N – Iceland

Katie and I decided on a 5-day trip to Iceland for our annual sister trip, and I cannot recommend it enough! Now, being cold is my biggest hate but, as long as you’re geared up like an Eskimo and you’ve got lots planned then you’ll just forget about being cold! Well, sort of… ha.

Iceland is very expensive from trips, to restaurants, to alcohol, to souvenirs in shops. Iceland’s cost of living is over 68% more expensive than the UK so, as long as you go with the mindset that a bottle of Coca Cola might cost you £5 – you’ll be fine! The experience of Iceland is worth it though!

 

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We stayed at the Foss Hotel, located right in the centre of the town and we had a cracking view of the sea – I’d definitely recommend anyone to stay there.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

We decided to plan and book some of our trips before going to Iceland, through Grayline, to ensure that we didn’t face any disappointment from sights and attractions being fully booked – many did whilst we were there!

 

The Blue Lagoon was definitely one of our highlights of the trip – we booked the night time-slot and chose the package that included complimentary drinks and facemasks. It’s a quick dash from the building to the water because it is FREEZING but, as soon as you’re in, it’s like a hot, steamy bath. We floated around drinking and just watching the stars in the night sky. It’s such a clear view as there is very little light pollution around the Lagoon – a great place to catch a glimpse of shooting stars! I went full-out on the complimentary facemasks and caked an algae mask on my face like cement, expecting to wake up the next day looking like the new face of Estée Lauder but, no, I wake up with an allergic reaction to the mask and lips as big as Bubba from Forrest Gump! My life feels so Bridget Jones sometimes…

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The Golden Circle tour (Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Skalholt) is definitely a day filled with spectacular sights. Iceland is so sparse and so much of the drive was just sheets of white snow – it reminded me of an iced cake. However, when Iceland do have something to show, it’s 100% worth the drive because its natural sights are unreal. For once, I’ll shut up a little and just let the pictures do the talking…

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Bláskógabyggó
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Thingvellir National Park
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Geysir
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Sun Voyager
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Thingvellir National Park
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Gullfoss Waterfall
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Bláskógabyggó
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Icelandic Pony
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Bláskógabyggó
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Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park

A personal highlight was when a man thought he was funny standing close to a geyser, for it then to spray water and completely soak him. His wife wasn’t impressed but, I was!

 

Everyone goes to Iceland ‘expecting’ to see the Northern Lights, however, you really need to go just ‘hoping’ because it’s so temperamental and that’s why it’s a good job that most companies give you a second chance if you didn’t see them on your first attempt! You have to travel so far out that you genuinely feel like you’ve left civilisation until you get to a ‘hot-spot’ and all you can see is hundreds of shadows of people standing in a field of show, waiting. It’s eerily peaceful with no background noise or lights… until someone puts their torch on or takes a picture with flash on their camera and people start going MAD. Katie and I didn’t even know what to do, other than laugh, when a woman starting hurling abuse at a man for doing it.

If or when you do see “Aroura Borealis”, you’ll be completely spellbound. Freezing but, spellbound. It’s hard to even explain as the way they appear can be so different. For us, it was like white and purple steps that were dancing across the sky. Dressing warm is vital as you could be waiting for hours to see them – it’s safe to say that I resembled the Michelin Man with all my layers of clothes.

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A few of my top eateries from the trip (Icelandic seafood is the best!)…

  • Vegamot – This place was really well-rated on Trip Advisor, so we had to give it a try. The food was delicious, Icelandic salmon is 10/10! It’s a very chilled vibe in there with its low lighting which is all good but, I’m like an old lady that needs a decent amount of light to be able to see what I’m eating, ha. No matter how full you are, a dessert there is a must. Katie and I went back twice for dessert because they were so good. I needed all the cake I could get to insulate myself for the cold weather… that’s what I reassure myself with anyway.

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  • Le Bistro – Set out and decorated like a quaint Parisian café all lit by candle-light makes it a perfect romantic little dinner spot. Obviously, I was with my sister, so we just ate loads and didn’t have to worry about eating too much onion or garlic on a first date – ha.

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  • The Laundromat Café – We loved the style of this café with its quirky set-up like an american-style laundromat and the food was ace. Cheaper than quite a few other restaurants in the Reykjavik but still well-rated on Trip Advisor.

 

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“When I prepare, I’m not messing around. I find the right places, the right people and the right environment. Iceland is one of those places” – Conor McGregor

 

Thank you for reading – check back for a warmer post!

 

Clo
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Links:

Foss Hotel
4*
Trip Advisor – 4
Booking.com – 8.5
http://fosshotel-reykjavik.h-rzn.com/index.html

Grayline
https://grayline.is

Vegamot
https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/information/restaurants-in-iceland/vegamot

Le Bistro
http://lebistro.is 

The Laundromat Café
https://www.thelaundromatcafe.com/en/home

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