Iceland, aptly nicknamed the land of ice and fire, has long been a bucket list destination among adventure travel enthusiasts. From the great geysers that shoot boiling water from the ground, to the magnificent glaciers – everything in the country is a testament to the awe-inspiring power of Mother Nature.
If you are planning a trip to Iceland then no doubt you want to make it as jam-packed with adventure as possible. Fortunately, you picked the right destination for this kind of itinerary. This is a place where you can have a brand-new adventure every single day.
Here are five once-in-a-lifetime adventures you can have in during your vacation to Iceland.
1. Take a Dip in the Blue Lagoon
Whether you have a full two weeks or just a weekend in Iceland, make sure you include a trip to the Blue Lagoon in your itinerary. This pool of steaming water, surrounded by black lava fields, is the world’s foremost natural spa. The milky blue water is rich with silica, which is great for your skin and will leave you feeling baby smooth by the end. If you want to really make the most of your visit, go during the summer and bathe in the glow of the midnight sun.
2. Watch the Northern Lights
You may have seen photos of dark skies illuminated with the ethereal green glow of the Aurora Borealis, A.K.A the Northern Lights, but nothing compares with seeing it up close and personal. Iceland is one of the best places on Earth to catch a glimpse of this amazing natural phenomenon. Delve deep into Iceland’s forests, away from man-made light pollution and look towards the heavens.
3. Scuba Dive in Silfra
Often considered one of the top scuba spots on Earth, the Silfra Fissure is a natural split between two continental plates. And, diving here gives you the chance to swim right through this split. The crystal-clear water allows you to see for up to 300 feet ahead of you. This underwater landscape is unlike anything you will have seen before and gives you an insight into the geological features that form our planet. Just remember, the water is really cold, so full wet suits are a must!
4. Hike Through Underground Lava Tubes
Iceland might seem impressive at surface level, with its gorgeous forests and spectacular waterfalls, but what lies underground is even more breath-taking. Underneath Iceland is a complex network of lava tubes and caves simply begging to be explored. Colorful walls that stretch for miles and miles enclose exquisite stalagmites and lava formations that need to be seen to be believed. This is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!
5. Trek Across the Sólheimajökull Glacier
You will be pleased to know that trekking across the Sólheimajökull Glacier is much easier than trying to pronounce it. Ice axe and trekking gear in tow, you will climb through caves and arches that have formed on the surface of the glacier. There are few things more exhilarating than feeling completely dwarfed by a glittering glacier. Just try not to fall on your tailbone too often!
Your Arctic Adventure Awaits
Now that you’ve had a taste for just some of the stunning natural wonders that lay in store on a dream trip to Iceland, it’s time to dust off those snow boots and book yourself a flight to Reykjavik before the next ‘peak Northern Lights season’, which falls between September and mid-April each year.
It’s certainly top of our bucket-list for the season ahead, we hope you feel the same!