So I am so excited to finally start to share with you our Icelandic Adventure! I think I’ve finally had time to get home, get organized and really digest the incredible time we had while in Iceland on our accidental ‘baby moon.’
We started looking into booking a trip because we wanted to celebrate buying our new home + selling our city home. We also took it as a excuse to getaway after our crazy summer dealing with the move and also our heartbreaking miscarriage. When looking at trips we knew we didn’t want to go anywhere with Zika – because we were hoping to get pregnant soon-ish and didn’t want to have to delay trying because Zika is still very much a thing. Luckily we booked Iceland because we ended up finding out we were pregnant about a month before we left for our trip!
Charles and I were initially looking into France or Spain or Rome – I have never been to any of those places before and he really wanted to go there with me, but when we figured out an itinerary we liked, we would have spent so many days of our vacation as travel days with 20+ hours of flights or trains. I wanted something a little easier where we could enjoy our time away.
My sister + brother in law had been to Iceland last October and RAVED about it. My in-laws had also been a few years ago and loved it too. A quick, non-stop 5 hour flight sounded like heaven to me and Iceland had always been a place I had wanted to go – this turned out to be the perfect time to do it – and I’m so glad we did!
There is SO MUCH we got to see and do – if you follow along on Instagram, you know! I posted a bunch but I am so excited that I was able to get some video footage for you as well. I’m going to be breaking our trip down by day – so its not a million hours long and I can focus on the highlights for each day for the different areas we were in – because we moved around a lot!
So here it is, for Day 1 in Iceland – The Blue Lagoon, Brimketill Lava Rock Pools, Gunnuhuver Geothermal area, Reykjanes Peninsula Edge + The Bridge Between Two Continents! Check out the video + be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to let me know what you think !
I knew I wanted to do the Blue Lagoon to minute we booked the trip. I got the go ahead from my doctor right away, which was awesome – the lagoon is never really that hot, so its not an issue for pregnant women. Its normally around 100* – hotter in some areas – but I was always just warm and comfortable, like I was in a bath. It was lovely.
We went back and forth about doing the Blue Lagoon at the start or end of our trip. It’s only about 15 minutes from the airport and both the airport and the Lagoon are about 45-60 minutes away from Reykjavik. Being so close to the Blue Lagoon when we landed I wanted to take advantage of its proximity and knock it off our list right away. Charles wasn’t sure if we would be able to enjoy it with the jet lag but I read online that people went there to beat jet lag – and that’s exactly what we did! It was relaxing and so enjoyable to be able to hop off our plane, rent our car and just about hop right into the lagoon.
After an overnight flight, it was heaven.
I booked us the 8am entry to the Blue Lagoon – we landed at 7am and got there shortly after 8. This was another amazing call because in the beginning of the day, you have the place to yourself.
If you plan to visit, my tips would be to get there as early as you can – to be crowds and tour buses, etc. – and to put SO MUCH conditioner in your hair before you go into the water. My hair still feels a little crazy from all that silica, weeks later!
And if you get the opportunity, DEFIANTLY visit the Blue Lagoon!
After spending a few hours in the Lagoon, we decided to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula area a bit more. I did a bunch of research before and found out there was lots to see in the area, all fairly close to the lagoon and the airport – so we wanted to take advantage of this before we headed for the big city!
Our first stop was the Brimketill Lava Rock Pools. We went on a crazy windy day and the waves gave us a SHOW! It was beautiful and wild and apparently super different with the seasons.
After that we made our way over to the Gunnuhuver Geothermal area which I believe is the largest in Iceland. It was so crazy to see the steam and mud pools and we got to learn a lot about this country we just landed in.
Next we made our way over to the Reykjanes Peninsula Edge where we got to see dramatic cliffs, rock formations and a beautiful lighthouse. Quick stops, but each was so different and I’m glad we made the time to road trip around while in the area.
Our final stop was the Bridge Between Two Continents, which was such a cool place to check out. This area separates Europe and North America with the tectonic plates actively rifting apart. It felt like what I imagine it to feel if I was to walk on the moon. Super wild!
I don’t think many people explore the Reykjanes Peninsula – but if you are in the area, you totally should! It’s a great spot to explore with so much to see before heading out to Reykjavik!
More about our trip coming up – if you have any specific questions about our visit or our itinerary, please let me know and I’ll be sure to include it in my posts! Thanks for following along and I can’t to share more – this is just the beginning!