Now I promise to keep this post relatively brief, but there are so many things I want to share with you about Iceland.
Firstly, since I was a child I had always wanted to visit two places, New York and…Iceland!
I finally booked some very reasonably priced flights from London to Reykjavik (KEF Airport) with Easyjet – since 2011 Easyjet commenced direct flights from London Luton to Iceland. I know some people have their reservations about “low cost airlines”, but in my opinion Easyjet have consistently given me a great service and a much reduced cost of many other carriers!
I travelled to Iceland for five days, and saw some amazing sites. First off, I was lucky enough to stay at The Blue Lagoon Spa. Wow, I felt like I was in heaven, it was beautiful, the staff where so friendly and the setting, idyllic (as you can see from my pictures below). In order to get the maximum experiences out of my time I also rented a car from Thrifty Iceland – Again, very reasonably priced.
Day 1 & 2, The Blue Lagoon: The great thing about staying at the Blue Lagoon Spa (south west of the island) is that your nightly rates includes access to a private blue lagoon, alongside complimentary access to the world renowned Blue Lagoon. For those not sure of what the Blue Lagoon is, it consists of a range of geothermal heated pools that are a a very comfortable, warm temperature. Even when its cold outside, you can bathe for hours! Also the mountains of scilica within the pools provide great health benefits and wellbeing, making this journey a must for those that want the most amazing escape, you can even swim when its dark, which makes the whole experience magical! Thank you so much Blue Lagoon!
Day 3: Reykjavik: The Capital city of Iceland is beautiful! Do not expect it to be on anywhere as near the same scale as London, New York etc, but dont let its size fool you! I loved how vibrant the city was, it has a huge array of live music in the evenings. Checkout the Iceland Airwaves Festival, that takes place with many different types of music once a year.
The city has some lovely restaurants, I visited the Skólabrú restaurant, some lovely fresh food and excellent service. Try some of the Famous Icelandic, fish – Yummy!!!
Day 4, Natural Wonder & Northern Lights watching: A full day trip out of the city and to explore some amazing natural wonders. If you cant drive you can do all of these by local tours, but if, like me you are looking for a cheaper way to get the most out of your vacation, rent a car! Driving was great in Iceland. Drivers are patient, the roads are well maintained and quiet. Firstly I went to see the Geysir site (free entry), and wow this did not disappoint as you can see from my pictures! A great way to witness the raw power of the world we live on! After this stop, I carried on driving about 10km or so to get to the Gullfoss Waterfall, the sheer force of the water was breathtaking (again free entry) – an unmissable place to see if you are visiting Iceland.
In the evening, It was a relatively clear night, and we had heard from the Aurora Forecast (by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska). I recommend ALWAYS checking this website for when the Northern Lights will be active, its a great resource and I will forever be thankful for their forecast! As you can probably guess, that night, after waiting a few hours sitting in my car, (30 mins from the city) at Thingveillir National Park I finally saw them! the most wonderful streaks of green and sparkling lights, I could hardly speak in wonder! I nearly even forgot to take photos!!! It truly is one of the most wonderful things you can witness! Top tip is to stay patient and head to be at your spot with little light pollution by 12am.
Day 5, Glacier Walking: Finally on my last day I drove roughly 3 hours to the south of the island and witnessed some glaciers up close and personal! Try not to judge me too much, but I really had to try licking a bit of the ice! It was just too tempting as you can see!
I loved Iceland so much – the country is beautiful and the people, some of the most friendly I have ever met! Really, if you can get to Iceland and you have the opportunity – GO!
I will never forget my time there and I plan to go back next year to see so much more! Im already planning my next itinerary! hahaha
Rent a car. Cheap, good service and you have an amazing country to explore – just consider sharing the driving between two people if you are driving longer distances.
Stay at the Blue Lagoon Spa. A real treat and one you will not forget and considering you get entry to the Blue Lagoon itself, alongside breakfast and the most amazing setting and great staff, it is well worth the stay!
How to spot the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). Rather than taking a scheduled bus tour, drive 30 mins out of the city (Thingvellir NP is where I saw them) to patiently schedule how much time YOU want to spend looking. It was something that I will never forget. Email me if you want some more advice on this 🙂