Well, I’m in Iceland!
Since I’m here, I thought I would share my top 5 things to do while in Iceland. I’m sure different people have different opinions about what the “must-see” things are, but I’m going to share my personal favourites:
#5 Have a Beer Bath
This one surprised me. Nestled in north Iceland there is a Beer Spa! You arrive to find a small unassuming building that says “RESTAURANT, BEER SPA” in bright white letters. Go inside and you’ll find just that, a restaurant on one side and a beer spa on the other. The treatment consists of sitting in a large wooden bath tub filled with “beer” (without the alcohol) for 25 minutes and then you sit in a dark and cozy relaxation room for 25 minutes. While in the bath you can enjoy unlimited draft beer as you sit in the privacy of your own little room. FYI – they suggest no bathing suits for your treatment!!
#4 See Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon (or Ice Lagoon) is located in the southern part of Iceland. It is an unexpected sight as you drive up to this small lagoon filled with floating ice carved from the glacier in the background. It is truly a sight to behold, so take a drive and check it out for sure – don’t forget your camera.
#3 Find a Hidden Waterfall
There are sooooo many waterfalls in Iceland and they are all so beautiful it would be hard to choose any one to go see. I would honestly have to say that you should go an see as many waterfalls in Iceland as you can, but one in particular stood out to me. There is a famous waterfall called Seljalandsfoss, which is very beautiful, but just a short walk down from that, is Gljúfrabúi a small waterfall hidden inside a canyon. You have to step on stones protruding out of a small river to gain access to the canyon but once inside it is a truly unique experience. FYI – it isn’t easy to get inside the canyon so decide for yourself whether you’re capable. Also, be prepared to get soaked!!
#2 Chill at the Blue Lagoon
I will be honest, I thought the Blue Lagoon was going to be an underwhelming tourist trap. Maybe it was the crazy jet lag (I went on the day I arrived in Iceland after not sleeping at all on my red eye flight), or maybe it was the free drink and clay mask, but I actually really enjoyed it. It is a unique place where you can go and unwind, floating around in a huge naturally-warmed lagoon, while sipping on strawberry wine and settling into “vacation mode”. I would definitely recommend you try it out either at the beginning or end of your trip, great way to unwind.
#1 Hike up a Glacier
I would have to say that this was definitely my favourite thing that I did in Iceland. First, I can’t even explain to you how beautiful glaciers are in real life. Their massive size, the shapes and blue-colour of the ice are amazing. It felt like I was on top of the world with my harness, and ice crampons (huge spikes on the bottom of your feet). It was exhilarating, humbling and breathtaking all at once. Not to mention that as an Environmental Science PhD, I was nerding hard on all of the glacier info that the guide was telling us! Seriously, no words will be able to describe it, so go and see for yourself.
Well, there you have it. My top 5 things to do in Iceland. I honestly could write a post with the top 20 things to do in Iceland but that might be too long for any of you to read! Ha! Over the coming weeks I will be posting my itinerary and providing a ton of details and photos about all of the things to see and do in Iceland. Hope it helps and inspires you to go out and visit this wonderful country!!
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~ Earthly Traveller