Things to reconsider when planning a trip to Iceland

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When planning or packing for your Icelandic vacation, there are few things that you may want to reconsider. For example, don’t bother to…

 

BRING YOUR UMBRELLA

Sure, it does rain in Iceland..however, the wind blows even more frequently and an umbrella and the wind do not go together.

 

BUY BOTTLED WATER

Icelandic tap water is about as clean as water can be. But not just clean, it’s delicious.  

Just run it for a few seconds, get it nice and cold and you will never want to buy another bottle of water again.  

 

CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST IN ADVANCE

Weather in Iceland is way too unpredictable. Just be prepared for any kind of weather condition, rain, wind, snow, fog, sun. You could actually experience all the above in the same day.

 

SAVE LUGGAGE SPACE BY LEAVING YOUR WARM JACKET OR COAT AT HOME

Bad idea, because of the above comment.

 

LEAVE YOUR BATHING SUIT AT HOME REGARDLESS OF THE SEASON

Winter or summer you don’t want to miss out on visit Iceland without taking a dip in a naturally heated thermal pool or in a natural hot spring.  

 

EXPECT SEEING POLAR BEARS, PENGUINS OR IGLOOS.

Because if you do you’re in the wrong place.  The name Iceland may be a bit misleading because temperature in Iceland are quite mild thanks to the Gulf Stream. However approximately 11% of Iceland is covered by glaciers so glacier related trips and activities are very popular. You can see some of them here.

 

GET VACCINATED.

Unless you are arriving from countries that suffer from certain infectious diseases.  But Iceland is a very safe country to visit and infectious diseases aren’t a problem.

 

BE A VEGETARIAN

Well..most restaurants in Reykjavík do cater to vegetarians and have vegetarian options on their menus but it is almost a crime visiting Iceland without trying the Icelandic lamb, fish and of course HOT DOGS. We shouldn’t leave out other Icelandic delicacies like fermented shark but that may actually turn a meat lover into a vegetarian. 

 

GET A HOT DOG FROM ANY OTHER PLACE THEN ‘BÆJARINS BEZTU’.

They are simply the best.

 

GET UPSET WITH THE HOTEL STAFF BECAUSE THE  NORTHERN LIGHTS WEREN’T VISIBLE

Although the Northern Lights are active all year round; you can only spot them in the dark and when the sky is clear. Which means that they are NOT visible in the summertime when the sun never sets and only when weather conditions are favorable.

So don’t come to Iceland with the main or only purpose to see the Northern Lights, there are plenty of other things to see and explore.

On the other hand, if you are visiting in the summertime we can guarantee you plenty of Midnight sun. 🙂

 

Why Iceland

Posted on Categories heritage, Iceland, Music, Nature, Northern Lights

Iceland has been a sizzling hot travel destination in recent years and it doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon.

But what is it that attracts travelers to this island in the north Atlantic?

 

NATURE

Iceland is known for its unspoiled dramatic and oh so picturesque landscape with drastic cliffs, black beaches and spectacular waterfalls. It is unlike most places you see which is why your Instagram feed might be bombarded with pictures from Iceland. The country is often called the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ due to the numerous volcanoes and glaciers. 11% of the Iceland is actually covered by glaciers. Jökulsárlón, a large glacial lake in south-east Iceland is one of the most popular attractions and is most definitely worth the visit.

Another attraction for visitors are of course the infamous Northern Lights which can be visible from September to mid April and in the summertime you will experience the Midnight Sun where the sun never fully sets and the country comes alive with fun Midnight Sun events.  

 

HOT SPRINGS

Iceland is situated on a hot spot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge causing a lot of geothermal activity which is why you will find many hot springs and geothermal pools in Iceland. The most famous hot spring/lagoon in Iceland is called the Blue Lagoon, located only 30 minutes from Reykjavík and another popular hot spring  is Mývatn Nature Baths located in north Iceland. 

 

NO CRIMES

Iceland has a very low crime rate and according to the 2017 Global Peace Index Iceland is the safest country in the world, a position it has held since 2011.

However due to Icelandic rough nature and unpredictable weather one must take precaution when traveling around Iceland.

 

FOOD

Iceland is known for spectacular seafood and lamb and has many excellent restaurants serving Icelandic lamb and seafood dishes consisting of fresh locally sourced ingredients.

Other must tries while in Iceland are the Icelandic hot dogs, skyr (Icelandic jógurt) and make sure you stop by at least one bakery and try ‘Snúður’, a large cinnamon bun with chocolate frosting, a particular favorite of ours.

 

ICELANDIC HORSE

The Icelandic horse is a special breed that has captivated animal enthusiasts from all over the world and for a long time was Iceland’s main tourist attraction. 

 

MUSIC

Iceland has created quite the buzz in the world of art and music, so music lovers flock to Iceland yearly for the music and art scene or to visit one of the popular music festivals hosted in Iceland like Iceland Airwaves or Secret Solstice festival.

And last but not least majority of Icelandic people speak English fairly well  and with the country being ideally located in direct flight route between North America and Europe it makes the perfect stopover.