Halló allir! I can’t believe how quickly December has gone and it is already Icelandic time. I absolutely loved learning Icelandic last year for our holidays, even if I didn’t get chance to use it much when I was there. Iceland was so magical and I would love to go back for Christmas one year to experience the full effects. Less than 6 hours of … Continue reading Icelandic Advent Challenge
Merry Christmas Everyone! The Festive season is here and I am very excited to unwrap my presents and stuff my face. I am definitely going to have grief bacon in January (read my Lost in Translation Review to get that little German joke). For those who don’t already know, #Clearthelist is a language learning community that brings together fellow language learners by sharing their monthly goals; hosted … Continue reading #Clear the List – Language Goals December 2017
I am still feeling very nostalgic about our time in the land of Frost and Fire last year, so I decided to share some more Icelandic magic with you all. As part of my usual pre-holiday prep I bought my Lonely Planet guide and found a really nifty little book about all things Icelandic. That is the little treasure I have chosen for you all … Continue reading The Little Book of Icelandic by Alda Sigmundsdottir
We woke up on our penultimate day to torrential rain, hail and gale force winds. From what I understand this was nothing by Icelandic standards but it was the worst we had experienced. I like to think that Iceland was unhappy that we were going to be leaving and started to cry. Obviously not the case but it is nice to dream. Jumping in the … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 7 – The Blue Lagoon and an end to our amazing adventure.
It was finally time to make our way back to Reykjavik and wind down for the end of the trip. However the wind down definitely didn’t start this morning. Early morning drive up to the Dyrhólaey lighthouse that we had been enjoying from the view at the hotel. I thought that some of the roads we had traveled on so far had been a little rough … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 6 – Return to Reykjavik and the strange Viking
This was the longest single stretch of driving that we had planned for the whole trip. As it was the first road trip abroad we had ever done, and we were unsure how stressful I would find the driving, we had been quite reserved with how far we would travel to ensure that we enjoyed the whole holiday. It actually turned out to be a … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 5 – Stacking stones, hiking to waterfalls and basalt columns.
It was finally time to venture out from Reykjavik and explore the south coast. We left extremely early in the morning, as had become our custom, to catch the sunrise at the first landmark. This early morning departure was by far the most stressful driving experience we had while we were in Iceland. Driving in the dark, on the wrong side of the road (the … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 4 -Waterfalls, glaciers and the church on the hill.
Our journey was onward and upwards towards Gullfoss. Luckily at this point we still had a couple of hours of day light remaining and the weather cleared so we got a perfect view of the next great waterfall of our journey. This was the first time we had seen a river in Iceland, let alone a waterfall, that was so wide and cascaded down so … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 3 – Waterfalls, Christmas shops and 3 course meals
The alarm went off at 6am and our day was starting again. Pitch black outside and you could hear the rain battering the window. It was clearly going to be a good day! Breakfast at 6.30am so we could hit the road as soon as possible. With the very short window of daylight at this time of year (roughly between 9am and 5pm) we had … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 3 – The Golden Circle
For the first full day in Reykjavik we decided that we would book a tour to get to know the city and not have to worry about driving all over the place. In my many hours of research before we left I found the I Heart Reykjavik blog which is an invaluable resource for anyone planning on going anywhere in Iceland. The morning would be … Continue reading Icelandic Diaries Day 2 – Walking, whales and wonderful food