Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and for good reason. With varied terrain including glaciers, volcanos, and natural springs, Iceland is the place to go to experience adventure and relaxation. Snorkelling between tectonic plates, exploring vibrant tunnels formed by lava, and relaxing in natural thermal baths are only a few unique ways to experience this adventurous and exciting country. As Iceland continues to rise in popularity it’s important to remember to travel sustainably, ethically, and responsibly in order to preserve its natural ecosystem. When adventuring in Iceland, make sure to do so with a guide as they will ensure the safety of both the guests and the land. Be sure to read on to learn more about the great adventures you can experience in Iceland.
Hike on a glacier
Accompanied by an expert guide, an ice axe, and crampons, enjoy a hike through a glacial valley before taking on Sólheimajökull Glacier. Thoroughly explore the glacier and discover its ever-changing terrain of striking blue ridges, caves, sinkholes, and waterfalls. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views while walking through the natural turns and dips of the layers of ice carved by Iceland's harsh conditions. While walking, enjoy the gorgeous surrounding colours and drink in the juxtaposition the surrounding black rocks have against the brilliant blue ice.
Explore a lava tunnel
Walk the path of lava from an eruption that formed one of Iceland’s most expansive lava tunnels 5200 years ago. Experience the vibrant colours and unique rock formations that fill the cave while journeying deep inside of its snaking passageways with an expert guide. Learn about the forces of nature that emerged from the earth to create the tunnel while getting the unique opportunity to discover Iceland beneath the surface.
Experience serenity in geothermal baths
Skip the crowds at the world-famous tourist hotspot Blue Lagoon and opt for a more authentic relaxation experience at one of the natural thermal baths that dot Iceland’s beautiful scenery. The baths are always the perfect temperature for relaxation and are the best place in Iceland to unwind and get a truly calming experience. There are many different hot spring options in Iceland to suit every traveller’s taste. Reykjadalur Hot Springs is a picturesque river running with hot spring water. It is raw and beautiful. You just climb right in! Others like Karuma, are more structured. The spring water is directed into beautiful pools with a spa and restaurant on site. No matter which one, soaking in a natural geothermal bath is a must when in Iceland and is the perfect way to relax while soaking in Iceland’s scenery.
View vistas and volcanos on horseback
Icelandic horses are famous for their friendliness and beauty. Riding them through the vistas of Iceland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Trot through the lush, mountainous, landscape past volcanos while drinking in the clean air and surrounding beauty. Tours are easy-riding and suitable for beginners with no previous experience required. This allows full focus to be on the sweeping terrain.
Snorkel or dive between tectonic plates
In Iceland, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, a fissure filled with cool glacial water has been naturally created. The water is crystal clear with visibility of up to 120 meters! Silfra or “The Rift” is the only place in the world where people can snorkel and dive between two tectonic plates. New divers and first-time snorkellers are welcome to explore the waters of Silfra. This is sure to be an unbelievable experience not soon forgotten. Everyone who dives or snorkels Silfra will be treated to some of the most vibrant blues and awe-inspiring rock formations they’ve ever seen. The water in between the plates is as clear as the air and it’s known to make people feel as if they’re flying!
Bake bread using geothermal activity
Iceland is home to many hot springs and at a few of them, the ground is so hot that bread can be baked in the boiling black sands that make up the ground. Join in with the locals and learn the ways of baking bread using geothermal energy, something that’s been done in Iceland for centuries. The bread bakes using the geothermal ground as an oven and takes 24 hours to fully cook. Locals also use the ground to boil eggs, which guests will be able to sample along with the delicious bread.
Marvel at icebergs and seals by boat
Get up close and personal with icebergs by boat in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The towering icebergs show off their brilliant blue and white colours for visitors and often seals can be found sunbathing on top. The lagoon is a crown jewel of Iceland. It’s surrounded by black sand beaches, one of which is the famous Diamond Beach that gets its name from the brilliant pieces of glacial ice that have landed on its shore.
Iceland is no longer just a stopover destination. It’s the perfect place to experience exciting adventure and ultimate relaxation. With unlimited choices for adventure, it’s the only country in the world where it’s possible to snorkel between tectonic plates! Iceland’s unique terrain allows for so many incredible experiences and jaw-dropping panoramic views.
Author: Jenna Olsen, 2021