My 2013 Iceland Bucket List: Places I need to see

Iceland is a dream destination for anyone who loves nature, culture and good food. Even though I’ve lived here most my life and worked in tourism for several years, not to mention this blog, there are still things I haven’t tried, food I haven’t tasted and views I haven’t taken in. Because of that, I thought a bucket list for the year to come would be in order. I know I won’t have the time or resources to do all of these things this year but hopefully I’ll manage to tick at least few of them off my list.

Because there’s a lot of things I need to see and do I’ve decided to break this into a few posts beginning with places I need to see.

Grímsey

Image via www.akureyri.is

Image via www.akureyri.is

Grímsey is an island in the north of Iceland and it’s also the only place in Iceland where you can actually go above the Arctic Circle. The boyfriend and I visited Dalvík this summer, which is where the ferry to Grímsey leaves from, and ever since I’ve been obsessed with going there. It might also have something to do with the fact that I fell madly in love with its cousin Hrísey. As I mentioned, you can take a ferry from Dalvík to get there but you can also fly or go on a day tour from Reykjavík with Air Iceland.

Sprengisandur and Kjölur

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

I’ve gone around the island a few times but I’ve never crossed the interior. There are roads through both Kjölur and Sprengisandur where you can do that and feel like it’s my duty as an Icelander to do it at least once. If you are renting a car you need a car that is suitable for F road driving for both these routes so don’t go driving up there on your Yaris.

Askja

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

Another destination in the interior of Iceland is Askja. I think it’s one of these places that most Icelanders have not visited but I might be wrong. Apparently you can go swimming in Víti but you do that on your own risk since carbon dioxide can accumulate on top of the water which can lead to you passing out and then drown. That’s what Wikipedia says at least.

Rauðisandur

The boyfriend and our jeep (I miss that car) on the way to Rauðisandur in 2010. Never drive in the Westfjords without a spare tire!

The boyfriend and our jeep (I miss that car) on the way to Rauðisandur in 2010. Never drive in the Westfjords without a spare tire!

We don’t have a lot of white sand beaches in Iceland and even fewer ones with red sand but Rauðisandur means exactly that: red sand. The boyfriend and I drove around the Westfjords in 2010 and made an honest attempt to check it out but ended up with a flat tire and some guy from Patreksfjörður who had to rescue us to the nearest garage. They also have a pretty cool music festival up there that is well worth checking out. Incase you were wondering, both spellings seem to be correct (Rauðisandur and Rauðasandur).

Krossneslaug

Image via www.watertrail.is

Image via www.watertrail.is

After visiting Hofsós pool I now want to visit all those charming little pools around Iceland that offer amazing scenery and other-worldly location. If that’s not a good enough reason, Krossneslaug is in the Westfjords which is an super cool area.

Flatey

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

I seem to have a thing for islands. I know people that love Flatey so much that they visit there every time they get some free time which says a lot since it’s quite a hassle to get there. Or you know, you have to drive for a while and then get a boat. Much like most other islands in Iceland actually. It’s one of the million or so islands in Breiðafjörður, there are no cars on the island and it was featured in the Icelandic movie Brúðguminn or White Night Wedding in English

 

Next up: Tours I’d like to try.

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One thought on “My 2013 Iceland Bucket List: Places I need to see”

  1. Jenn Falk says:

    I’m dying to go to Flatey! Have wanted to for years…will do it sometime soon I hope. These are all nice suggestions, though.

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