Our trip to Iceland is coming round soon and as you can imagine, we’re all pretty excited about it. We’re going to be in Iceland for a lot longer than most places we visit in Europe and there’s a good group of us going so we’ve started the planning waaaay ahead of what I would usually do if left on my own! Part of that planning of course involves putting together a list of things you HAVE to do in Iceland (which are things we also plan on doing in Iceland) and so I thought I should share that list with you!

Before we get into that though, I wanna branch off into another part of the planning I’ve been particularly excited about. Recently, my bag, which kinda inspired Hand Luggage Only (as it was the only bag I used to travel hand luggage only with for years) finally broke. And boy, was I disappointed! I tried replacing it twice but both new bags broke under the strain within days which just left me even more frustrated (but grateful that they broke so early so I could return them to get my money back). Out of the blue one day, it seemed like the kind folk at Timberland has heard of my predicament and  offered to help out with my luggage issues. I was excited but skeptical – after all, two carefully selected backpacks had already failed my stress test.

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (10)

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (7)

In due course, the backpack arrived, along with a rather sturdy suitcase and I was going to wait till Iceland to try it out but on our recent trip to Bratislava, I couldn’t hold out any longer and I had to try it out. It. Is. Amazing. It stores soooooo much. I actually ended up having more space than I did in my original backpack. There are so many compartments (which I love as I travel with battery packs, lens, keys, toiletries and other knick-knacks that I like to store separately). It’s sturdy. It feels great and best of all – it passed the stress test!!! I’m so happy! I can’t wait to try out the suitcase in Iceland. I should have expected though that if anywhere was going to make a bag that would stand the test of time, it would be Timberland!

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (8)

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (11)

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (9)

Anyway back to the experiences, here are the 7 unique experience that we plan to and that you need to have in Iceland!

1.) Glacier Walking: Conquer those Ice Mountains and be the Queen or King of the ice (or sorts! 😉 )

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (3)

2.) Go Horse Riding: That Kanye West & Kim Kardashian song (Bound 2) comes to mind whenever I think of horse riding! I think its that montage at the start that does it but as soon as I say the word, I start thinking about the song. I don’t even like the song! (Okay, maybe I do a little). Anyway, when in Iceland, exploring Iceland horseback comes highly recommended.

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (2)

3.) Bathe in the geothermal pools at the Blue Lagoon: This is a must do in Iceland. It costs quite a bit but it’s definitely worth it.

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (1)

4.) Whale Watching: There are few places in the world better to watch whales than Iceland!

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (4)

5.) Lava Pit Bread Making: Okay, the lava pit you’ll actually use won’t look like the one in the picture but this experience is all about making the most of what you have! Better still, you end up with bread. Plus, I can’t argue with a food-focused experience!

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (6)

6.) See The Northern Lights: Amazing to be experienced in person! I’m so pleased I’ve done this already but I wanna do it all over again. They’re spectacular!

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (5)

7.) Walk Behind A Waterfall: Dramatic waterfalls are a-plenty in Iceland – Gullfoss, Skógafoss are some amazing ones to mention but a few but Seljalandsfoss is one of the few waterfalls you can walk behind and quite literally get a 360 view of the waterfall!

Can’t wait till we can share our first hand experiences and photos when we visit Iceland! Look out for that! 🙂

7 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Iceland! (12)

Hand Luggage Only srprsme competition

You May Also Like

  • Awesome! I want to go!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Iceland’s amazing! Had such a great time last time.

  • MissLilly

    Must go to Iceland! One must go!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • I’m doing Icelandair’s awesome free stopover program (seriously, it’s so genius can other airlines pleeease start doing this too?!) on the way to the States from Madrid this summer. My ticket was the cheapest I could find anyway AND I get the stopover so I was beyond stoked. I’m soooooo excited to do ALLLLL these things. AND you must eat HOT DOGS! Apparently this is a thing in Iceland!!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Whaaaaaaaaat? I hadn’t heard about this before! I have to go check it out now! That’s an amazing way to see Iceland Hannah! Brilliant!

      Oh I tried hot dogs in Iceland the first time I went and they’re pretty good! 😉 Then again, I really like hot dogs so make of that what you will! 🙂

  • Adelaide Haynes

    Iceland is one of my favourite countries! I can’t wait to go back (next summer hopefully) and do some of this awesome stuff! It’s such a geographically diverse country and the people are soooo lovely!

    Love your blog as always! https://aworldlyaddiction.wordpress.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Absolutely! And the seasons vary so much in one day!

  • I have an almost disgusting obsession with Iceland! Thanks for feeding the beast, Yaya! And Hannah’s right! Icelandair is doing these awesome stopover programs (http://www.icelandair.us/flights/stopover/). Sounds like you’ve got a good trip on lock. Can’t wait to see/hear about your experiences!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      lol! 🙂 I know the feeling, it’s an exciting place to visit! Can’t wait to share more from our trip back.

  • Thank you so much for this post — we are planning a trip for the fall and I’m soaking up as much info as I can. You rock!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Glad to be of some help! 🙂

  • Ade2015

    What’s the best time of the year to go? Btw, thanks for the post!it’s brilliant! 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Winter time I would say as there’s a huge chance of seeing the Northern Lights then!

  • We have a glacier walk in our plans as well. Looking forward to reading more about your trip!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Kaelene! Should have updates on the blog soon!

  • Vava

    So excited for your trip! I can’t wait to read all about it!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the luggage info too, I’m going to try them both!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Cool! Thankfully we’ve had the chance to test them out and they work pretty well! I’m pleased. 🙂

  • Great list! I put together a list of the things you must eat in Iceland if you’d like to check it out http://thefidgetyfoodie.com/2014/10/15/8-things-you-simply-must-eat-in-iceland/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks for the list! Ate a whole lotta skyr and tried some hot dogs too!

  • JOK

    I am soooo jealous! Iceland is one of my destinations i’m going to visit to.


    • HandLuggageOnly

      And you should too. I think you’ll like it

  • Kari Guastella

    I had never heard of lava bread making before! I am obsessed and must try this!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Tried it finally and it was fantastic! The bread was sooooo good too!

  • This looks amazing, definitely on my bucket list!


    • HandLuggageOnly

      🙂 Cool – nice to hear!

  • Pingback: 4 Amazing blogposts | fashionfoodfurniture()

  • Pingback: 10 Posts #2 | jessiecrescent()

  • Pingback: Arrival In Dalaman, Turkey... (And A Secret Beach!) - Hand Luggage Only - Travel, Food & Home Blog()

  • Pingback: A 1-Week Travel Plan For Visiting & Exploring Iceland - Hand Luggage Only - Travel, Food & Home Blog()