tour instead. 



The 9 day travel itinerary is planned for winter but can, of course, also be used in summertime, giving travellers ample time at each location. Book your 9 Day Self Drive Winter Tour here.

West Iceland Driving Map

This map features the highlights of southwest and the West of Iceland, including the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls and the many highlights of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

It is possible to drive to these locations both in summer and wintertime, weather permitting.

Winter views of mount Kirkjufell in west Iceland

We'd recommend this drive in at least 3 days, and you can book the 3 Day Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle and Hraunfossar Falls here.

Iceland Map: Natural Attractions

Map of Iceland's Waterfalls

Iceland boasts an almost endless number of waterfalls. Behind every nook and cranny, one can find a waterfall of some description within Iceland's landscape. You don't even need to leave the city borders of Reykjavík since there is a waterfall found right in the valley of Elliðaárdalur!

It would be impossible to try to count all the waterfalls that exist in Iceland; a number of them have no names and, each year, new ones form from melting glaciers or changes in the ground due to earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.

However, above, you can find a map of the biggest, tallest, most powerful, and arguably the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

Gullfoss is the most famous, found on the world renown Golden Circle route. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are a popular pair in the South Coast since there's only a 30 minute drive between them and they're both located right by the ring road. They also both have other waterfalls right by them, 'hiding' in plain sight. Gljúfrabúi is tucked in between two cliffs forming a hidden cave, only a 5 minute walk from Seljalandsfoss. And hiking up the trail at the top of Skógafoss will lead you to around 30 more waterfalls, one after the other.

Dynjandi is an impressive waterfall in Iceland's Westfjords

Dettifoss, in northeast Iceland, is Europe's most powerful waterfall, whereas Glymur in West Iceland, is the country's tallest. Dynjandi, in the Westfjords, tumbles down like a crown, earning it the title 'The Crown of the Westfjords'. 

If you want to put in a little effort to reach a truly beautiful waterfall, then a 1-2 hour hike is needed to reach both Glymur (the tallest one) and Hengifoss in East Iceland. A slightly shorter hike will bring you to Svartifoss in Skaftafell, surrounded by black columns.

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall is small but impressive nonetheless!

And then there are all the smaller ones that are still impressive due to their picturesque nature or location, like Kirkjufellsfoss, that nestles close to the cone shaped Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula or, alternatively, Hraunfossar, that trickles out of the lava in the western part of Iceland.

No matter which direction you head to in Iceland, you'll be sure to find some impressive waterfalls!



Map of Iceland's Hot Springs and Swimming Pools

Map of some of Iceland's hot springs and swimming pools

Every small town in Iceland will have a swimming pool; the greater Reykjavík area has a whopping 17 of them! In addition to the swimming pools, there is also a number of hot springs and spas, both man-made and natural.

The swimming pools are easily found, as there will be a sign pointing the way to each one within each town, and since Iceland's towns and villages are small, then you'll find the centre, and the local pool, within a minute or two after entering the town. Arguably, the most stunning swimming pool in Iceland is the infinity pool, boasting an undisturbed ocean view, at Hofsós in North Iceland.

Hofsós swimming pool in north Iceland has stunning viewsPicture by Ása Steinarsdóttir

The natural pools are harder to pin down as many of them do not show up on Google Maps and a number of them are in the middle of nowhere, with no roads whatsoever leading up to them. Most of these are unmarked as well, so it's best to ask the locals if there are any hot pools in the vicinity.

The pools also vary in look and size, as well as temperature. Some natural hot springs are forbidden to enter, either because of danger (such as too high temperature or a danger of rocks falling) or to protect the pools and the delicate surrounding nature. If the hot springs are on private land, be sure to ask for permission before entering the pool.

Which pools to seek out depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for modern comforts like a changing room, showers and bathrooms, you'll be looking for something quite different to a pool that requires you to rough it, stripping outdoors in the sun, rain, wind or snow. 

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is considered to be more of a spa than simply a hot pool. There, you will find showers, restrooms, changing facilities, on site massages, a bar, a café and a restaurant - and even a hotel if you want to spend the night or have your own private access to the lagoon. Mývatn Nature Baths, found in North Iceland, offer a similar, although smaller (and cheaper) experience.

Another hot pool, with a small geyser bubbling nearby, is the Secret Lagoon by the town Flúðir in South Iceland. For a fee, you can enjoy this pool, which is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland. You can also combine it in a Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Tour

Or you can head to Fontana Spa by Lake Laugavatn, where you can enjoy a sauna that's built right on top of a steaming geyser. To lower the temperature inside the sauna, you simply open the door to let in some fresh air.



