Iceland Has More to Offer Than You Know

A reader submitted this story about a how a surprise trip to one of her dream destination materialized.  

“After about ten years of marriage, you know your spouse better than anyone. Well, that was what I thought for the longest time. My fortieth birthday was on the horizon. In fact, it was only a few weeks away, and I realized that my husband was planning a big surprise. He was walking around the house with this big smile on his face and humming a little tune. Sometimes he would cut conversations short on the telephone when I walked into the room or he would turn off the computer. I surmised that this had something to do with my birthday surprise or he was having a secret affair.

It might sound paranoid, but I was starting to assume the worst. Still, I held on to the belief that hubby dearest was planning a wonderful trip to the sunny island of Barbados, which I had casually mentioned to him over the last year a million times. I had visions of relaxing on a tropical beach with my toes digging in the warm sand and sipping a cool drink with my husband by my side. Finally, my significant other broke the silence and handed me a gift box. "Open it up, you'll need this on our trip," he said. I opened the box looking for a string bikini or at least a two-piece bathing suit. To my surprise, I discovered a full-length down coat. "We are going to Iceland, babe," he said. I couldn't stop laughing. After I got over the shocking birthday surprise, I did some research and discovered that there are a lot of fun things to do in Iceland”

Surprisingly, trips to Iceland are becoming very popular. Iceland car rental 4x4 is busy because of the tourists vacationing and taking a drive across the Icelandic countryside. Now I am going to share some of the fun things that you could do while visiting Iceland.

Go Whale Watching

Perhaps you've dreamed about going on a cruise to Alaska or some other area and whale watching to your heart's content. The whales around the shores of Iceland are plentiful and they regularly put on a show for the people watching them. In fact, there are several species of whales around the shores on the southern and northern coast. However, it is only possible to watch the whales in the winter at the Old Harbour of Reykjavik.

Fishing Fun

Fishing is a major industry in Iceland. It's fun to go on one of the various tours that allow the tourists to actually join fishermen at the harbor and catch their own fish.

Horse Back Riding Adventure

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The horses in Iceland are truly very unique and one of a kind. This breed of horse is native to the Icelandic region. It is a strong horse with sturdy legs; shorter than you would expect and able to withstand the cold temperatures. The good news is that horseback riding tours are readily available to tourists. The even better news is that the tours provide the tourist with a chance to really get back to nature and discover the Icelandic countryside.

Take a Dip in Natural Hot Pool

If the idea of steaming volcanic mud pools or hot springs interest you, visit one of the natural hot pools located around the country. This is an adventure that you will surely enjoy. It's a great way to get in your swimsuit and simply relax while you enjoy the hot springs.


Certainly, I had visions of going snorkeling in Barbados under clear blue water and getting up close and personal with underwater sea life. However, to my surprise, Iceland provides the same adventure. There are lots of places around Iceland that provide the opportunity for tourist or any visitors to go snorkeling.

View the Northern Lights

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The Northern Lights are also known as the Aurora Borealis. This is a natural light display that only occurs in the wintertime. This is a wonderful natural phenomenon to witness in person. Simply join a northern lights tour and experience this wonderful spectacle at a great vantage point.

Glacier Hiking and Ice Caving

This is one of the best ways to visit Iceland. Journey across the frozen landscape and explore the land and caves up-close. There are so many more amazing things to see in Iceland. I hope we have time to do it all.