Despite its name, Iceland is not permanently covered in frost and snow – no, it’s a green emerald in the middle of the blue Atlantic and has a fantastically varied landscape. Here you’ll find beautiful fjords, glimmering waterfalls and ice and fire in interplay, thanks to Iceland having both glaciers and volcanoes creating landscapes that will take your breath away.
Such as small island needs a large cultural voice in order not to be forgotten – and man, does it have one! From the Vikings to Björk, this country has made its mark worldwide. It’s fairly close to Greenland too, which ironically is actually covered in ice. So, are you ready for some unique and fun experiences in Iceland? Pack your Viking helmet, and let’s go!
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What Iceland lacks in trees, it makes up for in fascinating rock formations that look like they could home both elves and trolls, so let’s explore the landscape!
Walk on the ice, climb on the ice, preferably don’t fall on the ice… On the glacier tours, you’ll experience ice like you never have before, and you can either meet at a location or be picked up at your hotel. Pretty neat.
The Blue Ice Cave experience is one of our favorites from our Ultimate Guide.
Golden Circle tours are classic for a reason – in half a day you’ll walk in the footsteps of early Viking settlers and see the most famous waterfall along with the glorious light spectacle in the sky. Get picked up or meet up in Reykjavík for some amazing sights.
Courtesy of the volcanic activities, these hot water springs are ideal for relaxing in the lovely water, or for being amazed by how it explodes into the air. Blue Lagoon is a fantastic place to visit, and if you want some more privacy, you can find geysers, such as Drangsnes, which are a little less known. They really are one of a kind, so don’t miss out.
Here you can experience animals both on dry land and on the water, but not at the same time – unless you do a combo tour, of course!
At places like Islenski Hesturinn, Reykjavík, you’ll get to not only see more of the fantastic island but also get friendly with your own Icelandic horse! Enjoy a day out, and do try the tölt – a style of gait unique to these small but strong horses. Fun fun fun!
Check out this horseback riding experience in Akureyri.
Húsavík, on the north coast, is Iceland’s whale capital and no wonder, seeing as around 24 different species roam the waters here, and you might spot an orca or even encounter the majestic blue whale. Gentle Giants have tours between April and November – and in the summer you can choose almost any time of day.
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Being not only the capital but also the only actual city in Iceland, Reykjavík is where it’s at. For being so small in size, there are loads of things to do and see – perhaps size doesn’t matter that much after all.
With this city card you’ll get free access to many cultural gems – how about both the Reykjavík Art Museum and well as the National Gallery of Iceland? Not too shabby at all, and you’ll also get discounts to even more museums. Choose how many days you want it for, and go experiencing!
For a truly genuine taste of the Icelandic cuisine, traditions, and history, give The Reykjavík Food Walk a go. It’s for visitors who want to be a local for a while, and you can go either at lunch or dinner time – or both, if your belly allows it.
You have our top tips, but that really only scratches the surface of what you can see and do in Iceland. Perhaps Iceland should be called the Island of Tours, given how much of it you can experience from horseback, a boat or just on foot while hearing about all there is to know about the one-of-a-kind culture and landscape.
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