If you’re someone who loves to travel just as much as me then you might be able to guess where I am heading this January based off of the above photo. (Image Source)
For those who are still unsure, in just 9 weeks I will be heading to…ICELAND!
I am so excited to visit (and take bomb photos of course) a place that has been on my bucket list for some time now.
Although I will be visiting in the dead of winter, I am not dismayed. For one, Iceland’s name may bring shudders to your soul but in fact the weather is no worse than that of a New York City winter. I went to school in upstate New York (Syracuse University to be exact) and I survived an entire week of snow my freshman year. Yes it snowed for a week, non-stop. I’m pretty sure I can survive Iceland.
There are many things to see and do in Iceland during this time. Some of the benefits include less crowds of people due to most people travelling in the summer months, cheaper airfare (I paid $230 round trip. STEAL!), hiking, snowmobiling, glacier walking, and so much more!
Some of the things I am most excited to partake in include:
The Northern Lights
A phenomenon, also known as Aurora Borealis, that occurs all year round but is primarily visible during the winter months due to Iceland experiencing shorter days and longer nights. Dark, clear skies make for the best conditions to witness the multicolored lights splash across the sky. I mean really, who would not be in awe? I’m most excited at catching some footage of my own with my DSLR camera.
Ok I don’t really plan on swimming exactly, more so taking lovely photos in Iceland’s infamous geothermal pools, most notorious the Blue Lagoon . If you’re on Instagram and happen to come across some traveling pages that show people in open milky blue water that seems to emit clouds off of the surface, then you’ve probably seen the Blue Lagoon. It’s a huge tourist attraction and I do not mind being a tourist if I can capture a cool picture like the one below!
One of the best parts of traveling has to be experiencing another culture’s food. I can be quite picky but every time I leave the comfort of NYC I always make it a point to try the local food. Iceland is apparently known for their smoked lamb and while I love chicken and hardly eat any other kind of meat, I think I might venture out and try the very best of what Iceland has to offer.
I’ll be sure to come back and update you on what I actually did!
Things to look forward to:
What and how am I going to pack my ONE suitcase that will act as my carry on for my entire Icelandic stay?
The BIG question: How will I wear my hair?