Activities in Iceland
Iceland offers a wealth of outdoor activities. The simplest of these are the unlimited hiking opportunities all around the country - from afternoon walks along the coastline to a two-week trek in the wilderness. Some of the country's best hiking spots can be found in the remote areas of Landmannalaugar, Látrabjarg and Hornstrandir, or in the Reykjanes peninsula between the airport and Reykjavík. There are good skiing facilities near Reykjavík at Bláfjöll, near Akureyri at Hlíðarfjall and near Ísafjörður at Seljalandsdalur. You can also try snowmobiling on the glaciers, whitewater-rafting on the Hvítá, caving in the Hallmundarhraun caves near Húsafell, horse-riding in the interior and swimming in the geothermal pools. For something a little different, you can play a round of midnight sun golf at the Arctic Open held in Akureyri in June.
If damaged, the nature in Iceland can take decades to repair so it is important to treat it with respect. You should also be aware of your physical limitations and always take the necessary precautions before embarking on a potentially dangerous activity. The weather in Iceland can change very quickly and it is not uncommon for bright sunshine to be replaced by snowy blizzards even in July! Taking proper equipment with you is essential as is paying attention to local advice on weather etc. If you don´t have much outdoor experience, it´s a good idea to join an organized group for some activities.
For further information and advice, contact the local Icelandic tourist offices.
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