You know what the problem with TV is? It gives us wanderlust. After binging on History's Vikings to prepare for season 5, we've decided that we need to go to Iceland to relax our inner office barbarian. Before we get started on why Iceland should be on your bucket list, here's a fun fact: up until 1987, Iceland didn't broadcast TV on Thursday in order to promote human interaction.
A Bit About Iceland:
Iceland is a volcanic island located just outside of the arctic circle. The volcanic base of the island provides for a hot bed of geothermal activity. This activity provides Iceland with some of the best hot springs on our little blue dot. In addition, the scenic landscape is riddled with mountains making every view enjoyable. If you're a fan of history, it's the home of Leif Erikson, the first known European to discover the North American continent. (Take that Columbus.) Also, did we mention vikings?
Things to Do:
The Mývatn Nature Baths are the thing Instagrammers dream of. With water temperatures ranging between 96-104 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the place to warm up in the cold winter days that average 30-40 degree air temperatures. If hot tubs aren't for you, the Baths offer steam baths. With baths built directly over geothermal vents, you'll be able to get your steam on without an issue. The Blue Lagoon Spa is another popular hot springs destination.
See the Northern Lights. Plan your trip from September to April to see these trippy lights. They are probably signs of intelligent lifeforms on other planets or they are the result of solar particles entering the earth’s magnetic field at high atmosphere, and ionising, whatever that means. We'll let you be the judge.
How to Get There:
Use Google Flights to see what flight routes/time frame will work best for you. Google makes it super easy to search multiple airlines and find the lowest trip cost by month. Keflavik International Airport (KEF) is the main airport for international travel. If you're lucky, you can snag a cheap flight on WOW air, which offers some round trip fares for as low as $99. Think Spirit of international travel. You'll be paying fees for carry on and checked luggage, as well as in flight entertainment.
Once you're there, you'll probably want to rent a car. You won't have a learning curve driving, as they drive on the right side of the road too. It'll be a great way to see the country while you're there and the outer perimeter of the island is only about 840 miles, so you can drive the whole country in less than 12 hours.
For hotels, the major chains are pretty light when it comes to maintaining a presence. Use your favorite booking service to find some cozy hotel that fits your schedule.
Alright, friends. Wanderlust on. Looking for some credit cards to help lighten your expenses while planning the trip of your dreams? Check out our recommendations below.
Recommended Credit Cards:
For Hotels: Many of the most popular hotels in Iceland are boutique hotels. We'd recommend the Citi Prestige, which will get you a 4th night free when you book through Citi's travel portal. It does carry a $450 annual fee, but also has a $250 airline credit you can use when booking your airfare. You'll also receive a statement credit for Global Entry, which will help you breeze through security during your international travels.
For General Travel Expenses: Go with the Bank of America Premium rewards card. For a $95 annual fee, you'll get a $100 airline credit, a global entry statement credit, and a new customer bonus worth $500 after you meet your required spend.