10 things to do in Iceland (that aren’t the Blue Lagoon)
Iceland is a country which is well known for its blue lagoon. Most tourists who have visited Iceland can only remember their best experience enjoying the blue lagoon, also. However, the truth is that it is a country with many other attractions to discover. Although it is a small country, it has several natural features that people do not know about.
With Iceland being close to the Arctic and the North Atlantic, there are plenty of beaches and marine life attractions to explore. Additionally, the country has several beautiful mountains, waterfalls, forests, parks, valleys, volcanic features, and terrains, providing countless activities to make a vacation unforgettable. The culture, people and weather provide a welcoming environment for visitors. Here are the top 10 things to do for tourists in Iceland.
ten Drive to Kirkjufell Mountain
After enjoying city life and the blue lagoon, a drive to Kirkjufell mountain provides the perfect adventure experience. The mountain is a popular photographic element and even appeared in The Game of Thrones; it offers visitors amazing scenes.
The best part of it is that there is plenty of terrain to traverse as you head into the mountains, rivers, and valleys. There are scenic views of different parts of the country on top of the mountain, and some water drops. It is a hike highly recommended for tourists.
9 Self-driving to the Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s most popular destinations. The place is high in the mountains with large valleys, water springs and great views of the landscape. What makes the Golden Circle popular is the landscape and other natural features found there.
The best way to do this is to drive yourself. One can hire a car, mostly a 4×4, and have an adventure through mountains, rivers and rocks for a memorable experience. Camping is also a good option when visiting the Golden Circle. With a route of more than 300 km, you will have enough time to discover the beauty of Iceland.
8 Spend time with puffins
An experience with puffins will be unforgettable for children and any adult. With over 60% of the world’s puffins moving to Iceland around August and April for their nesting season, it’s a must-do activity. The best way to do this is to take a boat trip around Vestmannaeyar, home to over 1.1 million puffins.
Additionally, a boat trip to see puffins can give the traveler the opportunity to see more of Iceland’s marine wildlife.
seven Visit the fishing villages of Iceland
Interacting with local people in any new country counts as a memorable experience for a traveler. For Iceland, the best place to visit is the east coast, to find charming traditional fishing villages. It is here, in villages like Djupivogur, that the authentic Icelandic lifestyle is still preserved.
Tourists can enjoy excellent seafood and culture of the people. There are also several natural wonders to discover in these villages.
6 Reykjadalur Natural Hot Springs
Reykjadalur being one of the most famous natural hot springs in the country, it comes highly recommended. In order for a traveler to reach these springs, they will have to walk to the area. The valley has rivers with natural hot springs to enjoy and relax.
As tourists travel to the region, they come across several rivers and valleys which make the experience extraordinary. It is easy to camp in this area as there are cabins along the way.
5 Climb the largest glacier in Europe
Hiking on Europe’s largest glacier is an attraction for any traveler to Iceland. Vatnajokull is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site and accounts for 8% of the country’s total area. The site has over 30 glaciers to hike and enjoy.
Once visitors reach the glaciers, they enjoy cave crawling and snowmobiling. Although it is not an easy activity, you just have to stick with it forever.
4 Gullfoss Waterfall Rafting
For thrill-seeking tourists, Gullfoss Waterfall is the place to go. It is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall drops 32 meters deep into a canyon with spectacular views. A traveler will enjoy breathtaking views of the mists, the colors of the rainbow on sunny days, and the sounds of waterfalls.
Additionally, one can go the extra mile and go rafting. Tourists craving a serious adrenaline rush can go rafting in the river, often receiving strong currents.
3 Explore the interior of the Þríhnúkagígur volcano
Iceland is home to over 130 volcanoes, some active and some inactive. Experiencing volcanoes is a good choice. The Þríhnúkagígur volcano is particularly popular because visitors can step inside and it has been dormant for over 4000 years.
Inside the volcano, people can see its magma chamber and come away with memories. Visitors descended 120 meters deep into the bottom of the volcano.
2 The largest man-made ice cave
Langjokull Glacier is the largest man-made ice cave in the world. The adventure in this cave is unlike any other. The journey to the entrance of the cave is done on a missile truck. The tunnel extends 500mm inside the ice cap, providing adventurers with unforgettable experiences. It is also a fantastic place for photography.
1 Snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure
Snorkeling is a great activity; however, snorkeling at the best dive site in the world is special. Silfra Fissure is one of the best things to do in the world, according to TripAdvisor rating in 2019. It will be a great experience for any traveler to Iceland. Swimming in the Silfra is swimming between the two tectonic plates of the earth. The gorge at this site has clear waters and visibility can drop to 90m. It is a breathtaking experience to enjoy the kelp forests and lava rocks in the moonlight.
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