I have a travel announcement (that my headline sort of gives away)!
In December, I’m going to Iceland.
Yes, I realise that December is 5 months away – but I’ve decided that doesn’t mean I should stop feeling excited. It’s an incredibly unique coutry, and I can’t blimmin’ wait.
I’ve been to Iceland before – but in the summer, quite a few years back now. I went on the Golden Circle Tour, which took in the sights of Gullfoss (aka the Golden Falls), the Great Geysir and the Kerið volcano crater. I watched the sun set… only for a moment, before it would go, “only kidding, I’m back!” and rise back up.
This time, I’ll be there in December, when the sun only rises at 11:30ish in the morning and sets around 4/4:30 at night. This is going to be interesting.
The first evening will be spent on the Northern Lights Experience Tour, which will pick me up at 7:30pm and go on until the early hours of the morning as I’m driven somewhere (I’m putting a lot of trust in these people…) in the Icelandic countryside to hopefully see the Northern Lights.
I’ll then be doing a new sort of tour that when you read this, will think I’m incredibly sad or incredibly cool… (the latter? Please?). I’m doing a Game of Thrones tour!
I love the show. Up until the season recently finished, it would be the thing that got me through a Monday at work – knowing I have it ready to watch once I got home. Yeah, see? I’m cool.
The Game of Thrones tour is fairly new, but it will include Thingvellir National Park, the Parliamentary Plains and various locations the series was filmed.
I’m also planning to visit the Blue Lagoon after I arrive at Reykjavik Airport, as it’s closeby.
I also need your help – I have a total of 4 nights and 3-and-a-bit days. I’m limited on time, so my indecisive mind needs your suggestions on these options…
Snorkelling the Silfra Rift, between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. I’ve read a couple of blogger accounts of this, from The Travel Hack and Flora the Explorer. It seems something so unique to Iceland, I’m not sure I can allow myself not to do it. But I’ll be there in December… is this TOO cold? Aahh.
I want to visit one or two black sand beaches, like Jökulsárlón, Reynisdrangar or Dyrhólaey (ideas thanks to this piece on Go See Write). To understand my obsession, watch this music video from Bon Iver to get some stunning Iceland shots (which also makes me certain I need an Icelandic jumper in my life).
I need to figure out if I should do this within a tour, or find a way there myself? And which one I absolutely should not miss, if I only have time for one? OH, and then there’s glacier hiking… it looks thrilling. I want to do this.
Sólheimajökull Glacier. Photo by Monika Markovinovic
Dogsledding with huskies – there are a few companies that do this, but I’m concerned about my limited time (and daylight, actually) and I have to work out how I feel about dogsledding first (i.e. I need to research it and whether the animals are happy and safe – ever since finding out more about mistreated elephants and tigers in India/Thailand etc, I want to be much more aware of what I’m doing on any travels). And if I do feel ok about it, would this be better to do in a more traditional place like Greenland or Lapland?
I know, I have a lot of things floating around in my mind – but I love that. When you have an exciting new travel prospect, the realisation of all the opportunities come flooding in. It makes me feel energised, but also completely content.
If you’ve been to Iceland and have any thoughts/suggestions on what I’m already thinking – and any other suggestions of things to do – please let me know! Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear any ideas to make the most of my time in this beautiful country.