Why You Need To Go To Iceland ASAP
Before I get into why you need to travel to Iceland, I want to note how important it is to get out of the daily rut that you have likely gotten into.
Everyone knows it’s important to eat well and exercise, however people often forget that it's equally important to go on vacation! Vacation should not be looked at as luxury, but something that each and every one of us needs in order to live a healthy, well balanced, and happy life!
Seriously, travel is the most important investment you can make in yourself!
A vacation allows us to take a step out of our daily routine in order to relax, regroup, and examine our life in a new place and with a new perspective. While traveling, we are open to meeting new people, adopting new cultures, and overall gain a better understanding of ourselves.
So use up those vacation days at work, change up your daily routine, check off those items on your bucket list, get outside your comfort zone, and start packing your bag because you NEED to go to ICELAND ASAP!
From visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, to volcanoes and glaciers, to trolls and elves, to some of the world’s best athletes. Iceland is an incredible unique and mystical country that everyone is talking about! Last summer, I went ahead to scout our future VoyEdge RX Iceland Trip this past June/July with my sister and best friend for 4 days.
I think it's obvious to say, but we had a blast.
The benefits of going in the summer is it never gets dark due to the midnight sun, so you can take advantage of the long days and bright nights. We learned this quickly after arriving at our hotel at 2am in downtown Reykjavik finding out the bars are open until 4:30am!
So we headed straight to Austurstraeti street which has a variety of different pubs, food, nightlife, and live music! Reykjavik is a small city which makes it easy to get around and is also the only area in Iceland I can confidently say confidently. The language is tough to pick up...but the good news is everyone speaks perfect English. Not to mention, Reykjavik is a lively area where 60% of the Icelandic population lives. And although Reykjavik is great, the real adventure is outside the city!
I’m not going to go through our itinerary day by day but I am going let you know the highlights of our trip! We started our first full day doing the famous tourist route call the “Golden Circle.” The route includes the Thingvellir National Park (Game of Thrones fans get excited because scenes were filmed here), Gulfoss Waterfall, and Strokkur Geysir (which erupts every 5-10 mins). We also had the chance to drive the coast another day checking out the Black sand beaches, Skogafoss Waterfall, and Seljalandfoss Waterfall. The picture below doesn't even come close to capturing the true beauty of seeing it for yourself.
Besides making sure I accomplish my list of top things to see and do when traveling to a new destination. I also make an effort to interact with locals. One of my favorite experiences in Iceland was speaking with a local who’s father was a Whale Hunter (I instantly started thinking of the documentary Blackfish).
I think he could see the sadness in my face and somehow changed the conversation to trolls, elves , and belief in the supernatural. Like many Icelanders they refuse to deny the existence of elves. They developed a rich storytelling tradition filled with folk elements and supernatural beings which makes you even convinced it's all true when you look at the fairy-tale like land that surrounds you. Personally i think its fun to believe in something you can’t explain and the more he told me about the old tails mixed with the actual jobs they have to preserve the land I found it fascinating. For example, any type of construction from laying down a road, to building a house, or constructing a dam, it needs to be approved with the elves or so called “hidden people” first. If they don’t approve it, things will happen to the construction site allowing it to not be finished. He continued to tell me his own personal experiences with the supernatural as well as Iceland being known for the world's first Elf School in Reykjavik! So when in Iceland keep your eyes out…
Another reason to love Iceland besides its fairy-tale like land and beliefs in the supernatural is the country's love for adventure. Activities range from hiking, biking, caving, scuba diving, atving, lava caving, swimming in different natural hot springs, horseback riding, snowmobiling, helicopter tours, glacier trekking, and more. Pretty much you name it ,they have it! However, you also can’t go to Iceland without checking out the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa for at least 1-2 hours.
The Blue Lagoon is close to the airport so we decided to do this our last day before departing home and it was the perfect way to end our amazing trip! Having been to over 30 countries myself I can confidently say that Iceland is one of the most unique, beautiful, and mystical places I’ve ever been to. I can’t wait to be there again with all of you!
If you have questions, comments or concerns, shoot me an email at: Meghan@voyedgeRX.com and hopefully I'll see you on our Iceland trip next July!
It's so worth it!
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