Sunday, 13 April 2014

I'm Going to Iceland! #SundayTraveler

If you like my facebook page (and if you don't, why not? Go now, go like. I'll wait.... all done? Great!) OK, so if you like my facebook page you'll know already that I'm going to Iceland in October. I first decided I wanted to go to Iceland late last year when I read about the elves. The elves that blocked construction of a new, and fairly important, road. This fascinated me, and I definitely want to visit a country that has blocked construction of a road for elves (who may, or may not exist, but sshhh, don't tell the Icelandic people).

I'm just in Reykjavík for for four days, but I am planning to cram in a lot!



Northern Lights

People go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights- and boy do I hope I get to see them. The hostel I am staying in offers two different Northern Lights tours, the first is a trip on a jeep to somewhere out of Reyjavík in the country where there's less light pollution and the second is a boat trip. The difference in price is about a tenner, so I want to go on the boat trip!

Stars over Iceland
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Explore Reykjavík 

Reykjavík is the most northerly European capital, it is also super small with a population of 200,000. I get to Reykjavík a few hours before I can actually check in to my room, so I plan on dumping my bag and walking around the city and exploring the place I will be calling home for the weekend. I want to take a look around Tjörnin, the area around the lake in the city and see all the pretty houses.

The only sunny day in Reykjavík. This year.

Thingvellir National Park

Hi, my name is Sammi, and I have a HUGE inner nerd. My inner nerd is totally excited for the fact that at Thingvellir National Park are two tectonic plates that are separating. The Thingvellir area is part of the Atlantic Rift system and it can best be described as an area of the ocean floor spreading obvious by the the crust rifting in the area. Also Thingvellir is famous for being the first place in the world government was held, which is why it was a made a national park, and UNESCO world heritage site.

Þingvellir National Park
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Blue Lagoon

So I will be happy to go in any of the thermal bath's in Iceland- I am so obsessed with thermal baths, if a city has them I will go (Bath, Budapest). I know, I know if I stick to the city bath's it will be a ton cheaper, but I want to go to the Blue Lagoon, so badly! So I'm gonna go and rub mud on my face and enjoy the nice hot waters. I can't believe a place that was made accidentally is such a big tourist draw these days, but great! I can't wait to visit.

The blue Lagoon, Iceland


Have you been to Iceland? What else do you recommend?


 


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27 comments:

  1. I'm going to Iceland too and I feel as excited as a kid! I'm going with my kids and hubby in July and can't wait to rediscover the place I called home for 3 years 30 years ago! It's the most amazing country and I'm sure you adore your little trip there. #SundayTraveler

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    1. Oh wow! Tell me more about Iceland? Wow 30 years is a long time, bet you're excited to go back.

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  2. How exciting for you! It looks an amazing country. I hope you see the Northern Lights...they are on my wish list too...one day!

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  3. I hope that one day I can also say, "I'm going to Iceland." I'd really like to be there to see the Northern Lights and all the other things you mentioned are on my list, too. I can't wait to hear from you what it's like.

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    1. 6 months to go! Look out for the posts they'll be up once I've been ;)

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  4. Great trip ahead! All those places look incredible. Enjoy your time in Iceland. Cannot wait to read about your time there (only 6 months to go :)

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    1. Thanks-- lots of excitement in the pipeline before then too :)

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  5. Iceland is one place that has been on my list for about 3 years now but next year it will hopefully come off the listed after I visit. I cant wait to see pictures from your trip. I am sure you will enjoy it!

    www.itsallbee.com #SundayTraveler

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    1. Do you know, I just looked at flights to see if they existed from where I lived, and when they did I went for it :)

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  6. Wow, what a fabulous place to be going to! Enjoy your adventure - and I do hope the Northern Lights put on a grand display for you.

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  7. Ahhh so jealous! Have an amazing time, I've been enjoying the Northern lights photos but everything else sounds like fun too!

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  8. Hey Sammi, are you back in Costa Rica yet? Thanks, I am sooo excited for Iceland. X

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  9. I went to Iceland March 2013. It was great! I hope you can make it to Jökulsárlón, which was one of my favorite places. You could also consider doing the Golden Circle Route to see some waterfalls and geothermic attractions.

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    1. Definitely looking at doing the Golden Circle Route, thanks for your suggestion.

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  10. Iceland just barely didn't make my "Top 5 Before 35" bucket list, but at #6 it's definitely a priority! Excited for you and can't wait to see the pictures later.

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  11. Iceland is one of my DREAM destinations and that is so amazing you're going there! I'll be closely following along your blog to gather ideas for when I go, and to live vicariously through you!

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    1. Ha, thanks! I am so excited to go. I have a whole guide to read through and check out yet, and am so excited to go, already.

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  12. I really really want to go to Iceland. I've heard so many fabulous things about it and it just looks gorgeous. Vancouver airport is just about to get Icelandic Air so soon there will be direct flights. Can't wait! Thanks for linking up to #SundayTraveler again!

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    1. Yeah, you should definitely go- come in October if the flights have started up yet!

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  13. Ahhhh so exciting! One of my top dream destinations and I hope to go next year :) Can't wait to read all about it! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler :)

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    1. Eeee, yep! So excited! Have you read Kiara's posts about her trips.

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  14. Exciting! Iceland is high on my list of places to go but until I can I'll live vicariously though you!

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