Exhilarating Activities in Iceland for the Adventurous

Exhilarating Activities in Iceland for the Adventurous

Iceland, also known as the Land of Ice and ire, is known for its dazzling glaciers, frostbitten winters as it is for natural pools and bubbly volcanoes.

Iceland is an adventure-lovers paradise and often leaves travelers yearning for more.

This small island has endless opportunities in every corner from rafting, snorkeling to whale watching.

If you’re planning to visit this island any time soon, here are some of the best things to do in Iceland.

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing

More than 10% of Iceland is covered with glaciers, making this island the perfect spot for glacier hiking and ice climbing.

In most cases, the glacier hiking expedition is carried out by coordinated tours.

These tours range in difficulty from extreme to easy; it all depends on what will fit your hiking style.

The easier tours, for instance, explore the lower portions of the glaciers, while the more challenging tours will likely take you to the icefall or the cap of the glacier. The latter might even involve some ice climbing.

What travelers love about ice climbing in Iceland is that ice is constantly moving and changing, meaning that every tour is different since there’re always new and exciting formations to explore on every visit.

Snorkeling at Silfra

Snorkeling and Iceland don’t seem to go together.

However, there’s one unique spot that is suited for the underwater exploration: Silfra.

Silfra is located in the Thingvellir National Park, and it lies between the two tectonic plates.

The water Silfra is fed from the meltwater of the nearby glacier.

When snorkeling at Silfra, travelers must use dry suits because the water is between 2–4°C.

At Silfra, you will get amazed by the vibrant colors and water clarity unfolding before your eyes. The bright blue water, giant boulder, and neon green algae will leave you mesmerized.

Though there’re several diving tours, it only recommended for the advanced divers since it’s a technical dive.

Dog Sledding

We can never fail to mention dog sledding as one of the best things to do in Iceland.

While dog sledding is performed all year round, you will only go dog sledding on a glacier during the warm summertime.

This is because winter sledding is too harsh on the dogs

Nonetheless, summer sledding is fun for all ages, and kids, as young as two years old, can go on the dog sleds.

Besides sledding, you will also have plenty of time to fuse over the cute and furry dogs, amidst traveling in a mesmerizing landscape in style.


Fishing is a past time favorite for many Icelanders, and it has always been a big part of the Icelandic culture.

So, there’s no better way to understand the Icelandic culture other than taking a fishing expedition.

There’re several fishing tours, and they’re mostly available from April to September.

The most common type of fish to catch in Iceland include Salmon, Brown Trout, and Arctic Char.


This list is by no means definitive; there’re plenty of other best things to do in Iceland.

However, this will only act as a starting point for your adventurous stay in Iceland.

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Nicholas Jansen