Things to do in Iceland
Iceland's frozen waters, dramatic glaciers and thundering waterfalls are sure to imprint themselves on your psyche.
From hiking across ethereal volcanic landscapes to snowmobiling across slopes, there are plenty of life changing things to do in Iceland.
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Capital city Reykjavik is the gateway to this most fascinating country. Straddling Tjornin Lake, the vibrant city boasts first-class restaurants, interesting museums and friendly locals. Spend your days wandering down colourful streets and enjoying Icelandic dishes and hospitality in bars and cafes. Discover why our Travel Designers are so passionate about introducing new people to the city.
If you find yourself in the Eastern Fjords, you can be assured of an exclusive experience. Away from the throngs of tourists who visit better-known parts of the country, you can luxuriate in the silence and beauty of wild forests and feel the spray of unnamed waterfalls.
Explore charming fishing villages and experience what life in Iceland is really all about. Another part of Iceland seldom visited are the remote Westfjords. Here again, you’ll find isolated villages of hardy people who live off the icy ocean. Wrap up warm and spend time with the locals and you’ll discover a world of folklore and magic.
The beauty of Iceland lies very much in its wild nature. From looming glaciers, to active volcanoes and barren fields of ice and snow, it’s a remarkably exquisite place. Accompanied by experienced guides, you can experience the power of this primal landscape first hand and with little interference from other groups. Our guides can show you sights not many people get to see, ensuring your visit is a memorable one. And at the end of each day, you can relive your experiences in the warmth of the fines luxury lodges and hotels.
Head to the valley of Haukadalur in southern Iceland, and visit Geysir, the geyser which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs, and one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur. You can also find the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and follow the rift to Thingvallavatn. Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur make up the Golden Circle.
The South coast also boasts vast black lava beaches as far as they eye can see, massive waterfalls, fascinating rock formations and enchanting glacier tongues. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean in the south, an ice cap to the north, and two glacier rivers to the east and west, the area is geologically spectacular. The rock formations of Reynisdrangar are a signature landmark, as are the famous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss.
Take time to discover the amazing ice sculptures and ridges on the ice field at Solheimajokull glacier, and explore the black lava beach on a privately-led excursion. You’ll be joined by a certified glacier guide as you hike across the ice. If you’re feeling a touch more adventurous you can descend 120m down into the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano.
Finding yourself inside the massive magma chamber is a surreal experience. Or go subglacial and venture into the man-made ice tunnel at Langjökull glacier. About 8% of the country is covered by Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Take a short hike into a remarkable series of ice caves where the glassy roof and strange formations make for astounding photography.
One of the most visited places in the country is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Wallow in temperatures between 37–39 °C. The waters in the man-made lagoon are said to be rich in beneficial minerals. The water comes from nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi, where superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run the turbines.
For an unrivalled snorkelling experience, plunge into the waters at Silfra, a fissure between the continents of America and Europe. The water in the brilliant blue depths is among the purest in the world, and visibility is excellent.
Adrenaline-fuelled adventurers will want to make the most of snowy slopes and icy peaks. Escape to the secluded Midgard Hut where there’s nothing but the Icelandic wilds and you for miles around, and experience the bliss of isolation. Spend your days exploring on snowmobiles, playing with snow kites, ice fishing and learning basic survival skills.
Grab your safety gear and head to Iceland’s second biggest glacier – Langjokull. From your snowmobile, you’ll get to admire the staggering views of Eiriksjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers with the icy wind in your face. Or head to Deplar Farm where you’ll be treated to a luxury adventure few have the opportunity to experience.
Go heli-skiing and find yourself being whisked to the top of a mountain and skiing back down on pristine slopes. There’s also snowmobiling and even surfing to keep your blood rushing – and hot springs to warm up in afterwards. And at the end of a busy day, sink back into a comfortable sofa at the sumptuous lodge and watch the Northern Lights dance overhead if you’re there at the right time of year.
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