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.
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.
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.
Have you ever been to Iceland?
*All photos provided by Visit Iceland