Our tickets to Reykjavik are done. All hostels, hotels and tours are booked. Our itinerary is set! The trip is just around the corner and we are really excited, as we are for all our trips. We would be in Iceland during winters… Brrrrrr! Iceland offers a host of activities that can be done during winters only. Here is what we intend to do during six days in Iceland.
Day 1 – Blue Lagoon and Aurora Watching
We land in Reykjavik at about 3:40 pm, which really does not leave too much time to do anything during that day… or does it?
The Blue Lagoon is located close to the international airport and we have our plans set to relax in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon the day we arrive. We hope that this will be the best remedy to wash away the fatigue of the fifteen hour long flight from Mumbai to Reykjavik.
We saw the Northern Lights dance in Abisko, Sweden in 2013. However, we could not click any good pictures as we were in ski lift when Nature had put up her magnificent show. We can close our eyes and relive the sights but my love for the lens wants to have some pictures. So, off we go to Iceland to get the pictures. The evening on day one is dedicated to aurora hunting. We do hope that we will come back with plenty of pictures to share on the blog!
Day 2 – Golden Circle
This is the most popular tourist route in Iceland and is a 200 km long loop. The route traverses through the following key points:
Thingvellir National Park
The fault line between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates passes through Iceland and is clearly visible in the Thingvellir National Park. Continental drift continues to move the plates away from each other, resulting in earthquakes in the region. Parts of the fault lines are full of clear water with visibility as high as 100 meters. I would have loved to join the diving trip, had it not been for the biting cold. As for Ankur, he has no desire to get out of his jacket and don the wet suit and SCUBA mask!
Gulfoss the largest waterfall in Iceland. It is said that from a distance, the river seems to disappear. Only when you get closer, do you realise that the river empties its water into a crack that is large enough to accommodate the entire volume. I can’t wait to hear the waterfall roar!
I had read about geysers in my geography book when I was in school – steaming water gushing out of the earth’s surface…like a fountain. Twenty year ago, the world wasn’t as connected as it is today and travelling from India to Iceland was a difficult and extremely expensive proposition. I never could have imagined that I would ever be able to visit Iceland to see the geysers! Dreams do come true!
Day 3 – Day 5: Jokulsarlon Glacier, South Shore, Ice Caving and Glacier Walk
Ever since we have seen pictures of the ice caves in Iceland, we are super enthusiastic to walk in one, which can be done from November to March. Our trip was timed to ensure that we are in season for the activity. We would be doing an organised tour for three days and two nights, which would take us through the natural beauty of the South Shore and get us close to frozen sheets of ice.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
This lagoon has been the setting for the movie Batman. It is one of Ankur’s favourite movies and the location is a must-see for Ankur… crystal clear waters with floating blue icebergs. I haven’t seen anything like this till date and imagination fails me at this point in time!
South Shore Tour
Quite a few volcanic islands have black sand beaches. We missed seeing one in Santorini as we were too busy romancing in Oia. However, this time, we do intend to admire the contrast of the black sand and blue waters at the black sand beach of Vik.
Ice Caving and Glacier Walk
Lets live it up…some adventure while we are still young? Our pitstop for adventure is the Vatnajokull National Park. The park has the largest glacier in Europe and is the second largest national park in the continent. We are excited to walk on the glacier with crampons et all. Not to forget, explore the crystal ice caves and stake some pictures inside it!
Day 6: Reykjavik City
This would be our last day in Iceland and we intend to spend the day exploring the capital Reykjavik and visiting the Fakasel Horse Theatre in the evening.
The northernmost capital of the world offers what a lot as European cities do…outstanding churches, museums and cafes. I can’t wait to dig my fork into a skyr pie and sip some hot coffee along with it.
Icelandic horses are supposed to be gentle and friendly. Ankur isn’t an animal person….do you think he will be able to make friends with one? If there is any opportunity for an animal interaction, I will surely go out of the way for it and hence, we intend to spend our last evening in the country watching these gentle creatures perform.
Have you ever been to Iceland? Do you think that we are missing something that can be done during winters? Let us know and we will add it to our itinerary!