Iceland Day One

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Iceland Day One

Planning our recent trip to Iceland has kept me occupied for the last few months. I am pleased to say that all the planning was worth it and we managed to do everything we wanted. I therefore thought I would share our trip, for others planning to go.

As we were visiting Iceland with our children, we needed to carefully think about what they would like and enjoy, as well as me and my husband. We decided to hire a car and book a hotel in Hella on the South coast to minimise the amount of driving. We did, however, chose to miss out diamond beach and Jokulsarlon as the drive would just be too much for our boys to enjoy.After much umming and arrhing we decided to book the blue lagoon for our first day. Our flight was due to land at 8.30 and we booked the 11-12 time slot. This was perfect. What with a lost bag and a queue at the hire car company, it worked perfectly. We arrived 20 minutes early and walked around the back of the lagoon. The colour was beautiful.

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

When inside we were given bracelets to open the lockers and charge any drinks to. The water was beautiful and warm. Much hotter than the geothermal pools we had experienced in Costa Rica. There was a smell of sulfur but we got used to it.I was paranoid my hair would be like straw so washed it, added conditioned and tied it up. It was fine.We spent about 2 hours in the pool. We hadn’t  even considered the sun which was a mistake as we all looked like lobsters the following day. We then grabbed a bite to eat in the cafe. The food was lovely but at a premium. If you have fussy kids (we have one) then harder to find something they will eat.We then decided to head towards the bridge across 2 continents. From the car it looked dubious. But when we got there it was pretty cool and not something many people can say they have done.

Two continental plates

Bridge between continents, Iceland

Flagging a bit we headed to our apartment in Reykjavik for a quick nap. Well for the adults at least!Around 5.30 we woke and headed into Reykjavik for a wander and to look for clothing. As I mentioned earlier, my bag never arrived. It contained all my clothes, all our rain gear and hiking stuff. We looked at clothes and concluded Iceland was very expensive. Everything was quality but costly. A pair of hiking trousers for me was in the region of £60-115. As we had a budget of £125 a day to buy essentials from Easy jet until they located my bag, we opted for pants, socks and a top and hope of good weather.We saw the main sites. The sun voyager.

The Sun Voyager

And the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral.
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Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik 

Then we headed back for takeaway pizza and a well needed sleep. Hoping that the next day would bring kind weather and my lost luggage.

5 comments:

  1. Looks like an amazing place. Sorry to hear about the missing luggage. Love reading about this and look forward to reading more as it is a bucket list place that is love to visit one day. Everywhere looks lovely and quiet - was it as quiet as it looks?

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    1. It was quiet but no there were people at the main bits. Reykjavik was busy but not London busy

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  2. I've loved seeing your photos on social media, it looks like you had an amazing time! My husband and I visited Iceland before children when it was just starting to be somewhere that people visited, it looks as though there is lots more to see now as I don't recognise any of these things apart from the Blue Lagoon! I would love to return with the children one day so I'm looking forward to reading more about your trip :)

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  3. Oh wow! What an exciting trip. The Blue Lagoon is just stunning and sounds like a wonderful experience. That is a shame that your bag was lost. x

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    1. Thankfully they found it! A longer stay at Luton. Not a holiday where you want a lost case though.

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