2018 has come and gone, and with it, our hopes and desires for whatever the year held. Undoubtedly, it came with its litany of new year’s resolutions and—if you’re anything like me—most of these were left broken by the wayside as February came around. A new year, however, means a fresh urge to maintain a level of discipline, and with that, let us look to our New Year’s Resolutions for 2019.
Exercise and Get Fit
One of the most common resolutions for the new year is to regain control over one’s physical fitness, be that by going for a jog in the morning, visiting one of Reykjavík’s beloved swimming pools, or purchasing a gym membership. Of course, there are always more exciting ways of shedding 2018’s excess flab.
For example, this 5-Day biking tour on the Laugavegur trail will take you from the colourful rhyolite hills of Landmannalaugar to the gorgeous green valley of Þórsmörk. What could be better, after all, than gaining some tight buns surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Icelandic highlands? Those averse to cycling but still hopeful to explore the highlands could try the equally taxing, yet sublime 3-day hiking tour on the famous Laugavegur trek.
Yoga fanatics will find plenty of tour choices for 2019 in Iceland. For instance, this 6-day winter tour incorporates both yoga and hiking surrounded by the unforgettable scenery of North Iceland. On the other side of the country at Reynisfjara, guests could partake in Yoga on the Black Sand Beach.
If you’re interested to learn more, check out our feature article: Fitness in Iceland | Sports, Exercise & Wellbeing.
Eat Better and Be Healthy
Another resolution that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue come January is the desire to eat healthier, doing away with the takeaway pizza, the end-of-night kebab or the mindless snacking that gets one through the day, trading it all in for a lush, mouth-watering bowl of salad.
Considering Icelanders’ penchant for steaming, mustard drenched hot dogs and salted liquorice candy, one might be surprised to find there are a great deal many restaurants and cafes that specialise in healthy and affordable menu items. For example, Lamb Street Food offers up delicious European, Middle Eastern and fusion cuisine, while Gallery Fiskur is known for its authentic seafood options.
For more options on wholesome, nutritious and nourishing dining options, pay a visit to Top Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Reykjavik.
If you’re wondering how to get healthy, but don’t know where to start, why not see our feature article: Health in Iceland.
Drink less (but, also, drink here)
Both the Christmas period and New Year’s Eve are times when drinking can get a little, er, out of hand. Whether that be in the form of dancing on the restaurant table, yelling at family or falling asleep in a ditch somewhere, come the morning, the desire to sober up and feel human again is all too real.
During these moments, the prospect of drinking less feels as welcome as a warm bed, hot cup of coffee and a healing bacon bagel.
With that being said, the hooch is notoriously, and dangerously, slippery. For those who regain their composure and decide that a drink might not be such a bad idea after all, there are a number of delightful establishments in Iceland’s capital that will readily welcome you back after a short period of abstinence, many of which have been covered in Guide to Iceland NOW.
Thirsty for the tipple? Nights that boast an earthy, booze-laden atmosphere can easily be achieved at such establishments as The Dubliner, Boston or the city’s favourite whiskey bar, Dillon. Classier joints include Hlemmur Square, the connoisseur’s heaven, Micro Bar or the scandalous wine bar, Klaustur.
The following feature article is certainly not beneficial towards your new, clean-cut lifestyle, but see Happy Hour | Reykjavik’s Cheapest Bars for the tastiest discounts. Which brings us swiftly to our next resolution—
Save More Money
Saving money is one of those resolutions that sounds perfect in writing, but difficult to achieve in practice. Thankfully, Guide to Iceland offers a variety of discount tour options and packages for the willing budget traveller.
For example, this 3 in 1 Bundle | Snowmobiling, Glacier Hike & Ice Cave allows for winter guests to experience the very best in adrenaline-pumping adventure for the lowest market price available.
Those looking to secure a longer trip around Iceland on the cheap might be interested in this 11-day self-drive tour, which has the added benefit of touching on the mysterious Eastfjords and the dark, dramatic and volcanic landscapes of the Mývatn region. If you’ve only a week to spare, then why not partake in this 7-day self-drive tour, visiting both the picturesque South Coast and “Iceland in the miniature”, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula?
Reading for pleasure is often considered a luxury in our hectic lives, yet it is one that we often yearn for, an escape that immerses us in new worlds as much as it teaches us about our own. Reading new books, journals, blogs and articles should be at the forefront of all our new year’s resolutions this year.
Iceland is, of course, famed for its rich literary traditions, heralding back to the ancient sagas. In 2011, Reykjavík became a recognised UNESCO City of Literature, cementing its importance amongst bookworms for years to come.
However, given the relative inaccessibility of the language and the enormous number of new manuscripts published each year, delving in can be somewhat daunting for the outsider. Check our feature article Icelandic Literature for Beginners to garner some notion of what books you may or may not want to read this year.
With that being said, the Guide to Iceland main site offers a huge variety of entertaining and informative articles on every aspect of local culture. For instance, if you’re looking to read up on this island’s infamous seafaring settlers, then see Vikings and Norse Gods in Iceland, or for greater scope, the History of Iceland. If you’re eager to deep-dive into Iceland’s nature, then such articles as Waterfalls in Iceland, National Parks in Iceland and Wildlife and Animals in Iceland will be right up your alley.
Fans of music will no doubt look to read further on such prized Icelandic artists as Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, GusGus and the Queen of experimental pop, Björk. We also hold a number of articles about some of the different musical genres popular around the country, including Icelandic Reggae… Really? and Hip Hop & Rap in Iceland.
See Explore Iceland for a host of different articles on this amazing land.
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