A couple years ago, it was a very busy period in my life. I was working all the time with crazy hours, my husband and I planned a wedding, got married, and then decided to go on a honeymoon somewhere far away, literally in a land that we only had dreamed of. This place was Iceland.
Until that period of time, most of our travel had been primarily in the northeastern part of the United States, which makes sense since we are from the Philadelphia area. We got married in the winter, and decided to take the honeymoon a little later in the summer time. This gave us time to really plot out where we wanted to go in Iceland, and also figure out if there were tours we wanted to go on.
We did end up booking Gray Line Day Tours and I would highly recommend them. The buses we went on were very clean, and the guides were extremely knowledgeable on the various areas we visited. We ended up booking 5 days, and 4 of those we used the Gray Line Tours, and the other we rented a car to explore on our own a bit. We rented the car through a company called Europcar. I think that the combination was a great way to enjoy Iceland, especially as first timers in the region.
I was super excited for this trip, and I remember the week leading up to it, I do not think I slept much. This was a huge deal to us, and I had never gone to Europe before, so I was eager to check it out! We flew out of Newark right to Iceland, and it took about 6 hours which was not too bad. It was an overnight flight and the time really seemed to go by fast on it. The airport that we arrived in Iceland was actually the Keflavik International Airport, and this is the main airport for Iceland, and it only took us about a half hour from there to get to Reykjavik.
I was so happy to finally be in Iceland! We were in awe at the unique landscape of it as well, and the land almost had another worldly lunar feeling with all the lava fields. It is situated on both North American and the Eurasian Plates, and the island itself was formed through active volcanoes along this ridge.
I am so excited to go into more details on this Iceland series of our stories, adventures, and also places that I recommend when you are traveling there. Let me know in the comments below if you have also traveled to Iceland. Also, remember to click that subscribe button and have a wonderful day!
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My absolute favorite book that I have found about Iceland is appropriately also called “Iceland” and is written by Jenna Gottlieb. This book is so detailed with the landmarks in Iceland, and it reviews the capital of Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the South, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords, North Iceland, East Iceland and the Eastfjords, the Highlands, and the Ring Road. It also reviews when the best times are to see the Northern Lights, the best wild-life watching spots, the best day hikes, and various weekend getaway spots. When we personally went, we stayed in Reykjavik, and I absolutely love her super detailed guide of the city. She lists the best accommodation spots, how to get around Reykjavik, shopping areas, dining options, nightlife, sights, sports and recreation, and seriously so much more. I appreciate that she not only details the different areas in Iceland, but she really dives into the history too. There are photos in color as well so you can get the sense of what each part of Iceland looks like. There is so much more information in this book that will help you feel more confident on your travels to Iceland, and it is worth the read!
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