You don't have to be an expert on what to see in Iceland during the summer, nor do you need to scroll the net for hours looking for inspiration. That’s our job and we’ve covered the best Icelandic summer itinerary right here!
Did you know that Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, is the northernmost city of any sovereign state in the world? It doesn’t get drastically cold during the summer as some may assume.
Despite the unpredictable temperatures, Iceland offers thousands of Nordic nature adventures. So, pack like a local for your trip, bring what you can for sunny days, more radiant days and breezy days, Iceland offers them all.
Be ready to enjoy Booknordics.com's itinerary list for a perfect Nordic travel adventure.
The Land of Fire and Ice
The summer season in Iceland offers blessings to the locals in the form of the Midnight Sun and the Summer Solstice. They celebrate with longer days, warmer weather and an enormous number of activities, allowing travellers to embark on a breath-taking Nordic Adventure to witness the pure Icelandic wilderness under the golden glow.
Teamed with continually shaping glaciers, erupting hots springs, geothermal lagoons, roaring waterfalls, vast lava fields, voluminous volcanoes, monstrous mountains, black sand beaches, small fishing villages, bustling cities, an abundance of wildlife, and all combined with fascinating folklore stories - your summer vacation in Iceland will leave you with a variety of unique, contrasting, everlasting memories.
The exciting elements that give Iceland its name ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ are remotely accessible during the summer either by land, sea or air. Our chosen itinerary choices for a perfect summer adventure in Iceland grants travellers the opportunities who wish to witness Icelandic nature, history and culture in the most incredible ways possible.
Which will you choose?
5. Hiking in Iceland across Landmannalaugar Highlands
Hiking and enjoying the Highlands
One of our favourites is the Landmannalaugar Hiking and Bathing Tour. This fantastic day includes venturing through the attractive countryside and farmlands of Southern Iceland into Þjórsárdalur valley where you can explore the picturesque Hjálparfoss waterfall and its surroundings before heading on to Landmannalaugar.
Landmannalaugar is often referred to as ‘The Pearl of the Central Highlands’ as it's the most colourful of all the highland areas. Located in Fjallabak National Reserve on the southwest of Iceland’s highlands, it displays red, green and yellow Rhyolite mountainsides that overlap rigged lava fields and encircle inland rivers.
The choices here are two-fold: you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a soothing, natural geothermal spring, or take a short hike into the multi-coloured caramel hills surrounding Landmannalaugar - ideal for capturing that extra-special photograph.
Covering over 40,000 square kilometres and stretching through the centre of Iceland, the highlands are an important imprint on the land, forever changing and granting hikers access to the incredible views.
Do you have more time to travel to the highlands? Our 3-day Private Highlands Tour will centre your summer vacation. Explore the above and more by visiting Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the triple volcano Eldgjá, the splendid waterfall Ófærufoss, the famous row of craters Lakagigar, and the famous canyon that origins from the Ice Age, Fjadrargljufur.
Remotely accessible by specifically modified vehicles on the road and during the summer months of June and July, these gems are on every summer vacationer's bucket list.
4. Whizz with an ATV Around a Volcano
An adventurous and fun-loving experience!
With over 130 volcanoes known in Iceland, it is a wonder how so much as a whisper doesn’t stir trouble. Many beautiful volcanic crater lakes can be found in Iceland and these are formed as a result of volcanic explosions that leave a surreal cluster of colours embedded behind.
Did you know that green moss seen on Icelandic volcanoes requires a specific temperature, the right amount of water and summer sunlight to glow in its green glory? If conditions are not met, it will wait for a more favourable time. Interesting right?
How would you like to skid across the lava and drive into the middle of Volcano Eldfell, in Vestmannaeyjar? Our fabulous Volcano ATV Tour allows you to whizz around on a powerful ATV under the Midnight Summer Sun. You will view the scene where Guðlaugur Friðþórsson came to land after swimming 5-6 km in the freezing temperatures of the dark, cold sea after Hellisey VE 503 sank.
Question: do you think you could make that? Be honest with us.
