Known as the land of frost and fire, Iceland is famous for the elusive Northern Lights. However, the country has much more to offer with its varied, moon-like landscape – including impressive waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and spurting geysers. It’s also a great place to go for adventure sports and relaxation activities!
The Blue Lagoon in Grindavik offers a natural spa experience. Immerse yourself in a geothermal hot pool, which is naturally heated by surrounding lava fields full of black volcanic boulders. The milky, blue waters are perfect whether in rain, shine or snow; you can even purchase additional skincare treatments or go up to a swim-up bar where you can nourish your body with healthy food choices.
If you prefer to get active, then head to the Silfra in the Thingvellir National Park. It’s is the only place in the world where you can swim between two tectonic plates, which are moving away from each other at a rate of about one inch per year. Dive or snorkel in the crystal glacier waters, up to a depth of 120 metres. Be sure to don a specialised wetsuit for this, though – water temperatures fluctuate between 2 to 4 Degrees Celsius.
Have you ever been on a Skidoo? One of the best places to do so might be high up in the Icelandic mountains. Jetting across glaciers at high-speed, amidst mountains and blue skies will feel extremely surreal. Be sure to book your day trips with specialist drivers who will take you to explore seemingly remote regions of the country’s snowy landscape. Prepare for an adrenaline rush!
The Gullfoss Waterfall, a splendid waterfall that is Iceland’s pride, is popular with tourists, who hope to glimpse the view of the cascading falls against a mountainous backdrop. Another Icelandic natural wonder is its geyser geothermal field, the most energetic being in Strokkur. Each geyser erupts to a height of 40 metres. Bubbling fields of steam makes for an interesting walking tour. The geyser fields form part of the Golden Circle, an area within which most natural attractions can be found; this also includes the Gullfoss falls. Joining the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park, which can be explored by car. A snow-covered wilderness in the winter, this national park charms with verdant greenery, lush hills and sparkling lakes in the summer.
A visit to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a hunt for the famed Northern Lights! The best time to spot them would be between November and March, during periods of low lunar visibility on a partially clear, cold night with sub-zero temperatures. You can choose to join an organised tour or venture out on your own in a car. Whale watching in Reykjavik is also another must-do on your list. Spot the gentle giants all year round, especially between May to September.
Iceland can be easily accessed by air via selected European, Scandinavian and American carriers. Its main international airport is Keflavik. Find and compare cheap flights on Skyscanner! Make your bookings with airlines and online tour agencies at no extra charge.
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There are 23 different types of whales you can spot around Iceland. This includes minke and humpback whales. You might also spot other marine life, like harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and various sea birds.
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