Iceland? Where is that? What is there to do? Isn't it just snow?
I love when people ask questions about travel destinations. As an educator, it brings me so much joy to teach someone something new. Honestly, the first time I heard about Iceland as a travel destination was about 2 years ago.. on the cusp of my newfound love for solo travel. Let's start off with the basics.
Iceland was the last land in Europe to be settled and populated. It is the youngest country in the world in terms of land form.
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is the northernmost national capital in the world. Approximately 60 percent of the country’s population lives in Reykjavik.
Iceland is the most eco-friendly country in the world in terms of their energy sources.
Iceland has no standing army, but the Coast Guard maintains the Iceland Air Defense System and patrols coastal waters. The police forces carry no guns.
Why Did I Travel to Iceland?
It's one of the hottest (ha) destinations to travel to right now!
Tourism in Iceland has skyrocketed in the past decade!! One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is what everyone is talking about and for good reason. It's a paradise of warm (sometimes super hot) water with rich with minerals which some people have claimed to help with skin issues such as psoriasis. It was something I just couldn't miss.
According to Landlopers "In the mid-1970s, the Svartsengi geothermal plant was built about 20 minutes from the international airport at Keflavik and 40 minutes from the capital city of Reykjavik. The process of generating heat from this plant is fairly simple. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water pass through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system. What happens next to the water though has become a multimillion industry in its own right.After the water is used to provide heat for the water system, it is fed into what we know today as the Blue Lagoon. The water from the Blue Lagoon is a direct result of the geothermal plant found right next door."
The natural beauty is breathtaking!
I'm a sucker for waterfalls. I adore them and some of the most beautiful ones are located in Iceland! You can explore glaciers, volcanoes and more within the same couple of days. The land of fire and ice didn't earn that name for nothing. Plus I've been wanting to really explore a colder region and get all up in the snow. Iceland in the high of winter? Check..
The newer airline has these super cheap tickets from the U.S over to Iceland. Now, a post a Wow Airlines is an entirely different ball game. They charge for drinks (on a 9-hour flight) and to bring a carry-on bigger than a backpack or small purse. I mean I can't really blame them because I literally got my ticket for $275 dollars RT. The fees are clearly listed on the website so all it takes is a quick read to make sure you know what to expect BEFORE you get to the airport. Overall, the flights were on-time and the service was normal. They also have a stopover program that allows you to stop in Iceland on your way to other destination free of charge! Check into it.
However, they do charge for drinks. Yes, water as well...*sad face
Iceland was a must-see destination and I had so much fun. See? Check out my newest post "7 Reasons to Fall in Love with Iceland".