Adventure Holidays in Iceland
A Journey into the Heart of the Wild North
One could say that Iceland is an island still in the making - a volcanic laboratory which is being powered by natures elements - from hot water shooting geysirs, bubbling muddy lakes to gigantic glaciers carving their way through massive lava fields.
Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is a dream destination for adventurers seeking awe-inspiring natural beauty, thrilling outdoor activities, and rich local experiences. From the moment you arrive, this island nation at the top of the world promises unforgettable memories. Explore the diverse array of outdoor adventures, cultural encounters, and family-friendly activities that await you in this pristine and magical wilderness. Iceland is also a country of darkness and light, a short summer with days of constant daylight contrasts with long winters and dark days that only bring a few hours of sunshine. Whatever season you choose to visit, Iceland can be visited all year long and every season has its very own special highlights to offer.
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Iceland's adventure holidays encompass the thrill of the outdoors, the richness of local experiences, and the allure of off-the-beaten-path exploration. As you traverse glaciers, soak in geothermal pools, and delve into the nation's culture and history, you'll create indelible memories. Whether you're embarking on a family-friendly escapade or seeking solitude in the wild, Iceland offers an adventure that will leave you spellbound by its majesty. So, pack your bags and set your course for the land of fire and ice - an adventure like no other awaits in Iceland.
Outdoor Adventures - conquering Iceland's wilderness
Iceland's dramatic landscapes are an adventurer's playground, offering a multitude of exhilarating activities. The country boasts an extensive network of hiking trails that wind through its rugged terrain. Whether you're ascending volcanoes like Hekla or strolling through the ethereal landscapes of Landmannalaugar, there's a trail for every level of hiker, ranging from a couple of hours to multiple days.
Discovering Iceland's icy heart by embarking on a glacier makes for a truly unique Iceland adventure
Strap on crampons, grab an ice axe, and set out to explore the otherworldly landscapes of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Alternatively, if you are even more adventurous and feel a need for speed, why not explore the ancient ice caps of Iceland's glaciers on a thrilling snow-mobile tour instead?
Family-friendly Adventures in Iceland - from chasing waterfalls, trolls and wildlife
Iceland is a remarkably family-friendly destination, with numerous activities suitable for all ages. Embark on a family friendly hiking tour at Þingvellir National Park where you can walk between two tectonic plates and witness the powerful forces of nature up close. Iceland's lesser-known treasures, like the hidden waterfalls of the south coast are also excellent shorter hiking alternatives suitable for families. Hike to gems like Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the cascading water.
Embark on a family horseback riding tour and meet Iceland's charming and friendly horses, known for their unique gait, the tölt. Horse riding tours along some of Iceland's black sand volcanic beaches will create unforgettable family memories. Iceland is also one of the world's best places for whale watching. Board a boat and set sail from Reykjavik or Husavik to spot magnificent creatures like humpback whales and orcas.
Dive into Viking history at the Saga Museum in Reykjavik. This interactive museum is a perfect educational adventure for families, offering insight into Iceland's ancient legends and sagas.
Local Experiences - Iceland's Northern delights and volcanic activity
Iceland's culture is as rich and diverse as its landscapes, and delving into local experiences is a must. No visit to Iceland can be complete with a soak in Iceland's geothermal hot waters. Visit one of the many maintained swimming pools heated by thermal energy, like the Blue Lagoon, Myvatn or the Secret Lagoon and soak in the natural hot springs surrounded by Iceland's stunning volcanic landscapes, a world-famous geothermal spa, offers a soothing and rejuvenating experience. For a more adventurous vibe, hop into a thermal splash pool or a warm river while out and about in Iceland's wilderness.
Iceland's cuisine features some unique flavors, which you can savor in local dishes like hákarl (fermented shark) and pylsur (hot dogs). Explore local markets like Reykjavik's Kolaportið and try traditional snacks, including rúgbrauð (rye bread) with smoked fish.
Immerse yourself in Iceland's artistic and historical heritage by visiting the National Museum of Iceland and the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. These museums provide fascinating insights into the nation's culture and history.
The Northern Lights can often be witnessed in Iceland over the darker months, the best time to catch a glimps of this spectacle is between November and March. Guided tours take you to the best spots with the strongest activity, but it is also quite common to be able to admire the dancing lights from the doorstep of your accommodation.
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The island of Iceland covers an area of 103,000 km2 and has a population of almost 375,000 people making it the most sparsely populated area in Europe. About 35% of the population of Iceland live in the capital Reykjavik. Iceland boasts a 1,300 km-long ring road that connects most areas of Iceland and brings you to the most important attractions. Another famous road is the Golden Circle which leads along a string of impressive natural wonders, including Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
Whichever part of Iceland you choose to explore, you will be impressed by its scenery and natural beauty which invites you to a range of outdoor adventures that you won’t find elsewhere, from snowmobile and husky rides to caving, ice climbing, and glacier hikes.
