Six Experiences I Want To Have In Iceland

Six Experiences I Want To Have In Iceland

Iceland has been on my bucket list of destinations to visit for quite a while now but I know when I do go I want to cram everything into the trip so it’s likely to be quite a bit pricier than a weekend city break. Originally my plan was to go for my 30th birthday (or just before) but due to house saving and our hopeful move I feel that there are better uses for our money over the next 2 years which is why I haven’t done much planning. Once we have got our house and done all the essential things for it I want to have a delayed birthday trip, maybe for my 31st/32nd and do everything then. When I do go here are some experiences I want to have.

See the northern lights

For me seeing the northern lights is one of the biggest appeals of going to Iceland as it’s one of the top spots in the world to see the Aurora Borealis. I know that there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to see it but when we do go I’ll be booking a trip for our first night and going back every night until I’ve hopefully been lucky enough to see it. I know that we’ll need to head out of the city a bit more and I love the idea of being out in the vast wilderness. Thankfully my birthday falls in January which is one of the better months for viewing so fingers crossed.

Stay in an igloo

I’ve seen loads of images of igloo’s you can stay in during a trip to Iceland and most are a bit out from the city and boast the potential of being able to sleep under the northern lights and I absolutely love this idea. Firstly who wouldn’t want to stay in something which looked like an igloo? But also being out in the open somewhere unusual really appeals to me and I’d love to stay somewhere like this just for a night or two within my stay, maybe right at the beginning before heading into the city centre. As the igloos tend to be a bit further out it would probably be a good idea to grab a car rental from Keflavik airport when we arrived and heading straight there.

reykjavik under snow

Have a mud mask relaxing in the blue lagoon

I know everyone says that The Blue Lagoon is a bit of a rip off and that there are so many cheaper and better options but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to go there as it’s one of the most famous attractions in Iceland and the heated seawater is such a stunning turquoise colour. It’s thought that the waters have healing properties as there’s silica and other minerials packed into the lagoon so I’d love to be able to relax and recharge my skin. There’s clinics and spa treatments available but to be honest an authentic mud mask is all I’d be bothered about. I love the idea of it being freezing outside perhaps with snow on the ground but then the lagoon being really warm.

Snorkel between the tectonic plates

The tectonic plates sit on Þingvellir Plain which is the point between North America and Europe where the plates are shifting away from each other. The movement between the plates has caused rifts in the landscape resulting in rivers, lakes and gorges which would be awesome to see from above ground but what I’d love to do is snorkel (or maybe even scuba dive) to see them below water. Þingvellir National Park holds Iceland’s largest lake, Þingvallavatn which is where you can see the plates and it’s the only place in the whole world where the plates are exposed from the earth. The water itself is said to be so clear the visibility is more than 100 meters and despite the fact that it would be freezing you can do snorkelling tours all year round.

whale watching boat in iceland

Go whale watching

You don’t need to be far from civilisation to see whales and you can grab a tour from Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik to go whale watching during the winter months. There are 23 different kinds of whales found in the waters around Iceland including the humpback and minke whales but there’s also a good chance of seeing dolphins which I absolutely love. I’m a huge fan of animals and wildlife so getting a chance to be as close as possible with whales and other animals is a part of the trip I’d have to experience.

Go dog sledding

One of the unique experiences you can have in Iceland is dog sledding where all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the views. Dog sledding happens all year round on either dry land or across snowy fields in the countryside but if the conditions are right you can sled across one of the glaciers and this would be my ideal situation. The actual sledding doesn’t seem too tricky to pick up thankfully but I can imagine me and Luke being whisked through the beautiful landscape by the dogs.

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*All photos provided by Visit Iceland

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Six Experiences I Want To Have In Iceland



  1. July 22, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Iceland is probably one destination that is on most people’s wish list. It’s on mine too as I would love to see the Northern lights.

  2. July 23, 2018 / 10:52 am

    I’ve been to Iceland and done a few of these activities which I loved! Dog sledding was the best thing ever!

  3. July 23, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE to go to Iceland one day. They toyed with the idea of having a direct flight from Shetland to there, but I think it was cancelled before they even started. One day! I love my Icelandic crime dramas – I’d like to visit some of the locations.

  4. July 23, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Iceland has been at the top of my wish list for as long as I can remember, purely for the northern lights to be honest. I think snorkling sounds fun but it does terrify me a little, what if you got stuck between the plates (obviously wouldn’t happen but irrational fear) Mud masks and heated seaweed sound like a lovely way to relax

  5. July 23, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Sign me up to all of the above please! It is on my bucket list and I’d be desperate to go 🙂

  6. July 24, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I’d love to see the northern lights, what an amazing experience.

  7. July 24, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Bar the diving, I have done all of these (though dog sledding was in Finland, not Iceland!). The Blue Lagoon is very over-rated and extremely expensive, I must say. There are plenty of other “hot pots” and lagoons that you can bathe in, and many are free. Try searching using the “hot pot finder” website 🙂 x

  8. dena
    July 24, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Iceland is certainly on my bucket list, everytime I see photo’s of it or a blog post on it, I get SO jealous. I’m dying to see the northern lights!

  9. July 31, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Iceland just sounds so phenomenal. I would love to go diving between the plates – a colleague did it some years ago and still raves about it!
    C x

  10. August 1, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Iceland is on my bucket list! It looks like such a stunning place and let’s not even START on the stunning Northern lights!!

  11. August 1, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Iceland is on my travel wishlist too and Steve’s and we are desperate to go and experience many of the things you mention, especially seeing the Northern Lights!

  12. August 3, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    These sound amazing! I’d love to do one of these, but most especially see the northern lights from one of those transparent igloos – I think that would be such a magical experience x

  13. Kara
    August 4, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Iceland is top of my bucket list but I didn’t realise you could stay in an igloo. Sounds like fun

  14. August 7, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Iceland is probably my number one travel destination! I love the sound of staying in an igloo!

  15. August 8, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I really want to visit iceland! And how amazing you can stay in an igloo!!

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