If you fancy stepping off the beaten touristy trail, visiting Iceland or the “Land of Ice and Fire” would be an experience of a lifetime! Iceland offers unique activities like dogsledding, exploring a volcano from the inside, exploring virgin black sandy beaches, and more. Let’s look at a few places that offer unique activities and natural phenomena making Iceland an unforgettable destination that stands out from the crowd.
Iceland is dotted with hot springs, both naturally warm rivers, and man-made hot tubs. There are eighteen swimming pools in greater Reykjavík, a beach with geothermally heated water, and a hot footbath nearby Grandi. The highest density of natural hot springs can be found in the Westfjords area.
If you’re looking to explore a spectacular natural blue ice cave inside one of Iceland’s glaciers, visit the place in winter between mid-October to March. The ice caves in Iceland are carved out by glacial rivers formed due to the melting ice cap above in summer. The ice’s blue color shines through as one walks inside a glacier cave. In summer, these caves are filled with water; hence one can only explore these caves in the winter. In summer, you can visit the Ice Tunnels, running hundreds of meters and dug through Langjökull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. In June 2015, these man-made ice tunnels were made open and during the construction process, a large glacier cave was discovered deep within the glacier. One can walk 200 meters into the glacier’s depths and see the mesmerizing blue light in the ice, and even marry inside an ice chapel, made specifically for such occasions. One can explore these ice tunnels any time of the year.
One of the most memorable and exhilarating activities in Iceland is snowmobiling. It offers unparalleled access to untouched ice-caps. You can feel your adrenaline rush as you pick up incredible speed simply with the flick of your wrist. You can take the help of an expert guide to find your way on certain routes, or explore these glaciers independently by carving and weaving your way across these vast frozen sheets of ice. Vatnajökull, Langjökull, and Mýrdalsjökull are three of the most popular ice caps for snowmobiling in Iceland.
Whether you’re an adventure junkie or looking to explore fascinating landscapes, the options are endless as Iceland offers something to every traveler. Let this be your next holiday destination, be it solo, with your best pals, or with your family.