If there is one person in our office that is up for an adventure or an exotic destination, it is Lauren Baxter. Throughout her career, her travels have taken her to Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Peru, Cuba, Costa Rica, and China – just to name a few. It was no surprise when Lauren asked for time off in July to visit Iceland. She told me that she had always heard wonderful things about the beautiful destination and wanted to visit it for herself. Of course, I was happy see her go and learn about another vacation idea for our customers.
On July 14th, Lauren packed her bags and flew from the heat of the desert for Reykjavik, Iceland. She stayed for nine days and said every day was a new adventure. Lauren said the highlights of her trip were visiting the striking Strokkur Geyser, the Blue Lagoon hot springs, hiking underground in a huge lava tube with a guide, and visiting the icebergs and glaciers at Jokulsarlon.
When Lauren returned, I asked her what type of traveler should visit Iceland and she said “anyone who loves and appreciates the outdoors! Iceland is a visually striking country with massive mountains of dark, volcanic soil covered in many shades of green foliage, dotted with grand waterfalls, numerous farm houses, and hairy horses with long manes and tails. The people are very friendly and everyone we encountered spoke English. Iceland is full of hiking trails, hot springs, glaciers, and is a very stress-free environment.” Lauren said she would love to go back again, but stay longer, take the full four-hour lava tube hike, and definitely try the
Although Lauren traveled independently, there are several ways to visit Iceland. First time visitors may appreciate an escorted tour with a group, where all hotels, transportation, and many activities are arranged in advance and the group is accompanied by a knowledgeable
tour guide. There are several cruise lines like Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises that visit Iceland and offer unique itineraries. Some are combined with a British Isles cruise, making an incredibly scenic vacation without the hassle of packing and unpacking multiple times. Of course, there are other options to add Iceland as a stopover on the way to or home from Europe.Regardless of how you visit Iceland, it is definitely a
destination to add to your bucket list and has been listed as one of the top places to visit in 2017. I can’t think of a better place to beat the heat in July!
Travel Tip: If you wish to visit Iceland, make your reservations early. Due to increasing popularity, space is filling up fast for 2017.