Nature Tours in Iceland

Nature Tours in Iceland

Explore unmatched natural attractions and discover the immense glaciers, active volcanoes and roaring waterfalls that make Iceland stand out amongst the world's top destinations.
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Frequently asked questions

What are the most popular natural attractions in Iceland?

The most popular attractions to visit from Reykjavik are the Golden Circle (a route consisting of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall) and the waterfalls and black sand beaches that adorn Iceland's South Coast towards Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

In the North, you should neither miss the town of Akureyri nor the incredibly scenic Lake Myvatn area—and West Iceland's beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula deserves a visit any time of the year. Of course, this is a very limited summary, so have a look at our Explore Iceland section and discover more.

What is so unique about Icelandic nature?

Iceland’s nature is considered unique because of the multiple contrasting natural elements that make up the island’s unbound landscapes, where rivers run through deserts and fire erupts from ice. From a geological perspective, Iceland is one of the youngest landmasses on Earth and is still coming into being, making the land feel alive.

What are the main dangers one is faced with when travelling in the Icelandic wilderness?

The Icelandic wilderness can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. The major risk factors are the ever-changing weather patterns and the rough terrains that make up the uninhabited highlands. Always check the weather forecast before heading out on a journey, and make sure that you are fully prepared for what you are getting yourself into.

What is the weather like in Iceland?

The weather in Iceland is moderate, but extremely volatile and can change in an instant. The average temperature in summer (June to August) is around 50°F (10°C) in urban areas, and approximately 32°F (0°C) during the depth of winter (December to February), but the windchill can make it feel much colder. The air does not contain much humidity except when it rains or snows. Urban areas are usually warmer than the highlands as the more you go inland, the colder it gets.

What is there to see and do in Iceland besides going on nature tours?

Multiple cultural activities are available all over the country; museums, galleries and theatres are found in every major town. Reykjavik is also a hub of music, art, culture and entertainment to explore. You can also rely on every town and village in Iceland to have a public swimming pool, as Iceland is abundant with geothermal water.

What should I wear in Iceland?

It depends on when you visit and what you plan to do. However, you would always be well advised to pack warm and waterproof layers and sturdy footwear.

How long is the summer in Iceland?

Icelandic summertime starts in late May and lasts throughout August. In autumn—as early as mid-August, in fact—the northern lights can be seen in the sky when the night is dark and cloudless.

How long is the winter in Iceland?

The winter in Iceland starts in November and ends in March.

What are Iceland's daylight hours like?

From mid-May to mid-August, there is perpetual daylight in Iceland because the sun only sets for around three hours on average per day. During midwinter, Iceland sees roughly five hours of sunlight per day.

Why does the hot water smell strange? Can I drink the tap water in Iceland?

In Iceland, the hot water is only used for cleaning and bathing but not for consumption; it is pumped straight from the ground where it has been warmed by the exposure to the island’s volcanism and it, therefore, smells of sulfur. The cold water, however, is amongst the cleanest in the world and is drunk straight from the tap.

Is it safe to drive in Iceland?

Yes, the Ring Road that encircles the whole island is entirely paved and accessible to any car type, but the maximum speed never exceeds 90 km/h (56 mph). During heavy winter storms, roads might close, so always check the weather forecast before driving in Iceland in winter.