By Cacinda Maloney
Have you ever dreamed of going on a few Iceland Excursions?
Recently I have been thinking seriously about the destinations that I want to see in the upcoming travel year. Having traveled to 17 countries in 2014 and already 16 countries this year, I have narrowed down my searches and for some reason Iceland keeps making its way back to the top of my bucket list.
So what is Iceland like and what are some Iceland Excursions I can take?
From my research, I understand that it has thundering waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, volcanoes with lava fields and glaciers. With many natural wonders and a fascinating culture, I am more than ready to start reading an Iceland travel guide to decide which Iceland excursions I will want to take when I finally arrive at this dream-like destination. They say that there is no part of Iceland that should be left unexplored.
The city of Reykjavik
First, I would fly into its quirky, yet modern capital city of Reykjavik, which has Icelandic hipsters and a creative vibe. My research tells me that one night there is plenty, as I believe the true “wow” factor of most Iceland excursions lies somewhere outside Reykjavik. Even just a 30-minute drive from there, I have read that there are some truly awe-inspiring sights to see, places like Lake Myvatn to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula are a few that come to mind.
The Iceland Ring or Route 1
Although most people that I have spoken to recommend to rent a car and tour either the complete circuit of route #1 (also known as the Ring Road, Iceland Ring or the Golden Circle) or to choose an area you are specifically interested in and spend most of your time there. They also say that no trip is complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Apparently, the Iceland Ring is one of those Iceland excursions not to miss and is 830 miles of endless scenery from majestic, white-capped mountains with wild horses to erupting volcanoes and ice caves. It encircles Iceland and connects the major towns, as well as the tiny villages.
And although technically it can be driven in 24 hours, you most likely will not make it in that amount of time because of the stops! Also, they say not to stick only to the road, but veer off at a few places like a true adventurer, that there are remote mountain towns and tiny villages that are worth a look. And that while Iceland is very sparsely populated, there are many times when the road is down to only a one-lane highway, as well as some of the bridges. So just slow down and determine who has the right of way while driving! And don’t get out of the car to take photographs on the road, as some drivers may have to swerve out of their way to miss you. Always find a safe place to park the car first and not on the road. This is common sense, right?
Another one of the things I want to see one of my many Iceland Excursions is the Northern Lights! Many times I have been near where there are reports of Northern lights in Canada, Finland and Norway, but I have still not seen them yet.
Another one of the things that interests me a lot is the fact that the photo opportunities are supposed to be incredible and extremely often!
Have you ever been to Iceland and had some amazing Iceland Excursions? Tell me your experiences! Where would YOU suggest I do while there?
All photos courtesy of Ghost Lamp