Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland
Bright colors and barren rocks, remote wilderness and cultural riches, bubbling volcanoes and glittering glaciers - Iceland is the land of contrasts. Thanks to its volcanism and the drifting apart of the continental plates of Europe and North America, the island is always on the move. And those who visit it usually don't stop for long either, but set off on foot, by bike or on horseback to discover Iceland's many treasures. No wonder the island of fire and ice is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Attractions in Iceland
What did the first Vikings think when they saw the first rocks of Iceland lying before them from their ships more than 1100 years ago? They could hardly have guessed what was hidden behind the barren coastline. Anyone who visits the geysers and glaciers, the spectacular waterfalls and cooled lava flows today can well understand why they suspected the home of elves, dwarfs and trolls here. Even today, about half of the Icelandic population still believes in the existence of magical creatures and sees in many boulders elf houses or trolls that were surprised by the sunrise and thus petrified.
The Reynisdrangar in the south of Iceland are, according to legend, petrified trolls.
Photo: Outdooractive Editors
Photo: Outdooractive Editors
Fantastic natural phenomena
Adventures in Iceland
Those who prefer to sit in the saddle of a bicycle can brave the wind on the well-maintained ring road near the coast or venture up to one of the pistes through the highlands inland by touring bike. A new perspective opens up to those who discover the island on guided tours from the back of an Icelandic horse. Whether on foot or in the saddle - at the end of an eventful tour through the Icelandic wilderness, bathing in one of the country's hot springs is particularly good.
Highlights around Reykjavík
A real trip to Iceland is not only about the country, but also about the people. The best place to find them is in the capital Reykjavík, where more than a third of Iceland's 330,000 inhabitants live. Colorful cafés line up here with cozy fish restaurants, while numerous museums with many relics from the Viking Age are often found in close proximity to exciting modern architecture. Reykjavík is also suitable as a base for excursions, for example to the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or to a whale-watching tour out into the North Atlantic.
Iceland in Winter
The main season for outdoor athletes in Iceland is summer when all paths are easily accessible and the average temperatures are usually around 10 degrees celsius. But winter is also becoming more and more popular with travelers. So close to the Arctic Circle it is then only a few hours a day bright until the dawn bathes the country in a mystical light. Even the most visited sights in summer, like the famous geysers, are often deserted and look completely different when covered in snow. In the evening, with a little luck, a very special natural spectacle presents itself in all its glory: northern lights illuminate the Icelandic night sky in dramatic colors.
Authentic Experiences and Guided Tours
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