Ten WOW things to do in Iceland – Svandís Nanna Pétursdóttir
Svandís Nanna Pétursdóttir is a 23 year old stewardess, born and raised in Reykjavik. She’s adventurous and loves all sorts of crazy things. During the winter she studies Tourism at the University of Iceland. Svandís Nanna loves travelling all around Iceland, but as her boyfriend lives in Höfn in Hornafjörður, she really enjoys going there. Her favourite town in Iceland is Akureyri, she loves it for its beauty and for snowboarding in the winter. In her spare time, apart from travelling, she enjoys crosssfit. WOW air asked her for her top ten WOW things to do in Iceland.
Volleyball in Nauthólsvík
In Reykjavik there’s a little beach called Nauthólsvík, it’s so much fun to go there on a nice summer day with friends. If you go there, you have to try Volleyball on the beach.
Quad biking at Úlfarsfell
Rent a quad bike at Úlfarsfell, a little mountain near Mosfellsbær in Reykjavik. You can take all kinds of fun tours on the quad, including ‘‘safari’’ trips and going cave watching. It‘s great fun letting yourself loose.
Go jet skiing
There’s a nice jet ski rent in Grafarvogur, the neighbourhood I live in. If you’re feeling adventurous, I’d recommend renting jet skis and having an awesome day at sea.
Hike to Glymur waterfall in Hvalfjörður
At the innermost part of Hvalfjörður fjord, there’s a valley called Botnsdalur, where you’ll find a beautiful waterfall called Glymur. It‘s a little bit risky to hike there though so you have to be careful. It’s best to start the hike on the left side, you can then cross a little river and continue the hike on the right side to experience it all.
Go skydiving at Hella
If you’re not afraid of heights and want to experience a real adventure, going skydiving and see Iceland from about 12.000 ft! The skydiving company at Hella (about 95 km east of Reykjavik) is called Free Fall.
Snorkeling in Silfra, Þingvellir
Would you like to go snorkeling or diving in the clearest water in the world? Nothing goes by you and you see everything so clearly. Silfra is located in the Þingvellir National Park. It’s also known for the coins people throw in the water. So who knows, maybe you‘ll get rich diving there!
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon situated about an hour away from Höfn (370 km east of Reykjavik) by the Vatnajökull National Park. The lagoon is a recent one and is the result of climate change, as the glaciers are melting. The lagoon is full of huge blocks of ice from Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier, and is amazingly beautiful. You can go on a boat tour on the lagoon to see the glaciers up close, it’s really cool.
Since I was a child I have always been really fond of animals. When driving and travelling around in the East fjords you can see a lot of reindeer, which is so amazing. You might get lucky and see Rudolf!
Try lobster in Höfn in Hornafjörður
If you are travelling in the east you have to go to Höfn in Hornafjörður. Höfn is a really cute and nice village about 450 km east of Reykjavik. Hornfirðingar (people from Höfn) are famous for their lobster and every year at the end of June there‘s a festival called Humarhátíð (The Lobster Festival). That‘s when Hornfirðingar cook lobster soup for everyone who visits that weekend and they hold a big party all weekend, so much fun.
We have so many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and one of my favourite is Seljalandsfoss. It‘s about 120 km east of Reykjavík. It‘s not only beautiful from the front, you can also walk behind it. If you walk a little bit away from the waterfall, you‘ll see a little house is on the field there. Walk by the lake and go into the little ‘‘cave‘‘, it‘s a hidden treasure; you’ll find a really beautiful waterfall in the cave that very few people seem to know about.