Tourism in Iceland has grown considerably in recent years. It has surpassed the fishing industry and is now the main generator of foreign revenue for Iceland. In just a few years, tourism has changed from being a low-key seasonal activity operating mostly over the summer months (June-July-August) to a very successful all-year industry. Today there are many companies offering a great variety of tours ranging from sightseeing day trips and excursions to multi-day experiences into the wild. Exploring the great outdoors is the adventure in Iceland. Whale watching, glacier hiking, river rafting are some of the activities that have been developed over the years to make Iceland an exciting place to visit. In short, there is something for everyone.
Day-tripping and darkness
Summer in Iceland offers a gift of 24 hour daylight. This makes it possible to explore at any time of day. It is an unusual phenomenon which can be both wonderful and irritating, especially if you can’t sleep due to the light. Winter is almost the opposite with only a generous 4-hour light period. Activities in winter are concentrated around the 11:00 – 16:00 time frame to make use of the short daylight hours.
Iceland’s popularity is definitely due to its magnificent nature, wide open spaces and stunning landscapes. The unique nature of Iceland includes volcanoes, mountains, lakes, glaciers, rivers, caves, black beaches and more. All of these together help to create life-time experiences and unforgettable memories, but please don’t forget that Iceland’s nature is pristine and fragile. Please walk on marked trails, throw rubbish in bins and drive on marked roads or trails. Practicing conscious tourism helps us all to contribute to minimizing the damage to nature caused by mass tourism.
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Icelanders love using the swimming pools as a way of relaxing and socializing. There are seven swimming pools in Reykjavik alone and almost every town in Iceland has a public swimming pool, each with its own character and features.
Seal Watching Hvammstangi offers boat trips from Hvammstangi around Miðfjörður and Húnaflói during the summer, giving you the opportunity to watch seals in their natural environment. Seal Waching boat tours are offered from 15. May until 30. September each year.
Baðhúsið – SPA is situated on the ground floor of Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir. It features a comfortable, indoor hot tub (40°C) and a mild sauna which combines the comforts of the steam room and the dry sauna.
TripGuide Iceland offers a range of Tours & Activities with a Best Price Guarantee. TripGuide also offers a variety of rental car & transport options including airport transfers to and from Keflavik Airport.
Gentle Giants offers whale watching on traditional Icelandic oak boats and modern RIB speedboats, as well as other exciting seafaring adventures like sea angling, bird watching and island excursions. We operate from Húsavík, "the Whale Capital of Iceland", in the north and have more than 150 years of family history in the bay.
Ice 1 lux trips focus on quality service and luxury day tours in small group or private tours. We focus on combined, nature, local food and treatment for your best experience of travel in Iceland all under professional service though your time.
Ever wish that you had a friend in every country to show you the secret spots, share the inside stories and venture off-the-beaten-path with? Tröll Expeditions is exactly that: your reliable friend and local expert in Iceland.
Fjallhalla Adventurers is an adventure company focusing on small group tours with a variety of activities in and around Iceland. All the guides have been studying to become licensed hiking guides and have a minibus license.
Geotravel Iceland offers guided tours from Lake Mývatn all year round. Experience the highlights of North Iceland with local guides. We are are a family run tour operator, founded by local rangers and guides that aim for sensible travel with minimal impact on the environment.