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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Seven Epic Experiences in Iceland

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

Iceland, or “Niceland” as it is affectionately known, is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries that I have ever explored. From the famous Blue Lagoon to exotic cuisine, Iceland offers active adventures and cultural opportunities for all ages.

Silfra Fissure

Diving the Silfra Fissure is considered one of the top 10 dive experiences in the world. Both divers and snorkelers can swim between the North American and Eurasian continental plates in some of the clearest (and coldest) waters in the world.

The Golden Circle

If driving is more your style than diving, the Golden Circle is a day trip from Reykjavik that passes through beautiful scenery including Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geyser, and Hverageroi hot springs. Stop for lunch for the world’s best tomato soup served inside a greenhouse at Fridheimer. Save room for dessert or even stay overnight at Efstidalur Farm, an authentic farm-to-table experience. If you prefer to be driven, this private tour is for you. If you have a week or longer, the Ring Road is an epic road trip that circles the entire country.

Seafood Specialties

Iceland is a favorite destination for foodies. As one would expect from a country surrounded by Arctic waters, the seafood is spectacular. In fact, the langoustine capital of the world is the small fishing town of Hofn. My favorite seafood restaurant in Reykjavik is aptly named Fiskmarkadurrin (Fish Market). Some of the local delicacies, like fermented shark, must be an acquired taste. Book a foodie tour to be guided by an expert.

Active and Extinct Volcanoes

Adventurers can explore over 130 volcanic mountains, both active and extinct, in Iceland. One can opt for a helicopter tour, a jeep tour or even an ice cave tour.

Hot Springs

For spa lovers, Iceland boasts over 600 hot springs spread throughout the country. One of my personal favorites is the Secret Lagoon (which certainly is no longer a secret). It is Iceland’s oldest man-made pool filled with geothermally-heated spring water. Though the Secret Lagoon is much less crowded than the iconic Blue Lagoon, you still need to book in advance if you want to visit during the summer.

View the Northern Lights

Some say Iceland is the best place to view the Northern Lights. With clear skies and no city lights, you can witness the extraordinary Aurora Borealis from autumn through spring.

Harpa Concert Hall

After seeing the Northern Lights, prepare for a celebratory dinner at Sky restaurant. Then enjoy a unique concert, Pearls of Icelandic Song at the Harpa Concert Hall before returning to your luxury hotel.

Until you book your trip, enjoy a virtual vacation to one of my favorite destinations. Immerse yourself in Travel & Leisure’s 360-degree VR video to inspire your own trip to Iceland. Vicariously explore the Golden Circle on horseback, SCUBA dive between continents at Silfra Fissure, and tour the glaciers and lagoons by helicopter. It might not be the same as being there, but it’s the next best way to experience Iceland. Watch the video in a VR headset for an even more impactful experience. Click here to launch your virtual vacation.

When you are ready to plan your trip to Iceland, keep in mind that travel between June and August is the most popular with visitors. Travelers should always pack for all four seasons since the weather patterns and winds are unpredictable. And though the Icelandic language is difficult to learn, most Icelanders speak English. The locals will ensure that you have a nice time in Iceland.

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