My Iceland Signature Educational Experience

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The following day was the highlight of the trip. We drove to Vik in the southern area for an ATV ride in the black sand beaches. As we drove through rivers and gullies we were treated to incredible the incredible scenery of the crashing ocean waves. We saw the famous airplane remains on the beach and got some great pictures. After the ATV we saw the awe inspiring waterfalls of Rangarping Eyrstra and climbed the 550 steps to the top to look down. Back to Reykjavík that night for a 7 course dinner at Kopar restaurant which specializes in fabulous local cuisine.

Our last wonderful day was the Snæfellsnes mini bus tour. This 12 hour tour around the western Peninsula was a must see for anyone who comes to Iceland for beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers. Our day ended with a farm to table experience at a local horse farm for an amazing meal.

A few takeaways and things I learned from this trip. Iceland is fantastic any time of year but almost better in winter land early spring to avoid the crowds and see northern lights. Iceland very rarely gets heavy snow just lots of wind and pretty cold temperatures. The wind is always blowing but if you have a good waterproof coat, waterproof shoes gloves and a good hat, no worries.

Iceman day is very expensive. An average lunch when we were on our own was about $40 for soup and a small salad. There are some incredible sweaters and knitted items but they are very pricey. Iceland has a booming tourism industry and they have taken advantage.

The food was incredible. If you love seafood you are in heaven.

People are very warm and friendly. The locals speak great English and are happy to give advice and directions.

The Blue Lagoon is very touristy but on most people’s must see list. It is a good idea to do this experience on the way to the airport at the end before you fly home since it is 15 min from the airport but about 45 min from the city. Taxis are very expensive. Take the Fly Bus from the airport to the town center. It’s around $20 vs a $150 cab.

I loved Iceland and would love to go back and do some more intense hikes, horseback riding, glacier climbing and perhaps seeing Iceland during the Christmas holidays. I am so lucky to have experienced this amazing country.

Kathy Hirst

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