If you have always loved the cold more than the heat of the sun like me then you probably tend to relish your winter getaways rather than the usual summer beach trip. For those wanderlust seekers who are after the crisp chill of the winter air coupled with some adventure, then the chances are that you want something to get your adrenaline pumping. There is no greater place on Earth to get your travel kicks and winter wonders than the Land of Fire and Ice: Iceland.
Traveling to Iceland
This is the country where strapping adult men still believe in fairies and will uphold building planning permission for fear of disturbing the little people. Take a look at these three must-sees that you cannot miss if you venture to Iceland.
Forget about everything else on the island, and consider the Aurora Borealis as your number one priority. Being within the Arctic Circle means that you have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you head to Iceland between October and April. You need to locate somewhere on the island that has zero artificial light so you can see the sky clearly. There is information on this dotted across the island and with a little exploration, these spots are not hard to find. Inland is always best. If you don’t fancy doing the research yourself, you could consider heading on a Travelquest International tour, that can take care of your entire Icelandic adventure complete with a hunt for the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is mindblowing. Laser lights of purple, green, and pink flash across the sky filling the atmosphere with awe and wonder. It is a sight to behold and not one that you’ll want to miss.
Forget about chilling out in your Reykjavik apartment and head to one of the many glaciers on the island. These are thick ice sheets that are not going anywhere. Frozen in time, these have been made into an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. You could join a group to go snowshoeing across the glacier. With an expert leading your group, you will scale the glacier to reveal an incredible view across the island. It may take some time to get used to the footwear, but if you love hiking, this is the ultimate winter trek. When you arrive at your destination, expect to be fed with pickled herring, skyr and hot chocolate to warm your weary bones.
If you adore nature, then you might fancy a whale watching trip. Unlike boat trips elsewhere in the world, you are virtually guaranteed sightings. Perhaps you will spy minke whales frolicking near the bow of your boat. Or maybe, you will spot the elusive orca tail crashing into the sea. At the very least you will see groups of seals, sea eagles and porpoise. The seas around Iceland can be choppy, and the temperature upon these whale-watching boats can be freezing. Wear layers, cover your face and get your thermal gloves on. To enjoy this trip, you need to be comfortable taking in the beauty of the natural world around you.
When you travel to Iceland, this beautiful island can fulfill many of your dreams. Don’t forget these must-sees when you head to the Land of Fire and Ice.