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Ten WOW things to do in Iceland – Catherine Côté

Catherine Côté is a very colourful French-Canadian girl, who has lived in Iceland for almost a year now. She came to Iceland for the first time in 2010, and loved it so much that she promised herself to go back the year after. On that second trip she met a handsome Icelander and fell in love! Today, she’s happily married and has her own Nail Studio in Reykjavik called Rainbow Nails. She specialises in nail art and custom hand painted designs. She brought the nail art movement to Iceland and has inspired many women to have beautiful nails. WOW air magazine wanted to know her top ten things to do in Iceland.

Photographer: Caroline Lafond

Photographer: Caroline Lafond

Drive around Iceland!
There is nothing better than renting a car in summertime and taking a road trip with your friends, driving through the most amazing and ever changing landscapes! You’ll be speechless by the beauty! Road 1 is the main road that goes around Iceland and is a total of 1339 km. Most of it is in very good condition and you can find camping sites and hostels on your way around. You can also drive off Road 1 if you’re more adventurous, but you‘ll need to plan for more time and maybe a bigger car, as some of the roads can be difficult. Just ask at any hostel or touring company, they‘ll help you out with bookings and tips.

Go to Jökulsárlón
This is probably my favourite place in Iceland! Jökulsárlon is a glacier lagoon located in the south east of Iceland, on the border of Vatnajökull National Park. I was amazed by the beauty of this place; the dark sand beach and floating icebergs. You can easily stay there for hours on a sunny day contemplating the beautiful nature and relaxing sound of the waves. If you love photography this is definitely the place to go!

Go fishing
There are many ways to go fishing in Iceland, depending on the type of experience you want. I enjoyed going with a group of friends on a fishing boat tour. They know the good spots, so you won’t have to wait long to catch some! We even had the fish we caught BBQ’d on the boat! It can‘t get any fresher than that!

Party / concerts
The Reykjavik nightlife is crazy good! There is a wild vibe downtown on weekends! There are many different kinds of places you can go to, everyone can definitely find a place they like. Most of the bars are located in the same area, which makes it easy for a good pub crawl. There’s also an app called Appyhour that will guide you to the happy hours. On Fridays and Saturdays you‘ll see party animals until early in the morning. Some bars close at 5 am and you can easily find locals that will invite you to their afterparty. There are also lots of good concerts, live music and good DJ’s in town, just keep your eyes open and explore. My favourite places to dance and party are: Kaffibarinn, Dolly and Bar 11 (rock bar).

Restaurants
Depending how fancy you want to be, there‘s something for you in Reykjavik. The famous hot dog stands, delicious hamburgers at the Roadhouse restaurant, the famous lobster soup at Sægreifinn near the harbour, high end food and good ambiance with a bottle of wine at Grillmarkaður. You should definitely treat yourself!

Photographer: Caroline Lafond

Photographer: Caroline Lafond

The Blue Lagoon
You cant visit Iceland without going to the Blue Lagoon!
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located only a15-20 min drive from Keflavík airport. It’s one of the most visited attraction in Iceland and the perfect place to relax after long days of travel or hours of hiking.

The northern lights
Iceland can be a very dark place to live during the winter, but with this darkness comes something “magical”! You can observe the northern lights better outside the city lights, on clear night skies. There are tours that can bring you to the best places to see them. Its nature, you can predict 100% but i was lucky enough to see them once from my place in town!

Photography
Iceland is the perfect place for nature lovers; the unique landscapes will blow your mind! That’s why I recommend renting a car and driving around Iceland. Mountains, sea, old style houses, sheep, horses, lava fields, hot springs, birds, whales… These are only words, just wait until you get here, it’s so beautiful it feels like freedom!

Music
Iceland has a lot of very talented artists despite the size of the country. Musically, Iceland has a rich and diverse scene. You have probably heard of Björk, Sigur Rós or Of Monsters And Men before, but there are many other bands that deserve to be heard. There are many concerts in Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Grapevine has lists of events and concerts.

Art
Art has an important place in the Icelandic culture, it has its own style and is expressed in many different ways; music, theatre, painting, sculpture, knitting, crafts, clothing… You’re going to notice that it has something different, – the Icelandic touch. I recommend visiting art museums, galleries, local clothing designers and of course ladies, – you can come to the Rainbow Nails studio and get some custom hand painted nail designs and have a look at my art!

Once you visit Iceland, you always want to come back.
Adventure is waiting for you, what are you waiting for?
WOW Air will take you there!

Photographer: Guðmann þór Bjargmundsson

Photographer: Guðmann þór Bjargmundsson

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