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How to spend an October in Iceland
Everyone has to go at least one time in beautiful Iceland. I went to Iceland in October for just five days, and I had a fantastic time between breathtaking landscapes and nature's power. I booked my flight tickets to Reykjavik because, from Dublin, they were very cheap but I didn't expect to fall in love with this land and to spend one of the best holidays I ever had. Still, It happened, and I can't be happier. This vacation is also to remember because it was the first holiday that I did just with my dad and It went amazing.
What is the best month to visit Iceland?
It depends on which kind of activity you want to do. I decided on October because between October and March is the best period to see the North of Light but if you are looking for not cold days and more light during your day you should definitely go in summer between July and August.
What to see in Reykjavik?
We arrived in Reykjavik Friday morning, and we spent the first day visiting the capital; the city is friendly as a small bonbonniere, our apartment was in one of the principal streets, so everything was straightforward to reach. Our first stop was Hallgrimskirkja Church, it is the biggest Lutheran church in Iceland, and it is mainly known for its form; indeed, it seems that a waterfall in the south of Iceland inspires it. The church is open to the public, and it also has a tower where you can have a 360 view of Reykjavik but attention! And don't make our same mistake; we couldn't reach the top of the building because there was a music concert and they closed the church before the closing time.
After visiting the church, I decided to walk among the principal street between souvenir shops and typical clothe’ s shops. The centre is nice with small only pedestrian streets and colourful sheet metal houses that give to the setting a particular warm sensation even if the sky is usually grey and dark. If you walk a little bit closer to the port, you will also find a magnificent panorama with the Harp Concert Hall and the ocean. It is mostly during the sunset that the view became stunning with a lot of colours from different parts, the sky, the sea and the same Harp Concert Hall.
The following days we decided to do some excursions outside the capital. All of the tours have been magnificent, and all our expectations have been exceeded in full; all this landscape that probably you will find only here and the power of nature make this trip superb and beautiful.
Things to do in Iceland
Unique Things to do in Iceland
For the first full day, we decided, also thanks to the sun, to have some relaxation and which better place than a natural hot pool? We choose to avoid the Blue Lagoon because it is very touristic, artificial and also costly. We rented a car, and we went to Reyjadalur; we were pleased about this decision because our day has been unique and relaxing; it is just a 1h drive from Reykjavik and around a 1-hour walk to reach the river with the hot pool. The walk is lovely and relatively easy, it is a little uphill but not too difficult and everyone can do it. After almost one hour we arrived on a river of hot water. I immediately pull off my clothes and jumped into it. We spent a fabulous relaxing day basking in this warm water with beautiful nature around, and the best part was knowing that outside the water the temperatures were low, but you could not feel the cold. I think that this doesn't need a description because the pictures speak for themselves. I have to say that the relaxation that you have in your body after some time here is something unique even if my legs turned into jelly and walking back to the car became so complicated.
The second day I booked a private tour to the Golden Circle. Do you know what the Golden Circle is? If you want to discover more about it sign up and I will send you all the information.
Iceland Road Trip
The next day we did another tour with a stunning and utterly different panorama from what we already saw. I decided that I wanted to visit the South of Iceland so I booked a tour with a big company and for this, at the beginning I was a little bit afraid, but in the end, the visit has been memorable, and the tour guy was so happy to show us around and also so funny (he also sang some Iceland songs).
The south of Iceland is entirely different from the rest of the island. You start driving on the road surrounded by mountains, green musk and greenery and at some point the landscape changes completely and becomes more like a desert with dark terrain/sand, no trees, lots of farms and very few houses that are usually close to the small village. It was incredible to see such a drastic change in a small country that is Iceland; luck wanted me to find an incredibly sunny day that would make this island even more magical.
Skógafoss. They are formed from in the Skoga river which runs through the Skogargil canyon until descending from the Kambfjoll mountain. In this canyon, there are up to twenty waterfalls of various sizes, and different ranges and all together are a natural heritage since 1987. Skogafoss waterfalls are 15 meters wide and 62 meters high and thanks to their height when they descend they create a wonderful rainbow. You can see the waterfalls from the bottom or with a walk, a bit uphill, and you can visit them from the top. I’ve never seen such a wonderful spectacle as this waterfall.
Iceland has twenty-six glaciers and the fourth bigger, Sólheimajökull, is only two hours away from Reykjavik, so it is a must on your trip. This glacier is the easiest to reach because it doesn't have high mountains around it, but some grand volcanos surround it, probably you all know about the eruption in 2010 that stopped most of the airports in all of Europe, well that Vulcan is here. The glacier is 11km-long, but of course, it can suffer variation with climate change, and if the climate continues to warm up, there is the possibility that the glacier will disappear in around 100-200 years. We parked close to the glacier, indeed after a 10 minutes' walk we arrived at the most incredible view, I was astonished by the gorgeous panorama of a white expanse of ice and nothing else around.
After a few stops for photos and following a lunch in the small village of Vik we moved to the famous and beautiful Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. It was a bit crowded but not too full to not enjoy the view. The beach is famous for three main things: the black sand due to the volcano eruption, the mountain Reynisfjall and Hálsanefshellir cave formed by the erosion of the sea and today typical Icelandic birdhouses and the roar, of course, of the Atlantic waves.
The last stop of this other wonderful trip has been the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is particular because it can be fully encircled.
Northern Lights Iceland
All Iceland has been beautiful and surprising, but the best thing that I saw was the unforgettable spectacle of the North Light. I decided, even here, to book a private tour because I wanted to be sure to have the perfect spot to see them and also because I love to discover the story and legends behind them. I originally booked the tour for the first night that I spent in Iceland. We went to a perfect location with no light, no houses and no people; the place was excellent, but unfortunately, it was too cloudy, and the lights were a little bright, and we didn't have the chance to see the Aurora properly. After speaking with an expert tour guy I re-booked the tour for Tuesday, we went to another place and finally at eleven o'clock the most beautiful show appeared; and what a fantastic experience, which I will remember forever! Do you also know why I'm going to remember it? The jeep got stuck in the mud, and we had to push the car to get home.
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