While sitting at home looking at presents to buy my girlfriend, I received news that we were going to be travelling to Iceland… in one weeks time! After frantically freeing up time from my daily work I was very much excited to see what this beautiful place had to offer.
Knowing it would be slightly cold we both decided to do a bit of shopping for a few warm items for our travels. Wrapping up warm was the number one essential on our pre-packing list however we came across some very stylish and well suited items for such a place including this men’s Thermoball coat from Blacks.
Arriving at Heathrow Airport in all our gear and back pack on we really felt like we were going on a little adventure, it soon hit home to Scarlett that we would be very busy on the short weekend break holiday. So we made the most of the time to sleep on the plane, being exhausted from our previous few weeks we definitely decided that we were going to relax a little on this trip away and take some time for ourselves.
When we arrived at the airport at around midnight Icelandic time and being a bit grumpy and tired from the flight we were both slightly frustrated that the transfer we had booked seemed to be nowhere in sight and we came to the conclusion we were stranded for the night. However luckily all of the locals were super friendly and helpful, which resulted in us getting on a coach and being taken to a depot for a change from coach to mini-bus to then be all individually dropped off around at the local hotels. It was a very tiresome journey but we cheered each other up and were in high spirits about what the rest of the holiday had in store.
Fosshotel Reyjavik was a welcome treat when we eventually arrived at 03:00 in the morning, time for a quick bite to eat, a quick shower and then off to bed – ready for an action packed day to follow.
Getting up at 06:00 was difficult to say the least after a late night however after getting dressed in our ever so warm jackets and gloves we ventured downstairs for a big breakfast which was delightful – I even took some food as a snack for throughout the day which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The mini-bus took it’s time to arrive after we had been advised that we needed to be there 30 minutes before pick up. You’ll quickly find that they are never on time and always take their time in getting you to places which hey is fine with me if there is ice on the roads I don’t want to seem like a back seat driver.
First stop, of course it’s the Blue Lagoon, when you do eventually get to your destination after a few mini-bus changes you’ll be instantly stunned by the colour of the blue water and then secondly by the smell of the sulphur which subsides quickly and you don’t notice it. We were both so excited, as one of the 25 wonders of the world we felt very privileged to have ticked one off of the list. The set up of the whole experience was so well done, with the blue water surrounding the entrance to the building and the clean look to all of it after you had walked past all of the dark rocks on the path up to the doors. Luckily for us we managed to jump to the front of the queue as we’d paid for a premium package and so received our soft white robe and towel, followed by some rather comfy slippers.
Once dressed we met up outside of the changing rooms to be met by the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Not wasting any time we jumped straight in! Instantly you could feel the heat, just like when your in the Jacuzzi without the bubbles on. The water was so silky smooth we later found this was due to the silica content.
After shooting a few GoPro videos we both felt like a face mask would be the next thing to tick off the list of things to do while at the Blue Lagoon with the mud masks apparently aiding healthy and young looking skin. So plenty of that was slapped all over my face, just to make of the most of it! This was followed by an Algae mask and a lovely iced slushy and beer to top off the amazing occasion. Although neither of us wanted to leave the wonderful lagoon we felt the need to get some well deserved food in our very hungry stomachs.
Walking to the restaurant in brilliant white bath robes was definitely something I hadn’t done before, well at least not in an acceptable capacity anyway. We both enjoyed an excellent meal courtesy of the Lava restaurant which Scarlett and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone. However make sure you bring £100 with you – but it is definitely worth it!
We brought our time to a close the Blue Lagoon which was a real shame however we have some lovely memories and laughter to remember from our visit. Wanting to see what the town had to offer we wrapped up warm and took a stroll to Reykjavik central, the place itself with the surrounding buildings were not what you’d expect for such an expensive destination, the buildings looked like they had been through the cold war, very dim and dull.
The town itself shops wise impressed us both however you’d need to spend your entire savings in order to just to buy a normal shop of food for the week. Pretty much any item no matter what the quality or size had an absolute minimum value of £20. The prices for very normal items such as a red pepper in their local supermarkets was close to £4 per red pepper for example which is extortionate compared to our seemingly very generous low prices of 3 for a £1. The reason being for it costing you so much is due to the shipping cost or import cost if you like, which would explain the totally unreasonable prices.
The next day was our coach tour, we were taken around the must see places in Iceland, with some very beautiful sites to behold.
Waterfalls, Geysirs and many more places to see, we explored while still taking pictures in the often poor weather conditions.
The Geysir’s were different to say the least, with boiling water shooting from the ground and landing in and around people – you had to be careful not to get burned. It was however worth the risk to be so close to this very cool and different natural event.
Overall we had a wonderful time in Iceland, both agreeing that one day we would definitely sample the Blue Lagoon once again and relive they fun we had in 2016. Being so lucky to travel to a place like this made us appreciate it even more, as we both love to travel and explore new places. Currently we are both looking at our next big holiday after Mexico and Disneyland Paris, maybe America?
Where would you go on your next adventure?