I will be adding Travel Lists for each country I’m interested in traveling to. I will be featuring 5 places/things that are worth seeing or doing while you visit. There are a lot of places I’d really like to visit and haven’t had the chance. We are getting established here in New York so there hasn’t been much travel in my life this year. However, I am working on plans to be able to travel more, searching for volunteer opportunities, and exploring new skills to learn that might allow me to see more of the world. In addition to fashion blogs, I also sometimes read travel blogs and have started putting together lists of top things to do by country.
Travel List Iceland
One place I’ve seen on a couple other blogs (i.e. Blonde Abroad) is Iceland. Yes, it’s cold, but it’s beautiful. After living in Arizona, I have just been thankful for having a seasonal change (I was missing the snow during the winter).
ONE. The Blue Lagoon. Once you get to Iceland, there would be nothing better than to have a few moments to warm up! In southwestern Iceland, about 24 miles from the capital, you can relax and swim in this warm natural spa. The water is naturally warm due to minerals (sulfur and silica) that keep the temperature near that of a hot tub.
TWO. Kaffivagninn Restaurant, Reykjavik. Seated on the water, this restaurant is one of the most highly rated option and rumored to have some of the best fish and chips. With so much surrounding water, Iceland is a great place to get delicious, fresh fish. Kaffivagninn has fish soup, fish balls, fish and chips, fish stew, and other great options including a weekend brunch. They also have a wide selection of cakes and other desserts.
THREE. The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft. Does this need further explanation? As you’ll see if you visit the link, those accused of witchcraft in Iceland were usually male which is different than how most of us think of witches. I think this museum would be fascinating!
FOUR. Lava tube (defn: a natural tunnel within a solidified lava flow, formerly occupied by flowing molten lava). I first read about Búri cave with excitement only to discover this one was closed in 2014. I have toured just a few caves in my life but the history and science of their formation is unbelievable. The details of the cave features is incredible and beautiful to look at. I’d love to explore more caves! Choose from various tours: Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3.
FIVE. I mean… OBVIOUSLY the Northern Lights. Although I have read the Northern Lights are visible many other places (sometimes better), Iceland is definitely known for this. Make sure to research best timing if this is important to you.
Dressing for Iceland
Are you lucky enough to be heading to Iceland soon? The weather is cold, even in July, the average high of Reykjavík is under 60 degrees Farenheit. At the beginning of May, there is still about a 1:5 chance of snow on any given day (source). Make sure to bring warm clothing. Here are some great suggestions if you’re planning a trip!
Make sure to bring some great face moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated: this spray mist is easy to apply (and reapply if needed). Having an extra layer will help keep you more comfortable. I have a set of Cuddl Duds and they make a big difference in keeping me warm just on my NYC winter commute (higher end option here). Make sure you have a warm winter coat (this one is wind and water resistant!) and a warm under layer like a fleece sweater is a great option for layering. Finally, really warm boots (these are rated down to -13 Farenheit) will make your trip much more enjoyable!
So, are you ready to head to Iceland?