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September 7, 2017

5 Must-Do’s in Iceland

We’re heading back to Iceland soon, and this time we’re taking two groups of guests to explore one of our favorite destinations with us! If you happen to be in the midst of planning or researching the itinerary, these are some of the things worth checking out:

A dip in the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is actually a geothermal plant, working double duty as a spa. It is believed that the water discharged from the plant can help health and skin issues, thanks to its water that’s fortified with blue-green algae, salt, sulfur, and white silica.

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Do note that typical etiquette in public spas expect you to use the changing room or shower room before taking a dip. Everyone will be naked as this is the local practice, and you will be asked to leave the towel and your valuables inside your assigned locker.

Watch the sun set or chase the Northern Lights in Jokulsarlon

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Jokulsarlon is home to Iceland’s largest lagoon, a glacial pool where icebergs continue to melt. This stunning landscape has grown four times larger due to global warming’s side effects, with Iceland’s largest glacier Vatnajokull, falling off in chunks and floating off then eventually melting in Jokulsarlon.

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Aside from being a particularly photogenic spot, Jokulsarlon is perfect for watching the sun set and come nighttime, for watching the Northern Lights.

Feast on local snacks

While there are certain Icelandic dishes and snacks that are not for the faint-hearted, there are also delicious local bites you can’t miss out on.

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On top of the list? A simple, satisfying hot dog from Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. Make sure you order it with everything: a hot dog made up of beef, lamb and pork stuffed together in a casing, topped with the Icelandic take on mustard, ketchup, and remoulade and sandwiched in a hot dog bun.

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If you’re craving for something sweet, look for locally-produced chocolate called Omnom, made from organic cacao, pure Icelandic milk, and raw cane sugar. It also comes in a beautifully-wrapped package, so it makes for a great gift.

Take a road trip around the Golden Circle

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Part of our tour is a road trip around the Golden Circle, a route with major stops in the country’s top 3 natural attractions: Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Pingvellir National Park. A full-day of exploration awaits you as you hop from one attraction to another, where you will get to enjoy the picturesque views, take photos to share back home, and breathe in the fresh, Icelandic air.

Enjoy the capital’s attractions

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Reykjavik might not be the main reason for your Iceland trip, but the capital also offers a number of attractions worth visiting.

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Architecture buffs will enjoy Harpa, a conference center and concert hall in one. Known for its glittering, honeycombed glass walls, the Harpa is a sight to behold. Another must-see is the Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran church with an exterior that took inspiration from Iceland’s basalt formations. It is also famously known as the country’s tallest building, considered to be one of the country’s symbols.

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Missed a slot on our upcoming 2017 departures? Check out our Adventure in Iceland 2018 dates.