Iceland

One of my favourite things to do is explore new places with my favourite people. The travel bug bit me long ago and I have been hooked ever since. Many members of my immediate and extended family are big travellers and hearing all of their stories and adventures growing up really inspired my to want to get out of the city I know very well and roam the amazing countries that make up our world. I love reading travel blogs a I prepare for a trip or am looking for my next adventure so it is my hope that this will inspire you too! I am starting off this travel page with my favourite trip that I have been on in the past few years, Iceland.

My husband and I love to follow travel photography accounts on Instagram and look at all of the amazing photographs taken in some pretty crazy locations. After following these account for a while we noticed that almost every other photo was of Iceland. We started getting curious about what travelling there would be like and after a bit of research we decided to take the plunge and head their on March Break that year (we are both teachers).  We debated back and forth between March and July and although the summer months would have been beautiful and green, we really had our hearts set on trying to see the Northern Lights and my husband was hoping to check out the ice caves as well, so March it was.

We flew with WOW Air to Iceland a great affordable option and a wonderful airline, very clean and excellent service and took FlyBus into Reykjavik when we arrived around 4:30 am. We were able to store our luggage at the bus terminal since our Airbnb was not available yet and we took off strolling the streets of the small, quaint city at 6am. Since nothing else was open at this time we found a small breakfast spot to relax and eat until the sun came up and we were able to explore the city. Now, we knew food in Iceland was very expensive and planned not to eat out much except for this meal but boy were we shocked by the prices for a simple bacon and eggs breakfast at a this little pub! After breakfast we wandered a bit on our own and then met up for a walking tour to learn more about the city. There is an awesome free walking tour offered by https://citywalk.is/, the guides are fantastic and you give a “donation” at the end based on what you felt the tour was worth. We really enjoyed the tour, it gave us a great understanding of the city and some fun facts about Icelandic history. Throughout our trip we stayed in two cute Airbnbs in Reykjavik and one hotel on the south coast (I will share about this later). Airbnb is definitely the way to go here, very affordable and you really feel like one of the locals! The city is very small so you can’t go wrong with location as everything is in walking distance.

On day two we drove the Golden Circle, a popular loop for tourists because of its amazing sights and easy navigation. Surprisingly for a very rugged country getting around is fairly easy as there are not many roads to get lost on. On this loop we enjoyed Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir Park (the only place in the world where two tectonic plates meet above water) and the Kerid Crater. We also enjoyed stopping to hang out with some cute Icelandic ponies along the way! Even though we really enjoyed the Golden Circle we were most excited for our road trip along the south coast to explore some of the large scale sights and to feel completely secluded from civilization. Before heading out of the city we checked the Northern Lights forecast hoping it would be clear for the nights ahead for when we were away from the city lights. Unfortunately, the forecast did not look good due to major cloud cover and some snow and the chance of seeing the lights was rated at a 0 out of 10. As we were lying in bed ready to go to sleep looking at this forecast we realized the best night to go was tonight, right now! So in our pyjamas we bundled up and drove about 45 minutes out of the city to a completely random spot (we had no clue where we were going) and parked. We climbed up a “mountain” as my husband says (it was actually a small hill) and waited. It was cold and a bit creepy being out their alone around midnight and just as we were about to give up we saw a small bit of green light dance through the sky. It was truly amazing, the lights, the timing, it was all perfect! We only were able to enjoy them for about five minutes until the clouds rolled in. This was the first time the whole trip where I didn’t touch my camera. As much as I wanted a photograph I didn’t want to risk missing and enjoying this perfect moment, and to this day I do not regret this choice since no photo could bring back this little bit of magic.

The next morning we packed up and headed south. This road trip was my favourite part of the trip, truly an adventure! Along the south coast we stopped at Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Vik, Dyrholaey, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon and Reynisfjara (where I got completely soaked by a huge wave that came in thanks to my husband’s video needs). All of these places were unbelievable! Each spot had its own unique feel and we felt like we were in another world. We spent one night on the south coast at the Hali Country Hotel which was the only building for miles besides a few small farm houses. On our second day on the south coast we explored Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon), Diamond Beach and took our greatest adventure of the trip inside an ice cave!

This trip left us feeling so incredible grateful and just completely in awe of the amazing creations on this earth. Even after taking several other wonderful trips since this one, we still talk about Iceland at least once a week because of the impact it had on both of us. Please travel here if you have the chance, it won’t disappoint!