Known as the “Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland has more than its fair share of glaciers and volcanoes, creating some of the most natural and picturesque landscapes in the world, and this is just one of the many reasons why you should visit this stunning Nordic country.
Aside from its diverse and surreal natural attractions there are also numerous activities that are sure to give you a unique experience, such as riding Icelandic horses, bathing in the warm thermal waters of natural pools, venturing deep underground inside impressive lava tubes and walking the rim of extinct volcanos. Combine all of this with Iceland’s tiny population of hugely friendly locals and their rich unique culture and Iceland has rightly secured its place on most peoples’ ‘Bucket List’.
If you are planning to an Iceland holiday in either summer or winter, here are some of the places that you really shouldn’t miss.
1. Blue Lagoon
If there is one thing that you must experience in Iceland it is the Blue Lagoon. One of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions, this geothermal spa provides a complete experience with silica facial masks, saunas, steam rooms and massage treatments. There is nothing better after your journey to Iceland than relaxing in the warm therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon, especially during the freezing cold of winter, when you may also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Whilst maybe not as famous at the Blue Lagoon, there are many other geothermal spa pools to discover whilst touring in Iceland. Laugarvatn Fontana and Secret Lagoon are both easily accessible on the Golden Circle route, Krauma, near Husafell, whose warm waters originate in Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, and if you are in the north near Lake Myvatn then don't miss Myvatn Nature Baths which have terrific views.
2. Snorkel the Silfra Fissure
Brave the cold waters and snorkel between the two tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia. Located in Thingvellir National Park, snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra Fissure is sure to be one of the most unique experiences you will have during your visit to Iceland.
3. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Formed by melt water from the Vatnajokull glacier, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon provides one of the most remarkable sights in Iceland. Huge towering icebergs float around the lagoon before being making their way out to sea. Crashed back to shore by the Atlantic waves they come to rest and sparkle like gems on a black sand beach appropriately named “Diamond Beach”. Get up close and personal with these impressive ice formations by taking to the water on a zodiac or amphibian boat tour, available from May to October.
4. Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Self-driving the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is an experience you will never forget. Visit the quaint fishing villages, marvel at the impressive towering sea cliffs that teem with birdlife and stroll along dramatic black sand beaches. From lava caves to remote natural hot springs, here you can whale watch year-round in the icy off-shore waters. Photograph the famous Kirkjufell mountain, seek out impressive waterfalls and be sure to visit Snaefellsjökull glacier, which can be explored by snowmobile during the winter months. Whatever you choose to do in the Snaefellsness Peninsula, be ready to be stunned by its ethereal beauty.
5. Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a must do for those on holiday to Iceland for the first time. Covering a vast land mass, the Golden Circle route includes Thingvellir National Park, the Haukadalur Geothermal area, home to Geysir and finally, the impressive cascading waters of Gullfoss. Each natural attraction offers a unique experience to visitors. If you are a fan of history and nature, you are sure to fall in love with Thingvellir National Park. It is where the Vikings held their first Parliament and as a site of historical, cultural and geological importance it has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Here you can clearly see the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and are being slowly pulled apart creating a rift valley. The next stop is Geysir, a geothermal wonderland of fumaroles, belching mud pools and hot and cold springs where you can watch the spouting water of Strokkur. Finally, visit Iceland’s most famous waterfall, the iconic Gullfoss and see the incredible Hvítá River which is fed by the Langjökull glacier as it thunders down the canyon. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the force of nature and the more adventurous can feel this force on a rafting adventure.
These are just some of the iconic places in Iceland that you can visit but in between there is so much more to see and do and here at Wildlife & Wilderness we will ensure that you have an unforgettable adventure. For further ideas take a look at our Iceland holiday packages. If you have any questions or you want to learn more about a bespoke holiday to Iceland, contact us on +44 (0)1625 838225 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.