Iceland is on our short list of places to visit. The views are once-in-a-lifetime and the food is to die for...or so we’ve heard. If you're like us, and you don’t have the time to book a flight to Reykjavik anytime soon, try a staycation instead. You can enjoy Icelandic foods and traditions at home until you're able to go yourself.
Wake up and have a traditional Icelandic breakfast: skyr! Skyr is a thick, creamy, high protein yogurt that has been a part of the Icelandic diet for thousands of years. Mix it with berries, honey, or granola. We love Siggi's triple cream because it's rich in protein without a lot of sugar.
Next, get ready for a hike. This seems to be an activity everyone who visits Iceland does at some point. There are probably even plenty of hiking locations near you that you don't know about. Choose one you haven’t tried and explore! Bonus points if you find a waterfall like Skogafoss!
During your hike, be sure to stay hydrated. Try Icelandic Glacial water to stay on theme. This water comes straight from the naturally replenishing underground Ölfus Spring. If you want some fitting music on the trail, Sigur Ros is an Icelandic post-rock band known for their ethereal sound.
Lunch is calling your name after all that hiking. Believe it or not, but hot dogs are incredibly popular in Iceland. Their dogs are made with a mix of lamb, pork, and beef. If you order one with “The Works,” they’ll add ketchup, sweet mustard, fried and raw onions, and remoulade - sounds like heaven. If you’re want something a little more out there, meat stew is another popular meal. While bison aren’t native to Iceland, you could try this Bison Vegetable Stew.
Now you've earned a little relaxing time. The Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world, is something Iceland is known for. The water is beautiful and has interesting effects on your hair and skin. Save the real thing for another day, but while you’re on your staycation try visiting a local spa instead. Take the opportunity to revitalize your body, you deserve it.
After a long day of hiking and spa treatments. Settle down for the evening with Sheet Pan Fish and Chips. Most of Iceland’s residents live on the coast so it’s no surprise that fish and chips is served almost everywhere there.
No trip to Iceland is complete without catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. Just because you can’t actually see it from your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t experience it somehow. Turn the lights down low and project a video of the northern lights onto the wall or TV while you eat. Don’t worry, here’s the perfect video. There you have it. You just visited Iceland without ever leaving your hometown.
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