Hey everyone. So I’m here with my second travel blog and this one is all about my awesome little adventure to Iceland. I’ve already uploaded a short YouTube video compiling the highlights of my trip so be sure to check that out. Now what’s with the title ‘Un-finished business’?!
Simple to explain; I didn’t manage to see the illusive northern lights whilst away after trying to do so for 3 days. I had some stunning weather whilst visiting however the evening skies seemed to provide a nice cover of cloud consequently hiding what I’m sure would be a spectacular light show. I already see myself going back to Iceland one day however I’m even more motivated to do so now as I want to catch a glimpse of the northern lights in person. Missing the lights did not however put a dampener on my trip; I did tonnes of exploring and had a great experience whilst doing so. A quick heads up for anyone who does head to Iceland; use Reykjavik Excursions for everything as they were so reliable and more than helpful for the duration of my stay.
Day 1: Arriving, exploring the shore and Laugavegur Street!
After a nice early start and some straight forward travel I arrived at the 4th Floor Hotel, a conveniently located budget hotel which was perfectly suitable for my weekend stay. I literally just dumped my bags, grabbed a quick bite to eat from the store opposite and headed straight down to the shore in order to get a closer look at the snow topped mountains that caught my eye upon arrival. The walk along the waters edge was a great way to start. I didn’t have long so I really only wanted to stretch my legs after being sat down travelling for so long. I headed back to my hotel and wrapped up warm; cue northern lights cancellation number 1. This was my plan for the evening and once that fell through due to too much cloud cover I went straight to Laugavegur Street to check out the shopping and all of the amazing places to eat. This street also eventually leads to the Hallgrimskirkja church but I checked this out on a separate day. I had an early start the next day so I went back to my room with tired feet and dropped off instantly; great first day.
Day 2: The Golden Circle!
The Golden Circle tour brilliantly operated by Reykjavic Excursions filled my second day and what a day this was. It was an early start but we headed straight to Thingvellir National Park. It was an incredible day as you can see pictured which made experiencing this historical and geological wonder even better. This National Park seemed to be the place to become educated about the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates which are slowly pulling apart at a rate of 1cm – 2cm per year. I loved learning about this however I wont waffle into too much detail right now. After a quick stop here we departed again and next up was the Geysir geothermal area. The steamy atmosphere here was how I pictured Iceland in my mind as this was this place where its raw natural power excelled. The main attraction was the geyser named Strokkur; this one in particular was very regular at shooting water upto 30m in the air every few minutes. I managed to get this one in action on my YouTube video and I caught several good pictures of it firing away. After a quick wonder here and several close encounters with the spouting water it was time to head to the last location which was Gulfoss waterfall. This waterfall was another power creation by mother nature. The icy cold water was just plunging at an insane rate into a crevice approximately 32m deep. After taking in the views of Gulfoss waterfall it was then time to head home and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants right by my hotel. Cue northern lights cancellation number 2.
Day 3: A trek to World Class Iceland and more exploration.
My last day started with a nice long cold walk to the gym. World Class Iceland to be more precise and this facility was on another level to most, if not all gyms I’ve trained in. It was insanely equipped and the staff were more than accommodating so if you head to Iceland check this place out and get at least one session in to make space for all the lovely Icelandic food you’ll consume. With my session done I retuned to my room, warmed up and got appropriately dressed for an afternoon wonder. I started by heading towards the shore again but taking the opposite direction to that which I had previously walked. The first thing I encountered was the Sun Voyager as you can see pictured. The Sun Voyager is a steel sculpture that is said to be a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Whatever it’s meaning it made for a great photo opportunity and a good chance to have a sit down and just take in the view out across the water. Further along the shore I started to notice tonnes of little rock piles that people had formed so naturally I made one myself (hopefully still standing) before then proceeding on to take in the vibrant colours presented in the old Reykjavik harbour. After another brief sit down (I took the wrong shoes and had trained my legs at World Class Iceland) I wondererd away from the shore and ascended a long road to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church. The church could be seen from almost anywhere and it’s one of Reykjavik’s main landmarks; I had a quick peak inside before heading out to the waffle van that was close by. Happy with my waffle I headed back to my room; cue northern lights cancellation number 3. After this news, all that was left to do was catch an early night before what turned out to be a very lengthy journey home in the early hours. An amazing weekend but reason to return.
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in the next one!