In October 2011, Ryan and I took a trip to Iceland. We had always wanted to go there, and after speaking with representatives from Icelandair at a local travel show, our desire to travel to Iceland intensified. During the summer in 2011, I received an email announcing a price drop on one of the Iceland packages we had been looking at, and before I knew it, we had our flights booked. We were going to Iceland to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary!
During our trip, we covered a lot of ground and came across a number of things that will bring us back to Iceland – hopefully sooner rather than later. Iceland had a huge impact on us even though we were there for a very brief time (we even ended up naming our son Odin).
Here’s a list of some of our Iceland favourites:
Icelandair made our trip flow so smoothly. From booking our tickets and being able to purchase shuttle tickets to our hotel while checking out with our trip package (which was equally as awesome, as our day trips were already included in the package we selected), it was nice to take care of everything in one spot. The flight to Iceland was overnight, and the blankets they gave us on the flight we so soft and snuggly – I still talk about these blankets regularly and would love to get my hands on one to have at home 😉
A lot of people don’t realize that it doesn’t actually get that cold in Iceland. If anything, the wind is what makes it feel colder out. Being Canadian, we have long, cold winters, and I’m always trying to find gear that will keep me warm in the winter. I bought a hat from Farmer’s Market on our trip and I still wear it today. I ordered another hat a few weeks ago from their online store, as these hats are the warmest things I’ve ever worn, and Icelandic sheep’s wool is water resistant– aka perfect for winter in Ottawa! I recently found out that a store in Montreal will be carrying Farmer’s Market clothing – bye, bye bank account 😉
The Blue Lagoon:
Icelandair offers a layover to destinations in Europe where you stop in Iceland and can go to the Blue Lagoon before heading back to the airport to catch your connecting flight – if you are traveling to Europe and have the time, I definitely recommend making this stop. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that offers an extremely unique experience and is surrounded by gorgeous scenery that you’ll only find in Iceland. I kick myself repeatedly for not purchasing some silica mud to bring home with me – this stuff is located in large tubs throughout the outdoor baths and makes your skin feel unbelievably soft.
The Icelandic Christmas Story:
When we return to Iceland, we have to buy the story book about the Christmas trolls/Yule Lads. When we were on one of our day trips, our guide told us the story and it was probably the most unique Christmas story we’d ever heard. It’ll be an interesting one to read to Odin when he is older!
Icelandic lamb – enough said.
Also, the fish and potatoes from Icelandic Fish and Chips were delicious. We will be making a stop there when we return!
Iceland is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I was able to stand in one spot and just by turning in a circle I was able to see glaciers, waterfalls, volcano tops and rolling hills. We got to see geysers, the impact of tectonic plates separating at Thingvellir, the Northern Lights, and so, so many other things that I could go on about forever.
Our love of Icelandic bands existed much before our trip took place, but to this day, even Odin loves Of Monsters and Men and Sigur Rós.