Holidays to Iceland are all about getting hands on. Here are just a few of the ways you can tackle the spectacular countryside…
No trip to Iceland is complete without stripping down to your swimsuit and dunking yourself in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon. Iceland’s famous geothermal hot tub is heated to a toasty 37 degrees, which is even more glorious when the outside temperature is the wrong side of zero. There’s a spa area, where you can treat yourself to in-water massages, plus a neighbouring waterfall and sauna.
Iceland’s landscape is so rugged and remote that, in order to see all the good stuff, you need to get off road. On a super jeep safari, you’ll board one of the monster trucks, and carve a route through volcanic fields and up mountainsides.
Snowmobiling is big business in Iceland. In the winter months, the country’s glaciers are covered in a healthy amount of the white stuff, which means you can zoom across them at top speed. Most snowmobiles are built for two, so you can swap between taking control in the driver’s seat and clinging on for dear life as a passenger.
Thundering waterfalls, snow-capped volcanoes and a stark coastline lie ready and waiting on Iceland’s south coast. This part of the country is where you’ll find the infamous Eyjafjallajökull. The volcano that caused such chaos back in 2010 is a picture of serenity these days. Another highlight is Vik. This huge beach is covered in black pebbles, and boasts weird and wonderful basalt rock formations.
White-beaked dolphins, humpback whales and harbour porpoises are just some of the mammals you’re likely to spot frolicking about in Iceland’s waters during the winter months. Tours leave from Reykjavik harbour, and last a few hours.
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Author: Samantha Shillabeer
Published: February 23, 2015
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