Why You Should Explore Iceland During The Midnight Sun

Marion Bres
February 15, 2024

Iceland: Where the Sun Never Sets in Summer

Iceland is a small island with only 323,000 inhabitants but don't let its size fool you. It is a country rich with many historical and cultural sites, a great sense of humor, good music--and of course--excellent beer. 

If you love outdoor activities and want to explore volcanoes, glaciers, and different waterfalls everyday, Iceland is the perfect place for you!

Many young travelers dream of seeing Iceland in the winter months so they can experience the Northern Lights. However, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Iceland in the summer for the Midnight Sun!

Longer days means more time for activities, sightseeing, not to mention warmer weather & more sunlight for epic photo ops among the striking landscapes & breathtaking waterfalls!

If you're coming early or tacking on a few extra days, the Midnight Sun also falls in line with Reykjavik's vibrant festival season!

a city in Iceland
A picturesque town in a surreal country.

Explore South Iceland

The farm we often stay at is a family business and is located in the middle of the countryside where we are welcomed by horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, and dogs. It is also the place where you can see the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, that erupted in 2010 and stopped air traffic not only in Europe, but across the world!

It is a very relaxing and comfortable place where nature is everywhere and our travelers have a great time enjoying the hot tub at the cottage after a long day's activities. The owner of the farm always takes the time to welcome us and explain the history of her property and the sustainability policy they have been implementing for the past decade to considerably reduce their impact on the environment and offer a better place to their visitors.

‍It looks like a movie set, but I promise you it is where we stayed.

A Waterfall a Day

During our trip we see many waterfalls but one always stands out from the rest. Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland and is absolutely beautiful! 

You can reach the top to enjoy the view and take the hiking trail to explore more. During a sunny day like this one pictured below, we enjoyed beautiful rainbows and even got sunburns! In Iceland! No joke!

‍This looks like it belongs in a Pixar film about fairies & magic. Still hard to believe it was REAL.

Of Ice & Fire

I have to admit that the day on the Vestmann Islands is one of my favorite days of the whole trip. We hike the youngest volcano in the world, Eldell, and enjoy delicious fresh fish and lobster burgers.

The view from the volcano is breathtaking and the colors are magnificent! And if you didn’t know, there’s a famous animal on the Vestmann Islands. His name is Toti, he is a puffin, and he attracts many people from around the world who come to see him at the Saeheimar Aquarium.  

The islands are the home of 8 million puffins, which is ironic when you know there are only 4,500 humans living there! Of course our travelers enjoy spending some time with the cute Toti.

There he is!  The infamous Toti!
View from the top of the Eldfell Volcano.

When we're not hiking a volcano, you can find us on the Solheimajokull glacier. Our guides from Midgard Adventure are awesome, well-experienced, and take the time to explain Iceland's geology & the impact of global warming on the glacier. 

Expect them to put some ash on your face, and made you sing & dance. A true Viking experience!

Glacier + ash + awesome people = great fun!  We feel like real Vikings!
You can drink some fresh water straight from the glacier! How cool is that?! Iceland has the cleanest water in the world!

Don't Forget Your Sunglasses!

Another cool thing about traveling to Iceland in summer is that you can wear your sunglasses at night and admire the midnight sun…and it is quite an experience! Beautiful and unreal!

‍So many of our moments here were Postcard worthy...

History & Legends...

After hiking a volcano & walking on a glacier, we explore the Golden Circle. This includes Thingvellir National Park which is a World Heritage site and a very important historical place since the first Parliament ever was founded there. It also marks the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian plates!

Next, we drive to the geysers and enjoy a really nice hike with the group where we can see the geyser erupting from the top. At the end of the hike we finally reach beautiful Gullfoss waterfall.  

Our group standing on the North American Plate

The Perfect End for a Perfect Trip

We always say that Under30Experiences is not only a travel company, it is an experience company and it's true! 

I’m so happy to be part of this incredible experience and make travel accessible to young adults. Experiencing new things and building new friendships is what a happy life is about...especially when you get to do it in some of the coolest places on the planet!

Under30Experiences is so grateful for having awesome travelers on every trip & awesome U30X Alumni organizing meetups all over the United State & Canada to help others realize the importance of travel.

Big shout out to all the people who have come on our Iceland trip!

From not knowing each other to making some incredible friendships in 5 days!

Iceland is one of our most popular trips and we have a lot of trips scheduled.

If you need more info, you can check the Iceland itinerary, or just contact us with any questions you have.

Marion Bres
Marion is an Adventure Leader and Community Builder with Under30Experiences. She is a coffee lover and is always looking for meeting new people and pushing them to travel and get out of their comfort zone.


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