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.

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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!

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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! 😉 )

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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! 🙂

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