A summary of our top recommended activities in Iceland
A Nordic island nation defined by its dramatic landscapes, which includes volcanoes buried under 100+ metres of ice, dramatic views of the fissure that is pulling the Eurasia and Northern American tectonic plates, black sand beaches with floating icebergs, sweeping lava fields covered in moss, and natural hot water to relax in at the end of a hike, Iceland is a country that is so much more than just a great place to watch the Northern Lights. It is an experience that is a world apart from the usual European countries.
We recently set about exploring the great sights and experiences this ancient Viking country has to offer, and are sharing below our top picks.
Snorkelling in the Silfra Fissure
The Silfra fissure is one of a kind; the only place on the planet where you can swim between, and actually touch, the continental plates of Eurasia and North America! These plates stretch out all the way to California and Russia on either side, and with 100m visibility, are also the clearest waters anywhere on earth. Snorkeling in 2-degree water, with snow falling around you, might not seem like the best idea, but the dry suits provided ensure that you are warm and comfortable throughout the experience, as you take in the marvelous colours underwater for as far as you can see. It’s a once in a lifetime experience – and we highly recommend it.
The Gulfoss Waterfall
A waterfall unlike any other that we’ve seen. The majestic Gulfoss has a beautiful three step “staircase” that differentiates it from the usual ones you would generally see anywhere on the globe. One of the most famous attractions of Iceland, and part of the popular Golden Circle route, Gulfoss is an iconic waterfall offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature.
Ice Climb & Glacier Walk
One of the most beautiful sights of Iceland are the amazing glaciers creeping through the mountains. And while these look spectacular from a distance, walking on them offers a whole different perspective altogether. Discover up close the amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges across the glacier. We personally coupled our glacier walk with an ice climbing experience, and sure enough it was a highlight of the trip.
Imagine standing inside an ancient glacier and everywhere you look there are different shades of beautiful blues and natural creations. Exploring an ice cave offers just that. While we personally explored the ice cave under Katla volcano (and loved it), there are other options available as well. You could also pair this with a glacier hike and knock two great experiences out of the park at once!
The Northern Lights
The phenomenon that’s made its way onto almost every bucketlist in the last few years. While the sighting of the Northern Lights is not guaranteed, it is one that you should definitely hunt for. No two auroras are the same, and sometimes they are weak and fleeting, but we were blessed with a light show that we will never forget. There are tours that you can undertake where experts not only take you to the best spots for sightings basis that day’s forecast (extremely important), but also help you with advice on the best way to capture these lights and have photos to cherish the magical moment.
The Secret Lagoon
The oldest “pool” of Iceland, the geothermal Secret Lagoon is a great place to soak yourself in mineral rich water at the end of a nice day of sightseeing. The old school charm of the place makes for great views to take in, while your body thanks you for the escape from the treks and drives of Iceland. A word of caution though – you may not want to leave this place. We sure didn’t!
Our Icelandic excursion was definitely outer-worldly. We felt like we were on a whole different planet, and waking up in our own beds at home after the trip felt strange! While we wish we had the time to explore so much more of Iceland, and are sad that we have to bid Við sjáumst (goodbye) for now, we highly recommend you add Iceland on your ‘must visit’ list right away.
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