Find the map of Iceland you need with these 20 Icelandic attraction maps. We have curated maps of Iceland’s must-see attractions by category, including waterfalls and volcanoes. Do you want to find an sightseeing map for all of Iceland or a map of the best things to see in Reykjavik? Check out all the maps we have curated for you to help you plan the best vacation.
Organizing a holiday to a foreign country can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t been before. Most guests want to know a fair amount before they arrive. Should you stay in one place and take day tours or head to a different city every night? Where can you find the best natural attractions, and what are the main sites around where you’re staying?
This is where an Iceland sights map would come in handy.
We have created many Iceland traveler maps to help you plan your perfect trip, such as the best routes around the country, the most famous waterfalls, and the capital’s highlights. Even travelers who do not like to plan too far ahead will find a map of Iceland attractions helpful for simple navigation.
If you’ve booked a self-drive tour or guided vacation package that will schedule your route, accommodation, and activities for you, the following maps can still help you visualize what is ahead and get excited about your travels. In addition to this, all individual self-drive and vacation packages come with a map attached.
Want to know more about Iceland before your trip? Let’s look at a few useful facts to teach you more about the country.
Iceland is an island country in Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Norway and Greenland. Most of Iceland is just south of the Arctic Circle, but the tiny island of Grimsey is within the limits of the Arctic Circle.
The average temperature in the capital Reykjavik is around 54 F (12 C) in summer and about 33–35 F (1–2 C) in winter. But the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, with sunshine and snowstorms being minutes apart.
Iceland’s official language is Icelandic, but most Icelanders also speak and understand English.
The capital of Iceland is Reykjavik, on the edge of the Southern Peninsula in the Southwest. Reykjavik has a population of roughly 135,000 people, making up about one-third of the country’s whole population.
Iceland is divided into eight regions. Take a look at the map of Icelandic regions below — the regions are marked with numbers.
Image by NordNordWest on Wikimedia Commons
These regions are:
There’s a bit of overlap between Northwest Iceland and Northeast Iceland. Sometimes they’re collectively referred to as North Iceland.
Iceland’s currency is the Icelandic krona. Some larger hotels might accept payment in euros or US dollars — but you should always check before you travel. It's also important to check the exchange rate when you are preparing for your trip. Currencies and exchange rates change all the time.
While many travelers to Iceland are happy to stay in Reykjavik and travel out each day, some also wish to travel around the country on an epic road trip.
Booking a self-drive tour can help organize this for you (alongside your hotels and excursions), and these driving maps of Iceland can help you pick which one to go on or if you’re planning your trip independently.
The most comprehensive road trip is to go around the entire Ring Road.
This is a road map of Iceland with all of the main sights marked in varying color tags. Feel free to zoom in to look at each attraction’s location.
Iceland's Ring Road (Route 1) is a popular route that loops around the entire island.
This Iceland attractions map includes the most famous waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, and beaches along this route. It’s also easy to stray a little off the Ring Road to include some of the lesser-known attractions in Eastfjords or the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland.
If you want to visit Iceland’s northern or eastern regions, you should aspire to drive the whole circle from Reykjavík.
It’s roughly the same distance to drive from Reykjavik to the town of Egilsstadir in East Iceland via the northern or southern routes. And the two routes show a vastly different side of the country.
It’s possible to drive the Ring Road in six days, but the longer you take, the more sites you can see and the longer you can spend at them. For example, you can do a 10-day self-drive tour of Ring Road and the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
The Westfjords are Iceland’s second most remote area after the uninhabited Highlands. It’s cut off from the Ring Road and requires a bit of a detour to reach. But by adding it to the trip, you’ll fully encircle Iceland, as you can see on this second Iceland driving map.
Many of the roads in the area are gravel, and snowstorms on mountain passes happen even in summer, so you’ll need to take your time as you drive from one scenic fjord to another.
The Westfjords are barely accessible during the wintertime due to heavy snowfalls, closed roads, and even avalanche threats, but they are magical in summer. So think of this as the off-beat Iceland attractions map.
If you want to spend two weeks exploring the whole country at an affordable price, this 14-day budget Ring Road self-drive tour is for you.
For those who prefer a bit more luxury and an ensuite bathroom during your stay, this 14-day self-drive around Iceland and Westfjords tour is also available.
You can also explore the Westfjords on its own. See the Westfjords map below for its top attractions:
The capital of the Westfjords region is the town of Isafjordur, located on a spit within the Skagafjordur fjord. Isafjordur is home to just over 2,500 people and makes an excellent base from where you can explore the sights of the Westfjords.
