Day One – Reykjavik

Day one was very successful. We arrived at Reykjavik at 8am and of course since it was Sunday, nothing was open except the cutest little bakery/coffee shop. We stopped in and had our first taste of Skyr yogurt w granola and fruit and a coffee. After, we went up to the Leif Ericsson church and went up to the top of the tower. Excellent view of the city! We went on a great walking tour and then grabbed some quick lunch. We were severely tired so grabbed a quick nap and then headed to the local swimming pool. They have lanes, a big outdoor pool and a couple hot tubs. The process to get in did not feel weird (showering naked beforehand and getting dressed) and the pool felt wonderful. To top it off there was a great water slide that was completely closed and long and super high. I was pleasantly surprised by the cool effects inside, LED lights to brighten your way.

Walked along the water on the way back to the city center, and grabbed really expensive Italian food (split a veggie pizza, a salad, and two glasses of wine = $100). Then went to a local hole in the wall bar that was pretty awesome. It was really bizarre walking back at midnight with the sun fully shining.

Leifur Eiríksson statue outside Hallgrímskirkja church
Hallgrímskirkja church
View from Hallgrímskirkja church

The go-to beer in Iceland, the Classic

72 hrs until take-off

So we’re at 72 hrs before the flight. I’ve laid out all the things I’m thinking about packing, so hopefully I can take away from it as we get closer (I’m known to ALWAYS overpack).

Got the long sleeved shirts, a few short sleeves, multiple thermals, wool socks, quick-dry pants, towel, JOBY tri-pod, LARA bars, etc.

Bringing the ITMFA shirt (Impeach The Motha Fucka Already) because I want the Icelanders to like me and not think I’m a stupid American.

 

Loading up the Amazon cart with all the essentials…

Hey all,

As you may or may not know, I’m headed to Iceland in 2 weeks. I’ll be spending the first 4 fully loaded days with my friend Liz and then the next 6 will be a solo adventure around the entirety of Iceland. So car is rented, hostels are booked, sleeping bag will be there when I arrive, and some fun activities are ready to go! I’ve done so much research, made a google map with all the places we want to check out, and I’m ready to get this show on the road.

At this point, I’m still picking up the “essential” items that I just wouldn’t be able to live without (not really, but would be nice to have). The Osprey backpack is on the way (thanks to Paul’s recommendation), along with a second set of thermals, a selection of Lara bars (which I probably won’t wind up being able to save for the trip), a JOBY tripod for my iPhone, quick dry towels, fun sleep masks and a outlet converter. So, I should be almost good to go. Last items to pick up will be more Lara bars, pasta sides (for easy on the road/hostel dinners), and then whatever we pick up from the airport duty free shop.

Yeah, I know, it’s another two weeks, but I like to be SUPER prepared. Otherwise anxiety and insomnia set in.

Anyway, I figured it would be good to keep the blog during the trip because I like writing (and haven’t done it in 7-8 yrs, I’m sure you have all missed me), and people will want to know what I did and I won’t be able to keep it all straight, and family will want to know that I haven’t gotten hurt, alive and well.

So tune in or out, and hope you like reading about the adventures in Iceland, and whatever more there is to come in 2017. It’s my prime year, 29 (prime #) in 2017 (prime #).