I was lucky enough to cross Greece off of my travel bucket list. I managed to squeeze in all of the experiences that I have been dreaming of for a long time. Some of the experiences I did not even know I wanted to do until I arrived. That is my favorite part of travel. The surprises and experiences. Cooking with a Greek housewife, touring Santorini with a photographer and touring the markets of Athens are experiences I will cherish forever. The destination next on my list is Iceland. Iceland promises to be a trip filled with adventures, scenery found nowhere else on earth, unique history, northern lights and hot springs!
Iceland is filled with volcanoes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, coast lines and glacier, each of which are filled with endless possibilities for all sorts of adventures! The interior of Iceland is filled with hiking trails for all levels of expertise. Ice cave exploration, glacier hiking, whale and puffin watching, Jeep truck tours, canoeing tours, fishing, snowmobile tours, rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and diving tours are some of the adventures that are available and my family and I want to do!
Iceland’s Ring Road is listed as one of the best family trips by National Geographic. Described by author Keith Bellows fabulously, “… the grand journey, 830 miles of majesty that encircles the country and skirts black-sand beaches, volcanoes, imposing fjords, crater lakes, thermal fields, and some of the world’s largest glaciers.”. You can get a real feel for just how amazing this journey is by watching this video called Bob Krist’s Iceland. It is a quick summary of a two-week tour that Bob took with his brother and adult children. Magical moments galore. It is easy to see why the Icelandic people have many stories revolving around gnomes, invisible giants and little fairies.
Northern Lights in Iceland
While living in Alberta, I was treated to a northern lights show on a couple of occasions. Weather conditions have to be just right to have the experience. I would consider seeing the northern lights a bonus while on vacation. If you are looking for a chance at spotting the light show in Iceland the best times are from late August to as late as April. There are even apps that will help you find the best times for watching the lights.
Hot springs Galore in Iceland
Iceland is home to over 200 volcanoes and 600 hot springs but the most popular hot spring has to be the Blue Lagoon. Known as the world’s biggest jacuzzi the Blue Lagoon is the most visited site in Iceland. What tourists might not know is that while they are enjoying the spa, the same geothermal water is used to provide hot water to 90% of the population. Iceland is the only country that can obtain 100% of its electricity and heat from renewable sources.
I have to admit that one of the reasons that Iceland is on my travel radar is because of the television show Game of Thrones. The scenery from the show caught my eye and my heart. I can’t wait to experience all that is in Iceland.