Journey along with our resident humorist Nancy as she embarks on unusual adventures from A to Z. With the alphabet as her guide to new experiences, Nancy rates her excursions as a “Fourn-Yay” or “Fourn-Nay.”
Letter “I”: Intriguing Island with Iconic Adventures
(disclaimer: This trip was pre-volcano eruption. Whew! We are pleased to report activities have recently calmed down there)
It’s not every day you see the lifeguards around the pool wearing parkas, gloves, and hats. But then it’s not every day you’re submerged in the Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 Wonders of the World.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most iconic destinations, a natural geothermic spring with 100-degree water, which contrasts nicely with the 45-degree summer air and cool wind. Because I am a wimp, the hardest part of the day was dashing from the dressing rooms into the lagoon. But once there, I was greeted with bathtub-warm water and an eerie steam swirling around zombie-like figures with their faces covered in mud.
It turns out that the geothermal water that supplies the lagoon brings minerals and silica up from the earth. These are mixed into unique facial masks applied by visitors and then rinsed in the lagoon. They say you can take years off your age by using these products. In that case I probably looked 75 years old going in, because I came out looking 60!
The Blue Lagoon is just one of the sites of Iceland that you can’t experience anywhere else. I’d been hearing about Iceland for years, but it finally moved to the top of the travel list for my husband and me.
So, is Iceland icy? Nope. Rumor has it that early settlers moved to Iceland but didn’t want others to follow. They named their green island “Iceland” while calling the icy neighboring island “Greenland” in hopes of diverting travelers away from their home. Did it work? For a while, yes. But now the word is out and more than 1.7 million visitors traveled to Iceland in 2022.
With all that Iceland offers, an increase in tourism is no surprise. In addition to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland has many unique experiences:
As Iceland increases in popularity, I’d suggest planning ahead. The Blue and Sky Lagoon reservations were filling up months in advance and other tours were very popular as well. Of course, we were there at the height of summer where the sun never really went down. Next time, maybe we’ll shoot for the dead of the winter to enjoy the Northern Lights. Then I’ll look like one of those lifeguards in a parka!
Fourn-yay – Iceland offers up unique vistas and experiences that are easy to access by car. Dress for the elements and soak up nature at every stop.
Fourn-nay – While I’d say our weather was good, it was cloudy most of the time. Don’t expect sunny skies on an island known for its waterfalls!
If Iceland is too far for you, choose another “I”: Ice skating, learn an instrument, visit an ice bar, or eat some ice cream!
Got something fun on your bucket list I should try? We’d love to hear your suggestions at email@example.com