08 Jun Three Tips Per Trip: Iceland
by Esther Neumark from United States
This week’s travel destination? Iceland! This small island country in the icy sea between Canada and Northern Europe has been an increasingly popular tourist destination in the past couple of years, so I had to see it for myself. Here is my advice for travelers headed to this chilly locale:
Take a Stopover
Did you know that many airlines like WOW and Icelandair allow you to take a stopover (up to 7 days) in Iceland with no additional charge to your airfare? I stayed in Reykjavik for two days en route to London, and I definitely plan to do this again. Iceland is a small but beautiful country, so you can see quite a bit in a few days. Summer is the most popular time to visit, but spring and autumn are equally scenic if you are willing to brave the freezing temperatures.
Rent a car
Many tour companies offer bus services to the Blue Lagoon or the ever-popular Golden Circle route, but they can be way overpriced and don’t allow you the flexibility that your own car does. I drove the Golden Circle, which takes you through a Thingvellir National Park to the Strokkur Geysir, finishing at the incredible Gulfoss waterfall. It takes about four hours, and I stopped a million times to capture the scenery or the Icelandic horses that often grazed beside the road. So, take a car if flexibility is important to you (and your wallet with thank you).
Iceland, a sculpture on Reykjavik’s shoreline by Esther Neumark
I am cringing as I write this, because overpacking is usually my pet peeve. However, the weather in Iceland changes so frequently that you will need so. many. layers. I visited for two sunny days in the middle of March, and I still ended up wearing two thermal layers, a sweatshirt, and a parka. Take a good pair of boots, and make sure you research the climate before you go (as well as the aurora forecast, if you want to see the northern lights!).