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Northern Lights over the Blue Lagoon, Iceland | The Small Adventure COmpany - Adventure and Family Holidays in Europe

ACTIVITIES, TOURS AND SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

Outdoors is great, and thanks to it's very unique geological heritage, Iceland comes with its very own selection of local experiences and activities that can hardly be found anywhere else.

Power over ancient ice on a snow mobile

Visiting Iceland calls for a snow mobile tour! Where else in the world do you have such an amazing landscape and perfect conditions for exploring your surroundings on a fast-paced vehicle in the snow. Starting from Hof, you can take a snow mobile tour to the Vatnajökull Glacier in the south of Iceland. It is the largest glacier in Europe and covers 8% of all of Iceland. Accompanied by an experienced guide and with proper equipment you start your high-speed journey of ultimate fun, but with many stops to take in the incredible nature and breathtaking views. East of Reykjavik, starting from Gulfoss with its magnificent waterfall, you can head towards Langjökull, Europe‘s second largest icecap on a snow mobile. Two fantastic locations to enjoy this adventurous activity in Iceland.

Feel, see and touch the inner forces of Earth

Geysir is a famous hot spring in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley in the south of Iceland. With less than a 2-hour drive from Iceland‘s capital Reykjavik it is easily accessible on a day trip. As its name suggests, similar locations all over the world were named after it - geysers. Although Geysir is barely active these days the area provides numerous hot springs with Strokkur being the most famous one. Jets of hot water shoot up to 20 meters out of the ground into the cold air every 5 - 10 minutes. The fountains in Geysir are up to 70 meters high, but years can go by between their eruptions. However you won‘t be disappointed by the boiling and bubbling going on around you while visiting the numerous geysers of Iceland.

But not not only a visit to the spitting geysers at Geysir leave visitors in awe. Iceland's  largest ot spring Deildartunguhver or the colourful bubbling pots around Seltun on the Reykjanes peninsula might be less frequented 

Get enchanted by the glorious Myvatn region

The stunning lake area of Mývatn is located in the north of Iceland. It is not only its beautiful nature that draws visitors to Mývatn. The region also comprises of unique geological features and is home to many sites surrounding it. Lake Mývatn is part of the so called diamond circle,  a panoramic route in the north east of Iceland passing the most iconic sites, such as the picturesque town of Húsavík - the capital of whale watching, the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi featuring a lush green forest, and the Hljóðaklettar rock formations with their basalt columns. Exploring the diamond circle and the Mývatn Lake area as a part of it is a must-do when in Iceland!

Let the world pass by while relaxing in the natural hot springs

Bathing in hot springs is the ultimate experience you shouldn‘t miss when vacationing in Iceland. For locals and tourists alike taking a dip in one of the many geothermal natural pools provides great enjoyment for body and mind. In Iceland‘s south we recommend Landmannalaugar with its backdrop of colourful mountains and endless lava fields. In the West of Iceland seek out the Húsafell Canyon Baths where locals have re-created a historic heritage site pool using natural materials or the unique seaside hot tubs at Drangsnes overlooking the North Atlantic in the Westfjords. The equivalent to the Blue Lagoon in the south are the hot springs in the Mývatn Lake Area in the North of Iceland. Similar to the more famous Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Peninsula, visitors can enjoy a soak in the blue and milky, mineral rich water. Whichever one you choose, relaxation and stunning views are guaranteed in each one of them!

Viking Sushi - Sushi the Icelandic way

The Viking Sushi Adventure Tour takes you to Iceland‘s fairy tale-like fjord scenery. Set out on a boat to explore Iceland‘s natural wonders and historical sites as well the abundance of wildlife living in the peaceful landscape of the Western fjords with its numerous tiny islands and bays. En route you will catch some fish such as scallops, sea urchins, crabs and sea cucumbers. Some of them can be eaten fresh, coming straight from the bottom of the ocean - a real culinary highlight! The Viking Sushi Adventure Tour is the perfect combination of discovering Iceland‘s flora and fauna, enjoying spectacular views onto one of Iceland‘s most beautiful fjords and tasting delicious food. What more could you ask for?

Chasing the Northern Lights over glaciers and volcanoes

Many people come to Iceland‘ to see the Northern Lights and rightly so! Witnessing this amazing natural phenomenon, called Aurora Borealis, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pictures can‘t capture the many different ways these magical lights brighten up the night sky. Like artificial laser beams they unpredictably dance across the dark, clear firmament and spread their intense glow of mostly green and blue light. Even though they can be scientifically explained as an interaction of the solar wind and the magnetic field of the Earth, they somehow remain mysterious to their observer.

The Northern lights are a great excuse to visit Iceland over the dark winter months and chances are good to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon on a clear night with the Northern lights dancing over the dark skies and reflecting on the calm fjords and the shimmering ice.

Experience Icelandic farm live at Hvalfjörður 

Visit an authentic family-run farm tucked away between mountains and the ocean, in the Hvalfjörður Fjord, in the west of Iceland. Already the journey along the coast coming from Reykjavik, is worth a trip. At Bjarteyjarsandur Farm you will be welcomed by the owners who introduce you to the different activities on the farm including sheep sheering and wild mussel picking (depending on the season) among many others. Enjoy their local produce such as homegrown vegetables and sustainably farmed meat. You can even take an overnight stay in one of the cosy mountain cottages, the old farmhouse or the family-friendly campsite. The Hvalfjörður Fjord Farm Tour is a great opportunity of getting in touch with locals and learn about rural Icelandic traditions and culture.

Chasing the iconic cascades of the South Coast 

The South Coast of Iceland is not only home to some major volcanoes such as Hekla, Katla, and Eyjajfjallajökull but also of some amazing waterfalls! In just half a day you can experience here Iceland’s most iconic cascades. First there is the majestic Skógafoss waterfall, where the water plunges down from the 18-story tall cliffs. Skógafoss was used as a filming location and is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

Then there is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, that sits at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull. Seljalandsfoss is a breathtaking waterfall with a 60-m-cascade. The waterfall is beloved because you can actually walk behind it! Step behind the curtain of water and marvel at Iceland’s South Coast from a completely new perspective. A morning full of natural beauties cannot be better closed with a picnic at the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Admire the thrilling rock formations, hidden caves, outstanding sea stacks, and long, black sand coastline, it will surprise you!

 

Tste the culinary highlights on a Reykjavik food tour

One of the best things about a food tour in Reykjavik is getting a sense of the history of Iceland while trying different traditional Icelandic dishes and visiting iconic places in town. The Gastropub, the oldest restaurant in Reykjavik, the authentic Seabaron seafood restaurant - down by the old Reykjavik harbor - and Icelandic fish and chips are just a few of them.

Sample traditional lamb soup, fresh catches like salmon, cod, and haddock, a slice of Icelandic rye bread with trout or Iceland's iconic hot dogs. Don’t miss out Skyr, a traditional Icelandic dairy product, Brennivín, Iceland's signature schnapps, or a craft beer. 

Throughout the tour, you will get insights into Icelandic culinary traditions.You can learn what the Vikings ate and how Icelandic people have survived harsh winters thanks to their uniquel cooking and preserving methods. A food tour in Reykjavik is not only a culinary adventure but also a cultural exploration, offering a deeper understanding of Iceland's history and way of life through its flavors and traditions. 

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Contact us for an individual quote, visit our Iceland adventures and Iceland family adventures for touring inspiration or check out our selection of outdoor activities and family-friendly adventures in Iceland.

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