Iceland is a unique country with much to enjoy, beautiful scenery such as the Blue Lagoon, and many experiences to explore, such as a tour around the Golden Ring. A day in Iceland will leave you amazed by the various natural sites that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Below are seven attractions and experiences you should not miss during your next vacation to Iceland.
Soaking in a hot spring
The Blue Lagoon, a very popular site, is a large milky blue geothermal pool that offers the ultimate in relaxation and wellness experiences. Early mornings, in particular, are not so busy. So, if you want a quiet experience, contact Blue Lagoon to make bookings on time and get there early. In addition to the relaxing sensation, your experience in the lagoon gives you many skin care and health benefits.
Drive around the Golden Ring
Taking this 300km South Iceland route tour from Reykjavik to the southern highlands is quite an excursion featuring iconic sites along the way such as Geysir geyser, Thingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall. To take a break from driving, you should consider this trip as an experience of a lifetime. Driving the Golden Circle is one of the best tours in Iceland, with so much to see.
If you love dogs, this is a must do during your visit. Available all year round, during summer or winter, dog sledding can be done either on the dry land of Iceland or in the snow and ice areas. The sled is driven by 6 to 8 lively husky dogs. Remember to grab your warmest coat if you’re visiting snowy areas. Enjoy the picturesque sites while sledding.
Ice cave exploration
Iceland is home to glaciers with ice caves made by glacial rivers when the ice melts during the summer. You can visit the caves only during certain times of the year because the temperatures must be low for the glacial rivers to freeze, making the caves navigable. The frozen blue water glistens as you enter the ice cave.
Snorkel in the insanely cold water and witness the slow separation of the American and Euro-Asian tectonic plates. Silfra gorge specifically offers visibility that exceeds 100 meters deep, an ideal place to check the tectonic plates. You can go snorkeling at any time of the year.
Icelandic horses are strong, short-legged, masculine, and fast. They have exemplary resilience to harsh conditions despite their beautiful delicate appearance. Riding through the windswept tundra vegetation on these unique horses is a unique experience.
Admire geysers and waterfalls
The Geysir, after which the geysers are named, offers a live eruption every eight minutes. Geothermal activity is fascinating, especially if it’s your first time. Remember to keep your distance because the water is boiling and can burn you badly. On the other hand, the Gullfoss waterfall is a wonder with a unique landscape. Visit the area early in the morning or late in the evening to have a quiet time as the site can be crowded during the day.
Let’s say you visit Iceland in winter; you might be lucky enough to see the magical Northern Lights. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will see them, but between November and March is the ideal time.