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When someone says ‘girls’ getaway’, what us girls usually desire is to be sipping on cocktails while sunbathing, treating ourselves to a spa day and dressing up in the latest trends. Somehow Iceland fails to fit in with the idea of a girls’ holiday. Its very name suggests frostbites, snow and concealing the beach body that you would rather have shown off in a bikini under layers of warm clothing.
Although it seems like an unconventional destination choice to consider when going away with your girlfriends, a holiday to Iceland ticks off all the desired factors on the checklist for a girls’ holiday and more, including shopping, pamper time and sightseeing in a country that offers some of the most magical places to visit. Contrary to popular belief, Iceland does not resemble anything like a scene from an Ice Age movie and its climate is not only relatively mild in the summer but also mesmerizing due to the midnight sun which makes your days longer and allows you more time to explore its enthralling sights. Why not spoil yourselves and try out beauty treatments that are made to nourish your skin in the harsh Icelandic climate and shop for clothes that are typically Icelandic if you’d like to make an early start in searching for some statement pieces for your winter wardrobe that are guaranteed to turn heads.
The Blue Lagoon:
A trip to Iceland is not complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon. In fact, my main reason for wanting a trip to Iceland in the first place was to take a dip in the smoking, mystical blue waters of the Blue Lagoon and swim among the mountains in the heart of the Icelandic landscape. For a full pamper session and the ultimate in spa treatment, try the nourishing Algae treatment that starts with a Silica Salt Glow massage that will leave your skin polished and smooth and ends with an algae wrap and body massage. If you would like to recharge your batteries, why not try some in-water treatments such as a relaxing massage in the Blue Lagoon waters that is renowned for leaving your skin nourished due to its mineral-rich water. Not to mention that this may be your one and only chance to show off your new range of summer swimwear as Iceland’s beaches aren’t the most inviting ones due to the fact that as a volcanic island, its sand is black. Besides the Icelandic ocean will not be as warm to swim in as the Blue Lagoon, which is located in a lava field and is therefore geothermal.
The Reykjavik city centre is the place to shop from a range of modern to vintage shops.
The Geysir shop is one of the most popular clothes stores in Reykjavik. Apart from the fact that its display of stuffed animals is bound to offend animal lovers, its vintage décor and array of irresistibly soft, luxurious winter clothes will have you running in from the outside and tempt you to spend a lot more than originally planned. If your wardrobe is lacking in soft fur coats and thick knitted jumpers or if you would like to treat yourself to an Icelandic cardigan with beautiful ,eye-catching prints, then Geysir is the place to shop.
Places of attraction:
I recommend booking a Golden Circle tour online which is a guided excursion to the most breath-taking of Iceland’s many wonders. This includes a trip to the famous Geysir, the Gullfoss waterfall, exploring the Thingvellir national park, and to finish off the escapade in the most exhilarating way, a hike to the top of the Langjokull glacier. Once you reach the peak, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the Icelandic scenery from a different angle. From the top it seems like the milky waters of the Hvitarvatn lake blends with the clouds above, which is a peaceful and unifying experience that will make you feel together with nature.
I would recommend Iceland as an ideal destination for a typical girls’ holiday with a bit of adventure thrown in.
By Yashi Banymadhub
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham