The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) defines adventure tourism as involving at least two of three elements: physical activity, a connection to nature, and an immersive cultural experience. At its annual conference in October, 2014, it nominated Iceland as a country that offers significant adventure tourism opportunities.
In summer, adventures include superjeep (modified SUV or truck) tours to glaciers and volcanoes, kayaking in fjords, and snorkeling. In winter. the focus shifts to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice climbing led by experienced mountain guides. Winter is also the time to see the magical Northern Lights from Iceland.
Perhaps the most intense adventure experience is dry suit diving using a volcanic vent to access the waters below the ice. One popular spot for this is the inland canyon called Nesgia, 30 miles south of the Arctic circle where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. Here, the translucent blue water lets divers see the fractured rock walls of the fjord adorned with algae that sways back and forth in the current.
Adventure tourism promotes a bond between travelers and local residents, which increases the splendor of Iceland’s superb natural beauty.
Source and photos: Brisbane Courier Mail