These sights include the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, home to Arctic foxes and incredible birds like Arctic terns and black guillemots. If you want to go birdwatching, you should also visit the Latrabjarg bird cliffs. The cliffs are 9 miles (14 kilometers) long and the largest bird cliff in Europe, so it’s a great place to see the famous Atlantic puffin.
While you’re in the Westfjords, you can also visit the stunning Dynjandi waterfall and Raudasandur beach. This beach is unusual in Iceland as its sands are a reddish-pink color rather than the typical black.
Try this two-day wildlife tour to see what animals you can spot, or go on an 11-hour hiking tour through the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The Westfjords also have excellent opportunities for kayaking — you could even see whales or dolphins on this 2-hour kayaking tour.
This map of Iceland attractions features the best locations in Southwest Iceland, including the Golden Circle sites and the many highlights of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
The Golden Circle is the country’s most popular sightseeing route and a great choice for those who find Westfjords too remote or visiting in the winter.
You can visit the Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park. It also includes nature sights such as the Hraunfossar waterfall and human-made attractions such as the world-famous Blue Lagoon.
Since the capital is nestled in the center of the west’s attractions, you can visit all major sites while basing yourself in Reykjavik. Think of this as an Iceland highlights map if you want to see the top sights in just a few days.
The only part of West Iceland you may want to spend more than a day exploring is the Snaefellsnes peninsula. This two-day West Coast and Snaefellsnes peninsula winter tour is a great option to make the most of each location, whereas this six-day winter self-drive tour of the Golden Circle and Snaefellsnes peninsula is tailored towards northern lights hunting.
There are many attractions along the South Coast of Iceland. It has quickly become one of the most popular routes because it’s close to Reykjavik and easy to access. You can enjoy a roundtrip of chasing waterfalls and seeing black sand beaches, glaciers, and volcanoes in one day.
If you’re traveling to Iceland in the winter, the South Coast, the Snaefellsnes peninsula, and the Golden Circle are the three routes with good accessibility.
For enjoying all three of these routes on a budget, this seven-day self-drive tour of South Iceland is highly recommended.
If you only have a few days in Iceland and choose to spend it on the South Coast, you can take a two-day summer South Coast tour and a two-day winter South Coast tour that can take you to all the highlights.
Skaftafell Nature Reserve is located within Vatnajokull National Park, in the Southeast of Iceland. Take a look at the nature reserve on the map of Skaftafell below.
The nature reserve is a hiker’s paradise with many multi-day and day hikes. It makes a suitable base camp for anyone who wants to climb Hvannadalshnukur, the highest peak in Iceland. Take a Hvannadalshnukur climbing tour to make sure you can hike up safely with the expertise of a local guide.
Also nearby is the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a giant lake filled with enormous icebergs that break off from a glacial tongue and drift slowly out to sea. The lake is the deepest in Iceland and is also home to many seals. Take a boat tour of the Jokulsarlon lagoon for the best view.
North Iceland is across the country from the capital and only visited for Ring Road and Diamond Circle road trippers.
It’s also home to the second-largest settlement in Iceland, Akureyri, the whale watching capital Husavik, and the beautiful Lake Myvatn and Asbyrgi Canyon.
Most of the attractions are covered in the Ring Road maps, but here are more detailed ones of Lake Myvatn and Asbyrgi Canyon:
Lake Myvatn is an incredible place to visit in North Iceland. The lake is the fourth largest in the country and is dotted with small islands. It’s in a highly active geothermal area with many unique geological features and hot springs.
The region is excellent for birdwatching and is also home to Arctic foxes who hunt the birds. Don’t forget to visit the natural baths and hot springs while in the area.
Asbyrgi Canyon in Northeast Iceland is best known for its horseshoe-shaped. There’s a lot of interesting folklore surrounding the canyon — legend has it that it was formed by the footprint of Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.
The canyon is on the Diamond Circle route, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Husavik. Take a look at the map of the Diamond Circle below.
If you pay a visit to Asbyrgi canyon, don’t forget to stop at the nearby Jokulsargljufur canyon and Dettifoss waterfall. The whole area is an excellent place to see the northern lights, and there are tours dedicated to helping visitors do just that. Try this northern lights tour from Akureyri, or sign up for a 10-hour Diamond Circle tour to see all the best sights in the area.
The following maps are a great place to start if you seek such natural and cultural delights.
