To be allowed to travel abroad again, safely and without quarantining, is a thrilling prospect in itself. But Iceland goes above and beyond with its slew of exhilarating sights and activities. Think getting up close to an erupting volcano one day, taking a helicopter ride over a glacier the next.
Nordic Visitor’s Iceland travel experts – who are based in Reykjavík, the capital – have shared their top recommendations for what visitors should do for their first post-lockdown holiday in Iceland. These are the top 7 tips from locals:
1. Discover an erupting volcano – you can actually see the molten lava flowing from Fagradalsfjall volcano right now.
2. Go whale watching – marvel at humpback whales breaching off the coast on a boat tour, and look out for dolphins too.
3. Kayak on glacier lagoons – watch as chunks of ice calve from Iceland’s glaciers and float away on tranquil lagoons.
4. Hunt for the northern lights – look to the wide open skies for spellbinding natural light show, the aurora borealis.
5. Take a helicopter ride – soar over glaciers, volcanoes and lava fields to gaze at Iceland’s dazzling natural wonders from above.
6. Venture inside ice caves – explore blue caverns of frozen glacial water, which freeze over every winter and melt in the spring.
7. Relax in geothermal pools – do as the locals do and soak in the milky waters of naturally heated pools and lagoons.