5 Things they don’t tell you about Iceland

Or they do, but you probably didn’t listen. Like me. After Australia and New Zealand, I didn’t have any trips planned but I was definitely interested in visiting Iceland. Especially since I had actually booked it two years ago during my final year of university because of an amazing deal, but it got cancelled because there was no availability. Safe to say we finally made it (with a few cancellations and such along the road).

Iceland is like a fairytale, there’s so many magical places to explore and you’ll be enchanted by the country. But there’s a few things I wish I knew before I went to visit, and which I hope will help you when you book the trip..

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1. It’s fucking cold

Excuse my language. I thought I could handle the cold, but the weather in Iceland is a whole oher level. One minute it’s sunny, then 5 minutes later it’s pouring it down. We got soaked while visiting one of the waterfalls because of the weather – but it was totally worth it!

If you’re not a fan of the extreme cold weather you can always come during the summer. The temperatures don’t get higher than 15C, and there’s 24 hours of daylight between June/July.

2. You may or may not see the Northern Lights

I’m pretty sure everyone travels to Iceland hoping to catch the Northern Lights. I’d talked to a few friends who had previously visited, some of then managed to catch them while others didn’t. The most important thing it to lower your expectations. You shouldn’t go to Iceland thinking you’ll 100% see the Northern lights because the weather is very unpredictable. We had booked the lights for the first day but it kept getting cancelled until it was the last day and there was no way we’d be able to see them!

It all depends on the cloud cover. If the sky is even 60% covered the chances of seeing them are very low. The good thing is that you’ll be able to re-book for the next night, or get a refund if you’re leaving and haven’t seen them.

The best months to see the lights are between October and March. If you’re lucky you can see them in April as well (we didn’t but some people have had the chance!)

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3. It’s expensive.

Well, this is kind of a known fact, but if you don’t know, it can hit a dent on your budget if you’re trying not to spend too much. Dinner can easily come around 20-30€ per person. But most of the local food is delicious. There’s fresh seafood and meat, as the country doesn’t import their food and use up all their vegetables and meat from local farms.

Tours can be quite expensive too which is why lots of people prefer renting a car and driving around the country. However, if you’re looking for a hassle free holiday then I’d definitely recommending booking day tours with Rekyjavik Sightseeing or Extreme Iceland.

4. It smells like rotten eggs.

Almost everywhere, especially near the hot springs and pools. Going to the Blue Lagoon, you’ll realise just how much it stinks. My skin and hair became really dry because of the lagoon. This is due to the sulphur and because of the volcanic activity in the country. However drinking tap water is safe over there so it’s recommended you carry a big bottle of water with you to refill.

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5. You’ll fall in love with the country and want to go back again

If the pictures are any indication, you’ll realise how much fun it is to visit these incredible places in real life. Every place looks like a movie set (which it kind of is) From Game of Thrones, Thor Ragnarok to Justin Bieber’s music video, it’s no surprise lots of films/series are shot here.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have you visited Iceland? If not, is it on your bucket list?

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