WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
OMG, many wonderful, exciting, and adventurous things, as well as just chillin' in Iceland. Ride gentle Viking horses, race 4x4 quads, or hike, swim, golf and walkabout in our spectacular lunar lava landscape.
See geysers, volcanos, whales and migratory birds of many kinds, or tolt over the heather and then snowmobile on glacial icecaps, mountain bike on lava flows, ski at night, fly fish for Arctic char and record breaking salmon, and just be awed by the Aurora Borealis!
The surrounding Reykjanes Peninsula would be a National Park anywhere else in the world, but here it seen by few. Explore and discover our "private" UNESCO GeoPark!
Can You book Tours for Us?
Sure! We will be happy to book tours in Iceland with groups we have checked out ourselves:
www.travice.is is excellent, with great guides, superjeeps, and specialty tours of all kinds.
www.ReykjavikExcursions.is has an extensive classical tours throughout Iceland, and are very reliable.
We work with many outfitters in the air, land and sea, so if you are looking for something in particular, please let us know, by email or call +354 426 8650.
Climb the cliffs near the Reykjanes Lighthouse.
URBAN ADVENTURES AND MORE
Urban discoveries in Reykjavík and the coastal fishing towns offer cozy cafes, interesting restaurants, cosmo shopping and enlightening art museums.
If you prefer to travel in Iceland with an organized tour, experienced operators such as Reykjavik Excursions will pick you up and drop you off directly from the Northern Light Inn, after experiencing any one of their many adventures.
What can I do in Iceland now, tonight?
The free Reykjavik Grapevine – available in the hotel – is a great source of information: online, pdf, and a free weekly paper. Witty, up-to-date, and the only Icelandic newspaper in English. It's available in bookstores, tourist information centers around Iceland.
What are Icelandic horses like?
Cute, cuddly, friendly, easy going, fun, wonderfully smooth to ride even for beginners, great for kids and adults alike, sturdy, hardy, and an animal you can trust your life with. For the very serious equestrian, a highlands trek traversing the island, taking 10-14 days, would be an unforgettable ride.
Nearby, in the fishing village of Grindavik, ride with ArcticHorses.is
And if I want to ride 4x4 quad atv's?
Also in Grindavik, you will find atv4x4.is with a variety of trip options, including 4x4 moon buggies.
And kids love Icelandic horses too.
SWIMMING AND HOT POTS
Swimming is very important in Icelandic communities: every town has at least one geothermal pool – Reykjavík has 7 – and they all have hot pots, some with saunas and steam baths too.
The public pools are very clean, well run, affordable, and most are outdoors. There is nothing like a hot soak outside during stormy arctic winter day. The nearest geothermal outdoor pool is in the fishing village Grindavík, 5 minutes away.
Wherever you go in Iceland there are hot springs to soak in so be sure take a swimsuit along. Please bathe according to all the pool's rules: get naked in your birthday suit and shower with the soap provided before swimming.
Soaking in the Blue Lagoon – NLI is just to the left.
How far is the Blue Lagoon from NLI?
It's a 1 minute drive with our complimentary shuttle, or a great 10 minute walk through the moss covered lava fields.
Our free shuttle to the Blue Lagoon runs on the hour if requested and scheduled pickups are all day long.
Swimming at the Blue Lagoon requires advanced booking.
AWe will gladly book your swim time by email.
The Blue Lagoon Clinic specializing in psoriasis treatment.
What are the Blue Lagoon's opening hours?
Please check their site as the hours are always changing.
You are allowed to stay in the lagoon 45 minutes after the closing hour.
What should I bring to the Blue Lagoon?
A swim suit, and you may take the green towel from your room to the lagoon, as long as you kindly bring it back. You can rent bathing suits and towels at the Blue Lagoon Spa. Use of an electronically locked locker is included in the entrance fee.
Leave your valuables in the hotel safe if you prefer.
If you want to take pictures in the lagoon, we suggest using a water proof camera; the Blue Lagoon's steamy and salty air corrodes cameras very nicely.
There is free shampoo and conditioner in the showers. The brine of the lagoon guarantees a bad hair day.
How much is the entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon?
Like global warming, it keeps going up.
Prices to swim at the Blue Lagoon
Is the Blue Lagoon hot?
It is always very warm, between 35-39°C / 98-102°F and hotter in the winter than in the summer.
What is the Blue Lagoon?
Condensed geothermal brine flowing out from the Svartsengi Power Plant. The brine is tapped from 2~3,000 meters below the surface of the lava fields, and comes up under extremely high pressure at 240ºC. The energy is harnessed with the latest technology and transferred to de-oxygenated spring water for regional heating and hot water. The "cooled" brine then flows into the lava field and directly to the Blue Lagoon.
And why is it blue?
An unusual cocktail of minerals, silica and a microscopic blue green algae.
Are there hots springs like the Blue Lagoon anywhere else?
No, there are great natural hot springs around Iceland, but nothing like the Blue Lagoon.
It was a very stormy February afternoon.
TRIPS FROM NLI
Many guests start with a Golden Circle Tour that goes to Thingvellir National Park, Geyser and Gullfoss waterfall.
Thingvellir is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, a national park on a magnificent lake, the site of the first Icelandic parliament, Althingi, which is also the oldest parliament in Europe, and it is also one of the best places in the world to see a rift valley where continental tectonic plates separate.
Admission to the park is free, and at 10:00 everyday there are free guided tours in English with park rangers. Departure is from Thingvellir Church.
Geysir is home the the Great Geyser that has given the Old Norse word to the world. Although Geysir does not erupt anymore, Strokkur awesomely does every five or ten minutes 24/7. Admission to the Geysir is free, for the moment...
Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls, and we have many! Admission is also free and hopefully it will remain that way.
A great overnight trip is to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where Jules Verne began the Journey to the Center of the Earth. It's a mythical and spiritual place for many, as well as a spectacular glacier capped volcano and surrounding National Park.
An eastbound south coast day trip to Vik goes past Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss (both lovely waterfalls) Eyjafjallajokull ( yes, that volcano eya-fiatla-yo-cool or Island Mountain Glacier) and Dyrholaey - Door Hole, which arches into the sea and is home to thousands of migratory seabirds. Puffins love it here!
Beyond, there is the extraordinary Vatnajokull National Park with its spectacular glacier lagoon, Jokulsarlon.
Aurorae Borealis illuminate Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon after a September storm, seen by a NLI guest, with our guide.
Climb the cliffs near the Reykjanes Lighthouse.