Snorkeling between tectonic plates with Dive.IsSource
Snorkeling in Iceland? Yes, please! While searching on TripAdvisor for the best tours from Reykjavík, I stumbled upon reviews for Dive.Is and their snorkeling excursion to Silfra. The Silfra fissure lies between two continents —the Eurasian and North American continents — and is the only place on the planet that you can swim between continental plates. Sounds exciting, huh!? Apparently, the waters of Silfra are some of the clearest in the world! The tour with Dive.Is has 305 rave reviews and 5 stars — I just can’t resist. Kyle and I must do this! After our 3 snorkeling adventures out on the Great Barrier Reef, I think Silfra, located in Þingvellir National Park, will offer an amazing contrast to those brilliant experiences in Australia. The cost of this 4-5 hour adventure is $17990 ISK per person, which roughly equates to $156.60 USD.
Boat tour of JökulsárlónSource
About one hour west of Höfn is Jökulsárlón, a large glacial lake. This natural wonder started to form back in 1934 when the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, started to recede. You can float among the ice formations in Jökulsárlón with Ice Lagoon: Zodiac Boat Tours. This company offers daily trips out into the icey lagoon and has a fantastic five stars on TripAdvisor with nearly 65 reviews. Many TripAdvisor reviewers describe this as one of the highlights of their Icelandic adventure. The trip out into the lagoon run about 1 hour and cost $6500 ISK ($56.50 USD) per person. Kyle and I are definitely can’t wait to experience Jökulsárlón!
Riding the Icelandic HorseSource
Kyle and I love horses — and the #1 thing to do in Reykjavík is the riding tour with Íslenski Hesturinn! Their riding experience run everyday at 9:30am and consists of about 1.5 hours riding. This adventure takes riders through the colorful icelandic landscape to witness lava fields and mountain views. TripAdvisor reviewers rave about their experience and I can’t wait for this! The total cost for Íslenski Hesturinn’s riding tour is $10800 ISK (about $94 USD) per person.
Whale Watching in HúsavíkSource
After reading through several Icelandic travel books, I have come to the conclusion that Húsavík offers the best whale watching experience. Since Kyle and I are going to circumnavigate the country, we plan to make a stop in Húsavík to (hopefully) see some whales. North Sailing-Húsavík offers a multitude of whale watching adventures. Their ‘Húsavík Original Whale Watching’ experience is approximately 3 hours in length on the sea, which allows for the perfect opportunity to spot majestic whales and other wild life. The cost of this tour is $9280 ISK (about $81 USD) per person. I hope to see my first whale on this tour!!