Everything you need to know about your first trip to Iceland

I’ll admit it, I’m not an experienced traveler and I usually pick destinations where I can just enjoy the scenery and do some shopping. Should I say that maybe I’m a lazy traveler? Is that even a thing? Well, nevermind! This year, after all the craziness is over I decided to change things and go on an adventure!

Yes, my friends! This year, my husband and I decided to visit Iceland! I am beyond excited because I didn’t know many things about this destination, so I had to do my research and today I will share everything I found out about Iceland with you! Are you ready? Enjoy!

Useful Information

The first thing that I did was to go on the site of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration site and check if I need any special visa in order to visit Iceland. I suggest you do the same if you’re planning a trip there because you don’t want to have an unpleasant surprise and not be able to enter the country.

The best period to visit Iceland would be in the summer months of May/August, but is there any specific time when it’s best to visit? I am pretty sure that there are amazing activities to do and great places to see in every season, but indeed, if you want to find all the roads open and enjoy warmer weather, then summer is the best time to do so.

Things you can do in Iceland

See the Northern Lights

The Nothern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a magnificent show of nature caused by the magnetic particles of the earth and charged gaseous particles from the sun. This stunning natural phenomenon is simply breathtaking and you really shouldn’t leave Iceland without experiencing it! Just for seeing them, you have to go on an adventure, because they don’t have a specific spot where they appear and when you do see them, they never look the same as the last time. You can discover the best spots and all other things you need to know about the Northern Lights in Iceland in this guide made especially for first-timers.
So you can book a Northern Lights cruise, that way you can be 100% sure that you won't miss this spectacular nature show. 

Visit the Blue Lagoon

This milky blue water has conquered my heart forever and I really cannot wait to get there! From what I read, the Blue Lagoon is pretty close to the airport, so it will be my first stop when I go to Iceland. It’s like going to a natural spa right after I step out of the plane, pretty cool right?

In case you don’t know, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool where the water features three active ingredients: Silica, Algae & Minerals that have amazing benefits for your body. The water is always warm, so you don’t have to worry if you visit it in autumn or even winter, you can still enjoy it to the max.

Visit Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. If you want to take a break from all the hiking and adventurous activities, a relaxed day visiting this beautiful town is exactly what you need. There are a lot of museums (like the house in which Reagan and Gorbatschow had talked to end the cold war) you can visit, cafes and restaurants where you can taste local cuisine, or even take a bike tour to make sure you explore all that the city has to offer.

Other activities that I have on my to-do list for Iceland include: visiting the glaciers, go and see the whales (I think this experience will be fantastic) and explore more of the wonderful scenery that this country has to offer. 

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