When planning a trip to a foreign country, typically Iceland is not the first place that comes to mind. One may think of Iceland as a cold, dreary, lonely and isolated place but this is just not true.
Iceland is an extremely beautiful country, rich with culture and scenery. The fact that it is geologically and volcanically active plays a big part in defining the landscape of this Nordic country. With volcanoes, geysers, natural hot springs, waterfalls, and geothermal pools; Iceland is anything but ice.
If you prefer outdoor activities, Iceland may be for you. There are rivers for white water rafting and kayaking, though according to the Iceland Tourist Board’s website, kayaking is not native to the country, the many natural waterways are ideally suited for the sport. You will also find deep sea fishing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and skiing for other popular activities in Iceland.
During summer months, you can play golf at one of the many golf courses throughout the island. In the month of June, 24-hour golf is available, as the sun does not set at that time. Hiking is a popular summer pastime in Iceland, as is swimming, horseback riding, and bike riding (available for rent in most towns).
One of the most popular things to do is a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in the youngest lava field in western Iceland. There are many things to do while there, from bathing in the lagoon, relaxing under a waterfall, treating yourself to an outdoor massage, or walking around and just enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.
Whale watching safaris are also available to visitors. Many species of whales are usually spotted on these tours, such as the orca whale, humpback, majestic fin and sei whales. Puffins, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes and other sea birds tend to accompany the tours as well. The safaris are only available from May through September.
Reykjavik is rich in culture and cuisine. There are many art galleries and museums dedicated to most hobbies and interests. The Iceland Symphony orchestra performs year round as does the Opera and the Theater. There are many activities throughout the year in Reykjavik like the Winter Lights Festival, The Iceland Food & Fun Festival both held in late February, Beer Day on March 1, the Arts Festival in May and more.
If you have never considered a trip to Iceland before, perhaps now is the time.
Marty is an experienced world traveler who loves to share his passion for travel with the world. A resident of Portland, Maine and a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Marty is passionate about sports, writing and travel.