Our #TTOT chat (Travel Talk on Twitter) posed an interesting question (by @SonjaSwissLife) to the enthusiastic, constant-itchy-feet, world-travelling participants: "Predict the next big destination and why?"
What did this group have to say about it? They come from all over the world and travel it regularly, criss-crossing the globe to experience as much adventure as possible so better listen quick to these suggestions as if the experts say it's gonna get big, then you don't have much time before EVERYONE soon gets in on the terribly-kept secret...
First on our list of destinations that are blowing up is Iceland suggested by @MalloryOnTravel & @SonjaSwissLife, and here's why:
Party scene: You'll surely know some friends who have already hopped over to Reykjavik for a stag do (personally haven't heard of any hens there yet but I'm sure they're coming) to take advantage of the kroner, the craft liquors and thumping nightlife. Here are some must-see bars we recommend:
In the news: Remember we all were made very aware of this little island when in 2010, its impossibly-named Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted and created an ash cloud that disrupted millions of travellers' air journeys when about 20 countries closed their airspace for a period of 6 days.
Football & fan prowess: Even more recently, we applauded Iceland, an island of ~330,000 inhabitants, when their national football team beat England 2-1 to make it to the quarter-finals of the Euros 2016 (where they then lost to hosts, France). Matching the team in statistics, the Icelandic fans had some of their own: that 10% of their population bought stadium tickets to watch their team advance and an astonishing 99.8% of Iceland's TV-audience tuned in to watch the final match. To put that into actual numbers: just 298 individual viewers in the entire country were tuned to channels not showing the game. So when you visit Iceland next, you should definitely congratulate them on their impressive skills on the football field and in the fan seats!
Nature & scenery: Two words. Aurora borealis. Only the most amazing spot to watch this phenomenon. Best time to go is in the dark months of the year, so September to April (although of course November to February are the very darkest) and since the lights tend to go in cycles of few days on, few days off, you may want to plan to hang around for a week in order to ensure a sighting. It'd be such a pity to be so close yet not see all its glory. Since the Northern Lights work on an 11-year cycle which is just coming to an end, 2016 is supposed to be a spectacular year to see them; don't worry, they're not going away, just may be dimmer and so harder to spot in the coming years.
To keep the chills at bay after staying up all night looking for lights in the sky, take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in a lava field about an hour's drive from the capital. With mineral-rich water reputed to alleviate skin ailments such as psoriasis, it's a treat you won't want to miss.
Festival scene: We recently showcased the Secret Solstice festival in Reykjavik which looks like the most amazing 3 days of constant sunshine (due to the sun not setting!), electronic dance music beats and no camping required :D
Food Scene: It's more than just puffin, whale and sheep faces...here are some recommended spots to dine:
And for those vegans out there, @MostlyAmelie writes up a guide to Reykjavik's vegan eateries, recommending such spots as:
There were other recommended destinations out of that #TTOT chat, I swear! But Iceland proved to be so interesting, so much going on, so many must-see places and things that I got a little carried away. Will have to tell you all about the other hot destinations in another blog post! Until then...
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Siamac and Julieanne are avid world travellers, sun worshippers and enjoy sharing recommendations of treats they've encountered along the way. With this blog and Concierge99's Top 5 Guides, they can help you make the most of your travels, giving you an opportunity to find interesting and unique things to do wherever you are in the world.
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