Are you an adrenaline junkie visiting Iceland? Then you’ll be happy to know there are many adventurous activities for you to choose from. In this article, we will sum up some of the best tours for thrill-seekers in Iceland.
In Iceland, you can go river rafting on Hvítá river in the south or the Jökulsá river in the north. Gullfoss, one of the country’s most-loved waterfalls, lies in the Hvítá river. Rafting takes place a little farther down from the Gullfoss waterfall, in a spectacular canyon. In the canyon are areas where the river flows very fast and other parts where it’s calmer, making it ideal for those with limited rafting experience. The Jökulsá river is known to be a bit wilder and has been rated one of Europe’s best rafting rivers. Despite its more challenging nature, anyone with an adventurous mind and ability to swim can join a rafting tour on the Jökulsá river!
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Snorkeling in Silfra
Increasingly popular in recent years, snorkeling or diving in the Silfra fissure in Þingvellir national park is an amazing experience. The lava-rock filtered glacier water is some of the cleanest in the world, providing amazing visibility. The water is so clear that this tour is not suitable for those afraid of heights! Go explore the dazzling underwater world while floating in water that is 2-4°C. You can either drive to Þingvellir yourself (about 40 minutes), and then meet your guides at the Silfra car park or book a snorkeling tour with pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík.
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Looking for a thrill? Then go on a buggy ride. A buggy is a fast, sturdy, and stable ATV. Driving a buggy through mud pools, dusty roads, and sometimes snow, is an adventure perfect for everybody who loves the outdoors. Before the tour, you will get special gear and a short training. When going on a buggy tour, be ready to get dirty, with water splashing up on the side of the tires and dust being blown around your head. Tours will take you to Mt. Esja, Mt. Hafrafell, and Mt. Úlfarsfell, or Hafravatn lake, all close to Reykjavík and offering beautiful views. Buggies are suitable for two persons, and you need a valid driver’s license if you are the driver. A buggy tour will take 1-2 hours.
Do you have a need for speed? Book your buggy tour here!
Paragliding is the ultimate in adrenaline travel. Just imagine flying like a bird over the south coast of Iceland. Paragliding tours start from Vík, the southernmost village of mainland Iceland. There, you jump off a mountain to paraglide over the black beach of Reynisfjara. Paragliding is a fun and exciting activity that will get your adrenaline racing, and a unique opportunity to see waterfalls, glaciers, and black beaches from the sky. Paragliding tours are flexible, as you will be taken to wherever the best weather conditions are that day.
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Why not go snowmobiling on a glacier? This is possible on the glaciers Langjökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Vatnajökull. Before going snowmobiling, you will get a short instruction and you will get a warm overall and helmet. After this, you are ready to go on an exhilarating ride over the snow. You’re only allowed to drive a snowmobile if you have a valid driver’s license, and you can have one passenger per snowmobile. It’s the coolest way to enjoy the beautiful view of the glacier and its surroundings.
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Iceland offers great opportunities for surf and water sport enthusiasts. Surfers looking for an adventure can book a tour with Arctic Surfers. They will take you to remote areas to find the best waves around Iceland. A lot of these areas are still unexplored and will challenge any surfer looking for a new, exciting surf experience. All you need is an open mind and an adventurous spirit.