Iceland’s Luxury Adventure Scene is on Fire
With an endless array of jaw-dropping sites and activities to choose from, it’s easy to see why Iceland’s tourism scene has exploded as of late. Private helicopters over waterfalls and volcanoes, snowmobiling on glaciers and horseback riding through the stunning countryside are just some of the ways you can spend your days in “the land of fire and ice.”
While Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon are certainly worthy of spending some time exploring, Iceland’s true beauty and magic lie outside of the capital. New luxury hotels have been popping up throughout the country’s more remote regions. Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, less than a one hour drive from Reykjavik, is positioned amidst the mountains and lava fields near Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Another new luxury hotel on the scene, Hotel Husafell in Stórarjóður, is quickly becoming known for its great Scandic food served in two different restaurants onsite and its tremendous service. Hotel Ranga in Suðurlandsvegur and Hotel Budir near the Snæfelljökull glacier, can also be found in stunning locations and offer guests a wide array of room choices along with providing top-notch cuisine.
Just as you can’t go wrong with whichever hotel(s) you choose, you’ll find no shortage of memorable activities to enjoy. There are literally hiking opportunities around every corner, and for every ability level. You can do a short hike to the top of a volcano and take an elevator down to the center of the crater, or strap on some crampons and walk on one of the country’s many glaciers. Other options for the serious adventure seekers include world-class fly fishing, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, ATV riding. Prefer a more relaxed adventure? There’s golf, surfing and scuba diving/snorkeling in the world’s clearest water to the crack between North America’s and Eurasia’s tectonic plates allowing you to touch both continents at once. With summer’s midnight sun shining bright nearly 24 hours a day, the country is your never-ending playground.
Transportation in Iceland is not your daily commute, it is actually another part of your adventure. Private super jeep and helicopter tours allow travelers to see the country from truly unique and spectacular vantage points. “Super Jeeps” are the best way to see Iceland by land, as they allow you to cross rivers and climb mountains in comfort. Helicopters will offer you views of some of Iceland’s most remote and spectacular scenery in style, while drastically cutting down on travel time.
Some of this traveler’s favorite experiences include flying to the Westfjords in the northwest region and exploring a nesting colony for several hundred thousand puffins along towering cliffs, as well as flying over waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers, volcanoes, and landing in a canyon for a thrilling whitewater rafting experience.
Robert Plant wrote the lyrics “We come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow,” for Led Zeppelin’s hit single, “Immigrant Song,” upon visiting Iceland in 1970. While you might not write a classic song, you’re sure to leave the country just as inspired and remember this trip for the rest of your life.
To inquire about your next luxury Iceland adventure, contact Josh@elitetravelinternational.com.