5 unusual places in Iceland

Perhaps someday we will make a ranking of countries for the most unusual trips, in which Iceland will definitely take one of the leading places. In the meantime, we want to tell you about 5 unusual places for tourism in Iceland, available only in this country.

Unusual types of tourism in Iceland

Iceland is ready to offer travelers a lot of unusual places. The “Land of Ice” or “Ice Country”, whichever you prefer, is an island nation with a cool, changeable, humid climate and strong winds. A country with a unique natural landscape that seethes with volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls, and is dotted with fjords and glaciers. This alone is enough to win many hearts. But also here you will find at least 5 unusual types of tourism. Only in Iceland you can:

1. Watch the Northern Lights from a hot spring

You don't have to travel to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. But honestly, this unusual natural wonder is one of the most magical in this country. And, watching the glow while immersed in the warm waters of one of the many geothermal springs, including the world-famous Blue Lagoon SPA complex, is a new and rather unusual experience.

For such an unusual activity, we can recommend the hot springs of Lake Myvatn. The lake is located in the heart of the northeastern part of Iceland, about 105 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. Myvatn with its unique ecosystem is one of the greatest natural treasures in Europe. People come here for relaxation and quiet rest, for the healing properties of mineral-rich thermal waters, and of course for the unforgettable splendor of the Northern Lights.

2. Swim between two continents

True, for this, unlike the previous lesson, you will need a tight wetsuit. Put it on and dive into the Silfra Rift in Thingvellir National Park. Iceland is the only place in the world where you can swim between two tectonic plates. The glacial water is cold but incredibly transparent, offering magnificent views of the magical underwater world.

Explore emerald algae and volcanic rocks. In some places, the fault space is so narrow that you can touch North America and Europe at the same time. But this phenomenon is slowly disappearing, as the lithospheric plates diverge from each other by 2 cm every year. Therefore, it is better to hurry.

3. Visit the heart of the volcano

Visit the heart of Thrihnukagigur volcano. Discovered in 1974 by caver Henri B. Stefansson, the volcano was opened for tourism in 2012. Although it has not erupted since the second century BC, it is still incredible to see this natural wonder from the inside.

Thrihnukagigur is the only place in the world where you can go down inside the magma chamber. A safe descent on the lift directly into the open crater will take about 8 minutes. Inside the volcano, you can spend about half an hour marveling at the fantastic colors of the crater walls and the impressive size of the magma chamber. I think that you will never forget such an unusual trip.

4. Surf among the icebergs

Yes, there are other places in the world where you can swim among icebergs. But Iceland has some of the most beautiful black sand beaches, such as Diamond Beach, and perhaps the best arctic waves in the world. Iceland's 4,970 km of coastline available to explore provides a rare opportunity to surf in unspoiled territory. The best time to surf in Iceland is winter, with its predictable tide cycles and great waves regularly hitting the entire coastline.

The main coast of Iceland is covered with volcanic reefs or basalt rocks, and has rather rocky beaches. One exception is the black sand beach of Sandvik on the Reykjanes peninsula. This beach is popular with local surfers and we can recommend it as a great place to start. But here, too, one should not forget the ferocity of the merciless reef waves, especially when they are above your head. Surfing in Iceland is not for beginners, but for experienced surfers who want a truly unique experience.

5. Skiing or snowboarding at night

I won't claim that Iceland is the only place where you can ski or snowboard at night. But winter's lack of daylight on the ski slopes has made this nighttime activity a commonplace for local freeride enthusiasts and an unusual activity for visiting tourists. For more than 40 years, Hliarfjall mountain ski resort has been considered one of the best places for skiing and snowboarding in Iceland.

Excellent snow and location just 5 kilometers from the city of Akureyri make Hliarfjall a favorite among locals and tourists. The ski slope, about 500 meters high, can be reached by one of 7 different lifts. And with 14.9 kilometers of bright, artificially lit ski slopes, you'll love skiing or snowboarding at night, against the backdrop of Akureyri's lights and dark starry skies.