Have you ever thought of visiting Iceland? Iceland is a very popular destination right now, and there are several ways for you to visit — a stop on a British Isles cruise, fly to Iceland direct, or on a stopover or long layover on a flight to or from Europe. Because of its popularity, it is wise to plan your trip well in advance so that you can have the experience you desire. We can help you with your itinerary and travel arrangements!
Here are our top 6 things to do in Iceland.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
This sight is at the top of many lists, however, you need to know the best possible location to view this wonder. Thingvellir is by far the finest area to see this phenomenon. Be sure you check the weather so that you have a combination of dark and partially clear skies. Thingvellir is a national park as well as a historic site. It doubles as a great tourist destination for you to see a rare vision as well as gain some insight on the history of the land.
Blue Lagoon Spa
This mineral-rich attraction is minutes from the Keflavik International airport. There are many spa options available due to the geothermic forces and many natural elements. The lagoon is man-made and renewed every two days with fresh water and is easily accessible via car or bus.
The perfect place for you to get a photo with a double rainbow, Skogafoss is the most scenic waterfall in Iceland. With a drop of over 60 meters, the view is spectacular. There is also a legend of gold that lies within the falls. Take your chance and search if you dare…
Whale Watching Tour
There are many tours available that allow you to see whales as well as puffins. You can engage with Naturalists and experience rare sightings that will leave you in awe. It is best to whale watch in the summer months, preferably April through September. Minke whales are the most common in Iceland. Doesn’t that sound exciting?
This beach is gorgeous and an absolute must-see! With its rare black sand and basalt columns, there is much to explore on this volcanic shoreline. The black sand is lava that cooled once it hit the water and is like small stones. White sand and red sand beaches (Westfjords) also exist in Iceland. While on Reynisfjara, you can see Gardar, which is a basalt cliff that resembles a staircase to heaven. It is a natural pyramid and was formed by columnar jointing. There are many basalt columns throughout Iceland, but this is by far the most exceptional.
Silfra is an amazing diving and snorkeling spot located in Thingvellir National Park. It is the crevice between the tectonic plates in North America and Eurasian continents. It is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates that shift roughly 2 cm every year. The shifting of the earth creates new caverns and tunnels. There is plenty of wildlife to see on your dive/snorkel. The three main dive sites are; Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon. The maximum depth is about 207 feet. The water is the purest in the world and you can feel free to take a sip while diving.
So, are you ready to go to Iceland? We’d love to start planning your Iceland Adventure today! Give us a call, or email luann@watercolortravel to get started!