Starting April 6, 2021, Iceland is open to all travelers! You have to show proof of vaccine, or positive antibody test.
This news makes me so happy! Not only do I have a passion for travel (of course) but I love Iceland. It’s really a magical country. I was there in the Spring of 2019 and have been planning to return ever since that trip!
Here are some of the highlights of what you can do while you are there.
Whale Watching and Hot Springs
Geothermal Spa – The Blue Lagoon is probably the most well know. This mineral-rich attraction is minutes from the Keflavik International airport so very easy to access on your first or last day in Iceland. There are so many spa options available due to the geothermic forces and many natural elements, that you’ll probably have to opportunity to visit several.
Whale Watching Tour – There are great tours that leave right from Reykjavik that allow you to see whales and also puffins. You can engage with Naturalists and experience rare sightings that will leave you in awe. The best time for whale watching is June through August or September. Minke whales are the most common in Iceland. They are one of the smallest whales but they are still around 35 feet long so spotting them isn’t hard.
Hike to Waterfalls
Skogafoss Waterfall – There are over 200 named waterfalls in Iceland and it’s estimated there are thousands more! Skogafoss is the most scenic fall in Iceland and the perfect place for you to get a shot of a double rainbow. 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…
Diving in Iceland
Diving – Silfra is an amazing diving spot located in Thingvellir National Park. It is the crevice between the tectonic plates in North America and the 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.
The Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – If this is at the top of your bucket list as it is for many people, you need to know the best possible location to view this wonder. Thingvellir National Park is one of the best areas to see this amazing light display. Be sure you check the weather so that you have a combination of dark and partially clear skies. Thingvellir is also the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries.
Holuhraun Lava Field – This is a relatively new site that you can visit located in the Highlands of Iceland. You will need a 4WD to reach the landscape, and be sure you get a high-quality vehicle that is equipped to travel on the unique terrain. Holuhraun is the newest formed lava flow from a volcano that lasted from August 2014 through February 2015. When peering into the rifts of the lava, you see many beautifully vivid colors. While driving along the sand, you can still see steam in certain areas. It is a geological wonder to behold. Be careful and stay on the marked paths, and wear gloves when handling any lava rocks.
Reynisfjara Beach – 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 the sand is more like various 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.
Party in Reykjavik – This small town has the best party spots in Iceland, hands down! There are multiple bars and restaurants to choose from. None of the businesses charge a cover, and the music is fantastic!
Iceland is an amazing country to visit with so much to see and do in both summer and winter. When you are ready to start planning your trip, be sure to get in touch with us so we can help you make the most of your time.