Greetings from Iceland!

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As you read this post, I’ve arrived in my latest adventurous destination, the Land of Ice and Fire — Iceland!

I’m visiting Iceland in partnership with the Iceland Tourist Board and Arctic Adventures.  Our mission?  To promote Iceland as an adventure-filled destination for solo female travelers and more.

In terms of adventurous activities, Iceland is one of the best places in the world.  I’ll be here for five full days, and they are jam-packed with activities.  Here’s what I’ll be doing:

Snorkeling Silfra in Thingvillir National Park — some of the world’s clearest waters are here, between the American and European techtonic plates!  And it’s cold, so I’ll be snorkeling in a full puffy wetsuit.

Lava caving — descending into a hole in the ground and climbing through lava-laced caves is probably the best way to understand Iceland’s volcanic geology!

Glacier hiking and ice climbing — hiking on a glacier in south Iceland, and then actually climbing a the glacier wall, jamming my pointy boots into the ice!

Horseback riding through the countryside — getting to know Iceland’s trademark furry horses on a trot through the lava fields.

Eating unusual delicacies, including puffin, (sustainably caught) minke whale, and perhaps even hakarl (rotten shark meat!).  Tapas Barinn, an Icelandic tapas restaurant, has invited me to taste many local dishes in their famous Icelandic Gourmet Feast.

Luxuriating in the milky turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most famous attraction.

Exploring Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, which seems to be a cool, laid-back, and nightlife-loving city.

Enjoying luxury on a budget at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, a hostel filled with endless perks like a gym, a gastropub, and a library!  I’ve never stayed at a hostel this nice before, and I’m excited to check out the luxury hostels phenomenon.

Other activities?  Plenty.  I have a few in the works right now, and I’ll probably decide on other things as soon as I get there!  Stay tuned for details.

I will be documenting this trip with the #akiceland tag on Twitter and Instagram.  Follow along for all my updates in real time.  As always, the big posts will come out after the trip, but I’ll try to see if I can squeeze one or two out live from Iceland.  You’ll have plenty of Spain and Umbria posts in the meantime.

I always love hearing what you have to say — so if there’s something you’d like me to do in Iceland, please let me know now!  Any suggestions?

Image credit: Allan Roston

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34 thoughts on “Greetings from Iceland!”

  1. Great waterfall pic! I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland. Thanks for posting what you’ll be doing. Cannot wait to hear about the lave caves. This is a trip I have to plan!

  2. HAVE FUN!! (Though I know you will.) And so happy to hear you’re trying out Tapas Barinn! Their Icelandic feast is a great way to try a little bit of everything.

  3. It sounds like it will be an amazing trip! I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, I can’t wait to read your thoughts and recommendations 🙂 Have fun!

  4. Oh my goodness, what a fun trip! I’ve never thought to visit Iceland, but your post sure motivates me. I love luxury on a budget, so this is just my style!

  5. I live in downtown Reykjavik and I want to recommend the newest bar on Laugarvegur, Lebowski Bar for a taste of the Reykjavik nightlife.

  6. Monika Wesolowski

    Hi there Kate! I am planning to go to Iceland in January, do you have any tips about how to save money? I am going on a very very low budget!! Any help would really be appreciated

  7. I am thinking about going to Iceland solo in December or January. I love hiking but not sure I have the gear for the winter. I see some hiking adventure websites but trips seem really expensive. Is Iceland a realistic place to see take day trips in the winter?

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