Rugged Beauty Of Iceland

15 Photos To Showcase The Rugged Beauty of Iceland

When you pair the unmatched natural beauty with the endless opportunity for adventure, it's no surprise that Iceland is one of the world's most popular travel destinations. I traveled there by myself in April and was very quick to fall in love with all of the views around me. It felt like I had fallen into a National Geographic magazine or something! Here are some of my favorite photos to showcase the rugged beauty of Iceland, but it all looks much better in person so be sure to add it to your bucket list! (Wow Air has been having some great flight deals lately - hint hint). If you are interested in visiting, I've linked a couple of my posts with more information at the bottom of this. Enjoy!

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Reykjavik on a Budget

Reykjavik On A Budget: How To Visit Without Breaking The Bank

There are a lot of words you could use to describe Iceland but "cheap" certainly isn't one of them. That's not to say that you shouldn't visit though because it's an awesome country and there's a lot to see and do. During my recent visit, I was trying not to jump on the spendings treadmill too much so I decided to compile this list of tips and cheap things to do to help you prepare for your own visit. If you use a few of these tips then you should be able to enjoy a great visit to Reykjavik on a budget without having to sell one of your kidneys to pay back your credit card!

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Swimming in Iceland

Swimming in Iceland: Mandatory Group Showers & Everything You Need to Know

Swimming in Iceland is a big part of the culture and the residents definitely don't let the cold stop them. You've probably already heard of the Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon but luckily, these crowded and expensive tourist attractions are not the only places to take a dip. There are many local geothermal pools all around Iceland and whether you are interested in doing laps for exercise or soaking in hot tubs, there's a little something for everyone. The catch - there is a strict process around getting ready for the swim including mandatory naked group showers! During my first trip to one of the pools I was overwhelmed with all the rules. I was literally walking around completely naked and stopping by every sign to read them because I didn't want to accidentally do something that I wasn't meant to! I wanted to write this post because it's something I would've loved to have read before my visit and I hope it can be useful to you if you are planning to go swimming in Iceland (you definitely should by the way, it's amazing!) Of course you won't remember everything I've written but I think that if you've read this and have an idea of the flow of the process then it will come back to you when you are in the change room - so hopefully you won't be the awkward sign reading naked chick like me! At the end of the post I've also added a list of pools, a few of which are walking distance from downtown Reykjavik. 

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Iceland as a solo female traveler

How To Explore Iceland As A Solo Female Traveler

Exploring Iceland as a solo female traveler can sound overwhelming! There's the intense weather fluctuations, the rugged climate and the isolation, but don't let that stop you from booking a trip because Iceland is a very solo female traveler friendly destination. I wanted to see as much of the beautiful nature there as possible but there was the one catch - the transportation. When I'm traveling solo I just can't drive around all day. I don't know about you but there's something about driving that makes me so tired and if I don't have someone to talk to or play car Karaoke with (for the record, I do a pretty great Beyonce performance) then I would get so tired and bored and probably just fall asleep at the wheel. So when I was planning my trip I had to figure out how to see it all without having to drive all day and I'm happy to say that I found a way - by jumping on a couple of Bustravel Iceland tours.

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