autumn in iceland // part two

Dark and early on our third morning in Iceland, the hubs and I awoke in our room at the Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, grabbed our bags, and hopped back in the car. We had done a quick survey of South Iceland, and now! We were grabbing my sister & her boyfriend from their post-flight visit to the Blue Lagoon and making our way West! By the time we reached Reykjavik, the sky had lightened considerably, but because it was October and the days were already starting to shorten… it felt far more like 6 or 7 AM than almost 10 AM. It was a weird feeling, especially since the last time we drove around Iceland,…

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autumn in iceland // part one

When we were planning our quick hop from London to Reykajvik to meet up with my sister & her boyfriend, the hubs and I knew a mini roadtrip was in order. Our itinerary was going to be a little wonky because they were flying into Reykjavik a day after us, which meant we couldn’t stray too far from the capital. Naturally, Inga from Tiny Iceland came to my rescue and suggested we explore South Iceland. After our morning in Reykjavik, we headed back to our hotel to meet a rep from Geysir Car Rental, who was going to turn over the keys to our chariot for the weekend. I can’t tell you how convenient it…

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return to reykjavik // a few of my favorite things

It’s hard to believe, but this coming March will mark 3 years since the hubs and I left New York for a 5-month trip around the world before our move to France. There were so many amazing moments from that trip, and while we honestly cannot declare any stop the very best, our week in Iceland is very close to the top. This is why, when my little sister said she was hopping across the pond for a weeklong visit to Europe with her boyfriend, we were more than happy to meet them in Iceland for a few days before showing them around London. Because of schedules, Jeff and I decided we would arrive early…

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driving the ring road: the great icelandic roadtrip

Once we started our RTW, we realized something. We had a roadtrip planned for almost every country! From Hawaii, to New Zealand, to Australia, to random countries across Europe, we repeatedly rented cars and drove off to new destinations. It felt natural to cap our adventure with the ultimate: one great Icelandic roadtrip around the country’s famous Ring Road. The kick-off to the very last week of our five-month RTW was off to a stellar start. Our epic roadtrip began with two very fulfilling days of rotten shark-eating and black death-imbibing in Reykjavik. Although we loved our time in Iceland’s tiny capital city, it was time to move on! One huge perk of staying at…

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halló, reykjavik: our intro to iceland

Pre-Iceland, I had one stupid concern. I was irrationally worried that, based purely on the adjectives I’d heard to describe each country, Iceland would be like New Zealand light. Other-worldly, majestic, inspiring… New Zealand certainly fit the bill, so how was Iceland going to live up to that?  Yeah, dumbest fear ever. Yes, there were a lot of similarities—green, rolling hills, sheep randomly crossing the roads, beautifully colored bodies of water that don’t even look real. But culturally? Totally, totally different. I mean, obviously. And I didn’t think it was possible, but if I really, truly had to pick one… I’d say I liked Iceland just a smidge better. And I owe most of that…

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