Velkomið! I love reading other bloggers’ travel diaries. It’s an intimate look into their lives: how they personally enjoyed their travels, what they explored and what their favourite aspects of their trips were. When blogging about travel, it’s so tempting to write “top __ things to do in __” but you can’t deny the fun of going back to basics – personally, I’ve never actually written a proper travel diary! So I’m really excited to incorporate more of them into my blog. Now, without further ado..
At the beginning of January, my boyfriend Scott and I packed our bags for the country of Iceland. Scott in particular had been so excited to visit the island for so long, and I couldn’t wait either – January is a pretty cold month for Iceland, with the temperature averaging around -10•c. With our winter coats and snow boots packed – we knew we were in for quite an adventure!
The first sight of the country took my breath away. The plane descended and the clouds cleared, revealing a blank plain of snow as far as the eye could see. The terrain in Iceland is like another world. Where snow wasn’t covering, there was black lava rock instead. Nothing like the built-up skylines of England.
Not very Icelandic, but my favourite meal while I was in Reykjavik had to be at Nudluskalin, a little noodle bar tucked away in the centre of town. When we first found the bar, we almost passed it because unless you were looking for it, I don’t think you’d know it was there!
They do one dish called Noodles for the Soul and it is absolutely brilliant. The perfect thing to warm you up from a day in the cold of Iceland!
If you’re after some cheap but blooming fantastic places to eat in Iceland, of which all the places listed have received awards for excellence dishes, I wrote a post with a bunch of incredible recommendations right here.
The Blue Lagoon completely lives up to the hype: and that thing gets a LOT of hype. I know people talk about visiting the secret lagoons instead, but for a rookie Iceland visitor who doesn’t have access to their own car, I can’t recommend the Blue Lagoon enough! If you want to read all about the beautiful Lagoon, make sure to check out my essential guide here.
On the first night in Reykjavik, Scott took me to a bar he’d been recommended by a friend back home. That bar was called Lebowskis. Featuring a plaque on the window that reads: “if you’re racist, homophobic, misogynistic or a general asshole.. Don’t come in!” I knew I was going to like this place immediately.
I absolutely fell in love with their Peanut Butter Chocolate shake. It’s incredible. If you’re in Reykjavik, you need to try it. Or any of their shakes for that matter. They will change your life.
Scott and I ended up visiting Lebowski’s every night for a drink or two – Scott would order a different White Russian each time (which they’re famous for!) while I found my way through the shakes menu, and back to the Peanut Butter Chocolate slice of heaven.
My favourite thing about Iceland had to be hunting for the Northern Lights. Throwing on your thermals and heading into the night, on a tour bus full of people chatting excitedly about how they can’t wait to find out if they will or won’t see the Northern Lights on this particular night. We had a tour guide who told us amazing and interesting stories about Iceland’s origin, recounting folklore and songs from the past while we drove into the night and the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights – but I honestly had the best time trying, and I can’t recommend that you try too, enough! It felt mystical and magical.
Have you visited Iceland? If you have, what was your favourite thing about the country? And if you haven’t – do you have any plans to? I’d love to hear! Make sure to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
If you want to read more about the beautiful country of Iceland, you can see my other posts about it right here.
I hope you have a wonderful day,