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An Insiders report to Iceland

Wed, 14 December 2016

An Insiders report to Iceland

This blog has been created from the experiences of a recent staff trip to Iceland. Please download the Insiders Report ebook for the full guide.

Getting around 

Firstly, I must say that a coach is a must for getting around for the day excursions. Reykjavik was fairly walkable to most of the main sites & restaurants in the summer, but in the winter it’s can be very dark & icy. 

Iceland is HUGE and I found the days to be rewarding. 

Blue Lagoon 

One of the most popular visits in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is a unique wonder of nature, with pleasantly warm mineral-richgeothermal water in a middle of a black lava field. The naturally high levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour. 

The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden, restaurants and other services. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is both invigorating and exciting whether one bathes there surrounded by snow in the middle of the winter or in the long summer daylight. We stop there for approximately an hour for the swim of a lifetime. Visitors can also apply a natural mud mask. 

South Shore Adventure-Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk 

The walk takes place on a glacier tongue south of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The guides provide all equipment needed- crampons, harnesses, helmets & ice axes. Groups must wear appropriate footwear – walking boots / shoes. They provide a safety talk which covers how to walk the Glacier and what (not) to do. The guides on the walk were fantastic and very knowledgeable, they gave us a great lesson about the glacier and teachers were also thoroughly impressed at how they interacted with the children. 

Skógafoss Waterfall 

If you have the time I would highly recommend seeing this beautiful waterfall. We stopped here on the way back. Only forapprox. 10 mins, but longer would have been better to make the most of it. 

The waterfall is truly stunning If you stand close enough you can see rainbows in the water! You cannot walk behind this one. 

The waterfall also has steps to a viewing platform which really does provide an amazing picture. group to have free time for shopping and admiring street art and vibrant buildings. 

Conclusion 

The visits were full of ‘wow’ (waterfalls, geyser, glacier, volcanoes, lava fields, Blue Lagoon!) Nothing quite like climbing a glacier and then cooling down with some fresh, ice cold water which runs down the glacier, looking at the most incredible view.

To see our full insiders report from Iceland, please download the pdf below.

Download the full guide by clicking the blue link > Iceland-Insider's Guide

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