When the sun warms up the earth, and daylight is abundant, you will find plenty of adventure hikes, bike trails, or horse riding tours to enjoy Iceland's amazing landscapes at a slower pace.
The best part of the day is probably a relaxing dip in one of Iceland's many natural hot thermal springs that can be found all over the island, including the famous Blue Lagoon, set on the peninsula of Reykjanes in Southwest Iceland. Further to the West, the colorful Snæfellsnes peninsula impresses with its bizarre lava landscapes, crystal clear blue waters, and the Breiðafjörður bay, filled with thousands of tiny islands.
Heading towards the heart of Iceland, you will find The Highlands, a mountainous area with enormous waterfalls, hot water geysers, stunning glaciers, and fantastic hiking opportunities. The trails of the colorful Landmannalaugar - in the Southern part of Iceland's Highlands - are perfect to experience untouched nature for avid hikes as well as family adventures in breath-taking scenery.
But Iceland is not only nature! It’s a country of traditions, typical villages and has a strong culture of food and arts. Reykjavik is the cultural center of Iceland. Here you will find museums and galleries, a vibrating musical scene, and a colorful squad of local artists and designers. Join one of the festivals that take place throughout the year (especially during long summer days) for an authentic local experience. Iceland has all you need for an adventure holiday of any kind!
When to travel
The main season and most popular time for visitors to come to Iceland is between June and August when the days are long and large parts of the country are free from ice and easily accessible. The hinterland offers great hiking conditions during this period as most of the terrain is now fairly dry.
May and September also allow travelers to get to most places in Iceland, but some of the higher areas and the heartland might be restricted because of snow. The weather is colder, wetter and breezier than over the summer months, but you will be rewarded with less crowded landscapes and viewpoints.
Even though most of Iceland's side roads are closed and the days are shorter, October to April is a rewarding time to visit Iceland. This is the perfect time to experience the Northern lights flickering on the dark sky and to venture off on a real snow and ice adventure. And where else can you enjoy the combination of ice, now and hot thermal water to enjoy the Northern lights spectacle?
How to travel
Keflavik, Iceland’s international airport, is located around 50km Southwest of Reykjavik. Icelandair and many other international airlines offer frequent connections to Keflavik usually a few times a week. There are many direct flights from the European continent and it’s also possible to connect through major European hubs. You will also find frequent connections to North America due to the fact that Iceland had recently become a popular stopover destination between North America and Europe and the flights take only a couple of hours.
It is easiest to rent a car upon arrival and discover the island in your own time. Alternatively, if you prefer not to drive, there is a wide range of organized tours starting from Reykjavik nearly every day, bringing you to many exciting places in Iceland, close and far.
Traveling with children
Travelling with kids in Iceland is easy. Even though there are not many activities only for kids, the overwhelming landscape, the many swimming pools and the friendly hospitality of the Icelandic people make a trip to Iceland with kids very enjoyable. Curious children will be eager to find out more about Iceland's volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers and will be delighted by the sheer amount of seabirds, including the adorable puffins. Adventure activities are available for kids from 8 years (sometimes older) and the easy hikes, horse riding adventures, speedboat or whale watching tours all around Iceland will keep them easily entertained. The route around Iceland should be planned carefully as some of the distances between the attractions can be quite far. Reykjavik has the biggest choice for kids. Kids pay half price (or often nothing) in museums and pools. Most of the accommodations in Iceland offer family rooms and cater for smaller children.
What to bring
Regardless of the time of the year that you are travelling, you should come prepared for all kind of weather in Iceland and plan a lot of layers. Make sure to pack smart and to stay warm and dry. So your luggage should always contain the following items:
- fleece jacket or wooly sweater/jumper
- rain and windproof jacket
- rain pants
- sturdy walking shoes with good grip
- proper waterproof hiking boots
- gloves and a scarf
- hat (sun hat also)
- thermal underwear
- warm socks
- quick dry towel
As you will encounter the midnight sun over summer in Iceland, it can also be helpful to bring some eye shades for sleeping. Sunglasses and sunscreen are highly recommended. Midgets are common over the summer months, so bring an insect repellent.
A very warm, ideally insulated jacket should always be packed if travelling to Iceland over the winter months.
Remember that you will most likely also hit town in Reykjavik, so make sure to pack a nice outfit and shoes.
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