It wasn’t until the ninth century when Iceland was truly founded with Norse explorers settling on the volcanic island. Ok, so you didn’t come here for a history lesson. Iceland is a magical place where people still believe in the mysterious Huldufolk, the secret society of elves who supposedly live amongst them in secret. Bitterly cold in the winter yet with the most crisp and golden sun, Iceland is a land of extremes. On the one hand, you have the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights, one of Earth’s most fantastical inter galactic displays and on the other, you have a laid back community of Skyr and cured herring eating friendly folk. To take a trip to Iceland is to immerse yourself in the history, culture, and ethos of a small and peaceful island. Take a look to see how you can make your Icelandic adventure a trip of a lifetime.
As with any trip, you’ll need a plan. Of course, you could travel out there, land at Reykjavik and then play it by ear, but you will end up spending the first couple of days finding your feet. That’s a couple of days that could be spent exploring. Before you even purchase your flights, think about the activities you want to experience. Do you want to go whale watching, Northern Light hunting or glacier climbing?
The sheer abundance of experiences for such a tiny island can be mindblowing. Set yourself a realistic budget and stick to it. If savings are running a bit low and your credit history isn’t the best, consider researching one of the many adverse credit loans on offer. This way you can borrow an amount that you can easily pay back with manageable monthly repayments. Once you’ve priced up your trip, you’re ready to get packing.
No trip to Iceland is complete without trying to hunt for the elusive green laser-esque light show that is the Northern Lights in the sky at night caused by solar flares ricocheting onto our atmosphere. Quite rightly one of the new wonders of the world, the spectacle will leave you dumbstruck for days.
You’ll have tales from the Icelandic fisherman whirring around your head for days if you choose to take a trip with an old sea captain to hunt for the elusive humpback whales and porpoises. You’ll feel like you’re in the centre of an animal documentary with the dramatic volcanic vistas in the background as you head out onto the choppy seas.
The Golden Circle
If you fancy venturing out onto the classic tourist trail, you can complete the Golden Circle tour in a day. You’ll witness the power of the Gullfoss waterfall, be able to walk the gorge at Thingvellir National Park and have a chance to see the active natural geysers that Iceland is so famous for.
Iceland is such an incredible place, full of awe and wonder. We haven’t even touched upon the other activities that you could find yourself partaking in. You could take a helicopter ride over an active volcano, straddle the European and American tectonic plates or find yourself snowmobiling on a glacier. If you fancy a change from the beach vacation that you’re so used to, it’s time to begin planning your Icelandic adventure.