Throwback Thursday: Icelandic Addition

This was the picture I was going to initially #ThrowbackThursday, of Mt. Esja from Reykjavik harbor, which I then ended up ordering a canvas of. Impulse purchasing when unemployed probably isn't smart.

This was the picture I was going to initially #ThrowbackThursday, of Mt. Esja from Reykjavik harbor, which I then ended up ordering a canvas of. Impulse purchasing when unemployed probably isn’t smart.

This might be a bit of a throwaway post, but that’s OK. Last weekend I was scheduling my social media postings for the week (if you think I have time to tweet and facebook multiple times a day, you’re crazy) and decided that for #throwbackthursday, I wanted to post a picture from my trip to Iceland. This lead to reexaming all the pictures from my Iceland trip, evolved into ordering some canvas prints of some of these photographs to hang in my bedroom, and then moved into researching and reading up on Iceland all over again. I came to the realization that thus far, it’s my favorite trip that I’ve been on. There was something about its strange landscape, insane bar scene, 24 hours of daylight, and seemingly endless offerings of activities (horseback riding, hot spring hopping, seafood gorging) that struck a chord with me, and I’d go back there in a heartbeat-if I had unlimited funds, of course.

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Now, as soon as I left Iceland, I already had a pretty extensive list of things I wanted to do upon my inevitable return, which I published here. In the interim, that list has only grown, so because I have nothing else going on for me tonight, I’m going to share those additions with you.

One of my favorite things we did in Iceland, if only for the story, was go snorkeling. I mean, it was a great experience and all, and how many other people can say they snorkeled in 33 degree glacial water? Iceland is great for out of the box activities you never thought you’d do in Iceland. Something else that could fall into that category: Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Arctic Surfers offers several SUP tours in both the ocean around Iceland, as well as freshwater offerings in the interior, many of which need a thermal wetsuit to be accomplished. I’d particularly like to do the City Day Tour in Reykjavik harbor, Adventure Day Tour, where you drive around paddleboarding on various lakes and rivers, or the crème de le crème Glacial Lagoon tour amongst icebergs at Jökulsárlón.

Standing in front of said glacial lagoon. I have to say, the tide here was pretty intense, so SUPing would probably be pretty intense. That being said, one of my major regrets was not taking a picture touching an iceberg (my sister kept freaking out everytime I mentioned wanting to wade out to one...weird, right?).

Standing in front of said glacial lagoon. I have to say, the tide here was pretty intense, so SUPing would probably be pretty intense. That being said, one of my major regrets was not taking a picture touching an iceberg (my sister kept freaking out everytime I mentioned wanting to wade out to one…weird, right?).

Additionally, I’d love to visit Iceland in the winter, so I could try my hand at cross country skiing in a real life Nordic environment.  There’re many outfitters for multi-day tours, however I’d be content just renting them for an afternoon, maybe to traverse to a hot spring, or Seljavallalaug, the oldest pool in Iceland, which looks like a pretty cool hike.

That's me chilling in the hot-spring river I'd like to XC ski to (although snowshoeing would probably be smarter).

That’s me chilling in the hot-spring river I’d like to XC ski to (although snowshoeing would probably be smarter).

I’m also sort of annoyed I never made it into the ocean in Iceland. I was close, frolicking on the  black sand beach at Vik, but never actually set foot in the water. I really messed up when we visited the public beach at Nauthólsvík , unfortunately being too hungover from an epic 7 AM ending party the night before. After leaving Iceland I read about jumping into the ocean on this post from Young Adventuress, which really drove home that I dropped the ball there.

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I wasn't lying: we did actually frolic on the black sand beach.

I wasn’t lying: we did actually frolic on the black sand beach.

Have any of you ever been camping in the winter? It’s always been on my bucket list, and I think it’d be awesome to break the cherry so to speak in Iceland, especially with this Glacier Camping Tour offered through Arctic Adventures, an excellent, excellent company we used to book a lot of our Icelandic activities.

This is my favorite picture from Iceland and the background for my computer for the past year.

This is my favorite picture from Iceland and the background for my computer for the past year.

Finally, the most important entry on the list: the private Game of Thrones Tour. One of my biggest disappointments was that the day we flew out of Iceland Arya Stark and Hodor (HODOR!) were spotted in Reykjavik. Life’s unfair. This tour would give me an excuse to jet north to Akureyri, and includes several filming locations from the series including “north of the wall” and the  cave where Ygritte (RIP) learns that Jon Snow might actually know a thing or two.

Cheesy confession: when next I return, I want to recreate this "daydrinking at midnight" picture.

Cheesy confession: when next I return, I want to recreate this “daydrinking at midnight” picture.

Anyone been to Iceland before, or really want to go? What would you add to your Icelandic wishlist. I’m always looking for more ideas to add to this very unrealistic future itinerary.

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