With wind that blows and snaps at wayward pieces of clothing like an impatient child, you’d be forgiven for thinking Iceland isn’t a swimmers paradise. But here’s where you’re wrong. A hotbed of volcanic activity; the small island abounds with geothermal hot springs. This, coupled with soaring mountains, cascading waterfalls, sugar-spun ice formations, and puppy-like horses, makes this country a real-life fairy tale.
Who’s been spotted there?
Iceland’s dramatic landscapes make it a popular filming location for movies and music videos alike. Kim Kardashian, Lady GaGa, Beyonce, Charlize Theron and Emma Watson are among the many famous faces that have graced the land of ice and fire.
Where to sleep?
Reykjavik, the country’s capital and largest city, is where the majority of accommodation is. Here you’ll find:
That said, if you’re after something a little more secluded there are beautiful holiday houses scattered throughout the island:
Wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed a beautiful landscape.
Where to find the best coffee(and breakfast)?
The first order of the day is to head to Sandholt Bakery. Here they serve damn fine coffee, alongside bread, sweet sweet pastries, warming soups and other goodies. After you’re done, don’t forget to grab a delicious sandwich for the road. In Iceland’s wilderness, cafes are few and far between.
Where to play?
A word to the wise, you’re going to have a hard time choosing attractions simply because there is so much to see and do! The Golden Circle roadtrip ticks off a few must-see locations. It takes you through the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir. It can be done in a 6-8 hour day trip but it’s best to rent a car and see the sights yourself. That way you don’t rush, and can dictate when and where to stop.
Where to shop?
Fancy a rummage, and the chance to pick up a one-off vintage treasure? Then Spúútnik is the place for you. The shop’s owners source their goods from Europe, and the U.S. to give the shop a curated, yet unique selection.
Where to eat?
There is a huge creative streak in Iceland, and this is demonstrated by the Public House Gastropub’s willingness to experiment with food. Mixing traditional Nordic ingredients with an Asian influence, think smoked puffin with blueberry yuzu, their food is as exciting and exotic as it comes.
Where to drink?
Warm up and escape the cold at Dillon, a whiskey bar in downtown Rekjavik where locals and tourists mingle together. Their whiskey is sourced from unusual brands and far-flung locations all around the world. For novices of the drink, don’t fret, friendly bar staff are more than happy to share their knowledge.
Where to swim?
It’s arguably, one of the most instagrammable places on earth, and your must-experience swimming spot. We’re talking about the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. Not only is the place made for relaxing, the water is good for your skin. On its way to the surface it picks up silica and minerals, which in part create its famous colour. Oh, the place also has an in-pool bar and complimentary mud masks are included in your entry. We promise, once you’re there you won’t even notice the cold.
What to wear?
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