A visit to Iceland is on a lot of bucket lists, but while you’re here making that dream come true, why not tick off some other items too? We’ve put together a list of once in a lifetime experiences you can do in Iceland that will be sure to make this year completely unforgettable!
Iceland has many underground caves, ranging from the massive to narrow slits in the cliffs that all, nevertheless, have a great history and connections to local legends. A must see for all geology enthusiasts, as well as anyone who wants to get a sense of the awesome power of nature and how small in comparison us humans really are. You can even see a volcano from the inside! Not to mention Iceland’s specialty, the many crystal ice caves that form in the glaciers that take up a large percentage of our landmass.
Ice caves aren’t the only things worth exploring on a glacier, there’s also the glacier itself. Hiking on ice that’s thousands of years old while enjoying amazing views over the nearby countryside, or just the beautiful snowy hills all around you on a massive glacier, makes you feel like a real polar explorer.
All volcanos in Iceland were active at some point, but due to the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates pulling the country apart by about 2cm a year, the volcano‘s connection to magma rifts.
One of the most iconic glaciers in Iceland, Snæfellsjökull, is an old volcano and is considered active, having erupted a few times in the last 10.000 years, even though the last time was about 2200 years ago. Öræfajökull glacier is also an old volcano and considered Iceland‘s largest active volcano. It last erupted in 1727.
The oldest volcanos in Iceland are in the East and West fjords and are about 14-16 million years old, but they have been inactive for quite some time. The average lifespan is about a million years. Here are a few of the most interesting volcanoes in Iceland.
- Vestmannaeyjar – Eldfell
- Þríhnjúkagígur etc..
The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometres looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. It is the area that contains most tours and travel-related activities in Iceland.
Have you always wished you could fly? Well here’s your chance! Or as close to it as you can get. Tandem paragliding offers the opportunity to fly over the stunning Icelandic countryside with an instructor. No previous experience needed, the instructor will take the reins while all you have to do is enjoy the feeling of freedom and the amazing view!
Yet another way to enjoy the unique beauty the Icelandic glaciers have to offer. A snowmobile tour combines the ingenuity of man with the ancient and awesome power of the glacier to make for an unforgettable experience. A combination tour will take you through the famous Golden Circle, an absolute must-visit when you’re in Iceland, to the majestic Langjökull glacier where you can explore the icy peaks with a guide on your own snowmobile.
See Iceland’s World Famous Puffins
If your bucket list includes seeing the world’s cutest animals in person, Iceland is here to help! With many densely populated puffin colonies around the country, these adorable birds can easily be a part of your Iceland experience. The most breathtaking place to see the cuties is definitely Látrabjarg cliffs in West Iceland. The cliffs are the most western point in Europe and are the home to millions of seabirds.
Witness the Northern Lights
A staple of bucket lists all over the world, witnessing the elusive aurora borealis is a life-long dream for many. Icelanders sure know how lucky they are in having the northern lights sometimes literally in their backyard, and therefore we do our best to share the joy with our visitors. There are a number of northern lights tours operating in Iceland, but for the perfect, dream-come-true experience you should without a doubt book a private tour.