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What to do in Iceland?

Iceland is one of Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations and with so much beauty, variety and culture, it’s no wonder that tourists keep returning to the island. If you haven’t yet been and are wondering if Iceland is for you, be inspired our top 5 reasons to travel to Iceland:

  • For a trip that’s suitable for any age or traveller. Whether you’re travelling with children, with friends, as a couple or going solo, Iceland is the perfect destination. Children and adults alike will be blown away by the dramatic cliffs of the fjords or the thrill of seeing a whale up close.
  • For a culture trip. Reykjavik is well known for its artsy atmosphere and you will notice this as soon as you step foot in this cool city, with cool bars, cafes, museums, galleries and shops around every corner.
  • For delicious food. Stay in Reykjavik for a taste of haute cuisine in any of the cool, minimalistic restaurants that are becoming famous here, or go off the beaten track; going on a fishing trip in the afternoon to catch your evening meal. Iceland’s fresh seafood is unbeatable and this alone is well worth the trip!
  • For an experience of Iceland’s animals. See the wild ponies that roam the fjords here as you hike around this incredible location. Visit the westman islands to see the famous puffins that live here in their hundreds. Go on a once in a lifetime cruise to see the whales and killer whales that live in the waters surrounding Iceland.  
  • For more natural beauty than you’ve ever seen. Visit one of the many stunning waterfalls, fjords, villages, beaches, cities or forests here, which are almost entirely untouched. Godafoss, meaning ‘the waterfall of the gods’ is just one unmissable spot, why not have a picnic here to truly enjoy it. The black sand beach is just one example of an incredible Icelandic cove, with so many more, such as Diamond Beach.
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Start planning your Iceland adventure vacation

Adventure in Iceland means exploring unique, natural landscapes, scattered with active volcanoes, glacier-cut fjords, and black sand beaches. You might meet Arctic foxes or reindeer in the wild, and you’ll get to see stunning waterfalls and learn about ancient landscapes.  

What makes Iceland a great destination for adventure travel?  

Iceland has an otherworldly natural landscape perfect for planning an adventure trip. Whether you want a challenging hike, some gentle walks or an insight into the history of this unique nation. With glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, hot springs and waterfalls to explore, and activities like hiking and white-water rafting, Iceland is the ultimate adventure destination. 

The best adventure activities in Iceland  

The Land of Fire and Ice has active adventures aplenty. Here are some of our favorite things to do for an adventure in Iceland. 

Try glacier hiking and ice climbing 

Iceland is home to the largest glacier in Europe. Tours to and around Vatnajökull vary in difficulty, from easy hikes to expert climbing expeditions, which will lead you from the lower parts of the glacier to the peak. Other popular glacier hikes in Iceland include the Sólheimajökull, the Svínafellsjökull, and the Jökulsárlón. 

Go snorkeling at Silfra

Forget snorkeling in the sea as you know it. In Iceland, the best place to get in the water is in the Silfra crack, located in Thingvellir National Park. The underwater cavern is fascinating, colorful void between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates where you can don a wetsuit and drive in to see the bright green algae and incredibly clear waters.

Get your thrills rafting down the Hvítá River

The Hvítá River is just a short drive away from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, making it an easy day trip. The river has Class 2 rapids, which means that travelers of all levels can enjoy a trip down the river without any prior experience. Between the dips and drops, take moments to enjoy the surrounding landscape of green hills and rocky shores.

Spot some wildlife on a cliff hike

There are numerous hiking trails in Iceland, from short hiking trips to multi-day excursions. For one of the best wildlife sightings, head to Látrabjarg to admire the native puffins that reside on the cliffs here. You might even spot an Arctic fox. The hike from Bjargtangar to Heiðnakinn, which is the tallest point of the cliff at 1,447-feet, is about four miles.

Discover the inside of Iceland's caves 

Iceland has four types of caves for visitors to explore, from those inside glaciers, some created by lava, and a few even man-made. The glacier caves are only accessible to visitors in the winter, but one of the best caves is the 800-year-old lava cave of Vatnshellir. 

Tips for planning an adventure trip in Iceland  

Adventure travelers should aim to visit Iceland between June and September, as it’s a warmer time for outdoor exploits. The country gets incredible cold and dark during winter time, but some adventures are still possible, such as glacier hiking and coastal walks.

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