TOP FIVE ACTIVE ADVENTURES IN ICELAND
Top 5 Active Adventures in Iceland!
My Pinterest feed is consumed with exotic photos of Iceland. I typically pack only bikinis and sunscreen when I go on surf trips, but on a whim, I booked a long winter weekend to Iceland. I was completely in awe the entire trip. Iceland has breath taking beauty, a rich culture, and so many natural wonders. We had four hours of daylight in the month of December so had to make the most of our time in Iceland. I loved driving into the mountains watching the sunrise over the snow covered peaks and ending the day with a soak in one of the many natural hot springs! Iceland has so many fun adventure and activities to offer… here are some of my suggestions! Enjoy!
Hike the Waterfalls
Iceland is the country of waterfalls. It’s so easy to get lost staring at these natural wonders. There’s hiking and climbing around many of the waterfalls, especially in the summer months. During the winter, bring spikes for your boots, the ice surrounding the cascades is extra slippery! I recommend visiting – Gullfoss, Skógafoss, & Seljalandsfoss – All beautiful picturesque waterfalls close to Reykjavik.
The best way to explore Iceland is by mountain bike. You can cruise the green hills in the summer to secluded natural hot springs. You can explore anything from the black volcanos, spouting geysers, or the fun artsy cities. There are many tour companies that can customize your journey or do some research and adventure on your own.
SUP in the Glacier Lagoon
You can get an unique perspective of Iceland from a stand up paddle board. Iceland has many large bodies making this activity extra enticing. You can SUP near the city of Reykjavik or live an ultimate bucket list fantasy of SUPing in the Glacier Lagoon.
I would totally recommend surfing in Iceland! There’s something serene about sitting in the ocean with seals swimming by and seeing a shoreline composed of mountains, ice, and snow. The water is chilly all year so do some research & bring proper gear! I never thought I would travel somewhere colder than my home of New Jersey to surf in the winter but surfing close to the Arctic Circle was one of the best experiences of my life! We surfed with Iceland Activities & I highly recommend their local knowledge and fun spirit!
Hike the Glaciers
There are not many places in the world where you can hike a glacier so take full opportunity of this experience when visiting Iceland. If you’re feeling extra daring, you can ice climb and explore the inside of ice caves. There’s a chance you can see the Northern Lights when hiking at night – Aurora Borealis is simply amazing and a must see for a once in a lifetime experience!