Ok, ok – so this post is really late. Almost a year late. But I’m going to post it anyways, because Iceland is incredible and you should read about it from my perspective. I mean, at least look at the pics? I’ll give you the summary version.
Iceland was a really emotional experience for me. I’m sure part of it had to do with my boyfriend breaking up with me on my first day there, but also just being surrounded by nature and such raw beauty. It hit me really hard, in the best possible way.
I met up with my friend Kenny. I was excited to explore a new place with a friend after spending so much time alone and Kenny is hands-down an awesome travel partner.
Our first day in Reykjavík we decided to go on a free walking tour of the city. I mean, its generic, but it really is a great way to get to know the city. About two minutes into the tour we were exchanging side glances and rolling our eyes because we immediately knew it wasn’t going to be that tight.
We started noticing a ton of runners who were clearly making their way to a starting line. Through discreet eye contact we agreed that we would ditch the tour, change into running clothes, and follow everyone to this starting line. Though we couldn’t register for the race we did manage to run it! It turned out to be a color run, which we thought was ironic.
We very quickly learned that Iceland is really expensive.
Oh, it’s only $100 to fly to Iceland!
Oh, its $35 for a cheeseburger in Iceland?
We did try some local fish plates, including whale steak, but mostly we stuck to grocery store runs. Boiled eggs, fruit, chips, and beef jerky sustained us for days.
In Iceland, its necessary to rent a car. Well, if you want to see anything. So, the next day we rented a car and started exploring.
The Golden Circle is great! If you go to Iceland you should definitely check it out – first. Make sure it’s the first thing you do. If you see other stuff first, the Golden Circle will seem a little…underwhelming. Trust.
But also do this – visit the glacier lagoon
And do this – hike a glacier
And summa this – go see the tectonic plates & hot springs & waterfalls
I know most people probably go to Iceland to see the Northern Nights, and don’t get me wrong I definitely would love to see them, too. But Iceland in the summer is really special.
There is roughly 23 hours of sunlight, which is great if you’re trying to pack in as much as possible in a short period of time.
Look, I’m watching the sunset behind a waterfall at nearly midnight. Amazing, right?
I would love to go back to Iceland someday. The pure beauty of the country is incredible. At one moment, you might be driving on the highway, surrounded by wildflowers, only to turn a corner and see bright blue, snow-covered glaciers in the distance, while surrounded by volcanic ash and rock.
Seriously, I’ve never seen anything like it. It was completely breathtaking and I am so glad I got to share it with my friend, Kenny.
After Iceland, we went to Amsterdam for a few days before I headed home, which was also really fun. I didn’t take pictures so I won’t write about it.