Yesterday I was chatting with my youngest brother, Shane, about New Year’s resolutions. He told me that if you make them, they need to be measurable. I’m making it a goal to blog once a week in the new year. I have soo many amazing pictures from 2017 that I haven’t shared yet.
So, I decided to start off with one of my favorite memories from last year, a sibling trip to Iceland. A lot of people have asked “why Iceland?” Honestly, it wasn’t really a dream or even on my bucket list. One Sunday afternoon, my brother and I decided we should go on a trip together and started Pinteresting and researching and by evening we had a whole presentation ready to show to our other siblings. It worked out that 4 out of the 5 of us could go. Iceland was an incredible experience that I will forever treasure. It is by far one of the most unique, diverse, and beautiful landscapes I’ve ever experienced.
I have a few more details and recommendations at the bottom of the post.
A few details.
My favorite way to travel to Europe is to take a night flight so you can hopefully take a nap on the plane and arrive in the morning and get started with your day. I think it’s the best way to avoid jet lag. Upon arrival, we got some food, went to the grocery store, and headed straight for the blue lagoon. As “touristy” as it may be, we really enjoyed the relaxing, surreal atmosphere. It was a great way to start the trip. We spent the rest of our time on the southern coast. Feel free to message me if you have specific questions about what we did. In the summer, it never really gets dark which was a crazy experience. The first night it was hard to fall asleep. We woke up super early every morning to beat the crowds. Driving was pretty easy (just watch out for sheep on the road). We cooked most of our own meals and packed our lunch. It was so much fun to spend every day in nature just exploring and enjoying the unique and crazy beautiful landscape. My top recommendations for a trip to Iceland are:
Take the zodiac boat tour of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Our amazing rental car company, Blue Car Rental… they were so kind and helpful. We just loved them.
Our favorite Airbnb we stayed in… It was so charming and cozy and we enjoyed it so much.
Try a gas station hot dog.
Dress in layers. No matter the forecast, the weather can change a lot in a day. Waterproof clothing is very useful!
Leave a little free time in your schedule to just hike, explore, and enjoy the moment.