Singer, actress and VJ Khushboo Grewal chose the perfect destination to mark her 10th anniversary with husband Bipin Grewal – Iceland. Taking 10 days off from their gruelling schedule, they decided to celebrate with a true adventure in the island country. Being thrill-seekers, the couple went on a road trip to explore the entire country and spent every day in a different location, travelling over 2,500 kilometres in the process. Here she shares her experience with us.
Our love for Bollywood was evident as we went to the different spots where the song ‘Gerua’ from the movie Dilwale was shot. We started with the Skógafoss waterfall behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, theDC3 Sólheimasandur air plane, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and the black sand beach (i.e., Reynisfjara Rock formation). A spectacular columnar basalt cliff formation makes this a dramatic site. The columns arch upward into a triangular point where your eye then meets the conical mountain behind it, producing a pyramidal appearance. Each column pops up in a seemingly chaotic staircase to the sky.
But it was not all romance on the trip, as we took on various activities to get our adrenaline fix. Like the snowmobile tour in Skaftafell, the hike on Iceland’s biggest glacier (Vatnajökull), and snorkelling at Silfra. The breathtaking beauty of Silfra, formed by a rift between the North America and Eurasia plates which are moving away from each other, has the most crystal clear water, and was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
We also travelled to large cities like Reykjavík, Akureyri, Húsavík, and Egilsstaðir, and explored smaller places like Hellnar, Hofsós and Lónkot. Being a foodie, I enjoyed the Skyr (local yoghurt), the famous Icelandic meat soup, and hotdogs at gas stations!
We hiked up to the Hverfjall cone, also called the tuff ring volcano, and saw some other famous craters up close. Our next stop was the Mývatn Nature Baths – a smaller, less commercial, but more scenic cousin of the most visited Blue Lagoon.
We also marked a new favourite postcard destination in our list and our memory: the quaint port town of Seyðisfjörður. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides, the most prominent being Mt. Bjólfur to the west and Strandartindur to the east. The fjord itself is accessible on each side from the town, by following the main road that leads through the town. Further out, the fjord is fairly remote but rich with natural interests including puffin colonies and ruins of former activity such as nearby Vestdalseyri, from where the local church was transported.
We saw the most beautiful landscapes that nature has to offer, from snow-capped mountains to lush green fields, frozen lakes to molten lava, hidden springs to big sulphur hot pools. Iceland is rightly called the land of fire and ice!