It’s hard to find a bucket list that doesn’t include a trip to Iceland. Also known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, Iceland is home to spectacular landscapes and geological formations with incredible waterfalls, huge glaciers and lively volcanoes. Here are our top five things to do for your once in a lifetime trip to Iceland:
1. Search for the Northern Lights
Iceland is one of the best locations in the world for seeing the Northern Lights, one of the most breath-taking natural spectacles. The bright lights of the aurora are created by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. We recommend searching for the lights during the months of September to March when the nights are cold and clear.
2. Take a dip in the blue lagoon
A trip to Iceland would not be complete without a soak in the therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon. Opened as a power plant in 1976, the Blue Lagoon is now one of Iceland’s most visited attractions for relaxing, bathing and skin treatments. The turquoise waters reach a toasty 37-39°C and you can enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst enjoying the views of the snow-capped lava fields that surround the lagoon. Lovely!
3. Explore the capital city
Iceland’s colourful capital city of Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world. The best way to explore is to walk around the city as it is remarkably compact making it easy to find your way. We recommend taking the elevator to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church for a great view of the city and explore the colourful neighbourhoods of Thingholt and Vesturbaer.
4. Tour the Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is a popular route that spans 300km, starting in Reykjavik and heading out East before looping around and winding up back in the capital. Encompassing some of the world’s most breath-taking natural landmarks, the Golden Circle is the perfect way to experience the very best that Iceland has to offer. There are three main sites to see – Thingvellir National Park, the geyser-filled region of Haukadalur and the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. It’s very easy to see these on a day trip from Reykjavik!
5. Sample local delicacies
Whilst Iceland is better known for its geological landscapes, the local cuisine is not to be missed! You can find an abundance of fresh seafood and more interesting dishes… fermented shark anyone?