Iceland has a mysterious beauty. It is one of the most inclusive, kind, and breathtaking countries in the world. Its values surrounding equality make it one of our favorite destinations, especially for plus-size travelers.
The Nordic destination, a 40,000-square-mile island, is 700 miles northwest of Scotland and 185 miles south of Greenland. It is a masterpiece of Mother Nature, with its verdant lowlands, spewing volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, barren lava fields, and deep fjords.
These days, Iceland is finally getting the attention it deserves. Figures indicate that the country has more tourists than citizens each year.
If you’re wondering whether it’s time to check Iceland off your bucket list, take this as a sign. It’s time and we’re here to help you make the most of it! These are the 5 best things to do in Iceland (plus size-friendly edition).
5 of the Best Things to do in Iceland:
Plus Size Friendly Edition
1. Soak in a Hot Spring
What’s more pleasurable than taking a dip into a hot, steamy natural pool?
One of the most famous hot springs in Iceland is undoubtedly the Blue Lagoon, featuring a high-end spa, five-star accommodations, and fabulous dining options.
If you want to experience geothermal hot springs like a local, you should head to Hveravellir, one of the most secluded hot springs in all of Iceland. Its bubbling water holes and piping fumaroles are framed by an array of glaciers and lava fields. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a living postcard.
Here’s a tip: the towels at most of the hot springs in Iceland are a smaller standard size, so we recommend bringing your own towel so that you’re as comfortable as possible.
The sigh of a powerful waterfall will set your soul on fire and put a spell on you. A tour of Goðafoss waterfall is a must when traveling to Iceland, and there’s a good reason why. I mean, Goðafoss literally means “Waterfall of the Gods.” The 2.5-hour easy tour takes you up close to the horseshoe-shaped waterfall and the stunning lava rocks surrounding the sites.
3. Taste the Nordic Cuisine
Despite the fact that Iceland most likely is not the first place you think of for culinary adventures, it actually is home to several delicious dishes and emerging foodie hotspots. Foodies find that Reykjavik is the ultimate gastronomic pilgrimage. Enjoy delicious hotdogs, lamb chops with lava salt butter, and crispy fish and chips served with a Skyr dipping sauce.
4. Dance with the Northern Lights
Can you think of anything better than snuggling up on a cold winter night with a piping hot chocolate, while watching the northern lights dancing in the sky?
Although many tourists prefer to see the northern lights on a tour, you can now watch the magical aurora borealis from the patio of a rural cozy cottage.
Fall asleep under a blanket of stars at the Panorama Glass Lodge. You can watch amazing sunsets and sunrises and the northern lights dancing above you, all from the comfort of your warm bed.
Jökulsárlón translates to “glacial river lagoon,” and it’s the result of volcanic and geothermal natural forces blending to create a natural masterpiece. Jökulsárlón is known for its glistening black sand covered in crystals and large pieces of icebergs. For this reason, it has gained the nickname “Diamond Beach.”
From cascading waterfalls and soothing hot springs to magnificent shots of the Northern Lights, there are a million reasons why you should visit Iceland. The problem with exploring this enchanted land is that you’ll be confronted by a new soul-enriching sight every minute!
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