Map of Iceland's Volcanoes

There are around 130 volcanoes in Iceland, although many of them no longer erupt. The sheer amount of volcanoes in Iceland means we didn't put all of them on a map; regardless, you can see the most famous ones on the above map.  

Some of them are very picturesque from afar, such as Snæfellsjökull, that's also famous for being the entry point to the Earth's core in Jules Verne's classic book "Journey to the Centre of the Earth."

Snæfellsjökull volcano in west Iceland seen from afar

Other volcanoes have spectacular hikes to get to them, such as Eyjafjallajökull, that's found right by the famous Fimmvörðuháls trek.

Some are small but beautiful craters that are easy to hike up to and around, such as Hverfjall and Kerið. You can even enter the now dormant caldera of a volcano with the inside the volcano tour, the only real way to explore its colourful magma chamber!

Volcanic eruption in Holuhraun volcano in Iceland

Other volcanoes are tucked away in the Highlands, such as Bárðarbunga or Holuhraun, where their destructive powers can change the landscape but do no harm to towns or villages nestled on the country's shores.



Map of Iceland's Towns & Villages

From time to time, travellers will contact us and ask about other cities in Iceland besides Reykjavík. In short: There are none.

Reykjavík itself is considered a small city by international standards, with less than 200,000 inhabitants in the greater Reykjavík area. The largest town outside Reykjavík's greater area is Akureyri in North Iceland, with just shy of 20,000 inhabitants.



The village of Vík í Mýrdal has about 300 inhabitants

So don't expect a large metropolis if you're heading to the village of Vík (around 300 inhabitants), or the hamlet of Arnarstapi (around 15 people).

The capital of East Iceland, Egilsstaðir, has about 2,300 people living there, and the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, has around the same. Another moderately large town in East Iceland is the town of Höfn, with around 2,200 inhabitants.



Hallgrímskirkja church towers over the city of Reykjavík

In the West of Iceland, the largest towns are Borgarnes (<2000 people) and Stykkishólmur (<1200 people). The largest town in the South of Iceland is Selfoss, with just under 7,000 people.

As a result, there is a limit of how many restaurants and grocery shops you can find in each town, as well as a limit on how many hotels are in each town. Iceland has recently become increasingly popular with travellers, so we recommend you book your accommodation well in advance and shop for food in the larger towns you come across.

Most tours operate from Reykjavík, but there are also a number of tours leaving from Akureyri, Ísafjörður, Lake Mývatn and Egilsstaðir.



Maps of Reykjavík

Map of Reykjavik's Main Attractions

Reykjavík is full of interesting attractions. Be it impressive architecture, art galleries, museums, parks or markets, you can find it in Reykjavík.

The beacon that towers over the centre of town is the 74.5-metre tall church Hallgrímskirkja, visible from almost every angle in Reykjavík and beyond the city limits. From its top, you have a great view over the city. Another viewing platform is found at Perlan, or The Pearl, that recently opened up a glacier exhibition indoors and houses both a café and a restaurant.

Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is an attraction both due to its impressive architecture—featuring a glass façade lit up with LED lights—as well as its many concerts, festivals and exhibitions, and a restaurant with a killer view. Make sure you check the events calendar for Harpa before your visit.



Guide to Iceland's travel information is inside Reykjavík City Hall

For natural beauty, visitors can enjoy the views of the city pond, Tjörnin, located right next to the City Hall. The City Hall is open to all visitors. Inside City Hall, you'll find Guide to Iceland's travel information centre, as well as updates on road conditions through the Safe Travel information desk - and if you're lucky, you might even catch some live music or an interesting photo or gallery exhibition.

Most of the time you can also see a very large 3D map of Iceland, giving a great insight into the geology of the country.

If you're looking for art, then there are dozens of art galleries, museums and street art exhibits to choose from. The main art galleries have been included in the map above, but many other smaller ones can be found on the main shopping streets of Laugavegur, Skólavörðustígur and Hverfisgata and the surrounding streets.



The Sun Voyager is one of many sculptures in Reykjavík

Beautiful art sculptures can also be found dotted around the city, the most famous one being Sólfarið, or The Sun Voyager, that has impressive seaside views. Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden has free entry and is located right next to Hallgrímskirkja church. 

If you venture towards Laugardalur, Reykjavík's recreational area, then you can also visit Ásmundarsafn Sculpture Museum. Laugardalur also has a botanical garden, family adventure garden & zoo, the country's largest swimming pool Laugardalslaug, a football field, a skating rink and a campsite. This is where the annual music festival, Secret Solstice, takes place.



