If you have ever told someone that you like to travel during a casual conversation then you have probably been asked what your favourite place that you’ve ever been to is. My answer to this question has always been Iceland, and probably will always be too.
Iceland is just magical. When I first arrived there and started looking around me; I couldn’t help but wonder if I was in a dream. Was this place even real? Like, are you kidding me?
Here are 6 reasons you MUST book a flight to Iceland immediately.
1. The Golden Circle Tour
Really, this is lots of little reasons in one. The Golden circle tour is perhaps one of the most popular tours that Iceland have to offer; and it’s not difficult to see why with all of the beautiful stops along the way:
Thengvellir National Park
For me, Thengvellir felt like a real life Narnia.
It’s snowy, it’s magical & it seems to go on forever.
Gullfoss is called ‘Golden Falls’, as on a sunny day the water that plunges down looks truly golden. I’ve seen lots of waterfalls but this one was beyond anything I’ve seen before. JUST LOOK AT IT!
Geysir hot springs
2. You can take a stroll around the president’s house
You can even find his number in the phonebook to call him up and ask him what he thought about the latest episode of Downton Abbey if you really want to. I love how laid back and safe Iceland is that you can get this close an encounter with the president… legend even has it that you can sometimes catch him walking his Dog around the area if you are really lucky.
Imagine being able to walk around the White House & call up Obama after and be like ‘WASSUP MR PREZ?!’ Yeah, I can’t either…
Iceland really believes in Elves, Dwarfs, Gnomes, Fairies and all sorts of mystical beings. They believe they are hidden in the rocks and along the roadside, and can be found hiding in most places if you look hard enough. It’s amazing to sit and listen to the people lighting up as they tell you stories from their folklores. You can even enroll at Elf School for the day to find out as much as you possibly can.
4. The Blue Lagoon
When you think about Iceland, what is the first thing that you think of? Probably the Blue Lagoon, and why wouldn’t it be? The Geothermal spa is incredibly hot and lovely and contains silica, algae and minerals. Don’t bother buying facepack treatments as you can get these for free in different locations, and make sure that you condition your hair and protect it properly before getting in, or you will have the same fate of horribly tangly hair for the next couple of weeks.
5. The Ice bar
This is one of my fondest memories of my trip. It was hyped up to us so much but was absolutely terrible inside with just me and my friend in there. I wouldn’t change it for the World though as this is what made the memory so special, and our time in there so funny. Get yourself in there for the bestest picture in the whole wide world, like above.
6. The Northern Lights
This is actually a terrible picture, but it’s the only one that I managed to get of the Northern lights as I was too busy oggling at what I was seeing. As amazing as the lights themselves are, and they really are, the thing that got me the most was the blanket of stars that went as far as the eye could see. The whole thing is just incredible, and definitely worth trying to go and see before they dim!