Summer in Iceland

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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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When to go in Iceland?

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Start planning your summer trip to Iceland

Iceland is one of the world's truly unique destinations. Summer in Iceland is a great time to visit when the weather is mild and there are more opportunities for outdoor activities. Iceland's rolling lava fields and thermal baths offer a mix of wild scenery and luxury. You'll embark on a real adventure as you explore rugged landscapes on horseback or see the sights of the capital, Reykjavik.

Why should I visit Iceland in the summer?

Summer is an excellent time to see Iceland's famed natural wonders. The weather is pleasantly mild, making it an ideal time to visit the countryside. Take a guided glacier tour or indulge in pampering spa sessions, and you'll return home feeling truly revived. Evaneos has a great network of local English-speaking expert guides who know all the best spots for making the most of summer in Iceland

The best things to do in Iceland in the summer

Summer in Iceland is a marvelous time to explore, especially if you want to see the great outdoors. Whether on horseback or by hiking, you'll enjoy mild weather and little rain.

  • Visit the magnificent Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a large, well-known geothermal bath complex close to Reykjavik. Splash out on a VIP entry ticket and get access to a private changing area and lounge, and enjoy complimentary spa products to take home with you. Relax with a massage or just sit back and make the most of the lagoon's steamy warm waters.

  • Go horseback riding through lava fields

Icelandic horses are unique, with small but stocky frames, although the locals will remind you they're certainly not ponies! Even beginners will love riding them, which offers an exhilarating way to make the most of the country's striking scenery.

  • Visit Reykjavik's rocket ship and big pearl

Reykjavik is a small capital city but has plenty of intriguing sights to explore. Hallgrimskirkja church is known locally as the "rocket ship" because of its distinctive shape. For dinner in town, Perlan is a pearl-shaped fine dining restaurant, with superb views across the city.

  • Take an excursion to Europe's largest glacier

Vatnajökull is the name of Iceland's best-known glacier, part of a huge and unique national park. This is a land of nature's extremes, and home to Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Take a hiking tour and get some magnificent photo opportunities in this rugged landscape.

  • Witness the great Geysir's eruptions

Geysir is the world's most famous geyser and the one that gave rise to the word. Watching its eruptions is one of Iceland's most unforgettable experiences and another prime example of this country's endless natural beauty.

What's the weather like in Iceland in the summer?

Icelandic summers are pleasantly mild. Expect temperatures of around 60°F, perfect for excursions through the country or trips to the thermal baths. A light jacket is normally fine for city visits in summer. Bring coats and good walking shoes for glacier hikes. The local stores in Reykjavik sell excellent quality outdoor gear if you need more, but you can plan your packing list ahead of time by reading our advice on the best times to travel in Iceland

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