As the wind blows heavily in Iceland today we are tied to the office but that does not keep us from thinking about going out & doing stuff tomorrow or the day after. After all here in Iceland people have had to live and enjoy themselves with or despite of the weather since the time of settlement and we know that the good old Vikings did enjoy a ball game called „knattleikr“ but most of their outdoor games were connected to preparing for battle and fighting such as archery, tug-of – war and wrestling.
When it comes to swimming, Iceland´s geothermal pools come in handy. Public pools are visited by the old and the very young and everybody there in between. Most of the pools are out of doors but the water is very warm even in bitterly cold days. Many of them feature hot tubs and steam rooms. Swimming is taught in school and is considered just as important as learning mathematics.
Horseback riding in Iceland has played a very important role in the life of the locals ever since they arrived in Iceland in the late ninth century. Once the horses were the only means of transportation but today the Icelandic Horse is still considered a national treasure and riding competitions and horse trekking in the highland play a significant role in the life of many Icelandic families. Instead of bicycle tracks next to the roads as it is common in many European cities we have bridle paths and even in the capital area you can see people enjoying a good hack after work or at the weekend. A lot of the bridle paths in the capital area are even floodlighted!
Playing golf in Iceland has been very popular and there are numerous golf courses in the capital area and in the countryside. A few hotels like the wonderful Hotel Húsafell**** and Hotel Hamar*** are situated right by a golf course so you can enjoy a round of golf during the day or even at midnight underneath the midnight sun and go for a relaxing bath in the hot tub afterwards.
South of Iceland is a group of Islands called the Westman Islands with a population of approx. 4.200 inhabitants living on the main island called Heimaey. At Heimaey you can play golf in an actual although dormant volcano. The challenges include teeing off against a backdrop of volcanic walls, quickly shifting winds on the same hole and playing across the sea. The Westman Island Golf course is regarding by many as the best green in Iceland.
See you outside!