Last week I explored five fun and unique Icelandic activities. With so much to do in Iceland, I couldn’t stop there. Allow me to share with you five more reasons to visit Iceland.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
The Aurora Borealis dance across the sky is at the top of many lists, however, you need to know when to go and the best possible location to view this wonder. The best time to see this natural phenomenon is on clear and dark nights between September and April. Though northern lights can be seen throughout Iceland, due to longer hours of darkness and the tendency for clearer weather, North Iceland and the Westfjords often offer the best chance to see northern lights.
4WD is needed to reach this fairly new site located in the Highlands of Iceland. Holuhraun is the newest formed lava flow from a volcano that lasted from August 2014 through February 2015. While driving along the sand, you can still see steam in certain areas. So, be careful and stay on the marked paths and to wear gloves when handling any lava rocks. When peering into the rifts of the lava you see many beautifully vivid colors. It is a geological wonder to behold.
This beach is gorgeous and an absolute must-see! With its rare black sand and basalt columns, there is much to explore on this volcanic shoreline. The black sand is lava that cooled once it hit the water and the sand is more like various small stones. White sand and red sand beaches (Westfjords) also exist in Iceland. While on Reynisfjara, you can see Gardar, which is a basalt cliff that resembles a staircase to heaven. It is a natural pyramid and was formed by columnar jointing. There are many basalt columns throughout Iceland, but this is by far the most exceptional.
Puffins are pelagic seabirds that spend much of their time on the open ocean, in many cases returning to shore only to breed and nest. Because of this, spotting Puffins in Iceland is best from the end of April through early September. Join a Naturalist and experience sightings of these beautiful birds that will leave you in awe.
Nightlife in Reykjavik
Looking for some nightlife? Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland is a small town with great nightlife, unlike anything you will find in large metropolitan cities. There are multiple bars and restaurants to choose from all within an easy walking distance from each other. The businesses rarely charge a cover, there are no long lines, hardly any dress codes and fun music!
There is so much more to cover about Iceland and all it has to offer. If Iceland is on your list of vacation destinations, reach out with questions. I would be delighted to help you plan an Icelandic vacation tailored to you!