Iceland is an ideal tourist destination. There are many activities that visitors can participate in and enjoy and many are listed here. For more information. please go to tourist board site at www.visiticeland.com
Swimming is a very popular activity all year round in Iceland. Most towns and villages have outdoor and/or indoor swimming pools filled with water from natural hot springs. The mean temperature of the water in the pools is about 29 degrees Celsius. In many places there are also saunas, a jacuzzi, solariums and hot pots with temperatures ranging from 36 to 44 degrees Celsius.
Tours are offered to explore the glaciers in Iceland on snowmobiles and 4 x 4 Super Jeeps. Please contact a travel agent or the "IC Iceland" tour operator at www.iciceland.is
River rafting is offered in several locations in Iceland, at varying degrees of difficulty. Professional guides ensure safety. Please contact a travel agent.
Some places in Iceland are a paradise for bird-watchers. On boat trips on the Breidafjördur Bay countless birds can be seen like puffins, eider ducks, shags, and sometimes the majestic white-tailed eagle. Latrabjarg in the West Fjords is the largest birdcliff in the world. A great variety of cliff-nesting species can be found there, including the largest razorbill colony in the world. The Westman Islands are known for many kinds of seabirds, and are home to Iceland's largest puffin population. Lake Mývatn in the north has more species of breeding ducks than any other place in Europe. The Great Skua colony on the sands in south Iceland is the largest in the world. Seabirds such as puffins can be seen in many places, as well as eiders, Arctic terns, waders and passerine birds. Some tour operators organize tours for bird-watchers in early summer.
Numerous farms and tour operators throughout Iceland offer horse riding tours from 1 hour up to 10 days.
Please note that all equestrian equipment must be disinfected before arrival. For further information please contact travel agencies.
Bird shooting for ptarmigan and geese is popular in the fall.
Arctic Open Golf Championship, tee-off and play 18 holes under the midnight sun
There is a long tradition in Iceland of golf as well as fly-fishing. Golf courses are found in almost every small town and there are at least five courses in Reykjavík. Many offer spectacular ocean scenery.
All the major golf courses in Iceland are open to visitors. Green fees are moderate.
Midnight Golf in Iceland - The Arctic Open: At Akureyri Golf Club in the north, golf can be played with the sun shining at midnight.
At the end of June a 36-hole open international match is held. Tee-off is just before midnight and playing continues until the early hours of the morning. For further information contact local tourist information centres and travel agencies.
More than half of Iceland is over 400 m above sea level, and a large part of the island is covered by lava, glaciers, lakes and sand.
Few places in Iceland have marked walking paths, but hiking is a favourite pastime for Icelanders and tourists alike.
Bikes can be rented in Reykjavík and in various places around Iceland. For further information on biking tours please contact travel agencies or tourist information centres.
information centres and travel agencies.
Icelanders have a chronic fascination with cars which manifests itself in the most unlikely practices. The most popular form of motor sport is a kind of autocross where specially adapted 4 x 4 vehicles are pitted against each other on an almost impassable course of steep slopes, mud pits, sand and water. Huge crowds of spectators gather to watch the spectacle.
Snowmobiling is also popular all year round, on glaciers in the summer.