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Iceland: An Epic Adventure

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Experience an epic adventure through Iceland, the land of fire and ice, where majestic glaciers meet steaming geysers and rugged landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. With its otherworldly beauty and unique experiences, this Nordic island nation is a destination like no other. Embark on an unforgettable journey exploring Iceland’s wonders, from its dramatic landscapes to its charming villages and vibrant culture.


Discovering the Golden Circle


No trip to Iceland is complete without embarking on a tour around the Golden Circle! The infamous route, which can be completed as a day trip from Reykjavik, showcases some of the country’s iconic wonders. The three highlights of the trip include Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall. The 230 kilometre journey takes just over 3 hours, though it is important to factor in sightseeing time and activities.


  • Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the first stop of the course. The attraction holds both cultural and geological significance – the national park was once home to Iceland’s first Parliament, but it is also renowned for being situated between two continental plates (the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate). For an experience like no other, book a snorkelling or diving tour that will allow you the truly unique opportunity of swimming between two tectonic plates. Diving here has also been included on the list of the top 10 dive sites in the world!


  • Geysir Geothermal Area

Next, you will encounter the Geysir Geothermal Area. This area is home to geothermal wonders like hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles and two iconic geysers, Strokkur and Geysir. Witness the geyser’s explosive eruptions that send plumes of steam and hot water 40 metres into the air.


  • Gullfoss Waterfall

The last major attraction of the Golden Circle is the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. The torrents of water cascade down over two drops into a deep canyon, falling a total of 32 metres. Admire the fall’s spectacle of mist and rainbows, and if you’re visiting during the summer months when the ground is free from ice, you can walk close to the edge of the falls and feel Gullfoss’ spray – an incredibly invigorating experience!


Whilst these are the Golden Circle’s three highlights, there are many tours, additional stops and detours that can be made. Some popular activities include unwinding at the Fontana Geothermal Baths, exploring the volcanic Kerid Crater, dining at Fridheimar Tomato and Horse Farm and venturing out to Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile


Chasing majestic Waterfalls


Gullfoss isn’t the only must-see waterfall, in fact, Iceland is home to an abundance of truly breathtaking waterfalls. Visit Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss, and marvel at its sheer power and the misty rainbows it creates. Hike along the trails of Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the cascading waters and enjoy panoramic countryside views. Don’t miss the chance to visit Glymur, Iceland’s tallest waterfall, nestled amidst the dramatic landscapes of Hvalfjörður fjord. However, if you can’t make it to any of these well-known waterfalls, don’t fret! Iceland is home to more than 10,000 waterfalls, meaning that a waterfall can be found in each Icelandic region. The easiest way to discover the waterfalls is through booking a tour which visits noteworthy falls as well as popular attractions.


Exploring Glacier Lagoons and Ice Caves


Venture off the beaten path to discover Iceland’s hidden gems, such as the incredible glacier lagoons. Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacial lake where you can witness the breathtaking scenery of icebergs in glittering water framed by peaks, lava fields and black-sand beaches. Marvel at the massive icebergs floating on the turquoise waters, as you listen to the cracking ice and rumbling glaciers. For the ultimate adventure, embark on a guided tour of an ice cave, where you can explore crystalline chambers and icy tunnels carved by nature’s hand.


Embracing Outdoor Adventure


If you haven’t gathered it already, Iceland is an outdoor-enthusiasts’ paradise waiting to be explored! Hike through rugged landscapes, kayak among towering icebergs, go white water rafting on a glacial river or embark on a thrilling glacier expedition. In the summer months, take advantage of the midnight sun to go horseback riding through the valleys or embark on a multi-day trek along the famous Laugavegur Trail. In winter, hit the slopes for some world-class skiing or snowboarding, or try your hand at ice climbing on a glacier.




Witnessing the Northern Lights


One of Iceland’s most magical and sought-after experiences is seeing the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Marvel at the dancing lights as they illuminate the night sky in a dazzling display of colours. The phenomenon is the result of solar particles entering Earth’s magnetic field and ionising in the atmosphere. The ionisation is what provides particles with their usually green, but occasionally purple, red, pink and blue colours. To witness the Northern Lights, head to a remote location with minimal light pollution. If you’re determined to see the sporadic spectacle, then your best chance of catching a glimpse is by booking a tour with an experienced guide who will show you to secret vantage points! The best time to try and witness the epic display is during the winter months, from September to March.


Wandering through the streets of Reykjavik


Amidst the adventuring, visit Iceland’s capital and admire the colourful streets lined with quaint shops, cosy cafes and lively bars. Visit Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik’s iconic church, which offers panoramic views of the city from its towering spire. Immerse yourself in Icelandic music and art with a visit to the National Museum or the Harpa Concert Hall. If you have limited time in the city, maximise your short stay by exploring the capital city through booking a small group walking tour or a foodie walking tour if eating your way through a new city is more your style!


Exploring Quaint Villages and Charming Towns


Beyond its wonders, Iceland is full of picturesque villages and charming towns that reflect the country’s culture and heritage. Venture to coastal towns like Vik and Husavik, where you can immerse yourself in Icelandic folklore and sample local cuisine. 


Unwinding in Geothermal Hot Springs


After much exploring, relax in the warm mineral-rich waters of a geothermal hot spring, surrounded by stunning scenery. Visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its milky-blue waters and luxurious amenities like face masks and delicious cocktails at the swim-up bar. For a more off-the-beaten-path experience, head to the Secret Lagoon or the natural hot springs of Landmannalaugar, where you can soak in secluded pools amidst volcanic landscapes.


Ready to plan your visit?


Iceland is a magical destination that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. Whether you’re exploring the Golden Circle, chasing waterfalls, or soaking in hot springs, Iceland offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences that will leave you in awe of its natural beauty and otherworldly wonders. 



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