Iceland is often referred to as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ and I thought, oh, what a catchy nickname. Then, I went to Iceland and realized IT IS ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’. My mom and I spent eight days exploring the island as much as possible, squeezing in natural sites, hopping around town and getting awesome mother/daughter time. This is just a little introduction to our time in Iceland and a glance at what to expect from my upcoming posts about the land of fire and ice!
Why Visit Iceland in the Winter?
Our main goal was to see the Northern Lights. I had done all sorts of research on photographing them, downloaded apps to track them and felt really prepared. Unfortunately for us, it wasn’t in the cards for that to happen. At least, not in the way we expected. We were able to get a pretty awesome aurora borealis show from the airplane. Unfortunately, that meant no setting up my camera, no gorgeous landscapes underneath, but we were able to just sit and take in the moment (and snap some crummy iPhone photos). Plus, it allows for something to see next time!
There are less people traveling this time of year, as well. We weren’t stuck behind massive crowds at natural sites! Because it isn’t peak tourist season, prices are also a bit lower – which definitely helps out when visiting Iceland!
Where We Stayed:
I found Guesthouse Galtafell on Booking.com and I was very impressed with it. This was an Icelandic artists’ house, but has been turned into t guesthouse. They’ve separated it out into smaller rooms that feel more like apartments. Ours was the room under the stairs. It was equipped with a kitchenette and table, a living room, two bathrooms and two single beds! The best part was the location. It’s right in the heart of old town and the fabulous location meant that we walked everywhere in the city.
Just a Peek of What’s to Come:
Road tripping across the island
Black sand beaches off of cozy towns!
Hiking to (and on) a gorgeous glacier
Relaxation in the Blue Lagoon
Mountain beyond mountain beyond mountain – mountains around every turn!
Geysirs and other volcanic activity!
And seriously majestic waterfalls!
The Land of Fire and Ice is one of my favorite countries thus far, for its natural beauty alone and I cannot wait to give you guys a more detailed tour of my experiences over the next couple of weeks!
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