Iceland is the new hot destination for adventure travelers. With so many things to offer it’s a no brainer for your next escape. Recently I travelled to this beautiful country and have some tips to share if you have plans to go to the land of fire and ice.
1. Rent a car and explore the beautiful island your own way! There are tons of great car rental companies and lots of information out there for you to plan your route. DO get a wifi package for your vehicle. This was a lifesaver! We were able to navigate using our phone gps and make updates as we travelled. Renting a car is much more unique than sitting on a tour bus being able to only do a couple things in a day. You have the freedom to pull over anytime you would like to enjoy the scenery and you can save money by packing healthy snacks to munch on!
2. Depending on what your top priority is, there are two prime times to visit Iceland . If you want to enjoy the midnight sun where there is sunlight for most of the day and night then schedule your trip for June. If the Northern Lights are what you are after then I suggest visiting late September or early October. The weather was similar to a Canadian fall. (Perhaps a little windier and wetter so pack accordingly!) I travelled to Iceland in early October and was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights!
3. DO visit the Blue Lagoon. I had read a few bloggers call it over rated and couldn’t disagree more. This place was magical! From the silica face masks to the warm blue waters and saunas this place is so relaxing! Added bonus – There is a swim up bar that serves up prosecco! (Heaven?)
4. Make sure to pack practically while still looking cute of course. I brought a nice rain jacket I had picked up on Etsy and bought some wellys to keep my feet dry. A toque with a cute pompom is always a good way to accessorize and stay warm. It’s no secret we are fans of lululemon and the wonder under tight was a staple on this trip.
5. No list of tips for Iceland would be complete without a tip for a stay in the country’s capital- Reykjavik! You are going to want to stay near the Laugavegar district which is where all of the action is. There are so many cute shops and the streets reminded me of Amsterdam! The Laugavegar district is also very close to the harbour so you can sneak a peak at the ocean. The restaurants in Reykjavik are so unique and the cuisine far exceeds your expectations! Visit on a weekend so that you can really experience Reykjavik. The dining, shops and nightlife were truly one of a kind!
It is is hard to stop at 5 tips for a visit to Iceland because the list of things to see and do are endless. No two trips are the same. I hope this post has inspired you to jump outside of your comfort zone and to explore the world! Our next post I will share my itinerary from the Iceland trip!