Lately I’ve been dreaming of this magical place I’ve only seen in pictures. Nestled neatly between Iceland and Canada is Greenland. Despite it’s name, it’s mostly covered in snow and ice. It has a population of 56 000 and it’s capital city is Nuuk. With town names which are unpronoucable and filled with coulourful little buildings, it’s somewhere I’m dreaming of! So here are some of the reasons why I want to go to that magical country in the Arctic circle.
You can go dog sledding
There’s whales everywhere
They speak Greenlandic, Danish and English
You can disconnect from reality for a while
And reconnect with nature (85% of Greenland is covered in ice)
Football is the national sport of Greenland (source)
Greenland is known as Kalaallit Nunaat’ meaning land of people (source)
Greenland’s national day is the 21st of June
They celebrate the return of the sun because they can spend weeks in darkness
You can see the Northern Lights
Eat some of the freshest fish in the world
Experience 24 hour day light or darkness
Learn about the inuit culture and history
But just in case these fun facts and reasons aren’t good enough, maybe the photos below will convince you!
Have you been to Greenland or know someone who has? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Iceland. The name is somewhat deceiving, because there’s so much more than ice to this wonderful country offers. With waterfalls geysirs, volcanoes, lakes, mountains, elves… it should probably be renamed Magicland or maybe even Narnia. I was lucky enough to go there in January of 2014 for a few short days (literally, there was only 3.5 hours of sunlight a day), and it’s somewhere I hope to revisit next year in Summer. After some positive procrastination of searching through some of my favourite travel blogs and personal photos, and engaging in some more procrastination now, here’s some of the most incredible things about Iceland, and why it will leave you coming back for more.
The Blue Lagoon. Where it can be 0-2degrees outside and a balmy 30-35degrees in the water. Whilst it is a little bit expensive, it’s totally worth it to be surrounded by snow capped mountains, in the warmth, it’s an absolute MUST! I’d recommend going either as soon as you arrive in Iceland or before you leave because The Blue Lagoon is half way between Reykjavik and the airport and that way, you won’t waste a whole day getting there and back.
Chasing Waterfalls. I went to Gullfoss when it was half frozen and my bones were completely frozen. However there’s so many other beautiful waterfalls in Iceland that I cannot wait to go back and visit!
Geysirs and Volcanos. The land of Iceland is extremely active and versatile. Everywhere you look, there’s a something different to capture that you’ve never seen before and may never get the chance to see again.Reykjavík, the people and the culture. Reykavik is a unique city (or more like a big town) homed to a lot of great little bars and restaurants, with a niche little culture. The Icelandic people I met are ridiculously nice and sweet, welcoming, helpful, and the men can definitely rock a beard. With unique history, fun facts and the world’s only penis museum, Reykjavík is a gorgeously unique place.
The VIKINGS. Enough said really.
The Mountains, the landscape, the sky and the land. Iceland is like anything I’ve ever seen on earth. And I can’t wait to go back again (hopefully in Summer) and do and see even more!
And here’s my bucketlist for next time I hit up Iceland!
Ride Icelandic Ponies
Go Snorkelling at Silfra- the Eurasian and North American continental plates
And see the Northern Lights!
Do you have any other recommendations for when I go back to Iceland? Do you have any favourite photos to share? Let me know in the comments below!