Like a Local: Icelandic horses were brought over by Vikings in 900 A.D. and are used for sheepherding and pleasure-riding. It’s a smallish, spirited horse as well as the only horse in the world that has an extra gait called tölt.
Contributor: Adrienne Sharon
Dates of Travel: February 2017
Journal Entry: “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”
“Yes!” When you’re in Iceland, the answer to that question is always, “Yes.” In a land of volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, glaciers and steamy geothermal lagoons, your kids and your own inner child will be mesmerized by this friendly yet mysterious land.
Often referred to as the “Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland boasts over 8,000 volcanoes as well as some of Europe’s largest glaciers. It’s a country where you can explore by horseback, dogsled, snowmobile, boat, or 4X4 Super Jeep all in one day! In Iceland, there is no shortage of activities to keep families engaged and inspired.
You will likely be based in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It’s where about two-thirds of the country’s population of 330,000 inhabitants live. Reykjavík is a small yet charming European capital packed with shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, and bars. If you and your family are sea-foodies, you’re in luck! The fresh North Atlantic catches are unrivaled. However, be forewarned, the prices for food in Iceland are astronomically high.
Two highlights that are quintessential Iceland are a visit to the Blue Lagoon and an encounter with the dazzling Northern Lights. The Blue Lagoon is a stunning complex of natural turquoise, geothermal pools surrounded by seemingly endless fields of black hardened lava. You may choose to spend a few hours, an entire day or even longer if you check in at the newly expanded Silica Hotel located at the Blue Lagoon. After a relaxing day in the geothermal pools, you may choose to venture out into the dark Arctic night for a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights. If you’re fortunate enough to land yourself in Iceland during a time of high solar activity and clear night skies, you may see the dazzling colors as they dance across the black sky.
A trip to Iceland is a unique experience for the entire family. You will feel nurtured by the cozy Scandinavian charm and at the same time wowed by the dramatic nature. You can experience the country with your pick of thrilling excursions over rugged terrain or by simply renting a car and watching the otherworldly scenery pass you by. However you choose to experience Iceland, you can be assured it will be an unforgettable Arctic adventure.