What to Pack for Iceland

 

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In a few days I’ll finally be setting off on a cruise around Iceland. The great thing (I’m hoping!) about cruises is that you pretty much have your transportation sorted for you – there’s no need to worry about missing a train or catching a taxi, or getting lost. The less-than-great thing is that you’re basically trapped on a boat with no access to the normal stores you’d find in a town or city.

In other words: you better pack well.

Luckily this is my second trip to Iceland, so I’ve got the benefit of experience. With that in mind, here’s a list of the bare essentials I’m bringing along with me. This is for a summer trip to the island, so I’ve focused a lot on clothes that I can layer. If you’re visiting in the autumn or winter, you can still use this list as a base – just bulk it up a little.

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Oh the Places You’ll Go: My 2015 Travel Plans

 

If I’m being honest I wasn’t planning on travelling that much in 2015. There’s a lot happening this year for me on several different fronts. I’m closing out a graduate program, studying for exams, and of course there’s the whole permanent residency thing. