Great happiness and joy – I’m leaving for Iceland in February for four months of arctic adventure! Details of the trip will be the foundation for my next travel book.
See 21 reasons why Iceland has become a hot travel destination.
My activities will include:
- Participating in a photo marathon in Reykjavik
- Icelandic Beer Festival
- Ice caving
- Working in the greenhouses in Hveragerdi, plus hiking along Reykjadalur (literal translation: ‘Steam Valley’)
- Helping out on a family farm during lambing season
- A ferry ride north to an island called Grimsey and a walk into the Artic Circle
- Working on conservation projects in Eskifjordur in East Iceland and Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in northwest Iceland. (I am not taking this tour, but it has great info about the reserve.)
Fingers crossed that I will be able to work in side trips to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
See photos from my adventures via Instagram!
Curious facts about Iceland:
- The arctic fox is the country’s only native land mammal.
- Iceland has the largest banana plantation in Europe.
- Iceland has white, black and red sand beaches.
- Beer was banned from 1915 until 1989.
- The Blue Lagoon contains 9 million liters of water and refreshes itself every 40 hours.
- Iceland sells more books than any other nation in the world.
- There’s a Facebook page dedicated to cats of Reykjavik.
- There are no Starbuck’s or McDonald’s.
- Residents are crazy about hot dogs.
- There is an Icelandic Phallological Museum – the world’s largest display of penises from more than 90 animals