Iceland has been high on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, so I was excited when I got to make the trip this month. My cousin’s husband hails from Reykjavik, so armed with the knowledge of the cold and the very short days, we hopped on a flight and made the three hour trip.
It was fantastic.
The highlight of the long weekend for me was the Blue Lagoon; a tranquil place to relax and a really fantastic and unique experience. You change into your swimwear and walk out doors in the freezing cold before getting into bath-like waters; the result is blissful.
The water contains silica (which gives it its blue hue), algae and minerals which leaves your skin feeling baby soft - plus there are buckets dotted around full of clay so you can give yourself a DIY face mask and sip on a fruit smoothie. It’s like the antithesis of a pool bar in Cancun! We were also witness to a proposal which made it all the more lovely.
I also absolutely loved the Golden Circle Tour. We boarded the bus and took a trip to Thingvellir, the site of the first Icelandic parliament and the divide of the two tectonic plates that split Iceland in half; Eurasian and North American. The pools of clear water were stunning but the bracing wind had us straight back on the bus to visit Gullfoss, the huge waterfall that takes its name from the golden hue its surrounded in in the evenings.
The next stop on the bus tour was the Geysers which were amazing, and then the geothermal power plant to see more about how they get the boiling water out of the ground and use it to provide all heating and hot water in Iceland.
The only thing I found a little disappointing was that we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights. The night we took the tour the weather was very cloudy and wet, and although the guide said she saw some activity, all we saw was cold noses and raindrops!
The next morning all there was left to do was sadly head back to the airport. I would love to head back and explore more of Iceland, especially as we didn't see any ice!
Have you been to Iceland?