Whether visitors are looking for an adventure holiday or something a little more relaxing, Iceland can deliver. Iceland offers a range of sporting activities and relaxing thermal pools. There is a good range of quality hotels located across the island Iceland, along with a campsite in Reykjavik for budget travellers.
Top Things to Do in Iceland
With more than 170 geothermal pools to choose from, finding a relaxing place to bathe should not be difficult. A significant part of the culture of Iceland involves outdoor geo-thermal swimming pools. The Laugardalslaug, Sundlaugarveg is the largest water park in the city, with a waterslide, steam bath, seawater bath and two large pools to relax in. Visitors can watch the setting sun and enjoy views of the centre of the city.
See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Iceland is one of the best places on earth to observe this phenomenon. Visit Iceland’s Wildlife Reserve, the largest in Europe and see the flora and fauna indigenous to Iceland. The island also has some great mountain biking routes and hiking trails to explore too.
More adventurous visitors can see Iceland’s geo-thermal cone for a great diving experience or take an exciting white water rafting excursion for a fun and exhilarating experience. Iceland is among the very best locations for whale watching in the world. The whale-watching season runs from the end of March to the end of October. Tjornin or The Pond is a lake in the middle of Reykjavik where locals feed the resident ducks.
Best Cities to Visit in Iceland
Reykjavik is an ideal base from which to explore the southern part of Iceland. Reykjavik is the largest city and capital of Iceland. The city is spread out and has sprawling suburbs; however, its centre is small and characterised by colourful houses and good shopping, drinking and dining areas. Festivals in Reykjavik include Culture Night, which is held on the third Saturday during August. The day starts off with the popular Reykjavik Marathon and as it progresses there are cultural activities that culminate in concerts and firework displays by the harbour. Around 100,000 people attend this event, which is followed, in early August, by the Gay Pride festival. A procession comprising of outrageous floats winds its way through Reykjavik, ending with a big outdoor concert.
The south of the region is where visitors will find the gorgeous glacial lagoon. It epitomises what Iceland is really all about, timeless, serene, beautiful and completely natural.
The north of Iceland is a magical place for a family holiday, with so many great outdoor activities for kids and mums and dads too. Beachcombing, forest and lagoon exploration, whale and seal spotting and miles of hiking trails will help ensure the kids will never get bored.
Western Iceland is where you will see magnificent fjords and can take a 4x4 tour across the icy terrain. This is also the region of the island where there are numerous volcanoes to explore.
Iceland has a great range of quality contemporary four and five-star and spa hotels throughout the country, but the bulk of them are centred in the capital Reykjavik, close to central business areas and various tourist attractions. Other than staying at the only campsite in the city, there is not too much in the way of cheaper accommodation options, especially if travelling with children. There are, however, numerous more expensive hotels to choose from.