With only about 10% of ice actually covering Iceland (ironically), you tell that this place has some serious geothermal activity going on under the surface.
It’s Valentine’s Day, so why not indulge yourself in the magical and healing land of Iceland. The ever-natural and health driven country is a beautiful and natural source for all things invigorating and most importantly, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some quality You time….
Emphasising this idea of allt eðlilegt (all natural) health benefits this country has to offer, it has been said that by simply living in Iceland you can be expected to live significantly longer. So get booking and keep reading; if you do happen to fall in love with this inspiring country, you know who to thank…
Below we run through some of the country’s most pleasurable experiences to truly leave the worries of modern life at home, and breathe in a new chapter in Iceland.
Fall In Love With Nature
Inhale deeply and allow Iceland to take your breath away with its dramatic natural landscapes. Escape the polluted atmosphere of the city and head towards some of the most revitalising and freshest air on earth. Natural waterfalls, such as Skógafoss in southern Iceland,is just one example of the country’s multiple stunning natural vistas. It is situated on the Skógá River, and is unique because it comes directly from two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.
Fall In Love With The Ice
In Langjökull, you can explore the man-made ice caves that were created in the safest and most stable part of the glacier. This unique and other-worldly experience is alluring and definitely one to check off your list! When stepping into this icey subterranean world, you can explore the various tunnels and interior features of the glacier with an expert tour guide. The ice gives off a mystical shade of blue making the entire experience truly magical one, and most definitely a unique experience unlike anything else in Iceland.
Fall In Love With The View
In Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, you will find a landmark called Perlan. This is a wonderful building featuring a glaciers and ice cave exhibition, restaurants, a planetarium but most enticing is the observation deck on the 4th floor.
This section encircles the entire dome giving its visitors an amazing 360° view of the entire capital city and beautiful surrounding area. See all the way to the Keilir Volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula, to the world famous Snæfellsjökull glacier that sits on the end of Snæfellsnes peninsula in the north. A large section of the landscape belongs to Esja, the famously majestic mountain of Reykjavík.
Fall In Love With The Lights
The Aurora Borealis, or The Northern Lights, is possibly the most incredible natural thing you will ever set your eyes upon. From September to April, become entranced and gaze upon this spectacular sight in Iceland, especially if you want the best view.
This captivating light show is caused by an after effect when electrically charged particles that come from the sun, enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases like oxygen and nitrogen. The colourful, mostly green haze, that is created is astounding, and a sight people from all over the world seek out. See here how opposites attract? When the two particles collide, its results in creating something utterly breathtaking.
Fall In Love With the Wildlife
Be as the Vikings and set sail on an authentic replica of a Gokstad ship from 900 AD in Reykjavik. Be captivated by stories about the history of the original settlers, and go back in time to follow in their footsteps by trying your hands out at rowing the ship! This charming and unique experience gets even better once you spot the adorable Puffins, who, if you’re not careful, can steal your heart.
Fall In Love With The Sights
Iceland is home to almost too many beautiful attractions, but one of the tallest and largest structures is a church found in Reykjavik; it’s called Hallgrímskirkja and it’s the largest church in Iceland.
It was named after the Icelandic poet, Hallgrímur Pétursson and can be found in the centre of the capital, almost guarding over the city. Outside you notice its sheer, breathtaking size and up on higher levels you get a stunning 360° view of Reykjavik. Walk inside in wonder, and allow this place to seep in and touch your very soul.
Fall In Love With The Food
Delight, confuse and astound your senses with some traditional Icelandic delicacies. Seeing as the entire country’s population lives on the coast and fishing is the country’s number one industry, you can expect to find some kind of fish dish on every menu you come across.
Popular amongst many Icelanders is Hardfiskur, which is a popular dried fish and butter dish that’s full of protein and nutrients and supposed to be seriously delicious, even substituting potato chips in some instances! Or maybe you fancy some Svið, which is not for the faint of heart; this dish consists of a halved boiled sheep’s head, a true Icelandic delicacy that is eaten cold.
Another popular choice is Hákarl, which is a pungent cured shark meat, and is to be eaten with a shot of a special schnapps called Brennivín. Some other famous foods include, blood pudding, hot spring rye bread, smoked meats and the well known Skyr yoghurt.
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Fall In Love With Yourself
Most importantly, take your time in Iceland to focus on You. Why not visit some hot, hot, hot springs or soak in the Blue lagoon, one of the 25 modern wonders of the World. This dramatic geothermal spa is the proper place to go for the ultimate relaxation experience.
The warm waters are filled with minerals such as silica and sulfur (perfect for stimulating collagen production), and bathing in the lagoon is renowned for helping some people suffering from skin ailments, such as eczema and acne.
If you fancy a dip in a hot spring, there are several across Iceland; the oldest man made hot spring is Seljavallalaug. Here you can work on your mental wellness by taking the time to relax and soak in the warm and inviting waters, easing your muscles in the healing waters as you take in the surroundings of contrasting snow peaked mountains and enjoy your own company.
Show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day, and leave the stresses of the everyday behind. Head off to the mountains and enjoy the brisk mountain air, or stick to level ground and explore the various wonders and delights that Iceland has to offer you.
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