7 Unique Things To Do in Iceland in the Spring

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Though you can still see the Northern Lights flickering in the night sky in Iceland, the days are getting longer. And even though the snow is still covering the ground in Reykjavík, the weather is getting warmer. That means that spring is just around the corner.

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Alone traveller standing on black sands in front of a mountain in Iceland.

With Easter just around the corner, the idea of a holiday is beginning to sound pretty good. Just imagine yourself getting away from it all, spending some time in a new location, a cool location. Maybe somewhere like…Iceland?

Iceland in the spring might not seem like the obvious choice. But as the country comes out of hibernation, you are sure to find a litany of surprising experiences. Here are 7 of the most unique things you can do in Iceland this Spring Break:

Northern Lights Boat Tour

Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik
Photo: Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik

March and April are the last months where you can witness the beautiful Northern Lights dance around the evening sky in Iceland. Seeing this natural display is already a unique experience, but if you like to see them with an added flair, check out this Northern Lights Cruise.

You´ll set sail from Reykjavík harbour. The crew will find a great spot to view the beautiful Auroras and even help you photograph them. The boat has a 360° viewing platform and a heated indoor area if you want to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or an alcoholic drink.

Super Jeep Tour in the Icelandic Highlands

Thorsmork Valley Full-Day Hiking Tour
Photo: Super Jeep Tour to Thorsmork Valley in the Icelandic Highlands

The Highlands of Iceland are one of the largest untouched wilderness areas in Europe. On this tour, you’ll travel in a large 4×4 vehicle into this remote region. Your destination is Þórsmörk, a stunning valley named after the hammer-wielding god of lightning and thunder, Thor.

Þórsmörk lies between three glaciers, two of which cover active volcanoes. En route, your guide will tell you about the last eruption in the region, which took place in 2010. The guide is a local from the area and will give you a first-hand account of the destructive event.

Visit the Beer Spa in North Iceland

A couple in a tub filled with beer in North Iceland.
Photo: Visit the Beer Spa in North Iceland

Two of my favourite things are relaxing in a hot tub and unwinding with a beer in my hand. The Beer Spa in North Iceland combines those activities but does so in a unique way: Here, you can relax and unwind in beer. 

The amber liquid is actually filled with water, hops and yeast, all said to be great for your skin, hair, muscles and blood pressure (who knew?). The water stays at a comfortable 37-39°C temperature, but it is not drinkable. However, there is a tap next to the tub that provides you with cold, delicious beer for consumption.

Golden Circle Tour with Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure

Golden Circle & Snorkeling
Photo: Small Group Golden Circle Tour with Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure

I always recommend first-time visitors to Iceland to see the Golden Circle, a trio of destinations that give you a great insight into Icelandic nature, culture and history. Visiting the region is a great way to spend a day, but for those who like to add a little thrill to their sightseeing, this is the tour for you.

One of the stops on the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park which sits on the boundary between two tectonic plates. Here, you´ll find a fissure filled with glacial meltwater that has been filtered through a porous lava field. This process creates amazing visibility for snorkelers. You can see bright yellow rock formations as you literally swim between North America and Europe.

5-Day Winter Private Guided Tour of South Iceland

A man in front of Strokkur Geyser in Iceland

A private tour is the ultimate luxury holiday. You´ll travel with only your favourite people, avoiding all crowds. You´ll get insider tips from your guide and can tailor your itinerary to fit your interests. Want to spend more time at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach? Sure thing. Need a bathroom break? No problem. Want to skip the 7 AM wake-up call and sleep in? You got it!

On this 5-Day Tour, a private guide will take you across Iceland, to the beautiful Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the massive Vatnajökull Glacier. En route, you´ll see geysers, waterfalls, and black sand beaches, and you can also have a few adventures, such as snowmobiling or ice caving.

9-Day Ring Road Campervan Holiday

8-Day Ring Road Campervan Holiday with Glacier Hike, Snorkelling & Horse Riding
Photo: 9-Day Ring Road Campervan Holiday with Glacier Hike, Snorkelling & Horse Riding

If you are looking for an epic adventure in Iceland, nothing beats this 9-Day Campervan Road Trip. You’ll travel around the country, visiting both the most popular attractions as well as some hidden gems, with the comforts of a home with you.

Along the way, you’ll see glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, and waterfalls. In addition, you’ll have adventures such as riding the Icelandic horse, hiking up a glacier, snorkelling in Silfra, and going on a hiking tour guided by dogs!

Your Dream Spring in Iceland Holiday

a woman looking at a glacier in icealnd

If you want a perfect spring break in Iceland, you can always create your own custom tour. Simply describe your dream trip, and a specialist will construct your ideal vacation. And if you have no clue about what to see and do in Iceland, that’s okay. The specialist knows what the guidebooks don’t, so they’ll be happy to recommend something completely unique just for you.

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