About two weeks ago, I was sat in my office chair, dreaming about going on a breakfast tour of North America. I truly don't know how I got from a stack of iHOP pancakes to the northern lights, but before I knew it I had booked a weekend getaway to Iceland (the following week, none the less).
We had seven days to brainstorm and to cram as many activities into two and a half days as humanly possible. You'd also think it would be easier to pack for only two days, but it was still as challenging as ever. After what seemed like a never-ending work week, we were headed to the airport, not quite prepared for the whirlwind of a trip we were about to embark on.
The plan was simple: rent a car, head to the Blue Lagoon, and then basically see where the country took us. Let's talk about the Blue Lagoon for a hot second, we were actually the first ones through the door in the morning, so it was pretty magical to see the hot spring completely empty. The weather was incredibly cold and rainy, so getting into the 40 degree thermal bath was basically heaven on earth. We spent about an hour and a half in the water, enjoy our complimentary face masks and taking pictures of ourselves, before my fingers turned into prunes and we called it quits. It was an amazing experience, and one you can't miss if you're visiting Iceland.
The rest of the day consisted of getting settled into our AirBnB, taking a nap, and exploring Reykjavik. While wondering the town we saw a sign for a Northern Lights tour, and obviously decided to inquire. Three hours later we were on a tour bus with 50 other people, driving two hours out of the city hoping to catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon. As you can see, we got extremely lucky and got to see the lights dance for hours. Such a surreal moment and one none of us will forget.
Now it's the next morning and we're already buzzing from the day before - what could possibly make this trip any better? Hopping in our car and driving the Golden Circle, that's what. This loop consists of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir and the Kerid Crater. If you don't make any stops, the drive is about three and a half hours, but because we wanted every photo opportunity possible, it took us about eight hours.
Before we knew it, it was the following day and we had to head to the airport, but not before a quick detour to Reykjanes Peninsula. This was something straight out of Shutter Island and one of the most beautiful sights of the entire trip, even though we only spent 15 minutes there.
That's it.. a weekend in Iceland. It was worth every dollar spent, even if that means I will be on a peanut butter sandwich diet for the next month. Where to next?