Recommended Summer Activities in Iceland 2016
Iceland just officially celebrated the first summer day on April 21st, meaning that we are getting more daylights than usual. For those who are planning a trip to Iceland this summer, we would like to give you a heads up that Iceland is going to be full daylight for 24 hours period, which is also known as white night (astronomy). From the beginning of May until the end of August. How awesome it is! Therefore, you will have so much time to explore this beautiful country during the day as well as during the night. Let’s get ready for summer activities in Iceland.
This following image will give you more information about this daylights hour.
In this article, we would like to use this opportunity to share with you some helpful tips and activities in the summer before coming to Iceland during the summer time, so you all can make the most of your stay here.
Since there is always full daylight for 24 hours, so what is the best to do. If you take a day tour in the morning, you can still add on some other short activities in the afternoon or even in the evening. For instances, all the day tours could take up between 8-9 hours, so when you are done with that, it will be around 5:00 PM. What you should do is getting a refreshment and a power nap, if you need it. After your dinner, and guess what, it is still full of sun lights out there, you wouldn’t want to go to sleep immediately. Renting a bike and explore the city in the sunny evening would be an excellent idea. You can easily get a rental bike and follow the cycle path around the city. I am sure that you will enjoy the fresh air and the happy feeling after completing it. It is like a 2 in 1 package, traveling and exercising at the same time.
For those who would like to visit Iceland in summer independently, here what we mean on its own. I would highly recommend renting a car or even a camper; you will be able to travel as much as you can. I would like to share with my experiences doing it a few summers ago, sleeping during the day if you can to avoid the crowds and traffic, and touring during the night. That was incredible! We did not see any buses coming in and out, so there was no rush, we enjoyed a lot. Also, renting a car will allow you to be much more flexible, driving from one place to others would be much easier. If you need any information about a place you want to go to, you can kindly ask the locals who live in the neighbor.
You will probably have some ideas how Iceland summer time would look like, and it is time to sum up all the activities that are doable in the summer.
1) Road Trip
As we mentioned above, summer is the perfect time to make a road trip Iceland, which is also known as the “ring road.” With less chance of icy road, it makes us so much easier to drive. Just in case you need an itinerary for the ring road in Iceland, here is a roadmap that you can follow.
If you can’t do any hikes during the winter, you will need to do at least one hike in the summer to make it up. Check out Esja Mount; the famous hiking trails within Icelanders, and my favorite one is Hveragerði hike. The most impressive thing with this hiking trails is the natural geothermal bath; you will find a spot where you can take a bath in nature.
Go ahead and give you a try, the Icelandic horses – they are small, tough and famous for their “tölt”. It will be one of the best ways to experience the countryside.
In the summer, you will have more chances to see minke whales, humpback whales, and puffins. Tour operators often offer more departure times in the summer. You just need to keep an eye on it.
Iceland is famous for seafood, and it is one of the activities we can’t miss in the summer is fishing. It does not need to be any particular time, whenever you find yourself time, you just need a fishing rod/ stick and go down to the harbor, and don’t forget to get bait, you will have fun with that for a couple of hours. You can also join the Sea Angling tour, which is operated by Elding.
Summer in Iceland is a perfect time for runners; you can run anywhere, and it is an excellent opportunity to explore the city at the same time. Only one tip here, avoid the rush hours and traffic. I would recommend running along the water is the perfect running path here in the city.
Many businesses will last a little bit longer in the summer; it might be interesting for you to grab a beer and have a chat with the next person.
8) Go swimming
It is a pleasant experience to interact with the locals in the swimming pool, most of the swimming pools are open til 10:00 PM in the summer and even longer sometimes, for further information, you can check the time table. Most of the locals are very enthusiastic, and they can discuss with you any topics about Iceland. Also, if you are adventurous, check out the man-made beach in Nauthólsvík, the geothermal beach.
9) ATV tour
ATV Reykjavik often offers extra tours in the summer, so it will give us a chance to join in this activity in the evening. The service base is located in the neighbor and it is about 15 minutes with a car from the city center.
10) Summer music festivals
Since the summer day is much longer than usual, so it brings to the locals some fun festivals, e.g. Reykjavik Solstice, Verslunarmannahelgi weekend in Vestmanna island, Gay Pride festival, the national festival, Reykjavik menningarnótt (Culture Night) and Reykjavik Jazz Festival, etc.