Iceland

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looking for some tips + tricks for your next adventure that don't break the bank (or your finally-developed self-care habits)?! i've compiled everything i found during my favorite trips around the globe so you don't have to! 


iceland is a beautiful country--no matter what time of year you decide to go. i was there during winter months, which was cold...but surprisingly (or not) it was less cold than new york. and, we got to see the northern lights! i definitely want to head back during the summer at some point, but for now - this long weekend trip was perfect.


dream

when i went to iceland, they were still running a special (organized by the government, no less!) that was an amazing package. I'm usually not a fan of package-type trips, but this one was too good to pass up. 

our flight, hotel (3 nights), blue lagoon experience and boat trip to see the northern lights was less than $700. i repeat: less than $700. it was an amazing deal--and the hotel that we stayed at was centrally located on reykjavik's main road.

if you're able to take advantage of that, i definitely would. if not, our hotel's name was the center hotel plaza.

 

move

since we were there for such a short amount of time, we ended up booking some tours - so that we didn't need a car. it would have been nice to road trip and explore if we were there longer - i've heard that especially in the summer, the drives are super beautiful.

reykjavik, the capital city, is more like a town and extremely easy to walk around. you won't need any mode of transportation other than your feet!

 

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eat

the food in iceland is what you might think: heavy, lots of soups, and fish. it's also extremely expensive to eat out, so we ended up having one big meal in the evening, and soups or snacks throughout the day. here were some of my favorites:

  • Fish company: this place is located right in the heart of downtown, and has a cool, cozy vibe. they're known for fish (duh) and small plates - definitely splurge worthy.
  • stofan cafe: this coffee shop / light lunch place is adorable. cozy up in one of their old school chairs, or grab one of their pastries to go. we came here twice (of course!).
  • the market: there's a market downtown with lots of different, local vendors (same place as the flea market). definitely grab your taste of hakarl (fermented shark) here...and then promptly throw it away.

 

do

iceland has loads of adventures - our snorkling through tectonic plates was one of my favorite activities ever. here are a few others:

  • snorkel in silfra national park; between tectonic plates (even in the winter!)
  • go dogsledding!
  • climb a glacier
  • do a driving tour of the golden circle
  • see the northern lights
  • spend a spa afternoon at the blue lagoon (it's worth it!)
  • get icelandic wool clothing at the city's weekly flea market
travelKatina Mountanos