The Four Best of Everything Iceland
When a trip to Iceland sprung up like a rabbit out of a hat we found ourselves on the next Icelandic Air flight, packed with a few sweaters, a keen camera lens and a fast beating heart. Ready for adventure game face on!
Landing at 3pm in quite possibly the smallest yet busiest airport on the planet we were overwhelmed whilst waiting for our transfer, it was pretty obvious we weren't quite prepared for the frosty bite and the torrential rain. I mean we knew it was going to be cold but we'd also just landed from a 40 degree Mexico City.
Hot chocolate in hand, off we went with Holi a real life Viking (of course) & our guide for the next week. A brief 30 minute drive to Reykjavik and two chatty Cathys (us) in the back seat, bombarding Holi with a million questions, it was soon obvious that this Nordic isle of rugged yet utterly breathtaking landscape is a corner of the earth that might just be our new favourite.
We did seem to forget that Summer in Iceland means 24 hours of daylight so sleeping was a little tricky on the first night but black out blinds and the endless outdoor activities mean after a couple of days and a good eye mask, you'll be sleeping like a baby.
This land of Vikings is located like a geological dream. It is one of the last places on Earth for humankind to have settled, with a population of only 335,000, it is the second largest island in Europe. With nature playing such a big role here, Iceland is one of the most dynamic volcanic regions in the world. Shaped by fierce natural forces it holds the crown of geothermal energy, producing eco-friendly, sustainable and renewable power.
With waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, blue lagoons, badlands, Puffins, extremely over friendly birds and people, magical Horses and the odd Whale or two just casually floating about, lets just say Iceland is pretty EPIC. Oh and the fact that they genuinely believe in Elves (guilty, we do too) it's no wonder why we found some of the happiest people we've ever met. Once seen, never forgotten. If you haven’t been yet, book a ticket and you won't regret it. We will definitely be returning in the Winter for some Glacier fishing and Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) magic. There is something mystical about Iceland, something that grabs a hold of your collective travel souls and refuses to let go.
1 101 Hotel
Boutique trendy hotel in the heart of Reykjavik
2 Hotel Borg
The first luxury hotel in the centre of town. Historic high-end Art deco hotel.
3 The Buuble hotel
Sleep under the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) with this 5 million star hotel
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4 Hotel Ion
Sleep on lava fields in this contemporary boutique hotel literally in the middle of nowhere, perfect adventure hotel
Alternatively you can book a luxury private lodge. Catered for an unforgettable experience in breathtaking natural surroundings. We stayed for a few nights 4 hours North of Reykjavik in the Salmon fishing lodge on the river. We highly recommend this Lake house lodge in Hrunamannahreppur.
1 Whale Watching
Wrap up warm and take a boat out to see these gentle giants. You will be overwhelmed trust us!
Salmon in the Summer, Trout in the Winter. The River water is so fresh you can drink it.
3 Horse riding
These beautiful creatures are not only healing they are magical too.
4 Blue Lagoon
There is a waiting list for the famous one in Reykjavik so we went off the beaten track 8 hours North to be precise to fund a local hidden gem. Trust us not only is the drive one of the most breathtaking you'll see with endless waterfalls and Volcanoes.
The place to be seen where you can private dine and even eat Whale.
Iceland’s first ever Michelin star with a four month waiting list but totally worth it.
3 Fish Market
Seafood with Asian fusion influence
A small trendy restaurant with the best cocktails in town
1 The country to have produced the most amount of Miss Worlds (three) The most conquerors of Everest (four)
2 Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989
3 Boasts the oldest Parliament in existence Iceland is home to one of the world’s oldest democracies; established in 930. Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.
4 The horses in Iceland are the only horses with 5 gaits (different trots) and they’re magical of course