Sorry for the delay in posts, everyone! As most (if not all) of you know I spent the last week in Iceland for a winter vacation. Those of you that follow along on Instagram and InstaStories have seen the beautiful pictures that were the result of the trip of a lifetime. Iceland is unlike any other place I've ever been, and I'm already dying to go back.
My plan for posting is to do a mini-series on Iceland because there is just too much information and excitement to share. So, I'l break it up by day and then conclude the series with an over-arching post that includes my ultimate travel guide and all of my tips and tricks/takeaways.
So, without further adieu: Haley's Iceland Travel Series!!!
Day #1: Arrive Keflavik Airport, Blue Lagoon, Check into AirBnB in Reykjavik
5:00am- Arrive to Keflavik Airport
We took a WowAir flight direct from Washington BWI to Keflavik. All of you avid travelers know that WowAir does super cheap direct flights between select U.S. cities and Europe. We ended up booking our roundtrip for $300, which is such a steal!
5:30am- Shuttle to Lava Car Rental Company
We decided we wanted to rent a car, and the best deal we found was through Lava Car Rentals. There were good reviews online (another good review coming my way) so instead of using Hertz, Enterprise, or other familiar companies we went with this more local company. We were not disappointed.
One thing that was different was that they do not have a typical booth in the airport, so when we got to that area, there was a gentleman with our names on it (and the names of another group of renters) and we accompanied him to a shuttle bus that took us to the office where we would pay and pick up our car. It may sound slightly sketchy, but honestly it's more common than not.
We got our car and it is important to note that cars are primarily manual in Europe, so when renting make sure you have a designated driver that knows stick. If not, you'll pay a premium for an automatic vehicle.
7:00am- Arrive at Blue Lagoon
Every blog and travel guide I read while planning my trip instructed us to do the Blue Lagoon first thing after landing because it is in between Keflavik and Reykjavik, and the morning crowds are slightly lesser.
Those instructions proved correct so we made our reservation (you HAVE to book in advance) for 8:00am, which is right when they open. We got there a bit early so we rested in the car a bit because we were pretty tired from an overnight flight. Once 8:00 hit we headed into the check-in area to receive our towels, robes, and wristbands that act as a credit card when swiping for extra services in the lagoon.
We got the premium package for just about $100 U.S. dollars online prior to arriving. This included slippers, towels, robes, 2 different mud masks, a free drink, and reservations to their restaurant. I highly recommend this option!!! The robes were a necessity when we got out of the hot lagoon into the cold January air, and the food at the restaurant was simply amazing. Plus, as an added bonus they allow diners to wear there robes in the restaurant rather than having to change. It was delicious and comfortable and the perfect way to start vacation.
We spent hours in the lagoon itself which is every bit as relaxing as you can imagine. We enjoyed our free drinks, roamed the huge lagoon, put on facemarks, and basked in the fact we were away from work and home.
3:00pm- Arrive at Reykjavik AirBnB
We stayed our 6 nights in an AirBnB in Reykjavik which was simple and fine. It was no glitz and glamour because we knew we would only be sleeping and showering there. After we arrived with quickly unpacked and fell asleep by 4:00pm due to our lack of sleep on the overnight flight.
A quick important thing to know is that in the winter Iceland has extremely short days. So, the sun rises at around 10:30 and sets around 4:30. That meant at 4:00 it as dark so we felt fine with sleeping the night away. Day #2 was set to be our city exploration day so we didn't set an alarm, and enjoyed a comfortable and long-nights sleep.
As you can see the first day was a very relaxing day with Blue Lagoon as the primary event. If you have a longer trip I would suggest doing it just the way we did. For those of you that don't have quite as much time, perhaps use the afternoon to explore Reykjavik which would combine our Day #1 and Day #2.
Stay tuned for my next itinerary and Happy Travels!