Iceland is a treeless plot of land in between Greenland and Europe. Its population is so small that there are dating apps that alert you if you’ve matched with a relative. Of course, like any place on Earth that is isolated, the culture and the landscape there are unlike anything you’ve seen. If you visit Iceland, here are the top 5 things you must do.
Who doesn’t love hot springs? The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous spring. The water is heated by the earth and your skin will thank you for the mineral-rich soak. This lagoon gets its name from the color of the water, which is a bright blue due to the high silica content. The bottom of the lagoon is covered in soft white mud that you can slather on yourself for a natural mud body/face mask.
Icelandic Pony Rides
If you love the great outdoors, there’s nowhere better to go on a pony ride than Iceland. These aren’t just run of the mill ponies, these are sturdy, hairy Icelandic ponies. You can book day trips or shorter trips just outside of Reykjavik.
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge
If geology or earth science is your thing, then you should cross Iceland off your list. But you could put it back on the list if seeing the Mid-Atlantic ridge from land is interesting to you. This “valley” is actually the place where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, except now the plates are moving away from each other. So, if you were physically able to venture down the middle (without being burned to death), you’d see that magma is coming up in between the plates and it’s forming new land.
Restaurant Varma – Geothermal cooking
This restaurant is about 30 minutes outside of Reykjavik and asks the question, why stay on an island that is full of geothermal energy and not eat at a restaurant that runs on geothermal power. The architects and chefs here have found ways to harness the Earth’s heat to cook their food and prepare gourmet meals. Afterward, you can head to a hot spring for a post-meal soak.
Try the Skyr
There’s yogurt and then there’s skyr. This yogurt-like substance is made from skim milk. Many Icelanders still make skyr at home, though you can find it at the grocery store. Unlike yogurt, skyr has no fat content, it’s made almost purely out of milk protein.