Iceland. Once considered a frozen tundra, it is now one of the “hottest” (pun intended) destinations for travelers all over the world. With its diverse ecosystem, picturesque towns and countryside, and some of the nicest people you’ve ever met, I heard about Iceland from a few travel friends, and when the opportunity came up via a cheap flight from my hometown of Denver, I knew I had to book it immediately – and one of my best travel friends did the same.
Some would consider traveling to ICELAND in the WINTER one of the worst things you could possibly do, but for us as educators, our winter timeframe was perfect for fitting in during a holiday break. So what did we do while we were in Iceland for a long weekend girls trip in Iceland? Although I have showcased these items on my blog individually, I wanted to do a wrap up of all the things we did, and that YOU can do, on your next girls trip to Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a must-see for most when going to Iceland. But you can make it even more “girly” than sitting in a blue bath with your best friend. How, you may ask? By partaking in the many massage and beauty treatments they have available there. If you aren’t one for a massage (which looked lovely, with its own area to the left of the main lagoon, but I did not do it due the hefty price tag) you can take part in the free masks available.
The Silica mud mask that you have probably seen in many Blue Lagoon photos (like mine below) is delivered at the Silica bar, located in the lagoon. You can apply as much as you want to your face and body, before leaving it on for at least 10 minutes. When you wash it off, you will feel a difference in the softness of your skin.
You can also use the sauna and steam rooms are available to all patrons of the Blue Lagoon. Carved into the lava rock, they are a great place to stay warm if it begins to rain or snow during Iceland’s notoriously random weather day.
Golden Circle Tour
I mentioned in an earlier blog that my girlfriend and I went on a Golden Circle tour, and I think this is a great thing to do to get out of Reykivick with your girlfriends. We went on a small tour, with about 15 people in our van, and had a larger group of girls on there with us! They were from Jersey, and had about 8 of them doing a girl’s trip for the weekend. It was great to talk with them, and it was helpful to have someone driving so we could talk throughout the 8 hour day. Here are some highlights from the Golden Circle:
Start in the geothermal active valley of Haukadalur where you will see the famous Geysir and hot springs. Strokkur geyser spouts every five minutes or so and projects steaming water to a height of about 60-100 feet.
Next, you an head to the Gullfloss waterfall, to take in the sheer force of the water cascading over the steep, snowy cliffs. Ot is a beautiful site, so take pictures down by the parking lot AND up by the gift shop. Different views, but both spectacular.
Thingvellir National Park
This area holds great historical importance and has many remarkable geological features. The Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet here and Althingi (the Icelandic parliament) was formed on these rocks in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliamentary site in the world.
Walking Tour of Reykivick
I am a big advocate of walking tours, and loved the one we did through City Walk (not sponsored!) It was a great way to get our baring’s on the city, learn a little history, and meet some other fun travelers. At the end of the tour, we asked our tour guide where the best place to get a drink was, and he introduced my girlfriend and I to a few places we never would have stopped without his recommendation. Walking tours allow you to exercise, while also finding the best wine spot. I mean, what more could you ask for?
Happy Hour with a Hot Dog
If you are doing any sort of trip to Iceland, you must stop and get a hot dog. Some might say some fermented shark, but no, it is a hot dog. Made famous by Kim Kardashian (see, fun facts I learned from our walking tour), the hot dog is practically the unofficial national dish of Iceland. Although they do have a different flavor than American hot dogs, they are the perfect stop after your happy hour drink – a happy hour dog. You can’t leave Iceland without a stop at one of the many stands around town.
If you want to learn more about this crucial dish to eat in Iceland, check out this Conde Nast Traveler article HERE.
NOTE: Due to weather, we were unable to see the Northern Lights, which was also one of the main things I wanted to see while in Iceland. But with constantly changing weather, it is hard to predict if you will ever see the Northern Lights in Iceland. But this just means I will have to go back!
Although you would have a blast by yourself, or with just about anyone in Iceland, if your next girls trip takes you here, I promise you wont regret it! It is small, safe country full of adventures and things to do!
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