Discover a land of mystical scenery and unmatched experiences in Iceland!
Head over to this northern gem and discover natural beauty at its best. It is definitely the place to go to cross off some bucket list boxes.
With an abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, and much more, there’s much to see in this land of ice and fire. Iceland is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with an array of extraordinary scenery including the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes.
With a population of only 340,000, Iceland is one of the safest destinations to visit in the current pandemic situation. Through strict implementation of policies and restrictions, country officials managed to control the spread of the virus and are ready to welcome tourists back. Travelers going to Iceland require proof of vaccination or antibodies of COVID-19 before they enter.
Ready to cross off some bucket list boxes? Here are some of the top things to do in this Northern gem!
The Blue Lagoon Spa
Iceland has a surplus of geothermal water bodies that create unique experiences for locals and visitors alike. These water bodies are also a great way to get to know the locals around as they tend to gather there, similar to town squares in other countries of the world.
The Blue Lagoon, the most famous geothermal water body in Iceland is a must-see when visiting. It features a spa where visitors can partake in both a leisurely and wellness experience. The heated water of the lagoon consists of 70% seawater and 30% freshwater, it also includes mineral salts and silica mud that will leave your skin flawless after bathing.
The lagoon also boasts a waterfall of geothermal water that will leave your muscles relaxed and ready for new adventures…
Iceland is home to our earth’s largest animals, the blue whales. Whale watching tours are world-renowned and are a top activity for most visitors. There are three main locations for whale watching in Iceland, those include Reykjavík, Akureyri, and Husavík. Husavik is the country’s whale sighting capital with abundant traffic of movement through its creeks.
The most common whale species spotted include minke whales and humpback whales. Visitors also came across killer whales and fin whales amongst the shores.
Whale watching is a common activity all throughout the year, however, there are some peaks of whale watching during specific months. The summer season witnesses an abundance of krill and fish making it the perfect time to go whale watching. We strongly advise booking those tours ahead of time as it tends to get busy during those months.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Jökulsárlón Lagoon is one of the most inspiring natural wonders of Iceland. It consists of a lake surrounded by icebergs that are crunching against each other as they make their way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The lagoon offers different experiences to visitors; some choose to take a boat ride amongst moving glaciers while others watch them from the shoreline. Seal spotting is also very likely in the lagoon as the species tends to dip and dive from glacier to glacier, making it mesmerizing to view!
Make sure to discover Diamond Beach, just a five-minute walk from the lagoon itself. Diamond Beach is where icebergs tend to melt ashore, creating jet-black sand and stunning sightings that define the wonders of Iceland.
We’ve all seen pictures of the Northern Lights of Iceland, just imagine witnessing this extraordinary wonder in person!
The Northern Lights, also known as “Aurora Borealis” are one of the most visited attractions of the country. The Auroras are connected to solar wind and a flow of ions from the sun, causing a burst of energy that appears in circles around the poles. The lights are best viewed from rural areas, appearing when there is an increase in solar activity. The lights are visible 8 out of 12 months of the year and have less cloud over them than surrounding countries, making them even more popular to tourists.
Most accommodation operators will provide you with predictions of solar activity as the appearance of the lights are unpredictable. Tours of the Aurora Borealis are available including “The Northern Lights Night Tour” which departs from Reykjavik and takes you to the remote areas and best spots to view these natural wonders.
Before visiting, Take the Icelandic Pledge!
Iceland is truly a land of wonders and extraordinary views; it boasts an array of natural sightings that are rare and only found in this Northern gem.
Icelanders encourage tourists to take a pledge when visiting in order to maintain and protect their natural wonders. The Icelandic Pledge is signed by most tourists prior to arrival through online channels, where they promise not to harm the country’s natural wonders during their visit. It is shared on social platforms and defines the local’s promise to their land!