Iceland has well-earned it’s status as a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. But you don’t have to be training for the Winter X games to enjoy it. Gentle hikes, beautiful views, and relaxing hot springs let you take on the outdoors at any speed. Thanks to constant geothermic activity, long summers days, and magical winter nights the tiny island is packed with natural attractions. Whether you get your thrills from an adrenaline-fueled ski run, or a breathtaking waterfall hidden the recesses of a canyon, Iceland will make an outdoor adventurer out of everyone.
Top Five Things to Do in Iceland
1. Heli-ski in the icy north- in addition to seeing the dramatic landscapes by air, why not plunge into the wild, accessing the prime skiing spots that can only be reached by air. Bonus: it’s available most of the year.
2. Dive between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure- outfitted in extreme thermal insulation, you can navigate the fissure’s crystal waters, with a clear view of the boulders and caves exposed by the earth’s shifting crust.
3. Snowmobile across Langjoküll glacier- zoom across a blank white canvas of undriven snow, cutting your own tracks while you take in panoramic views of the country on every side. You can extend the adventure to include a campout on the glacier, and enjoy the rare treat of seeing the frozen world under the starry sky.
4. Run the Laugavegur Ultramarathon through the southern highlands of Iceland between the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk- called one of the most beautiful races in the world, this scenic trail will test your endurance and reward your sense of adventure.
5. Go caving to see the inside of the volcanoes that created Iceland- the best way to understand the drama and intensity of the land is to visit its source. Explore the caverns and chambers created by rapidly (in geologic terms) changing formations.