Iceland’s rugged landscape and many glaciers and rivers mean there are more waterfalls than you can count around the country. You don’t even need to leave the city borders of Reykjavik since there’s a waterfall found right in the valley of Ellidaardalur!
It would be impossible to try to count all the waterfalls that exist in Iceland. Many of them have no names, and new ones form each year from melting glaciers or changes in the ground due to earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Some cease to exist due to a lack of water supply or the redirection of rivers.
You can find a map of some of Iceland’s most dramatic, powerful, and most beautiful waterfalls above.
Gullfoss waterfall is Iceland’s most famous waterfall. You can find it on the world-renowned Golden Circle route.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall are two other famous pairs on the South Coast. They’re 18.7 miles (30.1 kilometers) apart, connected by the Ring Road. They also both feature other waterfalls nearby, ‘hiding’ in plain sight.
Gljufrabui waterfall is tucked between two cliffs forming a hidden cave, only 0.5 miles (750 meters) from Seljalandsfoss waterfall. And hiking up the trail at the top of Skogafoss waterfall will lead you to around 30 more waterfalls, one after the other.
Dettifoss, in Northeast Iceland, is Europe’s most powerful waterfall, whereas Glymur in West Iceland is the tallest in the country that can be easily accessed.
Dynjandi, in the Westfjords, tumbles down like a crown, earning it the title ‘The Crown of the Westfjords.’ Svartifoss in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, meanwhile, is surrounded by black basalt columns that have inspired much of Iceland’s architecture.
The smaller waterfalls are still impressive due to their picturesque nature or location, like Kirkjufellsfoss, which nestles close to the cone-shaped Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula or Hraunfossar, which trickles out of the lava in the western part of Iceland.
No matter which direction you head, you’ll be sure to find some impressive waterfalls.
If driving the Ring Road or through the Westfjords, you’ll see more than you’ll be able to count, providing countless photo opportunities and some magnificent sights.
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 in Reykjavik, there are also several hot springs and spas you can bathe in, both human-made and natural.
You can easily find the swimming pools, as there will be a sign pointing the way to each one within each town, and since Iceland’s towns and villages are small, finding them takes just minutes.
Arguably, the most stunning swimming pool in Iceland is the Infinity Pool, boasting an undisturbed ocean view at Hofsos in North Iceland.
Photo by Alda Sigmundsdóttir
The natural pools are harder to pin down as many do not appear on Google Maps. But it’s such a treat that we’ve added ones we can find to this map of Iceland with attractions. Some are in the middle of nowhere, with no roads. Others are unmarked, so it’s best to ask the locals if there are any hot pools in the vicinity.
The pools also vary in look, size, and temperature. Some natural hot springs are forbidden to enter, either because of danger (high temperature or falling rocks) or to protect the pools and delicate surrounding nature.
If the hot springs are on private land, ask for permission before entering the pool.
The above map is from a two-week summer hot spring self-drive tour that lists many pools, spas, geothermal areas, natural hot springs, and notable attractions along the route.
Deciding which pools to seek out will depend on what you’re looking for. If you want modern comforts like a changing room, showers, and bathrooms, you’ll be looking for something quite different from a pool that requires you to rough it and strip outdoors in the sun, rain, wind, or snow.
The Blue Lagoon is considered more of a spa than a hot spring. It has showers, restrooms, changing facilities, on-site massages, a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, and even a hotel if you want to spend the night or have private access to the lagoon. The Mývatn Nature Baths in North Iceland offer a similar experience that is cheaper but slightly less luxurious.
For a fee, you can enjoy this pool, one of the oldest in Iceland. You can also bathe here by taking the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
To lower the sauna’s temperature, you simply open the door to let in some fresh air.
Here you’ll find sleek hot tubs and saunas as well as a stylish restaurant. Other new spas include the Geosea baths in North Iceland, fed with naturally heated saltwater, and the Vok Baths in the east.
There are around 130 volcanoes in Iceland, although most are dormant.
The sheer amount of volcanoes means not all would fit on a map, but you can see the most famous ones above.
Some of them are very picturesque from afar, such as the Snaefellsjokull volcano, which crowns the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and, in clear weather, can be seen from the capital.
It’s also famous for being the entry point to the Earth’s core in Jules Verne’s classic book, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth.’
Other volcanoes require challenging but spectacular hikes to reach, such as Eyjafjallajökull, which is found right by the famous Fimmvorduhals trek. It’s under a glacier and caused the grounding of many flights when it suddenly erupted in 2010.
