There are a lot of attractions in Iceland that you could visit for free but for some, you will need to fork out a little bit more cash in order to experience. Although this might eat into your budget a little bit, it is definitely worth that once-in-a-lifetime experience. These are our picks for activities in iceland you should try fit in your schedule and budget.
1. GLACIER HIKING
If you’re in any National Parks in Iceland, chances are that you’ll be able to find tour packages and guides that would be able to take you for a glacier hike. Yes, that means you’ll be wearing special gear and footwear to walk on the glaciers itself.
More glacier hike tours here – http://www.glacierguides.is/
2. DIVING IN SILFRA
If you’re a dive enthusiast you’d know by now that diving in Lake Silfra is one-of-a-kind as you’ll be diving in the clearest water on earth. Divers are practically diving in between continents as Silfra was formed from the drifting tectonic plates of the Eurasian and North America continent.
More diving in Iceland excursions here – https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/activity-tours-iceland/diving-iceland
3. DOG SLEDDING
This is possibly the excursion you should go for if you want to meet these beautiful, furry dogs in Iceland. Your guide will teach you how to set up the dogs, operate the sled and giving out commands. Then they will bring you to picture-esque spots where you can go finger trigger happy while giving belly rubs to the dogs.
More dog sledding in Iceland excursions here – http://www.dogsledding.is/
4. ICE CAVING
Going caving in iceland is magical as these crystal caves are one of nature’s best wonders. Some of the glacier tours offer ice caving as well so check with your tour operator on this additional option.
More Ice Caving tours here – https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/activity-tours-iceland/glacier-hiking-iceland/ice-caves
5. WHALE WATCHING
If you’re traveling to Iceland in the colder months, there’s a higher chance that you’d be able to go on a tour to see the ocean’s top predators – killer whales, sperm whales, orcas and dolphins. Puffin and bird watching trips are available in the summer months. In West Iceland, there have been sightings of these magnificent creatures all year round (if lady luck is on your side). There will usually be a guide on these trips.
More Whale Watching tours here – http://www.lakitours.com/
6. HORSE RIDING
If there’s a tour you should not miss in Iceland, it would be the horse riding tours on Iceland’s iconic ‘hipster horses’. There are tours as short as a day and the ones that goes up until four days. Some operators include farm stays where you can have an experience of living in Iceland’s countryside and possibly help out at the farm – feed the animals, collect sheep from mountains, collect eggs and milk the cows. If the farm life isn’t your cup of tea, there’s always the short rides to waterfalls and other spots on the island.
More Horse Riding tours here – http://skalakot.com/
7. SUPER JEEP TOURS
One thing was apparent during our trip to Iceland – Icelandics love their modified Super Jeeps. We’re talking about beautiful monster trucks that could tear up any terrain and reach spots that an average car could not on the island. There are plenty of Super Jeep tour operators, and they’re all ready to bring you to an adventure of a lifetime in the modified monsters be it to watch the Aurora, to the glaciers and even off-road safaris.
More Super Jeep tours here – http://www.superjeep.is/
8. NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR
In Winter, one of the most popular tours would be the hunt for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). If you don’t have your own vehicle like we did, and would like to go out of the city to see the dancing lights, your best bet is to follow tour operators specialized in this. Although there’s no guarantee that you would see them, at least your chances are higher when you’re with experienced guides that could interpret forecasts and find the best spots to view these lights.
More Northern Light Excursions here – https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/longer-tours/the-northern-lights-tours-iceland
9. PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP TOURS
Your trip to Iceland won’t be complete if you don’t bring home beautiful photographs of the landscape, people and of course YOU! You could take on a few days tour or even day tours to sharpen your photography skills under the guidance of professional photographers. Who knows that you might consider it as a career when you go home.
More Photo Workshop Tours in Iceland here – https://iceland-photo-tours.com/
10. RIDE A SNOWMOBILE
On a good day, you’d see Super Jeeps with a bad-ass snowmobiles tied on top, ready for a day of exploration in the National Parks in Iceland. Now, it’s not just exclusive for locals as you’d also be able to go for this tours by forking out some cash. This is definitely one of the most exciting tours I’ve seen by far, as snowmobiles could bring you to spots that you might not reach by hiking on foot. Of course, there are also added hiking tours if you prefer on top of this snowmobile rides.
More Snowmobile tours here – http://www.adventures.is/iceland/snowscooter/