Life is pretty darn fantastic when I’m given the opportunity to buy a new travel book. The occasion, you ask?
Mr. M & I are headed to Iceland for the 4th of July weekend!
From the pictures I’ve come across in my trip planning, Iceland seems to offer up unbelievably gorgeous natural scenery: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers & hot springs, lava-strewn volcanic fields… it looks otherworldly and like one of the absolute best places to lace up our hiking boots and get dirty.
We’ll be visiting Iceland during the summer, when the sun rises at 3am and doesn’t set until midnight. It’s the answer to the proverbial ‘if only I had more hours in the day’ quandary.
Here’s what I’ve come up with to take advantage of these 21-hour Icelandic days:
*Pingvellir– where the North American & Eurasian continental plates meet (and are drifting apart, causing Iceland to grow a few centimeters wider every year).
You can actually go diving in the river between these two tectonic plates to visualize the fissure line… and because the summer sun doesn’t set till midnight, you can do this at 10 o’clock at night. So we’re going midnight snorkeling! I’m a little terrified and reeeally excited.
*Road tripping along the southern coast to see what beautiful scenery we can see.
*Lots and LOTS of hiking… definitely to visit Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park…
*Exploring the Ice Lagoon at Jokulsarlon…
*Trekking to see puffins along the black sand beaches in Dyrholaey…
*Taking a dip in some of the natural hot springs that arise from all that volcanic activity…
*And, of course, visiting the capital city of Reykjavik.
Since you asked, I wouldn’t mind befriending a wild Icelandic horse or two, either.
Stunning scenery aside, one of the silliest reasons why I’m excited to visit Iceland has to do with my usual breakfast choice here at home: skyr, an Icelandic sort of yogurt-style concoction that’s somehow even thicker & creamier than Greek yogurt. I’ve never found it anywhere but in the recesses of Whole Foods, and now I have serious plans to eat genuine Icelandic skyr morning, noon, and night. Aim high!
(Be quiet. I warned you it was silly.)
So what’dya think? Any ideas on what to see/do/eat/experience in the land of fire and ice?
To explore my first day’s Icelandic adventure eating puffin and thinking my snowmobile ride might be thelastthingIeverdid, click here!