Iceland may not be the largest country – it boasts of just over 300,000 citizens – but they entertain more than 1 million tourists every year. This beautiful country does have something to offer to everyone who crosses its borders, and if you are one of them, we have curated a list of fun things for you to do when you get to Iceland.
Observing these majestic animals in their natural habitats will leave you with a sense of awe and appreciation for nature. Their sheer size is enough to humble you.
Iceland boasts of a very wide range of bird species, ranging from the Puffin to the Arctic Fern. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a bird watcher, give it a try and don’t be surprised when you realise that you spent over an hour watching the birds dance.
Visit the Bjarnahofn Shark Museum
The museum gives an overview of the history of shark fishing in Iceland and you also get a chance to sample a portion of fermented shark meat at the museum too.
Bath in a beer spa
Yes, you read right. The Bjorbodin Beer Spa is a one in a lifetime experience. You get to bath in a wooden tub filled with a mixture of young beer, hops, yeast and distilled water at a temperature of 38 degrees. The beer is undrinkable so don’t get any ideas, however, it is said to nourish the skin and hair.
Climb Mount Esja
The scenic mountain is the backdrop of the Capital city of Reykjavik. You can hike up to its highest point of 914 meters and from there watch the city below you.
6. Glacier hiking: With an experienced guide and some crampons and ice axes, you should totally consider this one. And the best part is that glacier hiking can be done in any season.
White water rafting
You can go white water rafting on the Hvita River, and depending on how brave you think you are, you can go with a 4 – 8 person raft or a smaller 2 man canoe. If you are lucky you may also be able to do some cliff jumping along the rocky cliffs of the Bruarhloo canyon.
Ice cave exploring
Iceland is renowned for its massive mazes of ice caves in the winter. Explore these caves with a guide and be prepared to be impressed by what you see.
Visit the Viking World Museum
A trip to this museum is likely to leave you feeling like some long lost Viking conquistador. You can even explore some of the Viking ships and imagine you are a pirate.
Go Horse Riding
Iceland has a special breed of wild horses that are so spectacular to watch. These sturdy creatures are strong enough to adapt to the heavy northern climate of Iceland.
At the end of the day, this is just a list. Feel free to be spontaneous at any time.