Six great things to do in Iceland
Iceland is one of the most northern countries in Europe and is located between the mainland of the continent and Greenland in the Atlantic Ocean. The country is sparsely populated and is the home of waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes and black sand beaches.
The unique and beautiful landscape makes Iceland the perfect place for a number of amazing activities.. How would you feel about hiking through the rugged nature, watching the breathtaking northern lights or visiting the spectacular geysers? You’d feel great! These are the six best things to do in Iceland.
Iceland Is The Best Whale Watching Location In The World
When going whale watching, you’re going to want to actually see some whales, right? It’s a good thing then that a lot of places in Iceland have sighting rates close to 100%! The cold waters of the coast of Iceland are host to a very diverse marine ecosystem, which allows for great whale watching. The most popular places to go whale spotting are in the northern part of Iceland, departing from here offers the highest chance to see whales.
You can go whale watching in Iceland all year round, but we recommend going during the summer months, from April through September. Over 20 species of whales can be spotted during these months. And in the summer you can choose to hit the water in a RIB speedboat, which allows for a closer and more personal encounter with the creatures.
Dog Sledding Is A Wonderful Way To Experience Iceland
Who let the dogs out? You can! Dog sledding is an amazing experience that really fits the Icelandic culture and history. When going dog sledding you’re incredibly close the animals, the snow and the nature of Iceland. Who hasn’t dreamed of sledding through the snow while the Husky dogs do all the work for you. Don’t worry, they love it! The tours take approximately one hour and you’ll get the opportunity to help mush the sled with the guides. If you’re a lover of dogs and the outdoors, this is an activity you simply can not skip.
Watch The Breathtaking And World-Famous Northern Lights
You’ve probably saw some pictures of the northern light already, but nothing compares to the real deal. It’s one of the perks of the extreme dark Icelandic winters. Between September and April, Iceland is treated to a magnificent natural display: the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.Seeing the Northern Lights does require a bit of luck, and patience. The following conditions needs to be met:
- The night must be as dark as possible
- There should be as little unnatural light as possible
- There should be little to no cloud cover
- There must be enough solar activity
But when that luck and patience pays off, you’re rewarded with a unique sight you’ll never, ever, forget.
Take A Tour To The Spectacular Volcanoes And Geysers Of Iceland
Iceland has a lot of volcanic activity, making it the home of some of the most famous geysers in the world. And those geysers are quite a sight to behold! Take the Strokkur Geysers for example, it erupts every 6-10 minutes and can reach heights of 40 metres (130ft)! But that’s not all, there are over 25 other active geysers in Iceland. Are volcanoes more your thing? Iceland is filled with powerful and famous volcanoes like Eyjafjallajökul (try pronouncing that), Katla, and Hekla. Volcano and Geysers sightseeing tours are incredibly popular and something we highly recommend.
Looking For Adventure? Iceland Is Amazing For Ice Hiking
Well, the country called Iceland, it should come as no surprise that it’s home to over 4,500 square miles of glacier. That’s a lot. And you can hike on it! The Sólheimajökull and Svínafellsjökull glaciers in the south of Iceland are hikeable year-round. Hiking trips are also available onto the Snæfellsjökull glacier in the west and the Vatnajökull glacier more towards the south-east. Vatnajökull glacier is the largest glacier in Europe, covering 8% of Iceland’s landmass. Staying in Reykjavík? No problem, you can easily take a day trip south. What are you waiting for? Take a hike!
Explore Beautiful Iceland On Horseback
Iceland is beautiful to explore, but it can be a bit far to walk everywhere. Why not combine your exploration with a ride on a majestic Icelandic horse? Icelandic horses are very easy to ride due to their gentle and sweet nature. The horses came in with the first settlers and have remained true to their original breed. There are horse riding tours in all of Iceland, but the most popular destinations are found in the south and close to Reykjavík. You can hire a horse for an hour, or you can saddle up for a two-week-long trek across the country. Pick your adventure!
Iceland Is Waiting For You
So, what do you say? Are you convinced that Iceland is an amazing place to go for adventurous and nature loving people? We sure are! It doesn’t matter if you prefer the day or the night, the land or the water, the mountains or the plains, Iceland has everything you can wish for. Adventure is calling!