Iceland is increasingly popular with adventure lovers thanks to its volcanic landscapes, spewing geysers and steaming hot springs – that’s not to mention the awesome northern lights. Hop on a flight to Rejyavik, commandeer a big-boy jeep and let the fun begin.
Image via Flickr CC, Peter Nijenhuis : The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is one of the 25 wonders of the world and conveniently just 23 km from Keflavik International Airport. If you fancy bathing in 38C fresh, mineral packed water that’s made its way from 2,000m below, don’t forget to pack your swimmers – and be sure to pre-book.
Nature lover’s should consider a looping Golden Circle tour, stopping off at Gulfoss , aka the Golden Waterfall. Here you will witness a thundering glacial melt cascade 32m into a deep rainbow framed canyon. Next stop: Thingvellir National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage site, providing visitors with opportunity to go hiking, camping, angling and even diving. Finally a stop at The Great Geysir is a must. It has been dormant since 1916, but once used to spout every three hours.
Image via Flickr CC, Forbes Johnston: Vik, Iceland
When looking for a rural pit-stop, Vik is one coastal village not to be missed. Situated in the south of the island between glacial topped mountains, rising cliffs and striking black beaches, it’s easy to see why this is a favourite among photography enthusiasts.
Though most visitors are drawn by Iceland’s natural attractions, its coastal capital, Reykjavik, is not to be missed. With an impressive density of cultural institutions – celebrating its rich art community, literary legacy and Viking roots – and it’s legendary nightlife, there’s plenty to keep you going.
*Featured image via Flickr CC, Michael Ransburg : Golfuss, Iceland.