Majestic waterfalls, stunningly beautiful national parks and vividly colourful Northern Lights. What’s not to love about Iceland?
The country is a miniature wonderland rich with captivating sceneries that make you want to escape the boring norm of sipping frappuccinos and dipping your toes in the cool water at the beach.
Many people visit the small Atlantic island to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. However, Iceland has much more to offer!
Here are 5 things to do when you’re there:
The Blue Lagoon:
What’s better than basking under the summer sun on a nice day? Well, bathing in the milky aquamarine waters of the beautiful Blue Lagoon! Imagine sipping strawberry smoothies and relaxing in the geothermal hot spring, surrounded by lava fields. It’s the perfect activity for tourists to relax after travelling. The hot spring is full of minerals like silica and algae, which is the reason the water is blue. Those who have eczema will find it soothing.
The Tectonic Plates:
The Silfra is the only place in the world where you can swim between two tectonic plates. Divers and snorkelers from around the world travel to Iceland just to avail this opportunity. The plates drift apart 2 cm every year.
The temperature of the Silfra averages 2–4°C and doesn’t go below that. Your guide will provide you with the appropriate attire for keeping yourself warm, including a dry suit and sleeping bag.
The Fish Company in Reykjavik:
The real Icelandic beauty is the city of Reykjavik, the heart of the culture and economic activities in Iceland.
Built in 1786, the city was the first trading town of the small island. As the capital, it is a popular tourist destination. The traditional food of the Nordic island is fish. And the best place to find seafood? The Fish Company.
Housed inside the old Zimsen house, the restaurant offers the best of the island’s traditional food.
When in Reykjavik, go whale watching. The best time to spot these beautiful creatures is between the months of May and September.
The old harbour has an opening three times day and at 1PM during winters. There are 23 types of whales you can catch a glimpse of, including the humpback and minke.