I can still remember my introduction to Iceland. I was watching The Mighty Ducks, a hockey movie about a bunch of American kids coming together and forming an unstoppable bond that propelled them to the top. In a scene, Coach Bombay is chatting with an Icelandic coach who informs him that Iceland is green, and Greenland is icy. As a child that seemed silly. Today I’m stoked to be planning a trip to a country that is obviously not an icy floating rock.To get started, I needed to research. I spoke with FlightHub, an online travel agency. I asked that FlightHub review some of the top sites to see while in Norway. With their list I have put together something of an itinerary for myself.
Visible throughout the city of Reykjavik, the Hallgrímskirkja is the most recognizable element of the skyline of the city. This amazing building took 41 years to build, with construction starting in 1945 and completing in 1986. A Lutheran Church, the Hallgrímskirkja is easily the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest structure. The church itself was designed to resemble the basalt lava flows present throughout the small country.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavik
Iceland is famous for its geothermal springs, making the selection of Blue Lagoon an easy one. FlightHub says the water reaches the surface between 34 and 37 degrees fahrenheit. Not only is this water remarkably clean, it is actually great for your body. Located near Reykjavik, the springs are easily accessible and FlightHub says very worth it.
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull National Park
Only accessible in the Winter, the Skaftafell Ice Cave is exactly what it sounds like until you see it and realize just how ridiculously cool it is. While the caves are subject to the elements, it is the unique and changing colouration and reflecting inside that caves that makes them an almost psychedelic experience.
Maelifell Volcano, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park
About as classic looking as it can get, this volcano is literally the image that shows up in your mind when you hear or think about volcanos. Maelifell Volcano sits in Myrdalsjö kull Glacier Park, and also features hot springs and other beautiful sites. FlightHub says the ideal time to visit is definitely during Summer, as you are more likely to see the volcano covered in a green moss versus snow.
Probably the most popular destination with Iceland. The Gullfoss Waterfall are majestic, three steps waterfalls. The best time to see the falls is in Summer so you get the added boost of melt water fuelling the falls. These falls aren’t guarded by any rails so you’ll need to be careful when checking them out!
This is a sponsored post by FlightHub. All photos taken by Tom @ www.adventurous-travels.com