We at Nordic Visitor love the Nordic region. And, being savvy social media users, we also love seeing virtual photographic evidence of other people loving the Nordic region. So when Chanettee Thanachaiary posted some wonderfully fun and happy pictures of her family's South Iceland at Leisure trip with #NordicVisitor we had to pick her brain about her travels.
Check out some of Chanettee's Instagram snaps below and read about her and her family's adventure along Iceland's magnificent south coast.
Why did your family decide to travel in Iceland? Was there a special occasion for the trip?
It was our annual family holiday trip. No special occasion but it was special to us as we had everybody -- Mom, Dad, and siblings Chanettee, Sikarin and Chanin -- on the trip. Normally, one or two would have something come up and could not join. We chose Iceland this year because Iceland is on our bucket list, it's a beautiful country and we wanted to experience the cold weather.
Also, we saw a TV show and movie that we liked, The Game of Thrones and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. We just fell in love with Iceland. We would like to see the Northern Lights but dad said it would be too cold for him to visit during the winter.
What were some of the highlights of your trip?
Swimming in the hot spring among the nature at the Secret Lagoon, the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland. I always wondered how it would feel dipping in hot mineral water in very cold weather! How do I survive the cold weather, in a swimming suit, before and after we reach the outdoor pool? Now I know... it was very nice.
Also, the many gigantic, beautiful waterfalls all being kept so natural. Gigantic Gullfoss, gorgeous Skógafoss and marvelous Seljalandsfoss, especially with the rainbow we saw, we were so lucky.
The marvelous scenery of Iceland was another highlight; how it changed so quickly. You drive in the mountains and then you're suddenly in some lava land... wow! It's a totally different world. I thought in some moments we were on another planet, not on Earth!
Also, riding Icelandic horses was wonderful. They were just as soft as we had heard and we were also so impressed with the friendliness of the owners of the horses.
What was it like walking on a glacier?
I felt like a Viking! It was exciting doing it for the first time and lots of fun taking pictures there too!
Other highlights of the trip for the Thanachaiary family...
Watching Sikarin's hat get blown beyond the rope barrier at Geysir ("We learned that Panama hats were not suitable to wear in Iceland!"), meeting minutes-old lambs and watching them stand for the first time, and jumping around for photo ops on Reynisfjara beach by Vík.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories with us, Thanachaiary family!