While animal rights activists have long bemoaned Iceland’s whale-hunting traditions, the country’s large population of whales have also become the star attraction of whale watching tours in recent years, with visitors sailing out to sea in the hope of spotting the majestic creatures in their natural environment. Whale watching tours from Reykjavik are a popular choice, but if you’re looking to get off-the-beaten-track and dodge the crowds, head to the remote waters of the Northern coast to enjoy whale watching around Akyreyri.
With its unearthly terrain and barren landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see, viewing Iceland from above is the only way to fully appreciate its unique topography and vastness. It’s no surprise then, that Helicopter tours in Iceland have become a popular way to take in the country’s highlights, offering magnificent views of natural wonders like the rugged Reykjanes peninsula, the Gullfoss waterfall and the Thingvellir National Park.
As one of the world’s most volcanic countries and a major producer of geothermal energy, Iceland’s still-active peaks, barren lava-fields and bubbling mud pools make a natural theme park for geologists, but for weary travelers, the undisputed highlight is a chance to soak in one of the many natural hot springs. As well as being renowned for their mineral-rich waters and healing properties, many of Iceland’s best hot springs are also located in spectacular locations, with a backdrop of looming mountains or rugged lava fields, making swimming in the steamy waters a truly out-of-this-world experience.
While Iceland is mostly famous for its otherworldly landscapes and powerful volcanoes (remember Eyjafjallajökull?), it is also the land of an incredible fauna. Icelandic horses, sheep, foxes and over 30 different species of birds thrive on this rugged piece of land, but one particular bird attracts thousands of visitors every year: the puffin. Visitors coming to […]
With its close proximity to the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets during Northern Iceland’s summer months and if you’re looking to avoid the crowds of Reykjavik and the Golden Circle, Akureyri makes the perfect alternative for a summer vacation. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors or sit back and be entertained; here are some of the best summer activities in Akureyri.
With just one main ring road running around its perimeter and a large percentage of land inaccessible by car, Iceland is the ultimate destination for intrepid travellers and as Europe’s most sparsely populated country, it’s not hard to escape the crowds. Whether exploring the wild landscapes and traditional villages of the Westfjords, burrowing through glacial ice caves in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park or enjoying the sunrise from the black sand beach of Vik; here are some of Iceland’s best off the beaten track sights.