Known to be the Land of Ice and Fire, travelling to Iceland offers various different scenery to see. From volcanoes, glaciers, the wind and the sea merging to create a landscape that can only be found in the Icelandic vicinity. Not to mention that there is no perfect timing to visit the Nordic region – coming over for the summer? Witness the eternal sun. Coming over for the winter season? Head over to catch the Northern Lights. It is without doubt why people visit the country.
The beautiful Nordic destination offers many astonishing scenery and ambiance that will surely capture your heart.
Now, it is time for me to share my one of a kind adventure to Iceland. Given that it is an expensive city to go to when travelling to Europe, the Nordic region is worth a visit at least once in your life! All the hype that you see on newspaper, social media and television – you will only be able to understand it if you witnessed it yourself.
Let me unravel my most notable moments and monuments of Iceland.
Thank you, Profil Holidays, for bringing me to Iceland. I was impressed by how the tour flowed so flawlessly without having any problems. If a problem occurred during the trip, the tour guide definitely fixed it without a doubt! The confidence and knowledge of the tour guide definitely made the tour much more enjoyable and memorable!
Here are my top 3 favourite activities to do when visiting Iceland – all of them are activities that I highly recommend to many travelers who plan on booking a trip to Iceland after the COVID Pandemic:
1. Skógafoss Waterfall
Iceland has various waterfalls worth visiting. However, the one waterfall that stuck to me was the Skógafoss Waterfall. It is my all-time favorite in Iceland.
The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a drop of approximately 60 meters and a width of 25 meters. The best part? You can approach the fall to take an aesthetic and instagrammable photo! But I must warn you – be prepared to be drenched!
Another best aspect of the majestic cascading fall? You can see a beautiful rainbow! But this is only guaranteed when the sun shines. It happens whenever the sun ray connects with the mist of the fall – so be sure to get your camera ready if you see the sun beaming right at the site of the waterfall!
This was the most beautiful rainbow that I have ever seen.
2. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous destination in Iceland – everyone should make time for it, given that it is on everyone’s bucket list.
The best time to visit the Blue Lagoon is a couple of hours before your flight! Although, this is highly recommended if you have time to spare.
One would always think that the Blue Lagoon is a natural spring. Instead, it is a manmade lagoon. How? Well, in fact, it is a result of an accidental project of the nearby power plant. But do not fret! It is not dangerous or toxic, it is actually a beautiful natural phenomenon that many individuals visit.
Want an escape of the cold breeze of the volcanic region? The Blue Lagoon can definitely provide you with an escape to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a couple of hours in the hot manmade lagoon that will surely give you a experience worth remember for a lifetime.
Experiencing the radiant natural phenomenon of the Blue Lagoon is definitely like living a dream. Seeing the milky blue water and otherworldly appearance of the manmade lagoon was definitely an experience that I could never forget.
3. Northern Lights
I will be honest with everyone – it is difficult to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
For starters, it can only be seen around the Earth’s Magnetic Poles (so do not worry! There are many other destinations where you can witness the beautiful Northern Lights dancing the dark sky).
Secondly, being caused by the particles from the sun, the Northern Lights is an interaction of the sun particles with the upper atmosphere – it is never certain when and where the beautiful aurora borealis may appear.
The best time to catch a glimpse of the beautiful aurora borealis would be during the winter season as the darkness dominate the sky rather than the sun. However, do not forget that during the winter, the sky tends to become cloudy and stormy.
The lights can be seen between September/October and March/April. The best time? Definitely during the evening, but to be more specific – midnight.
I am one of the lucky individuals who were able to witness the natural phenomena during my trip to Iceland. It was a cold, moonless night. All I could remember is how I stood there along with my other groupmates waiting and most importantly – hoping – to the lights. The pitch-black sky, the cold air hitting my skin every second – I was hoping that the lights would show up any second.
There it was – various green lights dancing through the unlighted sky. I was in awe with what my eyes witnessed. I had a difficult time taking a perfect picture of the lights with simply my phone. It was not as clear as what my naked eyes viewed. I think you may need a really good quality camera to take a clear photo of the aurora borealis.
The photo that I captured showed the glimpse of the aurora borealis. The rest? I suggest you take in the beauty of the Earth’s natural phenomena. After all, you do not get to see such astonishing lights dancing in the clear dark sky every day, right? Why waste a moment taking picture when you can enjoy the couple of minutes that the Earth has to offer?
Iceland has so much to offer. Every second of my Icelandic trip was phenomenal. Being one of the lucky individuals to witness the Northern Lights truly made my trip. Consider my Icelandic trip to be my most memorable moments in my life.