DREAMING OF ICELAND IN A HOT SYDNEY SUMMER DAY
As Christmas begins to feel like a distant memory and the seemingly never-ending weeks of work loom ahead, dreams of holidays inevitably pop up from time to time (read: everyday). Last week was hot in Sydney, to say the least. And since I can’t be at the beach, there’s no fair reason for it to be hot, which is why my thoughts have led me to Iceland.
Located in a lava field in Grindavík (Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland), Bláa lónið or Blue Lagoon is situated approximately 39 km from the capital city of Reykjavík. The lagoon´s steamy waters are part of a lava formation that and are said to be rich in minerals like silica and sulphur that help sufferers from skin diseases such as psoriasis.
Vatnajökull National Park
Covering nearly 13% of Island, Vatnajokull National park is said to be home to some of the most diverse terrain anywhere on earth including the Jokulsargljufur canyon, the Dettifoss waterfall, Hljooaklettar crater, and Askja volcano, and of course Vatnajokull glacier.
If you are into music, like I do, this annual festival held in Reykjavík in October is a must. The festival showcases new local Icelandic and international music for five whole days (Wednesday – Sunday).
Almost magical, seemingly vanishing into the earth, the Gulfloss waterfall is located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. Now one of the most popular destinations in Iceland, the waterfall displays the mighty Hvítá river rushing and winding sharply to turn down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunging into a crevice 32 m deep.
From Vik (Iceland´s southernmost village) to picture perfect, hikers paradise Siglufjorur, the thought of driving through this mountainous, volcanic, variable terrain to get to remote, colourful villages seems like a must-do. If up for a challenge, though, imagine the journey through these landscapes on your bike…