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Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts feel at home in South Iceland. Not only does the region have flourishing lowland agricultural communities, but majestic peaks for those desiring a challenge. Other recreational activities include scenic walks and bird watching, trips on the seashore, ice climbing, kayaking, rides on 4-wheelers, rafting down rivers, and the Njáll’s Saga Tours. A pleasant sequel is going swimming, golfing, fishing or riding the small but sturdy Icelandic horse. Another animal favourite is the whale, seen on trips from the Westman Islands. The more adventurous seek out 4WD vehicles or snow scooters on the glaciers, and in the summer trips are scheduled to Þórsmörk and the Laki craters. 


The numerous museums include the Folk and the Natural History Museums in the Westman Islands, Skógar Folk Museum, and the Folk museum in Eyrarbakki. The region welcomes everyone to summertime family festivals, including Töðugjöld in Rangárþing county, Blóm í bæ in Hveragerði, The Lobster Festival in Höfn, Grímsævintýri in Grímsnes and Grafningshreppur, and the mid-summer celebration at Eyrarbakki. 

South Iceland is an invitation to adventure.

Angling

Iceland has an abundance of lakes and rivers teeming with salmon and trout and attracts many anglers. The opportunities for participating are limitless.

Bicycle Rentals

Short and long term bicycle rentals as well as guided bicycle tours are available.

Bicycle Tours - Biking

Cycling is an inexpensive, exhilarating and earth friendly way to tour and enjoy the country. Short and long-term bicycle rentals as well as guided bicycle tours are available.

Bird Watching

Iceland’s bird population is unique and diverse and offers bird watching enthusiasts the opportunity for that rare observation.

Boat Tours

From whale watching to puffin tours to northern light cruises, coast hugging trips and more, they each provide an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Cave Exploring

For spelunkers and potholers, Iceland has scores of caves, large and small, deep and shallow, to be explored. Some caves may be explored without a guide and many agencies offer cave exploration tours for others.

Day Tours

Day trips to the various museums, galleries and nearby natural wonders are quite enjoyable and relatively inexpensive.

Diving & Snorkeling

Exhilarating options for the equally adventurous beginner or expert, are the fresh water and sea diving tours available. 

Dogsledge Tours

Riding and guiding a dog sled is an adventure not soon forgotten.

Family & Fun Parks

In many parts of the country, there are indoor and outdoor parks for the entire family to enjoy.

Geothermal baths

Few things are cozier than relaxing in a hot pool in the middle of nature. Iceland has an abundance of easily accessible natural pools. 

Golf Courses

Golf enthusiasts have many options in choosing among excellent golf courses throughout the island.

Hiking Tours - Hiking

Hiking with or without a guide us always a popular mode of travel and many hiking trails exist.

Horse Activities

The Icelandic horse is a favorite of many and known around the world as an excellent steed. There are many horse rentals throughout the country offering short or longer rides.

Hunting

Icelandhas many options for the hunter. Game most commonly hunted are deer, certain types of ducks and geese as well as seabirds. The hunting takes place in mountain pastures, private lands, the beaches and the sea.

Ice Climbing

It is unlikely that anyone will ever forget the first time they tried ice climbing. Agencies in many parts of the country offer ice-climbing tours.

Ice Fishing

From February to the end of April is the time for ice fishing. The most common catch is trout. There are occasional ice fishing competitions held in different parts of the country.

Jeep- & Glacier Tours

Many travel agencies specialize in different kinds of jeep exhibitions. A jeep tour on a glacier with breathtaking views is an unforgettable experience.

Kayak Tours

Kayaking is an exhilarating experience and many agencies throughout the country offer kayak tours on lakes, ponds and the ocean.

Luxury Tours

For those who prefer to be pampered, there are several options. Luxury accommodations can be found in most parts of the country as well as world class dining and health spas that will cater to the customer’s every whim. There is also the option of hiring a private guide and driver.

Mini-Zoo & Open farm

For family travelers, mini-zoos or petting zoos are an enjoyable option. Another option is a visit to an open farm where visitors are allowed to watch the farm animals and pet them and assist in feeding them. These visits are very popular with the youngest generation.

Motorcycle Tours

Some people have always dreamed of trying out a motorcycle. For others biking is a lifestyle. For those who prefer biking to walking or riding in cars, motorcycle tours are a fine alternative.

Paintball & Lasertag

Popular with organizers of bachelor parties and team building, both paintball and laser tag are a form of fake gunplay. Participants play as either teams or individuals. These games can be quite exciting and the least likely individuals can be ensnared in the revelry.

Photo Tours

Photographing Iceland is an extremely popular activity. No surprise there asIcelandis a very photogenic country. Special photo tours are available, where participants receive guidance and advice from a professional photographer, who also selects interesting locations for photographing.

River Rafting

For those wanting more excitement in their lives, careening down a rushing river can be just the ticket. It’s an unforgettable and exhilarating experience that will definitely get the heart pumping.

Running Tours - Running

A healthy and economical way of working out, for many people running is an essential part of a good day. Running in  diverse and beautiful landscapes as in Iceland, makes it even better.

Sea Angling

Great fun for people of all ages, sea angling trips are available in most parts of the country.

Seal Watching

Seals are incredibly beautiful and entertaining creatures and they are said to be quite curious. Seal watching is a wonderful activity for the entire family.

Seminars / Work shop

For gourmets, lovers of fine food and those that cannot boil water, the various Icelandic cooking classes are fun and practical and present the wide range of ingredients and techniques that make the local fare so delicious.

Sightseeing and Helicopter Flights

For those interested in flying or observing scenery from above or a bit of both, aerial sightseeing tours by plane or helicopter are awe inspiring experiences.

Skiing

For those who enjoy skiing or snowboarding there are fine ski resorts throughout the country. They are generally open during the winter, snow and circumstances permitting.

Snowmobile & Snowcat Tours

Many agencies offer snowmobile or ATV tours. They are suitable for anyone looking for a little excitement and adventure while on vacation.

Swimming Pools

There are swimming pools all over the country, large ones and small ones, and all are heated. Most are outdoor pools but a few are indoors. Extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, Icelandic pools are open throughout the year.

Team Building

Icelandis the perfect arena for all sorts of team building. The possibilities are almost endless.

Whale Watching

A few Icelandic companies offer whale watching. Around 20 species of whale can be found in the sea surrounding the country but the most common are the beaked whale, the hump-backed whale, dolphins and a few others. Whale watching is an incredible experience for people of all ages.

Winter adventure

Icelandic nature in the grasp of winter is breathtaking and a visit to Iceland in wintertime can be quite adventurous. Many different activities such as northern lights tours, winter sports and different sightseeing tours are available. Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Iceland can also be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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