This year I was lucky to go away to Iceland for 4 nights as part of a work visit. One of my friends had been the year before and gave me a couple of travel books to help me plan my visit. However, as this was through work, there were already a number of excursions already planned for me.
We landed at Keflavik Airport and made the journey by coach to the Capital city of Reykjavik. The journey there was quite remarkable. The land was incredibly flat and we were driving through lava fields, which the guide described as ‘new’. He later explained that ‘new’ just meant a few thousand years old!
Golden Circle Tour
The Golden Circle Tour is simply a must for anyone visiting Iceland. It will last for most of the day, and you’ll see some beautiful and unique sights you’d be pushed to see anywhere else.
The first stop on our tour was to the Gullfoss Waterfall. The sight was incredible, almost indescribable. I tried to take a number of pics and videos, but watching them back they simply don’t do the place justice. When you arrive, you can either walk down the side of the cliff towards the waterfall, or climb the stairs to see a overview of the site. I opted to do both as I was so impressed with the view.
Geysir Hot Spring
We drove on from Gullfoss, and stopped for a quick lunch at Litli Geysir, by which time we’d moved from snow to blue skies and sunshine. Icelandic people say that if you don’t like the weather – wait 5 minutes. I can see what they mean! The restaurant at the hotel is literally opposite Geysir, and we could see the steam pouring off the hot springs.
Thingvellir National Park
Last on the list for the Golden Circle Tour was Thingvellir National Park, which was only a short drive away. Thingvellir Nationwal Park was where Iceland’s national parliament was founded. The site (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is where the the continental plates of Europe and America meet and provide a stunning backdrop.
Blue Lagoon Thermal Spa
Just before we flew back to the UK, we stopped off at the Blue Lagoon Thermal Spa. The spa is only a few minutes away from the airport, so a good idea to stop off before a flight. We had already booked the Premium package which included bath robes and a welcome drink in the lagoon itself. This package includes the Silica Mud Mask as well as the Algae Mask (both thoroughly recommended). After a couple of ours in the water, I opted for some time in the sauna and steam room. Feeling totally relaxed I then headed to the LAVA restaurant for lunch.
Iceland is definitely one on my list to return. I enjoyed such a warm welcome everywhere I visited and the food was amazing. Highly recommend the Icelandic lamb – it’s free range, delicious and the fat content seems so much lower than at home.