I never knew how beautiful Iceland is until recently. When some of my friends started posting photos of Iceland on Facebook, I got really tempted. I want to visit this country sometime in future. So why not plan for the trip now itself? 🙂
I have listed some of the places that I would love to visit whenever I am going to visit it with my family. It is a beautiful country with abundant natural beauty.
Travel makes everybody happy. I love to travel and explore new places. I am so lucky to have parents who also love to travel. Now that I am married, I am hoping to make this trip with my husband and my parents sometime. Planning does make a trip successful, according to my experience. I would plan every single day of the trip well in advance and make all the reservations online. This will ensure that my family will not face any challenges while we are enjoying the trip.
Getting the visa would be a hurdle. “US citizens can travel to Iceland on holiday or business for 90 days or less, in accordance with the Visa Waiver Program”. Even those who are citizens of some European countries are exempted. But since we are Indian citizens, we might have to apply for a visa. It might take a while for the visa to reach us. Then comes the part of booking flight tickets for which we can use www.yatra.com.
1. Gulfoss waterfall : One of the world’s top 10 waterfalls.
Foss/Fossar means Waterfalls in Icelandic. I am sure there will not be another falls as majestic as this one is. It will be so much fun to visit this falls with my family and spent sometime just admiring the water falling with such force.
2. Pingvellir National Park
National parks are always fun. You can always find some good hiking trails that take you closer to nature. We can have a picnic in one of the national parks or even go camping in them. Watching wildlife is something that makes the visit more interesting. Some of the other interesting national parks in Iceland that I want to visit: Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull National Park, Snaefellsjokull National Park.
3. Jokulsarlon, the iconic glacier lagoon
Source: Martin Peeks / Wikimedia Commons
We would make a visit to this glacier lagoon which looks like a mini version of Antarctica’s glaciers. Just browsing through the images of this place makes me want to visit Iceland. This place might be the one reason why we would make this trip to Iceland. We would take a boat tour on this lake and take a closer look at those glaciers, which may or may not exist after some years.
4. Dettifoss – One of the world’s top 10 waterfalls
Iceland seems to have too many beautiful waterfalls. We would spend a day or two in just hopping from one waterfalls to another. Visiting as many waterfalls as we can will be on the agenda. Some falls have a trail through which you can hike down to the base of the falls. I would love to do that with my family. Other waterfalls in Iceland which are famous: Skogafoss, Seljandsfoss, Godafoss, Selfoss. I would love to see the icy blue water of Barnafossar and Hraunfossar.
5. Puffin and Whale Watching
Hoping to watch them when we make a visit to Alaska but I am not sure I will able to spot them there. So yes we would go to Latrabjarg cliffs for puffin watching. We would also make a trip to Hornbjarg ocean cliffs. We have already done whale watching in Pacific Ocean, but would love to go whale watching in Iceland too.
6. Aurora Borealis
I might be able to cover this in Alaska but still would like to witness it in Iceland. Also since my family would not have witnessed it, I would want them to see the Aurora.
7. Geothermal wonders
I have developed an obsession for everything volcanic and have visited every possible place in US with volcanic activity. So why not visit them in Iceland too? The Blue Lagoon which is a geothermal bath, Gieser, Lava tubes (Raufarholshellir), Lake Myvatn, odd volcanic coastline near Arnastapi, the axe-shaped Mt. Kirkjufell – all of them sound so interesting. Hoping to visit atleast few of them while we are there. The best part is that my parents and my husband are all science freaks. They love everything scientific so I am sure all of us will love it.
8. Other places to see
There are plenty of other interesting places to see like Golden Circle and Glacier hikes.
We would spend some time at REYKJAVIK, the largest city in Iceland, Hella city and the coastal areas in and around Vik with its black sand beaches and interesting basalt formations. We will also divulge ourselves in the local cuisine and spend some time shopping for souvenirs to carry back with us. I love to go shopping with my mom. She is the best person in this world to go shopping with. We will watch arctic sunsets as we have our dinners, spend some time in Snaefellsness peninsula as well.
I am sure it is going to be a fun trip after all. Visiting a new country and exploring the places is something that is very refreshing. Iceland is full of natural wonders which makes it an even more interesting place to visit.
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