Why it’s best to stopover in Iceland in your approach to San Francisco

Direct flights are the way in which to go. Why add on hours altering planes once you don’t need to. On a current journey to San Francisco, I modified my thoughts.

Why? Final month Icelandair – identified for its beneficiant 32-inch seat pitch in economic system -launched their new flight to San Francisco from London’s Heathrow airport with a stopover in Iceland for few days included within the worth. In impact this was a two-country vacation.

That is how I spent my time within the land of the midnight solar.

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The Blue Lagoon

The misty, blue waters of the Blue Lagoon are heated by the earth itself and look dazzling in opposition to a again drop of black lava mountains.

Blue lagoon

Blue lagoon c. Sharron Livingsto

Although these waters are unbelievable to your pores and skin, it’s not really easy on hair. We have been informed to douse our hair in (the provided) hair conditioner. So, I hung up my fluffy dressing robe, kicked off the provided flip flops and made my manner in. The water ultimately reaches shoulder peak(ish). I had a token for a drink and swapped it for a Prosecco on the water-side bar.

Then a wade by means of the nice and cozy, opaque water to different aspect for a Silica mud masks, designed to “make you look youthful”. Then later, I used to be again for an algae masks to “make your pores and skin smooth”. By the point I left, round two hours later, my pores and skin felt and seemed fairly good.

Fortunately, on web site is the Lava Restaurant dishing up tasty grilled beef, lamp and fish.

Snorkeling at Silfra Fissure


Snorkelling at Silfra fissure between two tectonic plates of America and Eurasia

Snorkelling by means of calm, clear waters at Silfra fissure in Thingvellir Nationwide Park is a joyous expertise however what blew my thoughts was that the rocky formations within the canyon have been the results of the motion of two tectonic plates of America and Eurasia – and I used to be floating by means of them.

The blue water, although initially chilly, is so clear that visibility is as much as 100 toes. I used to be in a position to see the nooks and crannies of the rocky formations and purple, pink and brown color scheme beneath this underwater kingdom. By the way, there’s no wildlife to see, simply nature’s handy-work.

The tour lasted round 40-minutes and the thought is to drift reasonably than swim. All of the gear is provided and sized by a really supportive crew although the swimsuit was fairly tight and felt constricting however did the job of maintaining me dry.

Afterwards, I used to be given scorching chocolate and biscuits to spherical off the expertise.

Whale watching on board a cruiser

A cruiser (courtesy of Artic Journey) took us out into uneven seas (sure you could get seasick) however the imaginative and prescient of puffins bobbing on the water and Humpback whales majestically coming out of the water seemingly unfazed by the vessel, makes up for the considerably heady expertise. I will need to have had 5 sightings in simply two hours. Watching them is superior as they reveal their white undersides whereas diving out and in, arching their lengthy darkish physique.

Snowmobiling alongside a glacier within the midnight solar

Snowmobile on the glacier

Snowmobile on the glacier c Sharron Livingston

I used to be so happy to have the chance to go snowmobiling on Iceland’s Langjökull Glacier. After a couple of minutes of tuition I began the engine and in a snake-like formation adopted the information alongside the glacier. The snow appeared to stretch into the everlasting and seemed lovely underneath the darkish orange hues of the midnight solar. Sure it’s a four-hour drive from Reykjavik however it’s a sensational expertise and also you’ll see numerous unbelievable surroundings alongside the way in which. Don’t miss it.

Reality File

FLY:  Icelandair flies from London Heathrow to San Francisco. The fare is £447.80 per particular person return together with all taxes, charges and expenses (worth is predicated on travelling in September 2018). passengers are in a position to stopover in Iceland on their approach to San Francisco for as much as seven days for no additional fare worth.

About Icelandair: Icelandair offers in-flight leisure with 49,380 minutes of leisure on board in addition to  Gate2Gate WiFi throughout our fleet. The airline presents two courses of journey: A spacious Saga Premium with attentive service and Financial system class with a hefty 32-inch seat pitch. New routes embrace: Dallas, Cleveland, Kansas Metropolis, San Francisco and Baltimore again.

STAY: Resort Marina Iceland is a cool, open plan resort with first rate sized rooms and cozy mattress. Double from ISK 17,850 / £126 per evening

EAT: Kopar restaurant situated by the pier Reykjavik presents positive eating in a pleasant atmosphere. Get pleasure from Beef, salmon and seafood.

Lindin restaurant in Laugarvatn has pretty location by a lake. The proprietor is a contented kind and presents a vibrant welcome. The smoked Arctic Char was wonderful. There’s additionally reindeer burger with fries on provide.

Block Burger is a plain and easy juicy burger joint and bar. Nice to down with a beer.

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