Iceland’s Top 6 Extreme Adventures
Iceland isn’t all about picturesque scenery and woolly jumpers. For those who love the ultimate challenge there are plenty of exhilarating and slightly insane ways to enjoy the outdoors…
1. Cliff Jumping
To most people diving off a cliff would be a last resort after being chased by a large animal or an axe wielding maniac. But to all adrenaline junkies out there it’s the ultimate rush and what with the abundance of steep cliffs and tumultuous waters in Iceland it’s the perfect place to plummet from a great height. It’s common to combine a cliff dive with a white water rafting or hiking trip, just in case you needed to cram in any more extreme outdoor excitement.
It’s safe to say that Iceland’s stormy waters are not for the faint hearted, particularly when there is nothing more between you and the North Atlantic Sea than a very small boat. If you’re up for the challenge it’s a great way to see whales and seals up close and you can even make a whole trip out of it, camping in the elements and forging on the next day. Quite an adventure!
Here are some of the amazing photos from the kayaking experience with Icelander Siggi in Ísafjörður. Visit www.Inspiredbyiceland.com where you can find invites for the other experiences available.
If there’s one thing you can be sure of it’s that hiking in Iceland is never dull. It comes in many different guises from an extreme experience navigating across a glacier to scaling up the side of a volcano, so take your pick depending on what kind of challenge you’re yearning for. Glacier hiking requires a serious pair of crampons as the ancient glaciers are full of hidden sinkholes and ice ridges as well as volcanic ash from past eruptions. The glaciers are stunning to look at but there’s nothing like being right in the middle of one to really appreciate their awesome size and power. If it’s views you’re after it always makes things a bit more exciting if you’re surveying the landscape from the top of a volcano. Mt Hekla is Iceland’s most famous volcano as well as its second most active and for many years was believed to be the gate way to hell. Sounds like the perfect challenge.
If you’d like to experience an afternoon’s hiking Iceland style with a local just visitwww.Inspiredbyiceland.com to get your invite. You even get to warm up afterwards with a home cooked fish pan so what’s not to like?
4. Lava Caving
If you want the ultimate natural challenge, the wild depths of Iceland’s lava fields are just what you’ve been looking for. After all, not many people can say they’ve slid through a lava tube in pitch darkness on their belly. Iceland is riddled with these incredible hidden tunnels dripping in stalactites of hardened lava and forking off into maze upon maze of caves and tubes. Definitely not for the claustrophobic, space is often tight so protective gear is a must. But don’t lose your way- the tunnels fork into all different directions and many are over 1km long, Floki near Hafnarfjordur being one of the longest. This is a challenge deep underground that is definitely not for the faint hearted…
Don’t expect a gentle cycle when in Iceland; the rough terrain of mountains, valleys and rivers make for a challenging ride. For a real test of stamina try the 1000 Rivers Road which involves a tough cycle up the mountain, countless river crossings and a descent into the steam valley with hot water rushing down the mountainside.
Or why not try a ride to the Blue Lagoon over the lunar landscape, flying over the craters and hot springs? This is the ultimate way to get the blood pumping whilst really experiencing the wild Icelandic landscape. Bonus.
6. Outdoor Swimming
Plunging your body into icy water in the dead of Winter is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s certainly an exhilarating experience for those who enjoy a challenge. For hardy Icelanders it’s no problem with most taking a swim every morning regardless of the season; bracing to say the least. For an icy shock try an unheated outdoor pool or if you’re feeling particularly brave (or foolish) immerse yourself in the waters of The North Atlantic.
If you’d like to take a dip in an outdoor pool like the locals you can visit www.Inspiredbyiceland.com where you can find invites for the other experiences available.
Over the next few months, www.Inspiredbyiceland.com are offering real Icelandic experiences to visitors of Iceland by asking Icelanders to open their homes. Visit the site to see what other experiences are available and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more details.