We know what you’re thinking. One look at the title of this blog and you thought “Are you kidding me?” Most Canadians would love nothing more than to get out of the cold right now. But, believe it or not, Iceland is one of the most popular vacation destinations for people who are looking to have one-of-a-kind, can’t-find-them-anywhere-else experiences. Indulge us, if you will, and consider some of the great reasons to book a vacation to Iceland in the winter.
Iceland sits on top of the globe. Because of its unique worldly location, the Nordic island nation is one of the absolute best places on Earth to bear witness to the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere and charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. They produce beautiful arrays of colour in the sky, varying from green and blue to purple and red. The variations in colour depend on the type of gas particles that collide with each other.
According to Magnús Ólafsson of Guide To Iceland, “these spectacular celestial wonders are commonly seen in Iceland from September to mid-April and are one of the top reasons for visiting Iceland outside of the bright summer months.”
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland. Geothermal water has an approximate temperature between 36 and 40 degrees Celcius. That means you will enjoy a warm and relaxing crystal-blue water bathing experience while being able to view the breathtaking, snow-covered lava rocks that surround the spa.
“The sulfur and silica-rich water of the Blue Lagoon is known for its natural and healing powers,” reports Ivona on GetByBus.com, “However, in Iceland it is not such a problem to find a natural hot tub, since geothermal energy heats up homes, baths and pools, both public and private. If you want to escape the crowds and emerge into local culture, head to the geothermal-heated swimming pool Laugardalur Park, right outside Reykjavik city centre.”
Þingvellir (or Thingvellir, if you’re using the English alphabet) is a historic site and national park located 45 minutes east of Iceland’s capital of Reykjavík. The park sits in a rift valley which was caused by the separation of two tectonic plates. The area is comprised of rocky cliffs and fissures including the huge Almannagjá fault.
“Almannagjá is a gorge within Þingvellir National Park, which marks the edge of the North American tectonic plate,” explains Guide To Iceland, “It is possible to hike through and has a beautiful waterfall within it…The movements of the tectonic plates as they slowly pull away from each other give the park many distinctive features. It is littered with ravines, many of which are filled with crystal clear spring water…and it is coated in lava rock.”
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