Ice Ice Baby

f12  If vast mountains, beautiful ocean scenery and exquisite landscapes are what you are looking for, search no further.  Iceland is the place for you.  Home to many of the worlds natural wonders including the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon, Iceland has something to offer everyone.i

i3Iceland’s capital and largest city, Reykjavik, is home to roughly 120,000 people and is often regarded as the country’s most popular tourist destination.  Surrounded by stunning views of Faxa Bay and marked with quaint, winding streets, Reykjavik does not disappoint. Aside from sampling traditional Icelandic dishes such as hangikjöt (smoked lamb) along the picturesque roads of the city, Reykjavik, offers an abundance of art and culture.  One main attraction is the sculpture, Sun Voyager, nestled along the seaside and boasting iconic views of Mt. Esjan.  Another impressive architectural structure is the Harpa Concert and Conference Hall.  While this is a remarkable glass building situated by the old harbor of Reykjavik with amazing inside and outside structural content maybe even more amazing is the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra which you can find playing inside.i1

While the colorful city of Reykjavik is striking, the main draw to Iceland as of late has been the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa located in a lava field of Grindavik.  The warm milky blue waters of this spa are rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur leading many people to believe bathing in it offers a curative component to various skin diseases and proves to be beneficial for all skin types.  This extravagant spa offers two different masks made from the mud of the hot springs and free with the purchase of your entrance ticket.

i2With Iceland relying heavily on imported goods, be aware that this is one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe.  While food and lodging are on the pricier side, one positive to consider is that when flying with Iceland Air, free stopovers in Reykjavik are offered.  For example, I was flying to Paris and had a 15-hour layover in Iceland.  I was able to extend that layover for three days so I could explore at no extra charge.  This allowed me to visit Iceland and Paris for a ticket cost of only $400.

With its culture, landscape and multitude of activities Iceland is a highly coveted travel destination for 2017.

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