We spent five glorious days exploring only a tiny percentage of what we could have seen in Iceland and if time permitted we would have happily stayed for another week or two, especially as we left the day before Iceland Airwaves started which Sigur Ros was playing. As Luke and I were traveling around France beforehand we didn’t have time to really research what we were going to do, so by the time we arrived we realised most of the tours had actually stopped operating. Not only that but usually this time of year Iceland is covered in snow but for some reason the heavy snowfall hadn’t even begun yet. WHY… But once we arrived we realised even major factors like this couldn’t dishearten us in the slightest and we were all pinching ourselves that we had finally made it here.
My biggest advice for anyone traveling to Iceland would be to hire a car (the best way to move through the sites at your own pace), pack a tripod for your camera (so many beautiful landscapes that will make you want every single person in the photos with you) and do your research on tours you want to do before you go. When we go back, which we’re hoping will be sooner rather than later, we’ll be booking a glacier tour where you can hike up the side of a glacier, do husky dog sled rides through the snow (which very rarely operate so time that well) and exploring the inside of an empty volcano. Where else in the world allows you to do that? My number one on my bucket list is to see an Aurora Borealis and unfortunately we might not have spotted one this time due to the tricky nature of lucking into perfect clear skies during the night, but that reason alone is enough to make me book a ticket to go back. Iceland really is a remarkable and incomparable place that is easily enough to get to but hard enough to forget. A world in its own that people often overlook but once you see its natural beauty you’ll wonder why you didn’t come here sooner. So don’t wonder, just GO.
Photos by Luke Shadbolt and me