I cannot say that I have always wanted to go to Iceland. It was never on my bucket list and I never thought anything of it. Seeing the Northern lights was a bucket list item, but I knew I could go to most of the Nordics for that. What changed my mind? A video on Facebook about the Blue Lagoon caught my attention and I knew I was hooked.
The more I researched, the more I needed to go and the more excited I got to go to this amazing country. I knew that it would be the trip of a lifetime and that I would never regret going. What I didn’t know, was just how much of my heart this country would capture.
Iceland is so diverse in its landscapes. You can be driving through green fields one minute and then suddenly it all changes to volcanic rock that is tearing apart like the tectonic plates that Iceland sits on. It has everything from scraggly cliffs to beautiful beaches. From powerful waterfalls to silently-flowing blue rivers. I dont think I have ever been to a country whee I am more obsessed with seeing the landscape than the restaurants and museums. Who needs food when you can stare at the Golden Falls all day?
This is one of those things you have to do when travelling to Iceland. I don’t care if it is what “tourists” do. You don’t go to London and bypass Big Ben, do you? So give the Blue Lagoon a go! I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn’t realise the extent to which it would relax me. I was totally in my element just swimming in the hot water with snow blowing on my face. Watching the snowflakes dive into the incredibly blue steamy water, was something I will never forget.
My advice? Don’t go in a blizzard (we did). I know these things cannot be planned, so plan for the event that you may go when it’s freezing cold. Buy the premium package. This will give you a fluffy white gown to crawl into when the weather is too cold. One thing I wished I had brought was my own hair mask. While the conditioner they give you is good, nothing beats a salon hair mask to repair any damage the water might cause.
We were lucky enough to see the Northen Lights while we were IN the city with all of the city lights as competition. Our first night in Reykjavik, we had just finished dinner and we decided to go for a walk. I didn’t have high hopes but as we reached the harbour wall the sky lit up with brilliant green streaks. It was the most beautiful thing!
I have absolutely no photographic proof that we saw them because we were not prepared at all! But hey that is life 🙂 Somehow it is better that we were caught in the moment instead of trying to get it on camera.
Waterfalls and the Geysir
While this was a secondary item on my travel plans, it was the part I loved the most. Trekking through Iceland to find the waterfalls we wanted to see was quality time spent in the car with three of my favourite travel companions. We probably spent 8 hours in total in the car together. Somehow, we didn’t hate each other at the end of it and we got to see the splendour that Iceland has to offer. Out of all the waterfalls, I would suggest Gullfoss (The Golden Falls). I was entranced, even though I was freezing my face off.
Although I didn’t go to Iceland to have a culinary adventure, I was told over and over that, I at least had to eat some fish. I am so glad that I took that advice. I ate the best fish and chips while in Iceland. Their fish is so fresh, it was melting in my mouth. Emily (who does not like fish), demolished her dish! We went to Kaffivagninn, situated right on the old harbour. It was the best decision we cold have made!
So Iceland has my heart. From the people right down to the wall art plastered all over Reykjavik. I was enthralled and will think back on my trip fondly. A trip back is definitely something I would consider!