HORSES- The Icelandic horses are quite possibly the sweetest and calmest breed of horses on earth. They are designed for the weather, and you can go on riding tours! The horses are known for their quick pace walk called the tölt.
GLACIERS- Tours include hiking, snowmobiling, ice-caving, and more! Iceland is known for its glaciers, and many are expected to melt during the upcoming Katla Eruption, so explore them while you can.
HIKING- Iceland is a hikers paradise! Mountains, glaciers, volcanos, beaches, flat land, Iceland has it all. Whether you're hiking out to the DC3 abandoned plane or up the hveragerdi mountain trail to the hot spring river, hiking in Iceland is incredible. If you're worried about going rogue in a foreign country be sure to download the Icelandic emergency app, where you can check-in your location with the police before doing a hike, and if anything happens they'll know where to find you. You can also contact help straight from the app.
EXPLORE REYKJAVIK- This is the country's capital and most popular area. Walk through the city center for souvenir shopping, high end Icelandic fashion, and amazing food! Iceland is famous for its great coffee (which keeps you warm), so there are coffee shops on every block.
THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK- Drive the golden circle! Explore geysers, waterfalls, the tectonic ridge, hot springs, and beautiful mountain ranges. You can even hike to the original parliament site. This is one of the must-do adventures!
BLACK SAND BEACHES- the south coast of Iceland is filled with black sand beaches like Vik and Dyholaey, which are incredible to visit and explore. In addition to gorgeous landscape, the beaches are scattered with lava rocks... and if you look hard enough you may see some puffins. However, the volcano Katla is expected to erupt in the near future, and the town will likely be completely obliterated.
VOLCANOES- Iceland is one of the few places that is still filled with Volcanos, and though this may be a con for some, many people go solely to explore the volcanos. Not only do volcanic eruptions alter the landscape, they also provide for a whole set of activities. Guided trips are offered through volcanos, and you can actually hike up some of them. Helicopter tours are also offered, if you aren't into getting too close. A museum along route 1 is dedicated to the recent eruption of eyjafjallajokull And don't miss out on the whole line of lava rock jewelry.
PUREST WATER IN THE WORLD- whether you're drinking it, scuba diving, or snorkeling, Icelandic water is well worth experiencing. The water flows through lava rocks, which constantly purifies and filters it. You can drink straight from the river! In fact, I accidentally did that myself in Silfra a few times. Silfra is the river between tectonic plates, where snorkeling and diving are common. Silfra is one of the top 10 diving locations in the world!
HOT SPRINGS- The island runs on geothermal heating, meaning there's a lot of hot water being pumped up from underground. This water ends up in hot springs all over the country. The most common hot spring being the Blue Lagoon, where real blue water and a spa come together to make an amazing luxury adventure. Picture swimming in blue water while staring out over lava rocks! However, the price is steep. One of my favorite Hot Springs was the Secret Lagoon in Floudir. The waters are clearer, the price is cheaper, and there's an amazing landscape of green to look at. It's a beautiful place for pictures, and is only a short drive from thingvellir national park. Another lesser known hot spring is a pool in the mountains along Route 1, between seljalandsfoss and skogafoss. There is a short hike through a valley to one of the oldest pools in Iceland. And it's free! Mainly because it is seemingly abandoned. The hike is just as incredible as the hot spring.
WATERFALLS- Iceland is one of the only places in the world where there are waterfalls around every corner. Gullfoss is one of the biggest and most popular. Skogafoss is possibly the tallest waterfall in Iceland, and marks the cliff of the original Icelandic coastline (before it was extended by a volcanic eruption). If you're willing, you can even take a staircase to the top. The waters of skogafoss allow for rainbows to be visible almost all the time! Seljalandsfoss is another incredible one, and it has a trail the goes behind the waterfall into a cave! However, you can't do this trail without getting soaked... but that was an easy price to pay.
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