Posted by Anna Heckadon

Travelling Iceland Safely

Want to travel to Iceland?

Here are FIVE amazing things you should do when you're there!

 

1) Travel the Golden Circle

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  • The Golden Circle is the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland!
  • It consists of: Þingvellir National Park, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley (home of the famous geyser), and Gullfoss Waterfall (image above).

 

2) Relax at the Blue Lagoon & Visit the Bridge between Continents

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  • Iceland’s most famous spa is known for its warm and relaxing water and healing silica mud. Be sure to book far in advance because time slots at the Blue Lagoon fill up fast!

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  • After you’ve relaxed at the spa, take a short drive to the Bridge between Continents on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This bridge was built over the continental divide of the North American and Eurasian plates. Since Iceland spans two plates, it is expanding at the rate of 2 centimetres each year! How crazy is that?!

 

3) Explore downtown Reykjavík

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  • Downtown Reykjavík is home to a large amount of cultural institutions: museums, art galleries, and more­­!
  • Stroll down Laugavegur street and stop in some of the many boutiques, cafés, bars, and restaurants. This is downtown Reykjavík’s main shopping street.
  • Learn more about the history of Reykjavík’s downtown and places to see here.

 

4) Go Horseback Riding

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  • Did you know that Icelandic horses are different than any other horses? They are known for their small stature and their five gaits! Not to mention their beauty and their friendly character!

 

5) Visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula  

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  • Only about a two hour drive from Reykjavik, this magical peninsula is home to the famous glacier, Snæfellsjökull, which covers a volcano. Did you know that the novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne takes place here?!
  • But make sure to check the weather forecast for a clear day! This enchanting place always seems to fog over every time I’ve ever visited…
  • For more information on what to do on the peninsula click here.

 

There are so many more wonderful places to visit in Iceland! If you can, I would highly recommend travelling Ring Road all the way around Iceland (but don’t forget to take a detour into the West Fjords—they are incredibly beautiful). The scenery all across the country changes drastically. In some places the land is green and luscious; in others, the gray and craterous landscape makes you feel as though you’re on the moon!

 

ALWAYS look at the weather forecasts and road conditions before you travel around Iceland! The weather can change in an instant and the roads aren’t the safest. Be careful! When hiking, be prepared and please stay on marked paths as straying from the path is incredibly unsafe. It seems silly for me to tell you that if there’s a rope closing something off, don’t climb over it. Yet, many tourists get lost, injured, or die in Iceland each year and that number is constantly increasing. This is so incredibly sad; please stay safe!

 

Iceland is unlike any place you’ve ever been. The main road around the country was only completed in 1974! For most of the way around Iceland the road is only one lane each way, so avoid stopping your car at any point to take photos. Yes, we know it’s beautiful, but stopping on the road (or even on the shoulder) is incredibly unsafe! The amount of car accidents in Iceland has drastically risen since tourism started increasing in the past several years.

 

Take the Icelandic pledge if you agree to respect Iceland’s nature and travel responsibly during your visit.

 

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Written by Anna Heckadon.