Sophie-Claire Haller, Business Insider journalist, talks about her journey to “land of the ice”…. Iceland
This northerly island / country is alive and well, and most people know someone who has been there.
This stunningly beautiful country has everything you would want to see from a spectacular natural wonderland. Before you book your trip, here are some things to think about.
Our first day in Iceland was spent at a coffee shop with average prices. We purchased a roll, which included smoked salmon, creamy cheese wedge and lettuce leaves, for $ 19. Lonely Planet says that an Icelandic meal is about $ 30. A nice restaurant costs around $ 55.
Iceland’s water has a sulfuric smell, similar to rotten eggs. However, it is perfectly drinkable and tastes great.
We were not told this and spent the night in dehydration in an airbnb, after all the shops had closed.
It’s easy to forget where you live because there are so many Americans all over the world. Iceland’s population is only 332,000 people, yet it attracts around 1.8 million tourists each year. These figures were presented by Professor Edward Huijbens from the Icelandic Tourism Research Center to the Financial Times. He said that Iceland’s population is only “surpassed only” by the number of American tourists each year.
Iceland is a place that everyone visits for its amazing natural wonders. Icelanders all travel to the same sites. This also means that you will find crowded buses at each of the small geysers on your list.
It was amazing to see the number of cranes all around. As all tourist attractions seem to be flourishing, cranes can be seen in almost every corner of Reykjavik.
We arrived in Reykjavik around 6:30 AM and were shocked to find that the sun had not yet risen for three hours. It was also dark at 5:00 PM. Imagine this, at the beginning November.
While daylight hours aren’t a problem during summer, they decrease in winter. This means that you need to plan ahead. Many of the things you can see in Iceland are located at least 45 minutes away. This must be considered given the limited hours of daylight.
It is worth considering where the sun will shine and what shadows there will be at certain times of day in order to maximize our time.
Many of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions are far away. Plan your bathroom stops accordingly.
Did I mention the distances involved? It is true that you will spend a lot of time in a car rental or taking the bus to excursions. While it’s worth the effort, it is important to think about it when you plan your trip.
Although not dangerous, the high silicon content of hot springs can damage your hair. Blue Lagoon offers conditioner that you can massage into your hair before it soaks in. It warns that if you don’t, “it becomes stiff and difficult to manage.”
Credit cards can be used anywhere. In Thingvellir National Park we needed to purchase bath passes. Even though that was necessary, I didn’t see an Icelandic crown.
Aurora Borealis, an amazing and unpredictable phenomenon, must be visible due to a variety of factors, including weather and season. It is suggested that you spend seven nights in Iceland to maximize your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
Iceland’s motto is “If the weather doesn’t suit you, wait five minutes.” Layer up, as it can change from pleasant to freezing quickly.
Blue Lagoon is a popular attraction. Nearly all tourists make it a point to visit this place. It is best to buy tickets ahead of time rather than waiting to get in.
The price for the tickets starts at 60 dollars. You can also buy a towel for an additional 20 dollars. All of this is included in one package.
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