Iceland is one of the foremost countries worldwide that promises a luxury holiday experience. The land of fire and ice is blessed with unbelievable natural beauty. From its dramatic volcanic landscapes to charming isolated towns to striking hiking trails to the unforgettable spectacle of the Northern Lights to its breathtaking coastline, and so much more, Iceland is a land of endless riches that deserve sustainable exploration.
As one of the premium luxury holiday destinations, Iceland offers travellers many must-have experiences. Let’s explore some of the most glorious luxury experiences you should have in this naturally gorgeous country.
9 Must-Have Luxury Experiences in Iceland
Here are some experiences you must have when you visit the land of ice and fire:
Witness the Magical Aurora Borealis
Seeing the Northern Lights tops the bucket list of many people worldwide. Iceland draws in thousands of tourists each year to witness the magic of Aurora Borealis in winter, autumn, and spring. If you are lucky enough to see these elusive lights, you will experience the sky coming to life in a mesmerising dance of light and beautiful hues. You can book a private tour with a luxury travel company to see the lights from the best spots and stay at the best resorts nearby.
Walk behind a Waterfall
If you love waterfalls, you will undoubtedly enjoy visiting Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss as they give you the remarkable opportunity to walk behind the waterfall and witness glorious rainbows. You can even witness the Skógafoss rainbows when driving on the southerly route. However, the path to the waterfall can be slippery during winters due to ice, so you need to be careful.
Snowmobile on Glaciers
Snowmobiling on glaciers is hands-down one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have in Iceland. Home to beautiful, untouched ice caps, Iceland offers you several snowmobiling opportunities to explore its bare white canvases with professionals to guide you along the safest routes. You can enjoy this adventure of a lifetime in Vatnajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Langjökull. The former two are along the picturesque South Coast, while the latter is along the Golden Circle route.
Soak in a Hot Spring
If you’re planning a luxury couples holiday to Iceland, you have to soak in a geothermal pool with your partner to forget your worries and live in the moment. You can visit the Blue Lagoon and experience soaking in the mineral-rich, steamy waters. You can also head to the geyser hot spring area in the Laugarvatn Fontana and enjoy its naturally sourced hot baths.
Explore the Beautiful City of Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the perfect, culturally rich Icelandic city with multiple live music venues, vibrant main streets, iconic Lutheran churches and multiple museums with Viking history displays. You can taste the delectable and versatile food in Iceland, try out its only Michelin star restaurant, and luxuriously explore the city with a guided tour.
Go Whale Watching
If you’re planning on visiting Reykjavik, you have to head on a whale-watching tour that will last around three hours. You will see several minke whales and dolphins on this tour, making the trip worth your while.
Drive the Golden Circle
The golden circle is the finest route in Ireland if you want to explore the dramatic, mesmerising landscapes of the southern part of the country. It’s roughly a 300km round trip that allows you to witness the Geyser hot springs, Thingvellir National Park and Strokkur. It’s easily one of the best ways to explore Iceland.
Visiting Thingvellir National Park will allow you to witness the two tectonic plates and swim between them by snorkelling in Silfra. This crystal-clear water gorge offers visibility of more than 100 metres.
Explore the Inside of a Volcano
Iceland isn’t just blessed with glaciers and snow caves, but it stands true to its nickname and is the embodiment of the land of fire and ice. It has several volcanoes, including Þríhnúkagígur in its south. Þríhnúkagígur means “Three Top Crater”. Since this volcano has not erupted since the second century BC, it’s perfectly safe to enter its magma chamber by boarding a specifically designed elevator. Exploring the inside of this volcano is a one-of-a-kind experience that you will surely never forget.
Go Dog Sledging
Dog sledging is a truly unique experience you can enjoy in Iceland. You can experience this activity all year round on dry land and snowfields. You can even sledge across Iceland’s mighty glaciers when the conditions are ideal. Not only will you have a memorable time, but dog sledging is also a treat for dog lovers as you will get to meet adorable Siberian and Alaskan huskies.
The Bottom Line
Iceland is a land of abundant riches and stunning landscapes. You can amass many experiences that last you a lifetime and bring you immense joy when visiting this country. Apart from the experiences mentioned above, you have to visit Iceland’s gorgeous coastline and explore its ice caves.
Author Bio: Rhodri Andrews
Rhodri Andrews is the Head of Content at SevenTravel, a luxury travel company based in Mayfair, London, that specialises in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. SevenTravel is all about the kind of travel that forges deeper connections with the countries you visit, encouraging you to linger for longer with trips that last ten or more days. Rhodri manages all of SevenTravel’s content, bringing to life the countries, regions and unique tailor-made experiences its clients will discover as well as all the useful information SevenTravel clients need to know before they head off on a luxury holiday of a lifetime. He crafts content for all SevenTravel’s luxury holiday destinations, whether it’s the Arabian charm of Oman to the Amazon jungle of Peru and everything in between. Through his natural curiosity and passion for travel, he also brings SevenTravel’s one-of-a-kind experiences to life, from trekking through the Patagonian wilderness to exploring Morocco’s souks and medinas. Whether you’re a couple, honeymooners or a family embarking on an exciting luxury holiday, the experiences are crafted to suit your personal preferences.