My 15th anniversary getaway vacation planning continues – this week I’m focusing on Iceland. When I asked my husband where he’d like to go for our anniversary in October 2015, he jokingly said Iceland. But, I think he might have been on to something – an Iceland vacation may be the perfect way to celebrate 15 years together.
As of January 2014, the population in Iceland is 325,000 and while the language of the country is Icelandic, English is widely spoken. The country is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the capital city, Reykjavik is about a 10-hour flight from Los Angeles (6 hours from NYC). Temperatures in the city average about 39F in October, with only a few degrees difference between daytime and nighttime readings.
Things To Do During Our Iceland Vacation
The majority of our Iceland vacation will be spent outdoors. Items on our list of things to do include:
A geothermal pool located in a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. While visitors can opt to just soak in the waters, I would most definitely take advantage of the in water spa treatments, which include a silica wrap, an algae treatment, a silica massage and more.
If we visit Iceland, I won’t leave until we’ve at least made an attempt at seeing the Northern Lights. The aurora borealis is typically visible in the country from September through April.
Iceland is a country of varying landscapes and one of the best ways to take it all in is by getting out of the car and out onto the trails.
Summer is whale-watching season in Iceland, but we may luck out with some October sightings. As the time nears, this is something that I’d need to research more.
Yes, I said snorkeling in Iceland…in October. One of the most unique snorkeling adventures is available in Thingvellir National Park – visitors can snorkel between the Eurasian an American tectonic plates.
Waterfalls & Geothermal Features
I love waterfalls and if we choose Iceland for our 15th anniversary getaway, I want to visit Gullfoss (aka the Golden Waterfall). I’m also a fan of other geothermal features, so a trip to the geysers of Iceland would also be in order.
This is my fourth installment of my 15th anniversary vacation Travel Tuesday posts and I have to admit, I’m more excited after writing this post than I was after writing the others. Sure a trip to Bali, Tahiti or Fiji, and Australia and New Zealand sound great, but a trip to Iceland has me most excited. We’ll see if the next installment, southern Europe, changes my mind.
Blue Lagoon – Jonathan Percy/Flickr
Northern Lights – Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Hiking in Iceland – Jason Drury/Flickr
Whale Watching – Frank Sinks/Flickr
Snorkeling – Francisco Antunes/Flickr
Gullfoss – Howard Ignatius/Flickr