Thursday, 23 November 2017

A Long Weekend in Iceland

Last weekend Mum and I jumped on a plane and 2 and a half hours later we landed in Keflavik for a couple of days exploring Iceland. A country that's been on my budget list for the longest time, I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, unfortunately, I am still to tick this off the list as we didn't see them :( But Iceland didn't disappoint and I'll definitely be returning again some day!

Our base for the next couple of days, Hotel Cabin was conveniently located on the edge of Reykjavik, a perfect location to walk into the town and for excursions further afield too! The hotel isn't the most glamorous of places we've stayed but perfectly adequate for what we needed it for!. I was pleasantly surprised with our superior room, the room was more spacious than expected and in a quiet area of the hotel away from numerous school parties who were staying.

Our first day consisted of a tour of the golden circle, with a prompt 8:30am start. There were only two other ladies on our tour, alongside Mum and I, then our tour guide Meike and bus driver, so it seemed very exclusive. We started our tour at Thingvellir National Park, took a pit stop for some hot chocolate then carried on to the Geysirs, then to Gullfoss Waterfall and we ended the day with a dip in the hot springs of the Secret Lagoon in Fludir, which was much needed after the -10oc temperatures.

 After a full day of exploring we had an early night as we wanted to explore Reykjavik the next day. We walked down the seafront to Harpa concert hall, then into Reykjavik itself, the streets were adorned with colourful graffiti art around each corner and houses enforced with corrugated iron painted in every colour to protect them from the harsh winters. We walked up to Hallgrimskirkja and top the lift to the observation tower for amazing views of the city from above. One last spot was Braud and Co for the most amazing cinnamon bun! If you visit Iceland, you MUST visit!

After an unruly 4am wake-up call and two full days exploring it was soon time to board the plane home! Iceland really stole my heart and I'll definitely be back one day!

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