6 Bucket list experiences in Iceland…
Iceland hosts some of the most idyllic landscapes on earth. Listed as one of the most geologically active land masses in the world, there’s a good reason tourism in Iceland has seen a boom over the last decade. With an endless list of things to see and do during your stay, here are 7 things you can tick off your bucket list in style…
1. See the Northern lights
Seeing the northern lights is on everyone’s bucket list, and Iceland is probably one of the best places to witness one of natures greatest wonders at work.
The northern lights are best seen between the months of September and April owing to the levels of darkness required. While the lights can be seen over the city of Reykjavik, light pollution can be a bit of a nuisance. However, there are organised bus tours available…
Joining a bus tour will take you away from the city in search of the lights, although there is no guarantee. If you’re unfortunate enough to miss the lights on your tour, most companies allow the reuse of vouchers for up to 12 months! (check details with your tour organiser). It’s also advised to check the northern lights forecast here.
2. Go Whale Watching
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Watching wild whales playfully surfacing, or schools of dancing dolphins hastily skimming the ocean surface is a classic bucket list experience…
Board a whale watching vessel at Reykjavik harbour and explore the north Atlantic’s wild marine habitats. Home to over 20 species including the Killer, Minke, Humpback and Blue Whales.
As with the northern lights tour, you can reuse your voucher in the event that your sailing is unsuccessful. We recommend using Elding, Iceland’s longest-serving whale watching tour provider. Whether or not you see whales, it’s a great day out and you’ll learn a lot from the many experts on board!
3. Fly in a Helicopter
It’s true, you can fly in a helicopter practically anywhere, but Iceland offers the ultimate airborne bucket list experience all year round. For more on this tour check out our tour video:
4. SCUBA or Snorkel
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SCUBA diving and snorkeling are pretty standard bucket list experiences, but Iceland is probably the last place you’d expect to tick them off your list! If you’re already a diver, Iceland offers the unique chance to dive between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, touching them simultaneously. Swimming between the continents at Silfra in the Thingvellir national park is also available to those wishing to snorkel. If you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge and learning to dive, Iceland is a great place to start your underwater journey!
For qualified divers, Iceland is also a great place to undertake your dry suit course!
5. Go Inside a Volcano
Iceland is home to 130 active and inactive volcanoes. If you sign up to Iceland’s essential golden circle tour, you’ll most certainly pass the active volcano Eyjafjallajökull. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull famously shut down European air travel causing major disruption. But seeing a volcano isn’t enough, and this is Iceland so it only gets better..
Descend 120 meters into the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano which last erupted 4,000 years ago. This 5-6 hour tour requires a moderate level of fitness, but will guarantee you a memorable experience as you’re lowered into the crater by an open elevator system. (this tour may not be available all year round). Learn more here.
6. Relax at the Blue Lagoon
Having done all of the above, you’re probably going to need some relaxation time. What better way than to visit Iceland’s famous blue lagoon? No trip to Iceland would be complete without it!