I thought it might be fun to make a list of things I HAVEN’T done in Iceland yet but want to do…
1. Whale watching – although I am a huge chicken about boats and feel seasick just thinking about them, I’m going to go on my first whale watching trip in Husavik next year. The odds are around 98% to see them at the right time of year and if I’m suffering on a boat for 3 hours I want to see something! So this trip is about as good as it gets for someone like me and I think it will be a memorable experience for my poor fellow passengers if nothing else!
Photo from Gentle Giants Husavik
2. Visit Iceland in the winter. Ok, the lack of daylight is a problem, but I’d love to see how everything looks with snow. And maybe there are Christmas sales…
3. See Heimaey Island– part of the Westmann Islands and site of a volcanic eruption in 1973. All residents were safely evacuated, and there is still a thriving community. You can visit today and see the lava flow still in place and the effects it had on the town. This is another trip that involves a boat or a small plane, but I think it would be really amazing to see.
4. The West Fjords – worth a whole trip of their own.
5. Walk an Icelandic sheepdog – my favourite invite from the recent Inspired by Iceland campaign. Does Mosi have his own fan club yet? What cute dogs.
6. Knit my own lopapeysa. If you haven’t got one of these wool sweaters that you see everywhere in Iceland, get one, it’s worth the money! They keep you at just the right temperature somehow whether it’s cold or warm outside. Knitting one might unfortunately always be beyond my capabilities/patience level even with the helpful people at Knitting Iceland’s DVD.
7. Run the annual Reyjkavik Half Marathon or Marathon. I keep looking at the website and then not doing it because it’s an expensive time of year to go. I will do it someday as it looks like a really good race. And it has lots of other foreigners that come to do it who also won’t know where they’re going.
8. Learn a little bit of Icelandic. Can we have an immersion course for tourists please?
9. Climb Mount Esja, overlooking Reykjavik. This one is quite doable in the right weather. I’ll skip the glaciers.
Photo from Visit Reykjavik
10. Drive something with huge tires. Is it weird that I get really, really excited by these cars with big tires?? I don’t think I could stand the excitement of a Super Jeep trip.
I can just see me driving one of these: