What’s New in Iceland This Fall

Iceland is an ideal destination for year-round international travel. Be it relaxing escapes, geothermal baths or adventurous escapades across volcanoes, Iceland has an activity for every type of traveler. This fall, the destination is offering a range of festivals, activities and new events.

The 19th edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) will be held between September 29 and October 9, 2022. The festival offers a selection of independent cinema, highlighting the work of young and emerging filmmakers. RIFF’s objective is to increase general interest in independent cinema, increase the level of cinematic literacy and enrich film culture in Iceland by offering various cross-platform programs. Attractions include a cave-in cinema, ice-cave cinema and swim-in cinema.

Located along the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean with views of the nearby mountain ranges, the newly opened Hvammsvík Hot Springs welcomes guests with eight natural springs of varying temperatures. The temperatures and water levels of the pools vary with the tides of the ocean. Located a 45-minute drive from the Reykjavík City Center, visitors can enjoy a fusion of geothermal water flowing from Hvammsvík’s source 4,593 feet underground, with saltwater flowing straight from the ocean.

The third annual Ölverk Beer Festival will take place in Hveragerði, South Iceland, on September 30 and October 1. Hosted by Ölverk Brewery in a large greenhouse, attendees can indulge in a selection of beers from dozens of local breweries while noshing on other beer-related bites. Guests can also enjoy live musical performances.

Icelandic sagas are full of descriptions of the Vikings riding their Icelandic horses both for battles and for social gatherings, where they would ride together from farm to farm and visit political allies, friends or family. Visitors can experience this for themselves and ride Icelandic horses like a Viking. Mr. Iceland is located only 20 minutes from Reykjavik and offers horse-riding tours and horseback riding lessons.

For more details, visit www.visiticeland.com.

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