Markets are not common in Iceland, however, you will find the fleamarket Kolaportið by the old harbour and, in 2017, a permanent food market will open on Hlemmur, called 'Hlemmur Mathöll'. Another food market, Krás, has regular pop-ups during the summertime on Fógetagarður square.

And if you want to leave the city centre for some nature and beautiful sunset views then head to the lighthouse at Grótta or the Imagine Peace art installation at Viðey Island. Alternatively, you can head to Elliðaárdalur valley to enjoy a midnight picnic right next to a waterfall within the city borders.



Map of Reykjavik's Nightlife

Reykjavík is a city whose nightlife is easy to navigate on foot, especially if you're staying in the centre of the city and are mainly planning on exploring the inside of Reykjavík's many pubs and nightclubs. Well, actually there aren't many nightclubs, but Reykjavík's venues lead double, or triple lives as cafés, restaurants, bars, hotels, music venues and clubs.

You'll find almost all the bars you'll need on, or by, Reykjavík's main shopping street: Laugavegur. There are only a few exceptions. It can take as little as only a few seconds to go from one bar to the nearest one in the dense, alcohol fuelled nightlife of this Nordic capital.



Combine craft beer and jazz at Bryggjan Brewery

If you're planning on barhopping, then perhaps you'd like to start by sipping on a cocktail at your own hotel. Many of the upscale hotels in Reykjavík double as popular hangout places for fancy cocktails or aperitifs for both travellers and locals, or house popular restaurants where you can have a glass of wine or two with your meal. If you're only going for a drink, you might want to look up which ones have a happy hour by using this convenient Appy Hour app.

If you're more into craft beers, then there are a few craft beer locales where you can start your night instead, the best bars for craft beer in Reykjavik being Skúli, MicroBar, Mikkeller and Bryggjan Brewery.



Following a drink at a hotel or a craft beer bar, you can go to one of the hostels, such as Kex Hostel or Loft Hostel where it's likely you'll encounter a live band performing, a poetry reading or even a drag-show. Here the crowd will be more relaxed and it's easier to mingle with strangers when you're both laughing at the same jokes by a stand-up comedian or enjoying the same live jazz.

To end the night, choose between a multitude of bars that double as nightclubs, with music playing long into the night (most venues close at 5 in the morning on weekends).

If live music, theatre, cabaret or comedy is your thing, then there are also multiple venues to choose from that offer that sort of entertainment.



Of Monsters and Men are an Icelandic band

Rósenberg Reykjavík regularly hosts live music as well as cabaret nights by Reykjavík Kabarett, Gaukurinn is the venue of choice for the Icelandic drag scene, Drag-Súgur, as well as stand-up comedy in English. Tjarnarbíó, Iðnó and Þjóðleikhúskjallarinn host an array of theatre performances, live music and improv comedy throughout the week.

For weekdays, there is live jazz with free entry, at Bryggjan Brewery on Sunday nights, Húrra on Monday nights, Kex Hostel on Tuesday nights and at the Peterson Suite on Wednesday nights. Múlinn Jazz Club in Harpa Concert Hall also has jazz nights on Wednesdays for a small fee.

Dillon and Bar 11 are more likely to have live rock, metal or electronic music being performed.

And Bíó Paradís, or Paradise Cinema, is not only a great spot to watch Icelandic classic films (with English subtitles) or art house international films, they also serve beer and have a cosy and relaxed sofa area, frequented by locals looking to relax or play games.



Map of Reykjavik's Swimming Pools

As mentioned above, there are dozens of swimming pools found all over Iceland, but also dozens of swimming pools found within the greater Reykjavík area. And note that Icelandic swimming pools would be considered spas in many other countries, still with an unbeatable entry price.

The largest pool within Reykjavík, and all of Iceland, in fact, is Laugardalslaug that sports both an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and massage room, 7 hot tubs and also a cold tub. As if that wasn't enough, then there's also a large gym next door called World Class and a secluded spa called Laugar Spa, for an additional cost.

One of Laugardalslaug's hot tubs in Reykjavík

The most central swimming pool in Reykjavík is Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, that used to only have an indoor pool and 2 outdoor hot tubs, as well as a sauna. It will be reopened in August 2017 with an additional outdoor pool and some more hot tubs.

Two other pools are rather close to Reykjavík's city centre, Vesturbæjarlaug and Seltjarnarneslaug. Both of those are outdoor (heated) pools with a number of hot tubs and saunas.

A single admission to one of Reykjavík's pools is 950 ISK for adults, but it's possible to buy a 10-time pass for 4,400 ISK, cutting the price in half for each entry. Children under the age of 5 can enter for free and children from the age of 6-17 pay 150 ISK. These prices are from 2017.