Other volcanoes are only small but beautiful craters that are easy to hike up to and around, such as Hverfjall and Kerid. You can even enter the now dormant caldera of a volcano with the Inside the Volcano tour. It’s the only caldera on Earth where you can descend into and explore its vast and colorful magma chamber.
Other volcanoes are tucked away in the Highlands, such as Bardarbunga volcano or Holuhraun volcano, where their destructive powers can change the landscape but do no harm to towns or villages nestled on the country’s shores. Even so, the effects of the ash on farmland and air travel can still be catastrophic.
Almost all guests will spend at least one night of their holiday in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Naturally, we have more than one map of Reykjavik for you.
If you’re looking for a detailed map of Iceland, then you also need a dedicated Reykjavik map. Reykjavik is full of interesting attractions, including impressive architecture, art galleries, museums, parks, and markets.
The most iconic landmark is the 245-feet (74.5-meters) tall Hallgrimskirkja church, visible from almost every angle in Reykjavik and beyond the city limits. From its top, you have a great view of the city (although visitors must pay a small fee, around 7 USD, to take the lift up the tower). You can find another viewing platform at Perlan, or The Pearl, which also houses several exhibitions, a cafe, and a restaurant.
The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is an attraction due to its impressive architecture featuring a glass facade lit up with LED lights; and its many concerts, festivals, and exhibitions. Make sure you check the events calendar for Harpa before your visit.
For natural beauty, visitors can enjoy the views of the city pond, Tjornin, located right next to the City Hall (Radhus Reykjaviku). The City Hall is open to all visitors with many art showings and music events throughout the year.
If you’re looking for art, then there are dozens of art galleries, museums, and street art exhibits from which to choose. The main art galleries have been included in the map above. Still, you can find many smaller ones on the main shopping streets of Laugavegur, Skolavordustigur, Hverfisgata, and the surrounding streets.
You can also find beautiful art sculptures throughout the city. The most famous one is Solfarid, or The Sun Voyager, which has impressive seaside views. Einar Jonsson Sculpture Garden has free entry and sits next to Hallgrimskirkja church. If you venture to Laugardalur, Reykjavik’s recreational area, you can also visit the Asmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum.
Laugardalur also has a botanical garden, family adventure garden and zoo, the country’s largest swimming pool (Laugardalslaug), a football field, a skating rink, and a campsite. This recreational area is also where the annual music festival, Secret Solstice, takes place.
Markets are not common in Iceland, but you will find the fleamarket Kolaportið by the old harbor. In 2017, a food market opened at Hlemmur bus stop, called ‘Hlemmur Matholl,’ and another food market, ‘Grandi Matholl,’ opened shortly after that near the Old Harbor.
If you want to leave the city center for some nature and beautiful sunset views (or to see the Northern Lights), then head to the lighthouse at Grotta or the Imagine Peace art installation on Videy Island. Alternatively, you can head to Ellidaardalur valley to enjoy a midnight picnic right next to a waterfall within the city borders.
It’s easy to navigate Reykjavik’s nightlife on foot, especially if you’re staying in the city center. There aren’t many nightclubs, as most of Reykjavik’s nightlife venues lead double or triple lives as cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, music venues, and clubs.
You’ll find almost all the bars you’ll need on or by Reykjavik’s main shopping street: Laugavegur. There are only a few exceptions. It can take as little as a few seconds to go from one bar to the next in this lively Nordic capital.
Photo by Elmar Johnson
If you’re planning on barhopping, you should start by sipping on a cocktail at your hotel. Many of the upscale hotels in Reykjavik double as popular hangout places for fancy cocktails with house restaurants where you can have a glass of wine or two with your meal.
However, if you’re only going for a drink, you might want to look up which ones have a happy hour using this convenient Appy Hour app.
If you’re more into craft beers, there are a few locales where you can start your night instead. The best bars for craft beer in Reykjavik are Skuli, MicroBar, Mikkeller and Friends, and Bryggjan Brewery.
See also: Where to Stay in Reykjavik
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 there’s usually a live band performing, a poetry reading, or even a drag show.
Here the crowds are 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 many bars that double as nightclubs, with music playing long into the night (most venues close at 5 a.m. on weekends).
See also: Icelandic Music
Tjarnarbio, Idno, and Thjodleikhusid Kjallarinn host theater performances, live music, and improv comedy throughout the week and are great spots to check out. Reykjavik Kabarett has regular cabaret performances around town, moving around between various venues.
