Once thought of as hard to reach, Iceland has become a much more popular destination as of late. An increase in flights available from different locations has made it more attainable, and travel bloggers’ posts are highlighting what to do more and more. The more I read about it, the more I want to visit Iceland.
I’ll be headed to Europe this summer to visit a friend in Germany, followed by attending my first ever TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange conference) in Sweden! When I was looking at flights coming back, many stopped over in Iceland before continuing to Seattle. That got me thinking – why not extend my trip a few days and see what the country has to offer? Here are a few reasons why I’m extremely excited to visit Iceland for the first time.
Never have I been far enough north to see these, so I’m hoping my chances are good. I’ll need to work on my night photography skills to make sure I can document my experience. I know they happen at random times and you have to wait around for awhile, but that’s worth it to me. This has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
I just found out about this through a fellow travel friend, and as a lover of adventure, I think this is amazing. I never knew you could explore Iceland not just by land, but by water as well. I haven’t picked out which tour I want to do yet, but I’m leaning towards snorkeling between two continents. You swim over the Silfra fissure, which divides Europe and the United States. That’s not something many people can say they’ve done! I anticipate it’ll be pretty cold, but they give you wet suits at least.
Black Lava Beaches
Hawaii and other parts of the world have these, but I’ve never seen them in person. In Iceland, they’re located in Vik, the southernmost city in the country. It’s right on the Atlantic Ocean, and I heard the waves can be really strong, so it’s important to be careful and not get too close to the water if it’s stormy. The sand is black due to the volcanoes that surround it and have erupted multiple times. They are still active today.
If you’ve been to Iceland, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. Everyone says the lagoon is overrated and overpriced, but I still want to see it for myself. It’s always looked like it’s straight out of Avatar or some other mythical world. It’s rich in sulfur and silicon and is said to help some skin ailments. I just want to relax in it and experience it for myself.
Keldur Turf House
This isn’t as popular as the other attractions, but it’s Iceland’s oldest standing house. It’s rumored to be from around 974 BC, which I find fascinating. I love history and want to see what the house looks like. It’s still in the family, who owns the farm around it. The house is available to visit from June 15-August 15.
Have you been to Iceland and have any recommendations of what to see?
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