Iceland – the newest addition to my bucket-list of countries to visit!
Iceland is known as the Land of Ice and Fire, and it’s an apt description for a country that has volcanoes and pretty cold winters. While Iceland’s cities and towns are fun to explore, many people choose to visit for its outdoor attractions. There’s so much to do outdoors in Iceland, especially if you’re looking for a real adventure. Whether you choose to visit in the summer, the winter or any other time of year, you’ll find something that will satisfy your thirst for adventure. Here are some of the top activities for you to enjoy when you arrive.
Look for the Northern Lights
You can’t visit Iceland in the winter without trying to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights or Aurora borealis. It’s best to get away from any light pollution if you want a good chance of seeing them, which is why it’s a good idea to go on a Northern Lights tour. You’ll be taken out in a 4×4 to go and look for them once it gets dark. Many companies will promise that if you don’t get to see them the first night, they will take you again. You want a clear night with no clouds. You can also take a boat tour or even drive yourself.
Hiking is another outdoor pursuit in Iceland, which you can do all year. You might want to take a hike to go and look for some hot springs, and spend some time bathing when you find them. Or you could choose to go on an ice hike in the winter, venturing out with all the right equipment to take on a glacier. There are mountains and volcanoes, or you might prefer to explore some meadows instead. To make it easier, find a company to offer you a guided hike so that you can stay safe and have fun.
Tour Ice Caves
For another fantastic tour, you can take a look at some of Iceland’s fascinating ice caves. Explore an ice cave under a volcano that features incredible blue ice. You can take a tour that begins with pick-up in Reykjavik at the town hall, and also includes exploring the beautiful green mountains. You can also choose to leave from Vik, which is closer to the cave, making the tour a half-day instead of full-day one. You get to see the incredible black beach too.
Take a Pony Ride
Icelandic horses are sturdy, hardy and small – as well as a little smaller than other horses. A horseback ride is a great way to explore the Icelandic landscape without having to use your own legs. But don’t be fooled into thinking it will be a breeze, because riding a horse is a good workout too. Horseback riding in the lava fields gives you a chance to explore the Icelandic countryside from a different perspective. You could also spend some time at a local horse farm and get to know the horses.
Explore the great outdoors in Iceland with one of these amazing activities, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
Iceland has an amazing array of nature that no one can absolutely resist and one day, I WILL EXPLORE IT! 🙂