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Compass T r av el ICELANDIC INTRIGUE A stunningly beautiful country with icy glaciers, hot springs and surreal landscapes is the most fancied travel destination of the moment: Velkominn to Iceland. TEX T BY FR ANCESCA CRUZ The best time to travel to Iceland is from late August to the end of April for two reasons: First, the opportunity to see the Northern Lights(!) and secondly, it’s not as expensive as high season when tourists show up in droves. Be prepared though, because Iceland is costly. In fact, it’s considered one of the most expensive places in the world. As in, a basic lunch for one person will run you about $80! Thus, you should seriously consider lodging at a quaint Airbnb with a kitchenette, especially if traveling with the whole family. From there, you can head to the local Bónus Supermarket (you’ll find them all over Reykjavik) for meal prepping. Make sure to pack a water-resistant winter jacket, matching tote and phone protector. The rain is as unpredictable as the wind. For a day excursion, the Golden Circle, consisting of 3 equally stunning sites, Pingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall, all but a two-hour drive from the city. You absolutely also want to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa. It’s one of the most visited attractions, but a must. Remember to make reservations in advance, and try your best to catch the setting sun there. You’ll witness the most gorgeous pink and purple dusk you could ever dream of. In the end, Iceland is as awe-inspiring as the cliché proclaims it to be; InspiredByIceland.com. 22