Last week I managed to tick a number of things off my bucket list after spending four days in Iceland, and as expected, it was absolutely freezing!! I saw a glimpse of the Northern Lights and did a face mask in the Blue Lagoon, what more could a girl want?
Where we stayed?
Airbnb came up with the perfect little guesthouse for our stay. It was right near the city hall and less than a minute away from downtown Reykjavik and was so cosy. It had a hot tub on the deck and everything we needed including a kitchen which turned out to be a god send. Reykjavik centre is only small but was full of colourful buildings, boutique shops and loads of places to eat.
What we did?
Day 1 – We flew from the U.K to Iceland via Easy Jet and took a coach to the Blue Lagoon. We spent the whole day there relaxing in the water and taking in the surroundings. It was absolutely amazing and worth every penny. In the late afternoon we explored the area near our house and visited a tourist information centre and stocked up on snacks from a mini supermarket.
Day 2 – GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR! We spent the whole day with Extreme Iceland on their Golden circle express tour which took us by minibus to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area and Gulfoss waterfall. It was so much fun! (See review blog for details). We also joined the Northern Lights tour and spent the evening looking out for them. We ended up near Keflavik airport and that is where we saw a short but sweet glimpse of them.
Day 3 – We spent the day resting and recharging. After visiting the Hallgrimskirkja church and getting lost, we took a short but windy walk to the Harpa concert hall and used the hot tub at the guesthouse.
Day 4 – After being caught in a storm we made our way back to the UK after seeing just about enough of the airport.
How expensive was it?
It was more expensive than you could imagine!! A beer was £10. I have never seen prices like it! In the supermarkets it was approximately £8 for pepper, £4 for a banana, £5 for loaf of bread. We had to work out the currency exchange every time just to double check what we were paying was right. But we were on holiday, so if you can’t treat yourself then when can you?
Did it snow all the time?
The weather in Iceland literally changed every five minutes. The temperature stayed at around zero degrees over the few days we were there but we also had spells of sunshine, drizzle, snow, torrential rain and 50 mph winds. Grey clouds would cover the sky and within minutes they would have passed.
It was such an amazing place and was so different to anywhere else I have been. It was just as good as I hoped it would be, if not better!