There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes you feel all shiny and new. But January in Reykjavik, Iceland can also feel cold and dark so in my opinion it only makes sense to dedicate January to taking care of yourself, mind, body and soul.
By taking care of yourself, I’m not advocating some Spartan lifestyle where you eat nothing but carrots and follow through on all your aspirational New Year’s resolutions (unless you’re into that sort of thing). Instead I suggest pampering yourself a little bit. Take a hike to a beautiful place you’ve never seen before (that should be easy in Iceland), and afterwards, try an Icelandic swimming pool. More specifically, try the hot tubs next to the swimming pools. They’re popular with the locals as a place to relax and chat to the other swimmers and they’re geothermally heated, so it’s environmentally friendly to boot.
When you’ve taken care of your body’s needs, it’s time to take care of the mind. Visiting a new country is the perfect chance to take the time to learn new things. Why not take advantage of the great museums Reykjavík has to offer and learn about Iceland’s history, its one-of-a-kind geology or even its art and music scene?
To take care of the soul, be sure to take the time and appreciate your time in Iceland. I recommend taking a tour to see the pristine Icelandic nature and just taking a moment to enjoy it. Whatever you do, try to get a chance to see the Northern Lights while you’re here. When these swirling sheets of lights take over the winter sky, it’s impossible not to stop and stare. Getting out of the city is key, there’s nothing like leaving the crowds of the town behind and being alone with the Aurora Borealis.