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The 7 things you have to do during your visit to Iceland

The 7 things you have to do during your visit to Iceland

Australia’s travel interests have shifted significantly toward visits to Iceland, which have increased 26% in the first semester of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. With the best season to see the popular Northern Lights beginning in September until March, it is now the best time to go to Iceland.

Discover why Iceland is the hottest destination of 2017. Ute Junker shares more about this extraordinary land of fire and ice, from its natural wonders to its luxury accommodation.

See the lights before they dim

The Aurora Borealis is, without a doubt, Iceland’s top attraction and the world’s most famous true light display of nature. Travellers can book a tour to admire the polar lights, such as the Unleash Iceland tour, for around 154€, including transportation, guide, an Icelandic meal, cocktails and a visit to Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube Cave.

Skyr: a culture part of Iceland’s culture

A visit to Skyr Factory is a must for any traveller wanting to discover the flavours of Iceland. Skyr is a unique Icelandic yoghurt and on some tours, you’ll even sample Icelandic delicacies given a modern twist and sip an exclusive Skyr cocktail. The Golden Circle Gourmet Food tasting tour for 225€ is a good option, where you will be able to enjoy a farm-to-table meal of fresh dairy, meats, and fish at a local farm, visiting greenhouses, a classic Nordic turf house to feast on regional specialties like dried fish, smoked lamb and rhubarb pancakes, and making scenic stops at Thingvellir National Park and the thundering Gullfoss waterfall.

Cruise and have a whale good time

Iceland is one of the few places in the world where visitors can admire minke and humpback whales, as well as other local residents, like white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and puffins. Some boat cruises combine visits to other important attractions, such as a visit to Blue Lagoon Spa, or a tour including Gullfoss and Geysir from Reykjavik, for 188€. Bundle up and enjoy the ride!

Horse around like a warrior

Embark on a great northern adventure with a ride on an Icelandic horse, the same breed imported by Vikings in the 9th century and closely related to ones that were ridden by Norse warriors. Feel like a true explorer as you cross the remote landscape, taking in views of icy peaks in the distance. On a Viking Horse-riding tours tours, you can also have your choice of additional visits, like the Viking Horse-riding and visit to the Blue Lagoon, for 226€, or the Viking Horse-Riding and Gulfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik, for 190€.

Drink like an Icelander… try

Get a taste of Iceland at the country’s oldest brewery, the Olgerdin Brewery, where you can also take in fascinating tales of Iceland’s quirky drinking culture. You can visit the brewery on its own, purchasing a Beer Tasting at Olgerdin Brewery from Reykjavik tour for 65€, or as part of this jam-packed tour including visits to UNESCO-listed Thingvellir Park and see Lake Thingvallavatn, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area, for 127€.

Get your dose of adrenaline in the cold

For those who enjoy sports and outdoors activities, Iceland is a definite winner to get your thrill on. From kayaking, to snowmobiling, snorkelling, hiking and ice climbing, or white water rafting, there is an activity of choice for all adrenaline junkies out there. Most of these tours visit emblematic Icelandic treasures like Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall, the Gjábakkahellir cave, Silfra or Solheimajokull Glacier. Just make sure you wear your warmest gear… And enjoy!

Go beyond the Wall

Iceland is one of the most popular filming locations of this popular TV show, where places like Vik have seen increases in searches on TripAdvisor of up to 1300% from the end of 2012 until the beginning of 2016. In fact, a Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik, bookable on TripAdvisor for 105€, is the second most booked Game of Thrones tour in the world. See where the White Walkers roamed in Thingvellir National Park; the waterfall Þórufoss, where a local goat was attacked by one of Daenerys’ dragons; or Almannagjá Gorge in Thingvellir, used to film scenes depicting the Bloody Gate of the Vale of Arryn.

Source: All tours available via TripAdvisor.

Discover more about this extraordinary land of fire and ice, from its natural wonders to its luxury accommodation, with Ute Junker.

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