Best Things To Do in Grindavik, Iceland

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The must-see attractions of Grindavik are:

Magma: House of culture and natural resources: There are two main exhibitions that draw people here

  • The Saltfish Museum: This museum is to display the seafaring history of the town. The exhibition showcases Iceland's history of processing and selling dried salted cod, as well as, its significance in Iceland's economy. The exhibits are pictures and texts depicting the whole process.
  • Earth Energy: Iceland provides a lot of opportunities to study processes like volcanism and geothermal heat. This exhibition provides a chance for us to find out the secrets of the Earth's history, as well as, how it is helping in forecasting future geological events.

The Flagg House: This is one of the oldest houses in Grindavik, built around 1890. This house was also setting for Nobel Laureate Halldor Laxness's book 'Salka Valka'. This family dwelling began the township of Grindavik, as well as, started the tradition of numbered houses in the town.

Helga Kristjansdottir Art Gallery: This is an independently run art gallery, which displays exhibits and art work of local artists.

Thorbjorn Museum: This museum belongs to one of the largest fishing companies in Iceland, Thorbjorn. The museum's exhibits showcases the development of the company, as well as, the country's fishing industry.


The small town provides a varied range of things that are must-do here:

  • Horseback-riding: You can go horseback-riding to the various historic sites in Grindavik. You can also ride along the coast, and check out the flora and fauna along with historical evidences of shipwrecks in the town.
  • Blue Lagoon: The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal health spa that draws maximum number of tourists to this small town. It is known to be one of the top 25 health spas in the world and top 10 bathing facilities in the world. This is perfect way to rejuvenate your body and soul. Along with the geothermal sea water spa, Blue Lagoon also offers skin products made of minerals, silica and algae, all found in the sea water.
  • Husatoftar Golf Course: This 18-hole golf course is unique as it is set on vast lava fields. The landscape the golf course provides is unbeatable.
  • Grindavik Swimming Pool: This popular swimming pool is ideal for those on a vacation with their families. There is a children's pool, waterslides, hot tubs, tanning facilities provided here.
  • Hiking Trails: Grindavik's mountauneous terrain provides a lot of trails for hikers.

Below we have a list of things to do in Grindavik and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Grindavik getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Grindavik with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Grindavik

Here is the list of things to do in Grindavik and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Blue Lagoon

    4.5 (990 Votes)
    Blue Lagoon

    Restaurant, Spa

    One of Iceland's top attraction is the Blue Lagoon. A geothermal spa in the fishing town of Grindavik, Blue Lagoon is a man-made wonder. Considered as one of the top spas in the world, you are guaranteed to experience an unforgettable treatment that will rejuvenate your senses completely. This mineral-rich lagoon holds about 9000 million litres of geothermal water, that originates from 2000 met...Read more
  2. Gunnuhver Hot Springs

    Light House, Hot Spring

    Located east of the well-known Reykjanes Light House, is a lesser known natural wonder called the Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Popular legend says that the place was named after a naughty ghost called Gunna, who wreaked havoc in the area 400 years back. A priest finally trapped her and and sent her straight through the geyser. Whether the story is true or not, the fact that these hot springs are a si...Read more
  3. Hopsnes Lighthouse

    Light House, View Point

    Formed 2800 years ago when lava flowed in the sea, Hopsnes is almost like an island itself. Located close to the village of Grindavik, this spit has been witness to quite a number of shipwrecks. But the most interesting thing about Hopsnes is its lighthouse. Standing out like a beacon, the lighthouse is orange in color. You can drive up to the lighthouse, which makes a stunning subject for phot...Read more
  4. Selatangar

    4.4 (577 Votes)

    Ancient Ruin

    Between Grindavik and Krysuvik, lies the ruins of the fishing village Selatangar, abandoned since the 1880s. Selatangar is nothing now, but a hauntingly beautiful reflection of its past glory. The fishing settlement had been operating since the Middle Ages, and you can still see some of the houses and fish storages intact. Although, these houses are no lesser than caves carved out of lava rocks...Read more
  5. Golfklubbur Grindavikur

    4.3 (625 Votes)
    Golfklubbur Grindavikur

    Golf Course

    Grindavik Golf Course is indeed one of a kind. This 18 hole golf course curves around the lava field, and touches the North Atlantic. The front nine holes go right into the lava, surrounding the fairways and greens, and comes out on the farmland. The back nine holes are on the farmland and goes all the way to the ocean. The golf course with such a distinctive landscape, offers a memorable exper...Read more
  6. The Icelandic Saltfish Museum


    Being one of the most important fishing towns in the whole of Iceland, the people of Grindavik do take quite an amount of pride in their profession. History bears witness as to how the fishing industry overcame all the struggles and obstacles, and flourished in this country in the 19th century. Thus, it is no surprise that the people will want visitors to learn more about their source of pride....Read more
  7. Fjadrargljufur

    4.7 (52 Votes)


    Fjadrargljufur is a picturesque and massive canyon at Grindavik, the South of Iceland. It is located at the main road so you can just park your car nearby and witness this magnificent marvel of nature. The canyon is 100m tall and 2 km long. You can even go downhill and hike the canyon floor’s glacier waters. Tread along the fresh mossy trails while taking in the breathtaking views of the...Read more
  8. Gullfoss

    4.8 (160 Votes)
    The Gullfoss, also known as the ‘Golden Falls’ is one of the best tourist attractions in Iceland. It’s located in the canyon of the Hvita River, South of Iceland. The Golden Falls is part of the ‘Golden Circle’ along with pingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, which is a popular day tour package in Iceland. Gullfoss was owned by Tomas Tomasson and Halldor Halld...Read more
  9. Landmannalaugar

    4.7 (6 Votes)
    Landmannalaugar, Iceland
  10. Eyjafjallajokull

    4.4 (2 Votes)
  11. Bryggjan

    2 240, Miðgarður, Grindavík, Iceland
  12. Lagafell Guesthouse

    4.6 (1 Vote)
    34, Ísland, Víkurbraut, Grindavík, Iceland
  13. Valahnúkur, Iceland