Mummy says… I recently wrote a post about why Iceland is a great place to visit with children and it got me thinking about how I would love to visit Iceland on my own too! I am planning a couple of solo trips next year, after I realised how much I needed a break following my mini cruise earlier this year.
Iceland is a hugely popular destination at the moment, and I would love to visit to see it for myself.
So, the top reasons why I want to visit Iceland are:
- To see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). This has been a dream of mine for years now. The best time is from October to April.
- To visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. This is Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction, and is about 20 minutes from Reykjavik. The water of the Blue Lagoon has silica algae and minerals in it and is reported to be super beneficial for the skin. The water is actually white but looks blue due to the silica reflecting the sunlight.
- To travel the “Golden Circle” route, including the
- Gullfoss waterfall, or the ‘Golden Waterfall’, which is a beautiful two-tiered 32 metre waterfall that drops into a narrow 70 metre deep canyon which is 2.5 kilometres long. I can park in the car park and follow a footpath to a viewing platform to get a spectacular view.
- Geysir hot springs area. Here there are boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and Strokkur which shoots water 30 metres into the air every few minutes.
- Þingvellir National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage centre.
- To visit Reykjavik, the worlds most Northerly city. It has almost 24 hours of sunlight during the summer! The best time to visit for the most sunshine is June, July and August. I can cover most of the city by foot.
- To hike up Thorsmork, a mountain ridge in Iceland named after the Norse god, Thor. My sons would be SO impressed (they love Thor!) It’s a very popular hiking area with glaciers, mountain summits, and waterfalls.
- To see the waterfalls. One of the most popular natural attractions in Iceland is the waterfalls.
As well as these well known attractions, I have found some lesser known places which look awesome:
- Hofsos infinity swimming pool. Set in the hillside in the tiny town of Tröllaskagi in a peninsula in the North of Iceland. There are stunning views of the nearby fjord from the pool.
- Siglufjörður village, near Tröllaskagi. It used to be the worlds largest herring fishing town, this beautiful place is surrounded by mountains on three sides.
- Rauðisandur beach. I would love to see this beach for myself, whose sand is red but can also look very yellow, white or orange depending on the light.
- Here are a few other relatively unknown places I would love to visit too:
There are no trains in Iceland so I would be best hiring a car, or joining guided bus tours. I quite fancy hiring a car to explore at my own pace. I would also love to stay in one of the cabins in Iceland. The main airport is less than a three hour flight from the UK.
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Have you ever visited Iceland? I would love to hear where you favourite places are.