Planning an Icelandic Vacation? What to Expect
How does it feel to be in Iceland?
By now, if you’re planning a vacation, you’ve probably read endless information about Iceland. What to expect, what to see and where to visit or even stay. But to tell you the truth, it is not easy to articulate what travelling to Iceland really feels like unless you’re there to experience it for yourself. Scores of travellers come expecting what they’ve seen online – scenic panoramas and surreal landscapes.
A little bit of everything
But Iceland is entirely different from what you see or read online, and nothing, NOTHING, can prepare you for what lies in store. Iceland is bliss, a cloud nine of sorts. The earth is alive in Iceland. And within minutes of starting a road trip it’s sure to give you a spring in your step. There are eye-catching mountains, fine-looking horses, gurgling waterfalls, fizzy rainbows and bubbling springs to boot.
When is the best time to visit Iceland?
The best time for an Icelandic vacation is, arguably, during summer. Winter months are sometimes unpleasantly cold, though you’ll get to see the elusive Northern Lights. But there’s not a whole lot more you’ll get to experience unless you’re a huge fan of winter sports or are coming here for one of the music festivals. Being that Iceland is so close to the Arctic Circle, the sun hardly sets during summer. So you’ll not only experience perfect 24 hour days, but also excellent (ok, “excellent”) weather for a road trip during summer.
Should you drive the Golden Circle?
Well, yeah. Especially if you’ don’t have a lot of time to drive around the country. The real fun begins at the famed Golden Circle, the 1,337-kilometre Ring Road that circles the entire country. Exploring the ring road by road on a self-drive tour on vacation provides you a front-row seat to experience the Thingvellir National Park, an ancient Icelandic Parliament. Also, it’s only in this park that you’ll have a rare glimpse of tectonic meeting place. The gap is clearly visible from a distance.
Cross continents in one step on your vacation!
At Thingvellir, you can have one foot on the Eurasian plate and another on the North American plate. You can cross over one continent (Europe) to the other (North America) when in Iceland. The fun doesn’t end there. Geysirs hot-spring area is another attraction on the Golden Circle. A few hot springs and geysirs are active in the area. Strokkur Geysir, the highest of all, is active.
The Golden Waterfall, the shower of Odinn?
Also, ensure to visit Gullfoss Waterfall on your Golden Circle tour. It’s the third attraction, and perhaps the most beautiful natural occurrence you’ll experience that’s falling off a cliff. There are many other waterfalls to visit around the area. Visiting all these attractions will cost you nothing. Yes, visiting Thingvellir Park is free of charge.
The sun-world glacier – Sólheimajökull
Go hiking on a glacier, too. To make the most of your Icelandic vacation, make sure to go hiking on the Sólheimajökull glacier. Sounds dangerous, right? Not when you have experienced guides at the helm. The thrill will sure make for an unforgetful Icelandic experience. Sólheimajökull glacier is gorgeous blue lightly dusted with volcanic ash. Wear warm, waterproof clothing on your vacation.
Wake up and smell the sulphur!
Other fun activities to engage in during your vacation in Iceland include (but not limited to), visiting the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón, the twin waterfalls – Dettifoss and Selfoss, driving to the Myvatn area (where you’ll experience volcanoes and sulphur springs). Or go whale watching in Husavik or explore Akureyri (small but interesting town in North Iceland).http://vacation.is/planning-icelandic-vacation-what-to-expect/http://vacation.is/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/21128406139_82d5cd288c_k-1024x683.jpghttp://vacation.is/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/21128406139_82d5cd288c_k-150x150.jpgVacation in Icelandalthingi,arctic circle,dettifoss,Geothermal,Geysir,glaciers,Golden circle,gullfoss,horses,hot spring,iceland,kirkjufell,landscape,midnight sun,Myvatn,National park,Parliament,road trip,selfoss,sólheimajökull,Strokkur,sulphur,summer,surreal,tectonic plates,travelling,valcanic ash,waterfalls,Whale watching,winter,ÞingvellirHow does it feel to be in Iceland? By now, if you're planning a vacation, you’ve probably read endless information about Iceland. What to expect, what to see and where to visit or even stay. But to tell you the truth, it is not easy to articulate what travelling to...Lobster Lady firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministratorVacation in Iceland