5 Unmissable Experiences In Iceland

5 Unmissable Experiences In Iceland
View of Seljalandsfoss waterfall at dawn in winter in Iceland Photo Credit: Shutterstock

From snorkeling between two continents to observing the gorgeous northern lights, Iceland is the place for nature lovers and adventure seekers

Meenketan Jha
October 17 , 2018
03 Min Read

It wasn't too long ago when the Icelandic Viking Clap was causing tremors at the UEFA Euro Championship is 2016 and then, at the FIFA World Cup earlier this year.  Iceland's football team raised eyebrows with their courageous plays, raising eyebrows among even the non-football fans. A true tale of the underdog, the national team have gained legendary status among the Icelander population.  

Having won hearts with their brave displays, the tiny Nordic island nation is one of the most sparsely population countries in the world. With a plateau consisting of sand, lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, Icelandic culture is founded upon Scandinavian heritage. From elegant waterfalls to the mesmerising Northern Lights to hiking on Europe's Largest glaciers, Iceland is a treat for all the nature lovers looking for a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. 


Book A Date With The Northern Lights

Northern light at Vesturhorn mountain in Iceland

Visible for eight months of a year from early September to April end. Travel to Northern Iceland or the Westfjords, which have longer hours of darkness and thus, will provide with more of an opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis. An unforgettable experience, the Northern Lights are a mystery to the human eye like no other. Sometimes, they might last for two hours and at others for a mere two minutes, they might be green, purple, blue, or red in color. Feel the skies come alive and observe one of many gifts in nature's paradise that is Iceland.

Explore The Ice Caves

The ice caves are constantly changing and therefore, might look different everyday

Called crystal caves, these natural phenomenons are something you absolutely cannot miss out on. A wonderful spectacle of mother nature, a trip to Vatnajokull in South-east Iceland and Langjkoull in South-west Iceland should make your itinerary. Ranging from blue, white, and black in color, the caves are constantly changing and therefore, might look different everyday. The best time to visit here would be between November and March. 

Snorkel Between Two Continents

Divers diving in between two tectonic plates in Iceland's Silfra Fissure

The next startling adventure on your trip to Iceland should be to snorkel at the Silfra Fissure in the Þingvellir National Park. Possessing the clearest water on Earth, Silfra is a fissure between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The continents drift further apart every year at a rate of 2 cm. Here, you can snorkel or scuba dive through this crack and witness exceptional visibility while you observe the two land masses stand on either side of you. 

Walk Behind A Waterfall

The Seljalandsfoss is sure to leave you awestruck with its dazzling beauty

The Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is one of the most widely recognised in the world. With its dazzling beauty, it is a sight to behold. Follow a path that leads you to behind the waterfall from where you can get a breathtaking view of the rainbow on a sunny day. Remember to carry an umbrella because you are certain to get drenched. The 200ft wonder falls from a cliff that once marked the country's coastline, the sea in its modern day is located across a stretch of lowlands. 

Hike On Europe's Largest Glacier

Ancient Glacial floods in Skaftafell Vatnajökull national park in Iceland.

You have walked, snorkeled, explored, and observed through on your trip to this Nordic nation. For your final experience, take hike on the continent's largest glacier. Vatnajokull, which was were the Ice cave was located, is also the sight for this indescribable beauty. Covering several active volcanoes, the hike will take you through breathtaking views as you cross massive ice fields. 

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