And the best place to do it is definitely Iceland. Most people are dying to see the Northern Lights which, to be completely honest, I’ve never seen myself. However, I HATE being freezing cold and those two things pretty much go hand in hand. So instead, I went to Iceland for all of the other amazing natural beauty the country has to offer! Here are our top recommendations for a weekend visit!
First up, waterfalls, pretty much everywhere you turn. Svartifoss (or black waterfall) was by far my favorite but they all are breathtaking. WARNING: Iceland will RUIN you for all other waterfalls.
Must See Waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Gullfoss, and Kirkjufellsfoss.
1) Westmann Islands was one of the TOP things we did on our trip. However, be sure and check that the ferry is running when you’re visiting because it doesn’t run all year.
Other Must Do Things in Iceland:
2) If you’re dying to see a puffin, then we recommend you HOLD one. Lots of people don’t ever see one on their visit but our little secret gift to you is to visit the library on the island, there is an injured one that can’t return to the wild and he’s so hilarious and cute!
You can also learn all about them on an island tour and learn how the island people swing from the side of cliffs to gather their eggs!
3) Jökulsárlón Lagoon is a GREAT place to stop on a road trip for photos and to have a cup of hot chocolate. However, we would recommend skipping the boat tour in the water around the glaciers. Getting to eat REALLY old ice was about the highlight of the tour.
4) IF you visit in the winter, we highly recommend not missing the Ice Caves/Glacier Hike. The window is rather short, from November to March and you absolutely HAVE to go with a guide. Vatnajökull is one of the most famous ones but there are plenty to see. Reach out to us for the best guides and travel companies or for help booking a tour!
5) Scuba Dive between two continents! Although we don’t necessarily suggest the snorkel, the scuba diving in Silfra is a unique experience to dive a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, meaning that you dive or snorkel right where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year. Gotta go now while you have the chance! Be advised you do have to wear a dry suit and it IS freezing. The price you pay for a once in a lifetime opportunity.