Or, for those of you who are true adrenaline junkies, maybe you fancy the opportunity to drive along the Volcanic Springs on an ATV Adventure? Visit the famous Mosfellsbær Valley at the foot of Esja Mountain with incredible views of the Hengill volcanic area and learn all about how volcanoes are formed, their predicted eruptions and ancient myths behind the gigantic rocks.
3. Visit the Blue Lagoon and the Southern Region
Relax in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon
How will you spend your summer in Iceland?
There are two choices available for experiencing a lagoon in Iceland. Would you prefer standing in awe, transfixed at the rearranging natural ice sculptures, or by soothing your aching muscles in the mineral-rich geothermal seawater? We are excited to have put together two simple examples of each option, helping you to make the right choice for your Iceland summer vacation.
The ever-changing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, fed from one of the offsprings of the largest ice caps in Iceland - Vatnajökull, plays a part in most South Coast Tours of Iceland. Teamed with icebergs in mixed shades of white and blue, now silently travelling towards the sea, the lagoon’s dramatic scenery is popular with travellers and photographers wishing to witness nature at its best.
Our Booknordics.com top tip:Jökulsárlón leaves no one untouched by its stunning beauty. We suggest exploration by boat, guaranteed to add beauty to your summer experience.
Mixed shades of white and blue icebergs at the Blue Lagoon
On the other hand, submerging yourself into the warmth of the famous Blue Lagoon, hugged by natural minerals that renew and revitalise your skin, may just be your ideal choice of heaven in summer.
Did you know that the Blue Lagoon’s surrounding landscape, the Svartsengi lava field, is an expanse of moss-covered volcanic rock that erupted from the earth in 1226 AD? Paths have been carved for visitors to enjoy easy access without disturbing the natural surroundings of this wonder of the world. Mesmerizing!
Evolving into a state-of-the-art facility and equipped with amenities to offer a more relaxing approach, those wishing to stay for the local Icelandic cuisine dishes or an in-pool massage have the choice to upgrade their visit to the lagoon.
2. Go Whale Watching in Húsavík
A breaching whale in the Arctic Ocean
The warmth of the Midnight Summer Sun stimulates vibrant life and a feast of food to its Icelandic waters and following closely behind, arrives the maritime wildlife of the Arctic Ocean. Can you imagine a nicer summer day at sea?
Iceland is known for its excellent maritime variety and the Whale Watching tours in Iceland are a great way to explore the underworld that encompasses the island. Húsavík bay is the most extraordinary and significant place. Known as the number one spot in Europe, a broad variety of maritime and birdlife can be spotted offshore. If you look closely, you can see minke whales in large numbers dotted across the ocean top, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, and the astonishingly enormous humpback whales.
An original Booknordics.com favourite and highly recommended - the Húsavík Original Whale Watching Tour. Their expert professionals and highly qualified crew will guide you comfortably on a smooth sailing in a traditional Icelandic oak boat to explore the home of the ocean's glorious wildlife.
1. Take a Helicopter Ride from Reykjavík
An adventurous helicopter ride above volcano craters and astonishing landmarks
Booknordics.com's team advice - if you're going to do it, do it properly!
Keeping your toes off the ground and opting for this thrilling exploration over the Icelandic wilderness, through gigantic fjords and overlooking volcanos, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Helicopter, stylish and slick, grants you unique views only accessible from the sky and the freedom to explore the landscape from birds-eye-view. Comfort, admiration and thrill all in one great package.
If you want to venture further afield, we have just the tour for you! Depart from Reykjavík and land in the beautiful hot spring area of Volcano Hengill then enjoy the chance to capture the greatest aerial shot at the division between two tectonic plates displaying one of Iceland’s most historical events as you overpass Þingvellir National Park.
As you approach the final destination of Langjokull Glacier, ice tunnels below, you will start to notice deep crevasses and steep ice falls within its surface. Parking the helicopter close and heading into the glacier by foot, you will explore its raw interior and the surreal beauty that it hides inside.
What better way to feel like you have arrived back in the Ice Age?
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