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Iceland’s breath-taking nature and the clear air refresh body and soul. Here you will find Europe’s biggest national park and mightiest glacier outside the polar regions, North Atlantic waters full of whales, the largest puffin colonies in the world, lonely mountains, hidden valleys, dark canyons, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and deep fjords. The spectacular setting makes for endless outdoor adventures and activities.

HIKING

Iceland’s breath-taking nature and the clear air refresh body and soul. Here you will find Europe’s biggest national park and mightiest glacier outside the polar regions, North Atlantic waters full of whales, the largest puffin colonies in the world, lonely mountains, hidden valleys, dark canyons, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and deep fjords. The spectacular setting makes for endless outdoor adventures and activities.

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CYCLING

Short cycling tours are a great way to get close to nature in an active way. If you wish to explore the surreal active volcanic landscape of Reykjanes in the Southwest or want to dive into the moonlike geothermal landscape around Mývatn, you will be rewarded with fantastic scenery and natural wonders. There is no perfect cycling infrastructure, quite often you will see cyclists on the ring-road around the island and the mountain bike tours are usually going through

unspoiled natural terrain.

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BOAT & KAYAK TOURS

RIB/ small speed boat tours offer a great way to get close to some of Iceland’s natural treasures and to discover some secrets of the sea with giant waves and gentle whales. Stykkishólmur on the calm Breiðjfórður with thousands of tiny islands or Husavík, the whaling capital of Iceland, or the glacial lagoon of Jörkursárlón are great spots for both boat and sea kayaking tours.

DIVING & SNORKELING

Unexpected by many, Iceland is a terrific and rewarding place for underwater explorations. Very clear waters with more than 100m sight, stunning wildlife, fascinating lava canyons and thermal vents make diving and snorkeling in Iceland an unforgettable experience. The fissure at Silfra in the Þingvellir National park is a top destination for divers and where else would you be able to say that you snorkeled between two continents?

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ICE CLIMBING & GLACIER TOURS

A guided tour over the ancient ice can be an unforgettable experience. Most glaciers in Iceland are accessible and guided tours take place almost every day. If you chose to discover the frozen secrets at Eyjafjallajökull, Vatnajökull, Solheimajökull or Snæfellsjökull, all glaciers hiking and climbing tours come with a guaranteed winter feeling even on the warmest days.
Some of the most surreal and beautiful ice caves can be found under the ancient caps of the mighty glaciers along the

Southern coast. As the ice is constantly changing, not all caves are accessible all the time.

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SNOW MOBILE

A unique and fun way to explore Iceland’s icy natural heritage. Power over the ancient ice caps of Iceland’s biggest glaciers while admiring the breath-taking landscape with mountains and volcanoes in the back. Many snow mobile tours come in combination with ice-climbing or ice cave explorations.

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HORSE RIDING

Horses are an integral part of everyday life in Iceland and you will see them pretty much anywhere in Iceland. Horse riding is popular and because of their calm nature, Icelandic horses are also suitable for beginners. Snæfellsnes with its long beaches under the glacier or the wide area around Hella set on the foot of the Hekla volcano in the South of Iceland are great places to get close to the friendly horses.

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SWIMMING

Thanks to the many geothermal springs heating natural pools all around Iceland, swimming is one of the most popular leisure activities among Icelanders. Nearly every village has a local “pool” or hot pot and quite often you will find a sauna and whirlpool too. It is expected that the public waters are only entered after a deep shower without clothes.

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WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES

Even though Iceland’s fauna lacks a bit of variety, Iceland is one of the most fascinating places in the world to spot whales or to observe birds nesting on massive sea cliffs.
For bird lovers, the best time to travel is between mid June and August when thousands of seabirds build their nests in the cliffs around the island, including Mývatn, Latrabjarg or Hornstrandir.
Seals can be spotted in many areas around Iceland, including

the glacial lagoon of Jörkursárlón, Hvammstangi in Northern Iceland or Ísarfjarðardjúp in the Westfjords. Further, Iceland is one of the best spots in the world for whale watching and guided whale watching tours depart regularly from Reykjavik or Husavík. The quiet boats hardly disturb the mammals and make it possible to approach quite closely. The large variety of whales in the waters around Iceland include fin-, humpback or blue whales.

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