Travel search
Can't find it? Try searching for it :)

Recreation

botnsdalur-juli-2011-360_1.jpg
Recreation

What gives you an inspiration? A restless ocean? A raging river? Ephemeral northern lights? A
tasty blood pudding? Let Iceland inspire you. The island and its surrounding waters manifest
an incredibly breathtaking nature and its inhabitants preserve and nurture an unequaled
culture. However, each part of the country is unique.

Angling

Iceland has an abundance of lakes and rivers teeming with salmon and trout and
attracts many anglers. The opportunities for participating are limitless.

Bicycle Rentals

Short and long term bicycle rentals as well as guided bicycle tours are
available.

Bicycle Tours - Biking

Cycling is an inexpensive, exhilarating and earth friendly way to tour
and enjoy the country. Short and long-term bicycle rentals as well as guided bicycle tours are
available.

Bird Watching

Iceland’s bird population is unique and diverse and offers bird watching
enthusiasts the opportunity for that rare observation.

Boat Tours

From whale watching to puffin tours to northern light cruises, coast hugging
trips and more, they each provide an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Cave Exploring

For spelunkers and potholers, Iceland has scores of caves, large and small,
deep and shallow, to be explored. Some caves may be explored without a guide and many
agencies offer cave exploration tours for others.

City walk

Hiking with or without a guide us always a popular mode of travel and many
hiking trails exist.

Day Tours

Day trips to the various museums, galleries and nearby natural wonders are quite
enjoyable and relatively inexpensive.

Diving & Snorkeling

Exhilarating options for the equally adventurous beginner or expert, are the fresh
water and sea diving tours available.

Dogsledge Tours

Riding and guiding a dog sled is an adventure not soon forgotten.

Family & Fun Parks

In many parts of the country, there are indoor and outdoor parks for
the entire family to enjoy.

Geothermal baths

Few things are cozier than relaxing in a hot pool in the middle of nature.
Iceland has an abundance of easily accessible natural pools.

Golf Courses

Golf enthusiasts have many options in choosing among excellent golf courses
throughout the island.

Hiking Tours - Hiking

Hiking with or without a guide us always a popular mode of travel and many
hiking trails exist.

Horse Activities

The Icelandic horse is a favorite of many and known around the world
as an excellent steed. There are many horse rentals throughout the country offering short or
longer rides.

Hunting

Iceland has many options for the hunter. Game most commonly hunted are
certain types of ducks and geese as well as seabirds. The hunting takes place in mountain
pastures, private lands, the beaches and the sea.

Jeep- & Glacier Tours

Many travel agencies specialize in different kinds of jeep exhibitions.
A jeep tour on a glacier with breathtaking views is an unforgettable experience.

Luxury Tours

For those who prefer to be pampered, there are several options. Luxury
accommodations can be found in most parts of the country as well as world class dining and
health spas that will cater to the customer’s every whim. There is also the option of hiring a
private guide and driver.

Mini-Zoo & Open farm

For family travelers, mini-zoos or petting zoos are an enjoyable
option. Another option is a visit to an open farm where visitors are allowed to watch the farm
animals and pet them and assist in feeding them. These visits are very popular with the
youngest generation.

Northern Ligths Tour

Icelandic nature in the grasp of winter is breathtaking and a visit to
Iceland in wintertime can be quite adventurous. Many different activities such as northern
lights tours, winter sports and different sightseeing tours are available. Celebrating Christmas
and New Year’s Eve in Iceland can also be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Paintball & Lasertag

Popular with organizers of bachelor parties and team building, both
paintball and laser tag are a form of fake gunplay. Participants play as either teams or
individuals. These games can be quite exciting and the least likely individuals can be ensnared
in the revelry.

Photo Tours

Photographing Iceland is an extremely popular activity. No surprise there as
Iceland is a very photogenic country. Special photo tours are available, where participants
receive guidance and advice from a professional photographer, who also selects interesting
locations for photographing.

Sea Angling

Great fun for people of all ages, sea angling trips are available in most parts of
the country.

Sightseeing and Helicopter Flights

For those interested in flying or observing scenery from
above or a bit of both, aerial sightseeing tours by plane or helicopter are awe inspiring
experiences.

Skiing

For those who enjoy skiing or snowboarding there are fine ski resorts
throughout the country. They are generally open during the winter, snow and circumstances
permitting.

Snowmobile & Snowcat Tours

Many agencies offer snowmobile or ATV tours. They are
suitable for anyone looking for a little excitement and adventure while on vacation.
Swimming

Swimming Pools

There are swimming pools all over the country, large ones and small ones,
and all are heated. Most are outdoor pools but a few are indoors. Extremely popular with
locals and visitors alike, Icelandic pools are open throughout the year.

Team Building

Iceland is the perfect arena for all sorts of team building. The possibilities
are almost endless.

Whale Watching

A few Icelandic companies offer whale watching. Around 20 species of
whale can be found in the sea surrounding the country but the most common are the beaked
whale, the hump-backed whale, dolphins and a few others. Whale watching is an incredible
experience for people of all ages.

Winter adventure

Icelandic nature in the grasp of winter is breathtaking and a visit to
Iceland in wintertime can be quite adventurous. Many different activities such as northern
lights tours, winter sports and different sightseeing tours are available. Celebrating Christmas
and New Year’s Eve in Iceland can also be an enjoyable and memorable experience.

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

Explore map by categories

Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík