Top 10 Things to Do in Iceland – Part 1

I get requests for information on traveling to Iceland constantly these days. It’s a stunning country with amazing outdoor experiences not found anywhere else in the world, so it’s easy to see why everyone is so intrigued by this unique destination. Hiking, biking, photography, kayaking, whale watching and soaking in the natural hot springs are just a few of the fantastic ways to experience Iceland. On top of that, flights from JFK to the capital of Reykjavik (pronounced Rike – a – vik) are running around $500 round trip – even in the most popular summer months.

Iceland is also becoming a popular “stop over” destination. My clients who are visiting other European countries this summer are flying to Iceland on the great fares from the US, staying a few days and then continuing on to their main destination. Of course they are seeing the sights while they are there, but they are also taking advantage of the great airfare available to Europe from Iceland. As an example, Reykjavik to London fares in July start as low as $47! Nope – that’s not a typo.

To make it easier for you to hit the best spots in a short amount of time, I’m giving you my Top 10 Things to do in Iceland, starting with the first 5 on my list in this post and then the last 5 in my next edition.

  1. Whale Watching Tour – There are many tours available that allow you to see whales as well as puffins.  You can engage with Naturalists and experience rare sightings that will leave you in awe.  It’s best to whale watch in the summer months – April through September.  A “must” experience when visiting Iceland.
  2. Mineral Hot Springs – Geothermic springs pop up all over Iceland, and you should definitely take advantage of a relaxing soak in the waters during your visit.  The most popular is the Blue Lagoon Spa located just minutes from Reykjavik.  This is a man-made area and is renewed every two days with fresh water.  It is easily reached via car or bus.  My personal favorite though is the Secret Lagoon natural hot springs.  They are located in the small village called Fludir in the Golden Circle area. It is the oldest swimming “pool” in Iceland, and they’ve done a great job keeping it natural and unique for their guests. The pool’s natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling.
  3. West Fjords – Located in the popular peninsula, the Fjords are breathtaking.  You need to plan well and leave time to really explore all this area has to offer.  While you’re there, take in the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum or the famous Latrabjarg cliff.  There are tons of things to see and do in this mountainous remote area.
  4. Skogafoss – The perfect place for you to get a photo with a double rainbow, Skogafoss is the most scenic falls in Iceland. (See photo at above.)  With a drop of over 60 meters, the view is spectacular.  There is also a legend of gold that lies within the falls.  Take your chance and search if you dare…
  5. Silfra – Silfra is an amazing diving spot located in Thingvellir National Park.  It is the crevice between the tectonic plates in North America and Eurasian continents.  It’s the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates that shift roughly 2 cm every year.  The shifting of the earth creates new caverns and tunnels.  There’s plenty of wildlife to see on your dive/snorkel as well.  The three main dive sites are: Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon.  The maximum depth is about 207 feet, and the water is the purest in the world so feel free to take a sip while diving.

For more information about Iceland and other active or wellness travel adventures, send me an email to dori@wandermoretravels.com or call 678-538-6402.

Happy travels!

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