6 More Travel Tips for Iceland

6 More Travel Tips for Iceland

Five years in the past, once I first set sail to Iceland with my two greatest pals, we had been all broke college college students who wished to discover this stunning nation in essentially the most cost-effective approach.

While I’m nonetheless largely frugal in mindset, it was good to take Ricky round Iceland and never have to fret about if we would be able to afford dinner this time round.

The instances have modified, however my appreciation for this rugged island has solely turn out to be stronger. Here are six extra tricks to think about in the event you’re planning a visit to Iceland.

1. Visit Vestmannaeyjar

On the south coast of Iceland, and a two-hour drive and a 40-minute ferry journey from Reykjavik, are the archipelago islands referred to as Vestmannaeyjar, or Westman Islands.

The principal island, Heimaey, is the one inhabited island of the 15 islands. Currently, there are solely round 4,000 residents, and a lot of the island consists of rocky seashores and rolling inexperienced hills.

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Heimaey, Iceland

During the ferry journey to Heimaey, we noticed some cabins on the opposite islands. After talking to locals, we found that these had been the truth is cabins for individuals who hunt puffins!

Yes, it was in that very same breath that we realized that puffins are a conventional dish in Iceland. While I purport myself to be an iron-stomached connoisseur of all native meals, on the finish, I could not naked the considered consuming a cute orange-nosed buddy.

Anyway, again to Vestmannaeyjar.

Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

The ferry terminal on the mainland is situated in Landeyjahöfn and has an enormous parking zone. It was very straightforward to ebook tickets prematurely on-line, which is a should if you wish to deliver your automotive on the ferry. I noticed many walk-on friends shopping for tickets on the terminal, so it is probably not mandatory in the event you’re touring as a foot passenger.

Ricky and I opted to go by foot, which was very doable, as we had an in a single day keep on the island. The round-trip complete was 8,000 Icelandic króna ($75 CAD). The crusing instances change relying on the season, and sailings could also be canceled on account of inclement climate, so plan accordingly.

On the island, we hiked as much as Eldfell, a volcano that wreaked havoc throughout six months of eruption in 1973.

Eldfell, Iceland

We additionally scooted and walked as much as Stórhöfði, the windiest place in Europe, to seize the views of the island and the most important colony of puffins on the earth. Luckily, there wasn’t a puffin café wherever in sight.

Our subsequent stops had been Stafkirkjan and skansinn, the place we realized concerning the first medical workplace on the island, located inside the outdated deserted fort.

And lastly, we ate a scrumptious meal at an unassuming restaurant, slippurinn, which is a family-owned restaurant that provides fantastically introduced Nordic delicacies. This meal turned out to be top-of-the-line we have ever had wherever on the earth.

Meal at Slippurin

Meal at Slippurin

2. Go on a Boat Ride at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

One of the one excursions we did on this journey was an hour-long journey on a Zodiac. Our tour took us between vivid blue icebergs that float atop the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The lagoon itself was shaped by melted glacial water and is quickly rising in measurement yearly. As the icebergs break free, they spill into the lagoon, which ultimately feeds into the Atlantic Ocean.

Jökulsárlón Glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

It was hauntingly stunning seeing the huge glacier and the breakaway icebergs, all of the whereas figuring out that it will sadly stop to exist at some point.

We booked our tour on-line for 11,000 Icelandic króna ($102 CAD), and it was properly well worth the value.

3. Hike Mount Esja

We had an additional day in Reykjavík on the finish of our journey. Ricky and I mustered up the final remaining power we had and hiked up Mount Esja.

Looking up from wherever within the nation’s capital, you may see a set of mountain ranges that tower over the town. Getting to the trailhead in these mountains was a very simple 30-minute drive, and there was ample parking out there.

Mount Esja

The hike took us about 4 hours round-trip, with loads of stops for footage alongside the way in which. And boy was there a lot to see, regardless that it was a foggy day!

The views alongside the way in which to the highest had been unbelievable. The surroundings modified with each step we took, starting from forest to grassy fields of wildflowers to rocky terrain.

Mount Esja

For me, the most effective a part of the hike was the stream that ran alongside the primary climbing path. Not solely did it add an idyllic melody to the expertise, we had been additionally in a position to replenish our water bottles with the freshest water round!

4. Icelandic Phallological Museum

Tucked within the basement throughout the road from our resort was the Icelandic Phallological Museum. The distinctive museum homes the world’s largest assortment of penises and penile elements.

Okay, okay hear me out. Is this a tacky vacationer lure? Possibly. Was it hilarious and surprisingly academic? 100%. For occasion, do you know that many species of geese have an s-shaped phallus?

My buddy Sinéad and I left our respective companions behind (by their very own volition) and spent round an hour studying concerning the mating habits of assorted animals and having fun at phalluses from throughout the animal kingdom.

From the home cat to whales to the human male, the museum had over 280 specimens from many alternative mammals out there for inspection.

Icelandic Phallological Museum

Just in case you had been questioning, the sperm whale’s penis measures about 170cm or 5’5″, which is three inches larger than a Jessy.

5. Stay at Puffin Nest Capsule Hostel

As talked about, we stayed in a single day in Vestmannaeyjar. While there have been some guesthouses and fancier inns, what piqued my curiosity was the Puffin Nest Capsule Hostel.

You learn that proper I made Mr. Jumping-on-King-Sized-Beds-in-Luxury-Hotel-Rooms sleep in a pod in a hostel. Much to my delight, I feel he’d additionally inform you that it was top-of-the-line nights of sleep we had all journey.

Because of the midnight solar, most of the locations we stayed in throughout our journey weren’t fully darkish. In the capsules, this wasn’t a problem, as a result of the 4 partitions of our pods shielded us from the endless solar.

And after all, it was additionally good to get some private area after spending a lot time collectively on the journey. 😉

6. Try Noodle Station in Reykjavík

By Day 7 of being in a Nordic nation, each Ricky and I had been desperately craving some totally different flavours. Luckily, Ben from the Prince of Travel staff had been in Reykjavík for some time already, and he led our tastebuds to the promised land at Noodle Station.

The menu is restricted to solely a handful of things on the menu, resembling rooster and beef noodles in each common and spicy flavors, in addition to a handful of aspect dishes. But what lacked in selection was made up by the abundance of flavours, which rivaled a few of the wonderful noodle retailers now we have again in Vancouver.

This meal was precisely what we wanted after per week of consuming sandwiches and fish and chips, and I’d extremely suggest a cease right here in the event you’re craving some Asian flavors when in Reykjavík.

Conclusion

I had such a good time again in Iceland 5 years after my first journey. Just as earlier than, I used to be fully greatly surprised by the rugged nature and the quirky points of interest which are dotted round this stunning nation.

Even after visiting twice now, I’m nonetheless trying ahead to coming again and discovering much more of Iceland sooner or later. In the meantime, I’ll maintain luring Ricky away from the throes of luxurious into extra modest lodgings right here and there.

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