I’ve dreamt about visiting Iceland for years, since before I even moved to London, but especially so in the last 2 years when I’ve noticed more and more people going and sharing photos from what looked like another world. So along came March and after months of stalking people’s Instagram accounts for inspiration, it was finally my turn to visit.
Iceland sits in a league of its own. It’s unlike any other country that I’ve ever visited before, which is probably why it landed so high on my bucket list. The landscape is other worldly and there’s a new postcard moment around every corner. Spending a week driving around the whole country was one of the best holiday experiences of my life, I was even brought to tears at one point from the beauty of it all, and I’m NOT a cryer. Seriously. In fact, I relish in making fun of my mum each time she looks watery eyed at something and announces that it’s “just so beautiful, I’m going to cry”. I’ve even perfected the line in her great Polish accent, yet early one morning, the scene of a crystal blue glacier glistening in the sun against fresh snow and rocky mountains just took my breath away and the realisation that I was about to go climbing into a hidden ice cave inside that glacier was apparently just too much.
It was an absolutely jam-packed week with so many activities and sights each day and I’ll go into more detail of all the places I visited in coming posts, but for now I just wanted to share my favourite moments from the trip. Well, my favourite of the favourite. There were many.
I flew from London to Reykjavik with EasyJet and hired a 4WD for the entire week, just a few km’s away from the airport. If you plan on driving around the whole country then I definitely recommend a 4WD as a standard car won’t get you far over the varying terrain or off the beaten track.
Ugh, I already can’t wait to go back! Next trip will be a summer one, to experience this amazing country in both climates.