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Bikes can be rented in Reykjavik and in various places around Iceland. For further information on biking tours please contact travel agencies or tourist information centers. For more information click here.
Bird Watching
Some places in Iceland are a paradise for birdwatchers. Latrabjarg in the West Fjords is the largest known bird cliff in the world. A great variety of cliff-nesting species can be found there‚ including the largest razorbill colony in the world. The Westmann Islands are known for many kinds of seabirds, and are home to both the world's and Iceland's largest puffin population. Lake Myvatn in the north has more species of breeding ducks than any other place in Europe. The great skua colony on the sands in South Iceland is the largest in the world. Seabirds such as puffins can be seen in many places‚ as well as eiders‚ Arctic terns‚ waders and passerine birds. Some tour operators organize tours for birdwatchers in early summer.
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Horseback Riding
The Vikings arrived in Iceland more than a thousand years ago‚ bringing their horses with them. When these settlers created the world's oldest surviving Parliament in the year 930‚ one of their first acts was to prohibit further importation of horses. Today‚ more than ten centuries later‚ the breed remains pure. Strong and muscular‚ these horses are sure-footed enough to handle the roughest Icelandic terrain. Small and gentle‚ with great stamina‚ speed and intelligence‚ they are the perfect riding companions. They are friendly‚ willing‚ docile animals that take obvious pleasure in carrying their riders across grassy plains‚ up and down rocky slopes‚ through rivers and over fields of rough lava‚ offering travelers a unique way to enjoy the splendors and nature of Iceland.
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Iceland is famous for its salmon and trout fishing. The main season for salmon fishing is from around June 20th to mid-September. Trout fishing varies from one river/lake to the next‚ but the normal season is from April/May until late September/October. During winter‚ ice-fishing is quite popular. For salmon fishing‚ permits must be reserved well in advance‚ but trout fishing permits can be obtained at short notice, often the same day.
For further information, please contact The National Angling Association: Bolholt 6‚ IS-105 Reykjavik‚ Tel: (+354) 553-1510, fax: 568-4363‚ e-mail: or visit their website.
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Whale Watching
Iceland is considered by various whale watching experts and tour operators as Europe's new 'Hot Spot'‚ with astonishingly high sighting rates. The most common whales spotted are the friendly minke whales but also blue whales‚ humpback whales‚ sei and fin whales‚ killer whales and of course a number of dolphins including white beaks and harbor porpoises. Tours depart from several locations in Iceland such as Hafnarfjordur near Reykjavik‚ Breiddalsvik in the East‚ Olafsvik in the West‚ and the Westmann Islands in the South. But the most popular spot for whale watching is from Husavik‚ which is regarded by many as the 'Whale Watching Capital of Europe.' Cruises are made on a quiet‚ old-fashioned oaken boat and on shore there is an exhibition center dedicated to the many species of whales that sport in the bay. The season runs from May through September.
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Glacier Tours
An exciting way of seeing the wilds of Iceland is to take a glacier tour. Travelling by snowmobile or snow-cat, this is a great way to witness the beautiful ice landscape of Iceland.
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The Icelandic Farm Holidays Service
The Icelandic Farm Holidays Service offers "The Icelandic Fishing Guide" (Veidiflakkarrinn)‚ which is a sales system for trout/salmon fishing in Iceland.
For further information on "The Icelandic Fishing Guide‚" please contact Icelandic Farm Holidays: Sidumuli 13‚ IS-108 Reykjavik‚ Tel: (+354) 570-2700‚ fax: 570-2799‚ e-mail: or visit their website.
More than half of Iceland is over 1‚312 feet above sea level‚ and a large part of the island is covered by lava‚ glaciers‚ lakes and sand. Few places in Iceland have marked walking paths‚ but hiking is a favorite pastime for Icelanders and tourists alike. During winter there are mostly day tours or weekend tours‚ but longer tours are organized during summer. Many travel agencies also organize hiking tours during winter and summer alike.
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Iceland has over 50 golf courses throughout the island‚ some with outstanding views and always close to nature. Golf can be played in Iceland from May through September and in the summer golf can be played around-the-clock due to the midnight sun. Visitors are welcome at the courses. Green fees vary from USD 15- 30. Some courses offer clubs for rent.
For further information contact the Icelandic Golf Association: (+354) 568-6686‚ e-mail or visit their website.
Midnight Golf
At Akureyri Golf Club in the north‚ golf can be played with the sun shining at midnight. At the end of June‚ a 36-hole open international match is held. Tee-off is just before midnight and playing continues until the early hours of the morning.
For further information please contact Akureyri Golf Club: Jadri, 600 Akureyri‚ Iceland‚ Tel: (+354) 462-2974‚ fax: 461-1755
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Museums and Galleries
Considering that Iceland has only 283‚000 people‚ the number of museums and art galleries in the country is astounding. Even in the small towns and out-of-the-way fishing villages‚ you will encounter some public place dedicated to preserving the national heritage or displaying the local artists. It may be a structure in the center of town that the community has banded together to support‚ or it may be the house of a famous artist‚ preserved by his ancestors.

The largest museums and galleries are‚ of course‚ in Reykjavik. Among the most visited are the Arni Magnusson Institute‚ Einar Jonsson Museum‚ and the National Gallery. Though these are the major culture venues‚ you can find a museum or gallery to quench almost any curiosity‚ whether it be Icelandic coins‚ traditional clothing‚ or metal working.
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Sea Angling
Sea angling is becoming a popular sport in Iceland. The season begins late in May and lasts until the end of August with several tournaments in different parts of the country. For further information please contact local tourist information centers and travel agencies.
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Reykjavik Marathon
The Reykjavik Marathon is an annual event held on August 16‚ 2003.
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River Rafting
River Rafting has become a very popular sport activity on Iceland's many rivers.
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Winter skiing is available in many parts of the country. Skiing resorts with possibilities of both cross-country skiing and downhill skiing are found throughout Iceland. Summer skiing is possible at Kerlingarfjoll‚ close to Hofsjokull glacier in the interior. A ski-school is operated there from the end of June until the end of August. Weekend stays can be arranged at the school. Accommodation‚ food and rental of equipment can be provided for guests who are not registered at the school.
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Soccer - VISA-REY CUP. This soccer festival is for young people‚ boys and girls‚ 13 to 16 years old‚ and is held every year. The purpose of VISA-REY CUP is to have an international sportsevent of good quality in Reykjav?k. The idea behind this event is that it is not simply meant to be a sportsevent but also a festival for young people of both sexes and their families.
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Swimming is a very popular activity all year round in Iceland. Most towns and villages have outdoor or indoor swimming pools filled with water from natural hot springs. The mean temperature of the water in the pools is about 84°:F. In many places there are also saunas‚ a jacuzzi‚ solariums and hot pots with temperatures ranging from 97 - 111°:F.
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