The Most Thrilling Adventures in Iceland

A look at some of the most incredible expeditions within the Land of Fire and Ice

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Few places on Earth are still considered truly wild, but many would agree that Iceland certainly fits such a description.

Sometimes referred to as the “Land of Fire and Ice,” the Nordic island’s contrasting landscapes most famously feature many molten lava fields and a number of fascinating glacial terrains.

Of course, there’s much more to Iceland than volcanoes and glaciers. In fact, the country happens to be home to one of the most sought-after dive spots in the world and exquisitely stunning geothermal hot springs, just to name a few outstanding attractions.

“Everything about Iceland is an adventure,” says Liz Dahl founder of Boomer Travel Patrol. [It] should be on everyone's bucket list. For me, it seemed like setting foot on the earth for the first time.”

To us, that sounds like a truly one-of-a-kind travel experience.

Though relatively small (it’s about the size of the state of Kentucky), Iceland is home to many, many adventures. But the following excursions are among the most worthwhile and exciting for any and every type of traveler lucky enough to visit.  

Cruise Jökulsárlón Lagoon
jokulsarlon lagoon

One of the many highlights of an eight-day, seven-night walking tour with outfitters at Country Walkers includes a boat tour amidst the glacial waters of the Jökulsárlón lagoon, a highly renowned and the largest glacial lake in Iceland. The unique trek offers an up-close view of mystical ice sculptures as well as the chance to witness seals, ducks and even a glimpse of the glacier separating into the lagoon's vibrant blue waters. 

Snorkel in Silfra Canyon
silfra canyon snorkeling

A truly unique spot for both snorkeling and diving, underwater adventurers from all around the world make the trek to Silfra for a once in a lifetime aquatic experience. The canyon is actually a crack between the continental plates of North America and Eurasia and the only place in the world where you can explore beneath the water in such a location. Divers also flock here because of the canyon’s unprecedented underwater visibility. Clean and clear enough even to drink, the water is said to be some of the most pristine in all of the world.

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