Monday, 5 March 2018

How I Spent Three Nights In Iceland

A few years ago my boyfriend gave me one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received - a three night trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. 

It was one of the most memorable trips of my life. The country is absolutely stunning and the locals are super friendly. Although we were only there for a short time we managed to get a lot done thanks to a lot of prior planning and preparation.

We stayed at the Laxness hotel which is just a very quick bus ride away from all of the action, but far away enough from the city lights that you can see the northern lights through your bedroom window.

Free Walking Tour


Free walking tours are an amazing creation. Our guide was a local student who was studying history, which tied in nicely with the tour. He gave us a lot of insight and heartfelt stories to the statues dotted around the city centre, as well as giving us some good insights into the current culture of Iceland. One story that stood out was how a comedian with no background in politics became mayor of Reykjavik!





The Food


So the first thing we actually ate in Iceland was a dominos. To be fair we landed really late at night and the floor was, surprisingly, super icy. So we slid over to the closest place possible. We did eat some good local food while we were there too. This included the super fresh caught-that-day fish and chips, the novel and delicious bread bowl soup, the thick creamy milkshakes at the Lebowski Bar and the famous Bill Clinton approved hotdogs.





Northern Lights


You can’t go to Iceland without trying to see the northern lights, so we booked to go on one of many tours that are available. We took a coach ride out of the city and into a bar in the middle of a field, then basically waited for them to show themselves. You’re not always guaranteed to see them so it’s a lot of waiting around. And we were kept waiting a really long time. Everybody had given up and got on the coach, we were the last ones to step on, when finally they lit up the sky! They were directly above us at one point so lots of us led down in the snow to gaze up at them. It was a magical and memorable experience. We were also lucky enough to see them from our bedroom window on the last night and on the plane ride home.

Whale Watching


Seeing a whale in real life and in their natural habitat is an experience at the top of my bucket list. I just can’t conceive in my head how big they are, I need to see it with my own eyes. Well unfortunately winter is not the time to go see them, you’ll have a lot more luck in the warmer weather. So I did not get to see one, *insert crying face emoji*. While we didn’t get to see any whales we did get to see some dolphins and seals, and it was so much fun to just be on the boat and take in the breathtaking scenery.






Happy Hours


Everyone knows Iceland can be pricey. This is why we booked the trips ahead of time to spread out the cost a little more. It’s also why we decided to pop into a pub advertising a happy hour. Then we decided to go to the pub next door which just so happened to have a happy hour on too. Fast forward a few hours and we have hit every happy hour on the strip and are super drunk and making friends with a bunch of locals who love Monty Python. The night was so much fun, the hangover less so.



Blue Lagoon


I have recently talked about my trip to the blue lagoon in another post. I loved it so much I wanted to go into it in a bit more detail. It was one of the highlights of the trip, a day I have never forgotten. It was surreal, beautiful and completely relaxing. We went there during the midst of the selfie stick boom, so we took a lot of basic pictures and absolutely loved it! We stopped by on the way to the airport on our last day, literally the perfect ending to the trip.



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  1. Free walking tours are a great way to get to know places from the perspective of someone who lives locally. I've took part in a few of the around the world and so far my favourite is the Crime Tour in Boston! <3

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    1. They really are, that's what I love about the. Oooooh that sounds fascinating! If I am ever in Boston I'll look it up! xx

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  2. My other half has always wanted to go to Iceland but we're always put off by the price. But a short stay doesn't sound too bad! That Blue Lagoon looks gorgeous, and I would love to see the Northern Lights one day.

    Lizzie Bee // Hello Lizzie Bee

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    1. It's a once in a lifetime experience, but it is a little pricey. I really want to go Norway too but everybody says that's even more expensive! xx

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  3. Haha the first thing I ate in iceland was pizza too! I really wanna go back to iceland, I spent two days there and feel like there’s so much more I want to explore there!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. Pizza is always a good choice haha. Me too, I really want to go back in Summer and see the puffins xx

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  4. Out of everywhere I've been in the world, Iceland is my absolute favourite. It's such a beautiful, special place and I can't wait to go back!

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    1. Isn't it stunning, I really want to go back in the Summer xx

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