This post is about my recent trip to Iceland and why it needs to be added to your travel bucket list!
Before I get into my favorites, just a few things to note if you are planning a trip to Iceland. The food is extremely expensive, like $30 for a grilled cheese expensive, so you can only imagine what seafood prices were. We bought groceries for most meals to cut down on cost, which I highly recommend! The weather and driving conditions can be unpredictable, especially in the winter, just prepare yourself for that by checking the driving forcast daily and stay safe! The time of year you go will affect what you can see. We went in late April and were very lucky to see the Northern lights, however the best time to see them is in the winter months(Sept-mid April). If you do go in the winter you also have a chance of seeing the ice caves- something I wish I could have seen. I suppose I will need to go back! Now onto my favorites.
1. Hot Springs
We were blessed and got to visit natural hot springs created from the volcanos on our trip. I had two favorites. The first was the most popular-The Blue Lagoon. This is a good place to stop either your first day or your last day as it’s not too far from the airport. It was stunning and has certainly earned its spot as one of the 8 natural wonders of the world. We had many moments where we just stopped and couldn’t believe where we were. The second spring was the Seljavallalaug Pool. You’ll find this pool along Ring Road, which is a major road in Iceland that allows you to see many sights in the southern part of the country. I loved this pool but it wasn’t as spa-like as The Blue Lagoon. We had to hike in the snow/rain/70mph winds to get there. We then had to go against every muscle in our body that was telling us “No, stay layered up, stay warm, do not go swimming in winter”, & instead change into our swimsuits. I would like to note that the unheated changing rooms were more like a mud rooms, so bring your flip flops, but I suppose that just adds to the experience! We entered the pool to find it lukewarm and algae filled. However, throughout it all, my heart was filled with joy. It was the people and the view that made it worthwhile.
If you are fond of chasing waterfalls, this is the trip for you. Everywhere you looked there were waterfalls. My favorite was Seljalandsfoss. Not only was it stunning from the front but I found out there was a trail that took you behind the waterfall. With a ton of convincing I got everyone to come with me to explore this trail. We got to run/skip/dance behind this waterfall. This is where you will need your water-proof clothing as we were drenched and it was freezing, but oh did my heart beat alive!
3. The Northern Lights
BY FAR MY FAVORITE THING. The entire trip I had my gaze fixed to the sky, hoping and praying for a glimpse of the famous northern lights. It was either too cloudy or the lights weren’t active enough to be able to see them. Day after day my hope was fading, until one night my prayers were answered. We were up in the middle of the mountains in the tiniest of cabins(seriously only enough room for a kitchen table and two beds) that luck was on our side. My brother in law was fiddling around with his camera when he saw it, THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. We all freaked out like children, got bundled up, and ran outside to the prettiest sight I’ve ever seen. We watched as the lights danced across the sky & it only got more vibrant the darker and later the night got. Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep that night and it was the highlight of the trip.
If you are in a place in your life where you feel like you just need to be still, Iceland is the trip for you. It was such a blessing to disconnect from my phone and hear my soul speak. As I watched the sights pass by, mountain range after mountain range, the geysers, the hot springs, glaciers, the thousands of waterfalls, I find bliss in the stillness. I know this will be one of my favorite trips for the rest of forever and I encourage you to add this to your bucket list. You will not be disappointed.