With its dramatic and diverse landscapes that hold natural wonders aplenty - from glaciers and hot springs to fjords and lava fields - there is an almost endless list of outdoorsy things to do in Iceland. Whether you’re after a fun family holiday with adventure-loving little ones in tow or an unforgettable getaway for two, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of what to do during your holidays in Iceland…
Road Trip Adventure
If it’s your first time in Iceland, a road trip is an excellent way to pack in plenty of sightseeing. Beginning in the north - home to the coastal region of Eyjafjordur - wind your way cross-country, travelling through some seriously spectacular landscapes. Along the way, enjoy all manner of adventurous activities, from whale watching cruises on the fjords to sunset hikes along the red cliffs of Raudubjorg, before unwinding with peaceful stays in cosy little hotels.
Hot Springs Hike
Bathing in natural hot springs is a must when it comes to things to do in Iceland. With a swimsuit in your backpack, hike into the beautiful valley of Reykjadalur for a relaxing soak in a natural hot stream surrounded by rolling green hills. Once you’re toasty and warm, set off for a stroll through the valley which has an amazing abundance of geothermal springs - everything from gurgling melting pots to super-heated pools of water.
Whale Watching Cruise
If you’re an animal lover and wondering what to do in Iceland, don’t miss the chance to go on a whale watching cruise. As you head out to sea, past islands inhabited by puffin colonies, keep your eyes peeled for the many marine species that call these waters home including minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and the popular humpback whales. You may even get to see fearsome killer whales and majestic fin and sei whales.
Golden Circle Tour
One of our favourite things to do in Iceland is the Golden Circle tour. This 186-mile route connects three of the country’s most popular natural attractions including: the Geysir Geothermal Area, where you will see some of the most active geysers in the country; Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the the ‘Golden Waterfall’; and the UNESCO-protected Thingvellir National Park, where the country’s parliament was first founded in the year 930. Whether you set off on a summery hike or zoom across the wintery wilderness on a snowmobile, adventure is all-but guaranteed here.
Venture to Iceland’s South Coast for a hike across the spectacular Solheimajokull glacier. Located between the Katla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes, this icy expanse is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the country making it a popular option when it comes to things to do in Iceland. Accompanied by an experienced glacier guide, you’ll get the chance to see amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges and even try your hand at a spot of ice climbing if you fancy a hit of adrenaline.
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula - a region in western Iceland known for its dramatic landscapes - is the perfect place for a horse trek. Paired with a knowledgeable local guide, set off to explore the glacial rivers and valleys atop your trusty steed. Icelandic horses are renowned for their gentle temperaments so are suitable even for beginners - plus, we can arrange riding lessons if you’re a complete newbie.
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