Iceland is not only the land of midnight sun, but also a place for geysers, fjords, Icelandic horses, snow and many more. They inculcate Icelandic flavors in every adventure they offer to their tourists, and the locals are one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet in your life. Visiting Iceland should be on top of your bucket list and make sure to visit the country once in your lifetime. Friends of mine who own an Edmonton Roofing company have made Iceland one of their go to vacation destinations. To give you more reasons to love Iceland here are 5 great things to do when you’re in Iceland.
The most notable animal in the whole country would be the Icelandic horses. These horses have short legs but don’t be deceived because these short-legged creature is highly dependable, muscular and long-lived. People treat them with utmost importance to preserve the unique characteristics and avoid diseases, that’s why once one of these horses are transported out of Iceland, they make sure it will not return anymore. If you want to experience riding these fascinating creatures, try booking one of their horse riding tours.
There are many geysers in Iceland, and one of the famous activities tourists do is see these impressive water eruptions directly from a hole in the surface of the Earth. Geysers are not a common site to every country so make sure you visit one of these, the most famous and the mother of all geysers is the Great Geysir. Unfortunately, it had stopped erupting water after an earthquake in 2000, instead, you may visit Strokkur, a fast-becoming tourist attraction in Iceland because of its non-stop eruption. You will have the pleasure of seeing it every 5 to 10 minutes, however, extra caution should be observed since the water from the geyser is boiling hot.
Over the years, Iceland has become the whale watching capital of Europe. There are twenty three species of whale that are seen in the waters of Iceland, and the most common of these are the Minke whales that are seen all year round. If you’re rather lucky, you may see the bigger cetaceans like, Sperm whales, Humpback whales, or the rare, Blue Whale. Aside from whales, you are also in for a treat because dolphins are also spotted during whale watching tours.
One of the must-do things when you visit Iceland is to experience their traditional geothermal spa in the popular Blue Lagoon. It is such a treat for tourists since it is just located near the airport so if you’re flight gets cancelled or delayed, grab a ride to this spa and relieve the stress by dipping in their warm waters. This mineral-rich waters are said to help those who are suffering from psoriasis and other skin diseases. The warm waters are renewed every two days and is supplied by the nearby geothermal power plant.
One of the most beautiful cosmic wonder that will astonish anyone regardless of your age and belief is the Aurora Borealis, or most commonly known as the Northern Lights. Countries high above the northern hemisphere are blessed to see this dancing lights, and majority of the tourists that visit Iceland are Northern Light seekers. It’s not every night though that you can get to see it, so you have to be patient and bring in your lucky charm so that you’ll get to be fortunate enough to see it. Between the months of September and April are the best months, and the night has to be clear from obscuring clouds and the solar activity must be high for you to witness this phenomenon firsthand. By its sheer magnificence, one can be left breathless in awe.