#xMas Calendar N° 4: discover the beauty of Iceland with OPI

Posted on 04/12/2017 by Eileen Schuch
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This winter, journey to the magical land of blue lagoons and Northern Lights with the Iceland Collection by OPI. Featuring a palette inspired by the country’s scenic, varied landscape of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields and glaciers, this collection offers a range of captivating, chic hues that portray the wild beauty of Iceland.

The Iceland Collection features 12 new shades in classic Nail Lacquer, Long-Wear Infinite Shine and GelColor formulas, with colours inspired by the country’s unspoiled, otherworldly terrain. Stunning moss-covered lava fields, black sand beaches and vast mountain ranges with unique volcanic rock formations lend themselves to shades of chocolate browns, dark grey and khaki green. Water –in the form of hot springs, waterfalls and icebergs– and open, expansive skies inspire rich hues of blue ranging from sparkling jewel-tones to cooler blue-greys. Lingering sunsets yield an array of hues, from orange clay and wine red to shimmering mauve and various tones of purple –including dusky violet, berry and deep eggplant-grey.

We have 3 x 3 fabulous shades from the OPI Iceland Collection in the total value of CHF 180.- to share with you! To participate: like this post and tick the “CLICK + WIN” box below. Double your chances by telling us in the comment section, if you have already been to Iceland or if this country is still on your bucket list! The winners will be determined by lucky draw in the week of 25th – 31st December and receive their gift at the beginning of January 2018. Good luck, nail polish addicts!

Katharina, one of our blog contributors, visited Iceland, the largest volcanic island in the world. She says it is one of the most beautiful destinations she has ever been to! With around 320,000 inhabitants and an area of 103,000 km², Iceland is the second-largest island state in Europe in terms of surface area. It is so scarcely populated that every 40 km² you will find only about 2-3 houses! The island is characterized by volcanoes, rivers, lakes and waterfalls and is located just south of the Arctic Circle.

Those who have never been to Iceland have definitely missed something. The untouched nature, which can be seen in many different facets of Iceland, is truly breathtaking, even mystical. The mornings are particularly remarkable. For an early start, you are rewarded with fresh, clean air, steel blue rivers and lakes, chirping birds, Icelandic horses in the pasture and the rising sun, which is just breathtakingly beautiful.

It is said that the Icelanders are one of the happiest people in the world. And who would be surprised!

Several of my friends who have been to Iceland confirm: it is rather expensive, like most countries in the North. Nevertheless, they all say that you can get along quite well with little money, because all you really need are just the bare essentials, unless, of course, you want to go shopping crazy in Reykjavik…

The best way to travel Iceland is by rental car. You can pick one up directly at the airport, and off you go!

Like its nature, the weather on this island is very versatile. In one trip you can get the whole spectrum: from sunny and warm, via rainy and stormy, to downright ice-cold and snow-covered. The high season to travel Iceland is between June and the end of August, when temperatures can rise up to 12-15 degrees, sometimes even over 20 degrees, and there is the least rainfall.

However, every season has its charm, depending on what you want to see or experience. Here some tips from Kathy:

Northern lights: are best seen between October and March.

Highland roads: are passable between July and August. Katharina was there in April and indeed, they were surprised by a blizzard. In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains, and a few hours drive to the next settlement… It is better to avoid these roads, especially in the north (even if they are not closed)!

Petrol stations: in Iceland are often also small inns and have shops, so you can eat and along with getting gasoline and coffee, also stock up on essentials, like food and toiletries.

Color variety: if you want to see Iceland dressed in its most beautiful colours, you should go in autumn. This season is also very good to make great landscape photos!

Pure adventure: if you like action, you can go on ski tours or super jeep safaris. In winter, Iceland is also very beautiful with its frozen waterfalls and the glittering snow.

Icelandic horses: these are an absolute attraction, of course. They are among the few horse breeds that master the so-called Tölt, a gait without jump phase. The horse always has one leg on the ground, which is extremely comfortable for the rider.

Spectacular wildlife: Iceland is also famous for its wildlife, birds in particular. One of Iceland’s most famous birds is the puffin, which can be discovered and observed on special tours. Numerous species of whales live in the Icelandic waters, such as blue whales, finbacks, humpback whales and sperm whales, which, if lucky, can be seen during a whale watching tour that most ports offer.

Blue Lagoon: Anyone who has been to Iceland and has not had a bath in the Bláa Lónið lagoon (Bláa Lónið = Icelandic for Blue Lagoon) has definitely missed something. It is one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in Iceland, also within easy reach of the airport. A mixture of fresh and salt water is created at a depth of 2000 meters, from where it is pumped up and then has a pleasant water temperature of about 37-41 degrees. The wonderful blue colour of the lake is generated by the silica. The water of the Blue Lagoon consists of mineral salts, silica and algae, and has a positive effect on the skin. If you feel like it, you can also get a facemask for free.

Iceland is also known for the many geysers (hot water, which is ejected at irregular intervals as a fountain) and the hot springs, which you should definitely visit!

Iceland is definitely worth a visit because it so very special! “Iceland is quickly rising to the top of everyone’s ‘must-see’ list, thanks to its unparalleled landscapes, diverse food culture and unique fashion,” states OPI co-founder and brand ambassador, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “In designing the colours for the Iceland Collection, I was of course inspired by the country’s rugged, natural beauty –from the rare northern lights to majestic glaciers, Iceland is unlike anywhere else in the world! I also turned to its largest city Reykjavik for inspiration; in this creative mecca, women embrace self-expression with distinctive individual styles. The food scene is equally exciting, featuring fresh ingredients and blending traditional cuisine with imaginative new concepts.

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