Monday, 25 August 2014

Iceland, Day One: Reykjavik

Hi everyone! I've been back from Iceland for around a week now and took a little bit of a delay in getting posting because I had so much going on and I was also pretty exhausted from the trip. Sorry about that, but I figured its better that I wait a little rather than post a load of things with no effort behind them! On the whole I had a good time over there (although I have never been on such an expensive trip! Wowwwwww) and I'm ready to start posting all about it - as well as about some other things that I've been doing since I've been back.

I'm going to make this a little feature rather than spam you all with photos as I realise a lot of you aren't actually going to be interested in it, so I'll post about Iceland every Monday for a little while.

Anyway, onwards!



The day started off a little badly as the problem with booking flights literally three days in advance is you kind of get left with whatever no one else wanted. I ended up flying out of Luton Airport, which would probably have been fine but I did it so early that it was a nightmare. I had to get two night buses, then a coach, and then the queues at Luton were rammed even that early which I wasn't expecting. So I had hardly slept (also my fault - I was out til 1am anyway) and then I didn't manage to sleep on the plane. It was easy to get a bus from the airport to the capital of Reykjavik and then easy to get to my hostel.

I hadn't planned anything to do on this day as every other day I had really intensely planned, so I started off by just having an explore of the city. Reykjavik is very small but it is nice and friendly. It is a cute little place to walk around and easy to get around. My hostel was on the water front which made it nice and easy too - whenever I wanted to get back I simply had to aim downwards and then figure it out from there!


I hit the first problem quickly - Food in Reykjavik is super expensive. I eventually bought some chips for the equivilent of £8. That was the cheapest I could find. Yeah.


A lot of the stores sold fur, as you can see in the above photo. I was a little disturbed by this photo and I'd always been against fur, but I still couldn't resist going and stroking it all. There was reindeer hide and various other furs, but this picture I took of Arctic fox fur bothered me the most! But I will reluctantly admit, I went and felt it and it was just the nicest feeling thing, so though it pains me I can totally understand why people would buy it.

I soon got bored because nice as Reykjavik is, there isn't loads to do. So I did a boat trip to go and see some puffins with a Brazilian guy I'd met whilst trying to buy food! We happened to turn up exactly as the last puffin trip of the day was leaving, so great timing. We got to see some of the cute little puffins though not as close up as I'd imagined - I'd assumed it would be really easy to see them and that they would all be hanging out on the edges of the puffin islands - they were not! The puffins weren't very co-operative, luckily I had a long camera lens that I was watching them through but I think I'd have been pretty disappointed if I hadn't. Very cute little birds though. I had gone to Iceland refusing to eat in any restaurant that served whale, and very quickly extended it to any restaurant that served puffin too! As you can see from these pictures, the weather in Iceland is just lovely...!







Anyway, that's day one over. It gets a little more exciting from here ;) But we might as well start from the beginning, right?!


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9 comments

  1. Oh wow, this brings back memories. We went two years ago but it was snowy blizzards! They weather looks much nicer at this time of the year.

    Cat
    www.rockandrollpussycat.co.uk

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  2. oooh yaya! I'm going in a few weeks so am looking forward to reading more! At least am now prepared about the food prices! xx

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  3. Smoothie Spoonie26 August 2014 at 11:37

    Yay, I have a big fascination for Iceland. I hope to go there one day. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your posts about your trip.



    Lennae xxx
    www.lennae87.wordpress.com

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  4. I would like to visit it, but from what you've said, it doesn't sound good: fur, whale and puffins. I can't wait for the other posts.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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  5. I know they aren't the greatest - but it all fits when you're there! It's a context thing I suppose, it's a cold, sparcely populated country afterall!

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  6. The rest are more interesting I swear, haha.

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  7. Hopefully some of my others will be more useful to you! And yes, I kept in budget but not without much effort!

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  8. How was it in the snow? Perhaps a little nicer, still bloody cold and I think there was maybe one day when it didn't rain - and even then I'm not entirely certain it didn't!

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  9. COLD! Ha. The Jan we went was the coldest winter they'd had for 30 years. There were lots of blizzards but hubby loved it (we went for his 30th). Did you do any of the tours? We loved the blue lagoon and the horse riding x

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