For weekdays, there’s live jazz with free entry at Bryggjan Brewery on Sunday nights, Hurra on Monday nights, Kex Hostel on Tuesday nights, and the Peterson Suite on Wednesday nights. Mulinn Jazz Club in Harpa Concert Hall also has jazz nights on Wednesdays for a small fee. Dillon, Gaukurinn, and Bar 11 are more likely to have live rock, metal, or electronic music performances.
Bio Paradis, or Paradise Cinema, is not just a great spot to watch Icelandic classic films (with English subtitles) or international art-house films. It also serves beer and has a cozy and relaxed sofa area frequented by locals looking to relax or play games.
You can find hundreds of swimming pools all over Iceland. Many Icelandic swimming pools would be considered spas in other countries but still have an unbeatable entry price.
The largest pool within Reykjavik and all of Iceland is the Laugardalslaug swimming pool, which sports both an indoor and outdoor pool, saunas, a massage room, seven hot tubs, and also a cold tub. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a large gym next door called World Class and the secluded Laugar Spa for an additional cost.
Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Meltwaterfalls. No edits were made.
The most central swimming pool in Reykjavik is Sundholl Reykjavikur, which used to have only an indoor pool, two outdoor hot tubs, and a sauna. In 2017, however, it was renovated and reopened with an additional outdoor pool, sauna, and additional hot and cold tubs. Two other swimming pools are relatively close to Reykjavik’s city center, Vesturbaejarlaug and Seltjarnarneslaug. Both are outdoor (heated) pools with several hot tubs and saunas.
Reykjavik is the only ‘real’ city in Iceland. All the other settlements are very small by the global standard. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth visiting.
Below, you’ll find a map of some of the most famous or popular towns in Iceland to help plan your trip:
Other popular towns across Iceland are Selfoss in South Iceland, Egilsstadir, the capital of East Iceland, and Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords. Selfoss has just under 7,000 people, while Egilsstadir and Isfjordur have around 2,300 people living there.
The largest towns in West Iceland are Borgarnes and Stykkisholmur, with fewer than 2,000 inhabitants.
These smaller towns tend to have limited numbers of grocery stores, hotels, and restaurants, simply because there aren’t enough people or demand. It’s a good idea to research your destination before traveling to ensure you have enough food and supplies for your stay.
If you’re thinking of taking a tour of Iceland’s towns, look at the towns and cities map below. The map has a suggested route for your trip that visits some of Iceland’s most famous towns and cities.
The route can be done in seven days, but you’ll definitely want more time than this to explore all the sights and attractions you’ll pass along the way. The route starts and ends at Reykjavik and passes through towns such as Vik, Selfoss, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Husavik, and Isafjordur. You can learn more about some of these towns below.
Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside of the Greater Reykjavik Area. It’s the capital of North Iceland and has plenty to keep visitors occupied during their stay. The below map of Akureyri shows some of the best things to do in the area.
Attractions in Akureyri include the Laufas turf house, a botanical garden, a swimming pool, and the Akureyrarkirkja church. In the winter, you can go skiing on Mount Hlidarfjall, one of the best ski resorts in the country. There’s also a fun Christmas House, which sells all sorts of festive trinkets and treats.
You can also drive to Dalvik to take the ferry to Hrisey island, a beautiful and tranquil place with an interesting history.
Husavik is a small town in North Iceland and one of the best places in the world to go whale watching. Most boat tour operators offer 100% sighting rates in the summer months. The water is home to dolphins and porpoises, and Arctic puffins are often seen in the area too. Browse a wide range of whale-watching tours and book before you travel.
Husavik was also featured in the 2020 film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. There’s now a bar inspired by the film in the town, Jaja Ding Dong.
Beyond whales and films, it’s a beautiful place to visit, and it has a fascinating history. Take a look at the below map of Husavik to see some of the best things to do.
Selfoss is a town in South Iceland with a population of just under 7,000 people. It’s about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Reykjavik. You can see a map of Selfoss and some of the best things to do here.
Selfoss is a good base if you want to explore the sights of the Golden Circle, but it’s also close to the world-famous Geysir hot springs. From Selfoss, you can also reach Kerid crater, Ingolfsfjall mountain, and another of Iceland’s turf houses.
You’ll find an interesting church and a museum dedicated to the chess player Bobby Fischer in the town itself. The town is also home to the ‘Sumar a Selfossi’ (Summer in Selfoss) festival, with musical acts and a fete.
Organizing a trip to a new country can be tricky. But with the maps of Iceland in this article, you’ll be ready to go no matter what type of vacation you’re planning. The only thing left to do now is to book your trip and start having fun!
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