Planning a Trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland – A Nordic Island located in northern Europe in North Atlantic Ocean. A very sparsely populated country which is famous for glaciers, Auroras(Northern Lights), volcanoes, Geothermal springs – Geysers, waterfalls, stunning landscapes, volcanoes and dramatic skies. Because of so many natural wonders, I have started Planning a trip to Iceland.
It is said, Iceland is a land of extremes with erupting hot active volcanoes amongst frozen glaciers. As I am nature lover person, Iceland is always on my wishlist to explore glacier parks, viewing auroras in dark skies, getting through ice caves/peaks, driving along the Golden Circle and taking the plunge into natural therapeutic waters of Blue Lagoon.
Recommended Places I would like to visit during a Trip to Iceland –
Generally, the round trip starts from Reykjavik(capital and biggest city of Iceland) covering the north and south coast and then back to Reykjavik.
1.) Reykjavik – It is the northernmost capital of the world and the meaning of Reykjavik is “Smokey Bay”. The city has very famous Hallgrímskirkja church, vibrant colorful streets, and lively nightlife. Iceland’s biggest and major international airport is in Reykjavik. Also, you can arrive at Keflavik International Airport.
2. GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR – Approximately 300 km scenic routes which have three major attractions – Þingvellir National Park, Geothermal Hotspring/Geysirs, and Gullfoss Waterfalls. During this scenic drive, there are countless natural attractions and photogenic locations.
Þingvellir National Park – Also famous for very famous Silfra fissure which is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge passing through this place and divides the earth’s tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America. Continental Divison can be seen here.
Geothermal Hot-springs – Geysers – Natural Geothermal site where hot steamy volcanic sulfurous water steams gushes out in an upward direction. Also, there is very famous Reykjadalur Hotsprings located on the active geothermal field.
Gullfoss Waterfalls – Translated as “Golden Falls’ which is the most popular attraction of Iceland. It is a 2 tiered waterfall which has more water passing than Niagara Falls.
Golden Circle tour is 7 to 8 hours tour which you can book through official Iceland tourism site.
2. BLUE LAGOON – It is a geothermal spa which is located in a lava field in Grindavik. Actually, this lagoon is a therapeutic and relaxing spa which requires pre-booking and it is the most visited place in Iceland. It is a large lake with waters at temperature 39 degrees Celsius located on a peninsula at the southwest of Iceland. The waters of Blue Lagoon is known for the nourishing qualities and treats the skin naturally. Also, this spa is in one of the 10 best natural spas of the world. Book your spa on their official website
3. SOUTH COAST TOUR – This tour comprises of, visit Skogafoss waterfalls, ice caves tours, floating Glaciers in Glacier Lagoon and Black Sand Beach. Here it is recommended to spend a night in an Icelandic Village to see Northern Lights or Aurora.
Check for weather forecast before going for Northern Lights It should be clean sky and during winters only, it can be seen. In south coast tour, glaciers could be seen and felt very close. It is a journey of the ice caves and glaciers.
The main attraction is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – Lake having floating icebergs which is the unique place in Iceland. So South coast tour is basically a tour of glaciers, floating icebergs, and waterfalls.
Black Sand Beach – Located at south coast of Iceland and is one of the most famous beaches of the world. The black sand at beach is made up of cooled lava and there are many basalt columns. There are many volcanic beaches in Iceland, but the most famous one is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Also visit to Dyrhólaey is recommended in South Coast tour. It is a small peninsula of volcanic origin. It is 120 metre high promontory and a naturally formed arch. Located in Vik volcanic village. Views from this place is amazing.
Iceland has glaciers, icebergs and also steamy volcanoes, geysers, geothermal area for which it is also known as Land of Ice and Fire. Iceland is a land of contrasts between hot and col. You will find extreme cold places and extreme hot places.
There are many natural scenic locations which come while driving where you can find famous Icelandic Horses. Icelandic horses are the purest forms of breed in the world. If you come to Iceland and don’t meet an Icelandic horse then it is a big miss.
Return back to Reykjavik.
Iceland has unpredicted weather and so always be prepared for it. Warm clothes with waterproofing shoes and jackets are always required. My friend has visited Iceland in September, which looks interesting as weather is not too chilled. Read this for planning a trip to Iceland in September.
Though Iceland has rough and unpredictable weathers, it is recommended to go for a guided tour through Iceland’s official tourism site.
So let’s plan a trip to Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice.
Photo Courtesy – Guide to Iceland official tourism site.
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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