Iceland: the hottest new destination. Not really hot though! The hottest it gets is in July – their summer was an average of 58 degrees when I went on a Windstar cruise on the Star Legend two weeks ago. Windstar does 7 night itineraries during the month of July with a round trip Reykjavik itinerary. Cruising aboard the Star Legend was a great way to see the island.
This wonderful gem in the middle of the Atlantic is close to the states, a quick 5 hour plane ride which can be done during the day, eliminating the need for an overnight flight. The city of Reykjavik is very easy to walk around with great restaurants and nightlife. Surrounded by sweeping water views, the people are lovely and very friendly. This is a very active vacation with hiking to waterfalls and exploring caves. There are a lot of great hikes and beautiful scenery with mountains, islands and fjords.
There is also a new food culture there which offers great chefs with wine pairing dinners and the freshest fish one can get. From Reykjavik one can rent a car or do a private tour of the Golden circle, a drive outside of the city to visit waterfalls and beautiful geysers. Not to be missed is a swim in the blue lagoon with its healing properties and the warmth of this great geothermal seawater pool. The town swimming pools are all perfectly heated with their geothermal springs. This means that in spite of the outside temperature at 55 degrees, you can luxuriate in the heated natural lagoon and springs all day and into the night – the sun shines from 4 AM to 11:30 PM during the summer, so you have a nice long day (and night) to explore and enjoy the extended sunlight hours.
If you’re looking for a unique destination with culture, adventure with scenery, and delectable cuisine, Iceland is for you!