I think that one of the biggest treasures we have is our ability to travel. Travelling is not only good because it makes you a happier person, but because it helps you build a certain self-confidence; it provides you with lifetime memories and it allows you to meet new people and new cultures from all over the world. As the Dalai Lama said: “once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before” and for me, that place is Iceland.
Why Iceland? You may ask yourself. Well, there’s a certain mystery to this country that intrigues me and makes me want to know more, to see more and that’s why I decided Iceland is going to be my next travel destination. Have I made you curious? Well, if you want to know more about this beautiful country look no further, because I will do my very best to let you know everything that I know about Iceland and I am confident that by the time you will finish reading my post, you will be booking your tickets to this hidden gem of Europe. Enjoy!
-> Before you book your holiday, make sure you check out the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration for information about passport and visa requirements.
-> The monetary unit in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona – ISK. If you don’t want to carry money all the time with you, don’t worry! There are ATM’s available, so you can use your bankcard without any problem.
-> 112 is the emergency number in Iceland. In case you don’t feel well, there are plenty of pharmacies (Apotek) available and also, medical centres in all major cities.
-> The best way to be prepared for the weather in Iceland is to be prepared for the unexpected. It is known that temperatures vary from one region to another, so extra layers of clothes are a must! I heard that the best months to visit Iceland are May, June and July because then it’s less likely to rain. I don’t know what to say about that, I believe that with the weather is always a gamble, so you just pick the right time for you and check the official weather website for extra information.
-> When packing for Iceland, you have to keep in mind the extreme weather conditions and have in mind the itinerary that you’ll have there. Since they’re all outdoor activities and the weather is not your best friend, warm and waterproof clothes are the way to go. Also, make sure that you wear sturdy walking shoes, so you can make the most of your holiday without having to worry about pain in your feet. Don’t forget to pack your swimming suit too, especially if you plan on visiting the Blue Lagoon.
Things to do in Iceland
1. Visit the Blue Lagoon – one of the wonders of the world.
This is a must if you decide to visit Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool where you can bathe in warm thermal water. That water is packed with minerals, silica and algae that can be beneficial for you skin and tired body. If you want the complete spa treatment, don’t forget to apply that silica mud on your face, it will be a real treat and your skin will thank you later.
If that’s not a unique experience, then I don’t know what is. I believe that this is on of the most wonderful things ever! To see these gorgeous creatures so close in their natural habitat, to observe their behaviour, it’s just wonderful!
3. Visit Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. If you want to take a break from all the hiking and adventurous activities, a relaxed day visiting this beautiful town is exactly what you need. There are a lot of museums (like the house in which Reagan and Gorbatschow had talks to end the cold war) you can visit, cafes and restaurants where you can taste local cuisine, or even take a bike tour to make sure you explore all that the city has to offer.
4. Go and see the Nothern Lights
The Nothern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a magnificent show of nature caused by the magnetic particles of the earth and charged gaseous particles from the sun. You can observe them in their full beauty in winter time, so if you don’t have any particular plans for this winter holiday, I just gave you an awesome idea! In summer you don’t really get to see the Nothern Lights, but you have the Midnight Sun instead. In June the sun never fully sets, so you have extra time on your hands to visit everything on your itinerary.
5. Visit the glaciers
You can’t visit Iceland and not visit the glaciers. These fascinating natural landscapes are practically chunks of ice made up of compressed snow that were build up in thousands of years. Impressive, right? If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can go hiking or ice climbing on the glaciers, but if you just want to admire their beauty, you can always take a boat tour and enjoy the sight.
Iceland has so much to offer and you have so much to discover, that a trip will simply not be enough to cover all the things that you can do and see. That’s why it is very important to inform yourself before you get there. Make a list with all the things that you want to see and the things that you want to visit. See what possibilities you have to do all those things while you are there and don’t forget to enjoy every minute of this beautiful adventure!