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Photo of swimming pool set into the icelandic landscape. 
Island Explorer Diary

Remote Swimming Pools around Iceland you must Visit!

Whilst a lot of pools are in the capital area, and we cannot recommend them enough, there are some hidden gems that are way out there, you may even be lucky enough to get them to yourself! We hope you get a chance to visit them during your time in Iceland.

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humpback whale dorsal fin sticks out above the water surface.
Whale Watching Diary

What an Epic Whale Watching tour. Two different humpback whales diving around the yacht.

When whales feed they will often drive the fish towards the surface, as to a fish that is a wall! They can’t escape. For the birds, the fish become easy pickings. Despite the massive size of whales, they eat the same types of small fish as the birds. The whales are bringing the fish to them, so they don’t have to dive down and hunt. Whilst some birds like puffins are extremely agile hunters underwater many aren’t, and couldn’t easily outmanoeuvre their prey. The birds, flying above the water can see where the whales are and follow them! We follow the birds.

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northern lights viewed in iceland
Island Explorer Diary

January in Iceland; What you need to know.

January in Iceland is quiet and stunning. The nights are long and dark so we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are open, but the Christmas crowds have gone.

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sea eagle hunting in Iceland
Island Explorer Diary

March in Iceland; What you need to know.

March is one of the cheapest months to visit Iceland, yet it has the best of summer and winter! We still have enough night time to see the Northern Lights but we can have really beautiful early spring days!

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image is from a whale watching tour in Iceland, the landscape is covered in snow, the whale is breathing in the ocean.
Island Explorer Diary

February in Iceland; What you need to know.

February in Iceland is peaceful and beautiful. The nights are long and dark enough that we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, but by the end of the month the days are long enough to explore the stunning countryside that is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are available, but without the crowds you might encounter over Christmas and new years.

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Minke whale side profile seen from a luxury yacht in iceland
Whale Watching Diary

Early morning cruise to look for whales was magical.

Eventually they left us and we entered into an area of water we know to be incredibly rich in fish – and so, hopefully, also in whales. We were in luck! a couple of beautiful minke whales were there, including one with a distinctive ragged fin and skin markings. It was good to see an old friend of ours again and it came up to the boat, letting us take great photos of it.

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northern lights sea trips reykjavik
Island Explorer Diary

December in Iceland; What you need to know.

December in Iceland is the ultimate winter wonderland. The nights are long and dark so we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are open, and all the Christmas lights are up. Don’t forget to look out for the Christmas Cat!

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northern lights sea trips reykjavik
Island Explorer Diary

November in Iceland; What you need to know.

November in Iceland is definitely a winter wonderland. The nights are long and dark enough to see the Northern Lights when they shine, and the gorgeous countryside is often covered in snow. It’s cheaper to come in November than over Christmas but with winter activities like visiting Ice Caves open.

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1st December 2022

Whale Watching at 13:15 – CANCELLED
Northern Lights Cruise at 21:00 – ON

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