Green Book Global Travel Review: Reykjavík, Iceland
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I've been following @greenbookglobal on Instagram and reading travel reviews on their website greenbookglobal.com from other Black travellers for a couple of years now. If you're not familiar with the website, they're the first Black travel review site dedicated to helping Black travellers "confidently explore the world by sharing travel tips and experiences from the Black perspective." Think of them as the modern day Green Book. For historical context, "the Green Book (also The Negro Motorist Green-Book or The Negro Travelers' Green Book) was an annual guidebook for African-American roadtrippers. It was published by Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1966, during the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against African Americans especially and other non-whites was widespread." (Wikipedia) I recently decided to join their Passport Membership program which allows members to post reviews to help other travellers stay safe on their journeys. Here's an excerpt from my first trip to Reykjavík, Iceland:
"I visited Reykjavík for one week in February 2022. I decided to book Icelandair's "Lagoons and Northern Lights" package because December through March is the best time of year to see the northern lights in Iceland. The package included roundtrip flights on Icelandair and airport-hotel transfers, a welcome drink and daily breakfast, northern lights and stargazing excursion, and the choice of lagoon experience: the new geothermal Sky Lagoon, the otherworldly Blue Lagoon or the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon, including a visit to Gullfoss falls. This was my first international trip since the pandemic began. My primary goal was to relax and be pampered, and Iceland didn't disappoint!
Things To Do:
Northern Lights and Stargazing – As I mentioned earlier, December through March is the best time of year to see the northern lights, however due to the unpredictability of Iceland's weather, there's a chance that you might not get to see the northern lights which is what happened on my trip. There was too much cloud coverage every night, so I didn't get see anything. I did visit Aurora Reykjavik: The Northern Lights Center where I got to see the northern lights through virtual reality. I'd definitely recommend visiting this attraction especially if you don't get a chance to see the northern lights in real life.
Sky Lagoon – The Sky Lagoon is Iceland's newest geothermal spa. It's definitely a place to “slow down [and] savour the here and now...” I had the choice to book this lagoon as part of the package, but I decided to book it outside of the package through Viator. I booked the 7-Step Ritual in the Sky Lagoon Including Transfer. This experience left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. One thing I noticed about the lagoon was how quiet it was. I then noticed that there were no children around. Please note that children under the age of 12 aren't permitted at the Sky Lagoon."
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