ICELAND – Day 1
We have made it to Iceland! After 10 truly glorious days in Canada, spending quality time with family, swimming in the lake and living in a beautiful cottage, it was time to hop aboard our Icelandic Air flight to Reykjavik to start our next adventure!
The flight was overnight, and I passed out which was ideal, but Leo got zero sleep whatsoever. Arriving I Iceland at 6am is something I would never recommend – IT’S SO COLD!! We touched down to a crisp blue sky 5-degree morning and I immediately regretted my Canada plane outfit choice. We are only spending 4 days here, but after being voted the 3rd most expensive country in the world, I reckon 4 days will be enough.
We had rented a car for the days we would be here from ‘’IceRental Cars’’ and I would NEVER recommend these guys. We arrived after waiting in the cold for the shuttle bus for about 30 minutes. From there we were taken to the smallest office and treated like complete shite for about 1 hour. The 2 guys working there are absolutely dick heads, so unfriendly and even though we paid for insurance upfront, they told us it wasn’t valid and we had to take out their insurance, costing us $300NZD. DO NOT RENT FROM THEM EVER.
However, from leaving the compound we drove to the infamous Blue Lagoon about 25 mins away as our check in wasn’t until 3pm. They have of course recently out their prices up to 11,900ISI - $150NZD pp! YIKES – expensive day so far. We arrived on time for our 9am spot, were greeted by a lovely Icelandic boy who explained everything and off we went for 4 hours of sheer relaxation.
Spoiler alert – the lagoon is 100% worth it! There are a couple of options to choose from, but we went for the comfort package (as it was the only one we could afford) but it included unlimited entry to the silica pools, sauna, steam room, face-mask and 1 drink of your choice. We got chatting to one of the staff there who was English – totally fantastic guy, and he ended up giving us a free drink voucher and second face-mask voucher so it was an awesome experience. The pools are hot, about 38 degrees, heated by geothermal salt water from 2000m underground and was the perfect way to spend the morning.
From there we walked the property and thought about having lunch at the pools but for $30NZD for a sandwich I nearly had a heart attack and opted for Canadian snacks we had bought at the Airport. By the time 3pm hit we were exhausted, so we hopped in the car, did shopping for the 4 days at ‘Bonus’ a cheap supermarket and drove to our first nights accomo near the Airport.
It was nice but for $120NZD for the night it wasn’t great, we did however manage to get groceries for $57NZD and that will last us the whole time we are here so that was a WIN! I had planned to edit pics, skype home, tidy up my hard drive but after a beautifully homemade sandwich we both fell asleep at 7pm.
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!