Descend 120m down into the magna chamber of a volcano, walk through the blue ice of a glacier, climb the highest mountain or dive between two continents with the safety and comfort of professional guides.
Come and be inspired by Iceland
This slogan from the Iceland Tourist Board is hard to ignore. Iceland is attractive to most visitors for its incredible nature, unique and breath-taking scenery and extreme sport offerings. Though you don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy it. You can delve into the depths of volcanoes, conquer the highest mountain, walk amidst the blue ice of glaciers or dive between tectonic plates where two continents divide. All of this can be done on professional tours with expert guides. Here are our top tips for taking Iceland to the extreme… safely.
Descend into the magna chamber of a volcano
The first records of volcanic eruption in Iceland were as early as the 10th century. This land of ice and fire is a dream for Geologists, and especially Volcanologists, but it is also easy for any curious visitor to learn more. The island is one of the most active volcanic regions in the world with over 130 dormant and active volcanoes. If you have ever wondered what its like inside a volcano, now is your chance to find out. You can literally journey to the center of the earth with a guided tour by Inside the Volcano. Sound scary? Read on, it is perfectly safe. The tour takes place in the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano, which hasn’t erupted in 4,000 years. The whole trip takes 5-6 hours with a moderate 3km hike to the site. It takes six minutes to lower you 700ft (213m) into the magna chamber by an open elevator system. Several experienced, knowledgeable guides accompany each tour. As you learn about this natural phenomenon, you will be left mesmerized by what surrounds you.
Climb to the highest heights
From the hidden depths of the island to the highest heights, let Icelandic Mountain Guides take you on an unforgettable adventure to the country’s highest summit. Hvannadalshnúkur stands 6,921ft (2,110m) high in Skaftafell National Park. Its glacier, Vatnajökull, is the largest in Iceland. This glacier mountain hike is demanding and covers some difficult terrain but no special technical skills are required. Good physical shape is necessary though. The day involves a 22km hike and takes around 12-15 hours. Your efforts will be well rewarded with stunning panoramic views over the glacier and unique, rugged scenery.
Dive between two continents
American and Eurasian tectonic plates cross Iceland from south to North. You can see evidence of them from land but to really get a feel for their existence book a diving tour with DIVE.IS. The Silfra Fissure is the name of the divide between the two continents and offers some of the world’s clearest waters with a visibility of over 100m, perfect for diving. DIVE.IS will take you on an unforgettable diving adventure through the wonders of this underwater world including the narrowest section and Silfra Cathedral. To take part in this tour you must be a certified diver, but for those who are not you can always chose the Snorkeling Silfra Day Tour. Whatever tour you choose, the adrenaline will be running through your veins when you emerge from the water after an experience that very few people get to enjoy.
Discover blue ice in the depths of the glacier
Into the Glacier will take you on an adventure like no other. Start your day in the specially designed glacier truck as you drive over the top of Europe’s second largest glacier to Langjökull. Covering an area of 950km², it reaches 1300m above sea level. A team of scientists had a vision to show people what is at the heart of a glacier and this is the result. Once inside, discover the incredible blue ice at the core of this expansive ice field and walk through man-made ice tunnels and caves. Whilst in this magical underground world, your knowledgeable guides will tell you more about geology, glacier exploration, research and the mystery surrounding this natural wonder.
Iceland is a natural paradise and makes for an incredible playground for anyone who loves the great outdoors. This unique environment is just waiting to be explored whether on land, inside volcanos and glaciers or discovering the incredible underwater world. By choosing professional guided tours, you don’t have to be an intrepid explorer to do this. The Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik makes the perfect base for discovering Iceland’s cultural capital and nature’s incredible wonders that surround it.