2016 Iceland Travel Resolutions

I’ve never been one to make New Years resolutions. I guess the new year doesn’t mean change for everyone. Besides, isn’t the statistic for keeping resolutions like 5%?

So I’ve decided to make my 2016 planning about my Iceland bucket list. I’m always adding new places I want to go anyway, so I guess now I just have an organized public list that will remind me to do all of the things I am going to do either way!

1. Climb a Glacier

Who doesn’t want to throw a pick axe into a wall of ice? Sounds awesome to me.

2. Walk through an Ice Cave

I know what you’re thinking: what’s your obsession with ice things? Isn’t Iceland cold enough as it is? Yes, and sometimes cold is beautiful. Besides, isn’t that photo amazing?!

3. Soak in Grjótagjá

Something warm! Because of all the volcanic activity in Iceland, there are a lot of hot spring swimming spots around the country. Grótagjá is a small lava cave near lake Mývatn with a thermal spring inside. Until recently, volcanic eruptions made this spot too hot to swim, but for whatever scientific reason it is safe again. P.s. remember that episode in Game of Thrones when Jon Snow and his lady friend take a swim in a hot spring inside a cave? Yeah, this is it.

4. Visit the West Fjords

When I hear the word “fjord” I just think heaven. Mountains and water paired together are hands down my two favorite things ever. We have driven through the East fjords in Iceland and they were unbelieveably beautiful, so I can’t wait to explore the West. Look at that tiny little town wedged between two huge mountains. Unreal!

5. Hike through Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is part of the interior of Iceland. When planning our honeymoon trip, I wanted so badly to go here, but to do it right you need several days. I mean seriously look at the colors in that mountain – how is that even real?! It’s like Monet decided to paint on mountains instead of canvas. Mother nature, I tell ya.
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6. Þórsmörk

þórsmörk is one of the main reasons we bought a Defender. It is in the highlands where you have to drive through rivers and hike whole mountains, but the the scenery is more than worth it. I want to stand on that rock ASAP.
So the good news is that this is an awesome travel list that I am beyond excited to check off. The bad news is that whole 5% statistic thing. But I’m going to shoot big and break that statistic. Bobby likes to joke that we won’t have anything left to see in Iceland after our first year at the rate I’m going. That’s okay with me, I’d gladly see all of these places twice. Or five times. Or ten :){2016 is going to be an amazing year! Make sure to follow along on Instagram for a full year of exploring and amazing photos!}

: What is on the top of your Iceland travel list?


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  • Ashley
    January 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    The West Fjords were my FAVORITE part of Iceland. The most beautiful place in the whole world.

    • Jeannie
      January 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Ok, I’m so glad you said that! I can’t wait to visit the West Fjords, I will move it up higher on my list 😉

  • Aubrey
    January 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I’m not about that snow soooo #3-6 look AMAZING

    • Jeannie
      January 8, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Haha, I know you hate the cold. You will have to visit in July when the temperature is highest – 60 degrees 😉

  • Rachel
    January 6, 2016 at 2:41 am

    These all sound amazing!

    • Jeannie
      January 8, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Right?! How are all of these beautiful things in one tiny country? I hope they all happen 🙂

  • Kristy Logan
    January 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Can I help you with #2? 😉

    • Jeannie
      January 8, 2016 at 9:01 am