Iceland Travel Tips
August 23, 2010
This past summer, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport added another route to its list of destinations: Iceland. And, we are pleased to announce that the carrier, Iceland Express, will be returning next summer to fly a weekly route direct from Winnipeg to Reykjavik, starting in June.
So, for those who may be interested in flying to this scenic and activity-filled island next year, I thought I would talk to those who flew there this year, and pass on some travelling tips.
First off, Iceland is a very “tourist friendly” country, with lots to see and do. It is recommended that you take a guided tour to main attractions – like the Blue Lagoon or the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – but that renting a car and driving to other areas of the country is easy and affordable, as public transportation tends to be sparse and expensive.
Of the people I spoke with, Gullfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon were the most popular. Gullfoss, pictured below, is Iceland’s largest waterfall – there are a lot in this small country – and what makes it so attractive is you can walk right up to the edge. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa, rich in minerals like sulphur and silica. The waters, heated in part by a lava formation, are around the 40°C mark.
Many people in Iceland speak good English, so communication is never a major problem. This includes things like menus, which are often printed in English, especially the more popular, urban restaurants.
All the major attractions can be seen in four days, though if you want to see the country side – where much of the rugged beauty lies – then a week is perfect. It is recommended you bring a sweater, as the temperature in the summer is cool. One of the travellers I spoke with said to be brave and try the local cuisine, which varied from whale meat to sheep’s head and fermented shark meat. The later two are for those with a stomach for adventurous food…
In all, Iceland is a great place to spend a holiday, especially in the summer months. And remember, Iceland Express also connects to other European cities from Reykjavik, giving Winnipeg direct access to the European continent. Stay tuned throughout the year to our website, as we’ll be posting any additional info about Iceland Express as it becomes available.