A plateaued state, Iceland’s landscape is characterized by vast fields of sand and lava, peaked mountain districts and glacial river systems. Despite being located just outside the Arctic Circle, the nation enjoys a temperate climate and is visited by over 1.2 million tourists every year.
With so many interesting activities to enjoy it is easy to see why.
Here are the Top 4, however there are many more.
Thingvellir National Park
The Thingvellir region is part of a fissure zone that runs through Iceland which rests on the tectonic plate boundary. It is this seismicity that has sculpted the stunning landscape in the national park. The value of this area is recognized in its place on the World Heritage List, declaring this site as part of the common heritage of man kind. While here visit Thingvellir Church, wander the numerous hiking trails and even enjoy a spot of fishing (angling.)
Iceland’s capital is a busy hub of friendly locals and excited visitors. While there is plenty to see and do in the capital, Reykjavik also acts as the convenient starting line for the many daytrips on offer outside of the city.
Embark on a glacial journey from Reykjavik to Sólheimajökull Glacier. An experienced guide will take you hiking and ice climbing on this natural phenomenon.
If the aurora borealis seems more your speed, be sure to take a Northern Lights Tour. For the complete Icelandic experience take in the Golden Circle route which will take you to both Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss. An actively volcanic region, this tour will take you past geysers and through sprawling lava valleys.
The Northern Lights
The aurora borealis bursts across the Icelandic sky and can be seen comfortably on board unique tour boat. As you leave Iceland’s coast and the lights of the city behind, you will be able to enjoy this unique experience in perfect darkness. With a knowledgeable guide on board to explain the myths surrounding the Northern Lights, you will learn about this scientific phenomena while you sip your complementary hot drinks.
Gullfoss is a colossal waterfall on the river Hvita. It originates in the glacial lake Langjokull. Gullfoss means ‘the golden falls’ because the glacial sediment in the water makes the falls appear golden in the sunlight. The water tumbles 105 feet in two steps. As you approach the falls, you will hear the water crashing before you have the chance to see it. The tumbling water rumbles loudly and echoes through the deep, dramatic river valley. You can stand and view the falls from the top or if you are feeling up to it, you can walk down the path to the bottom.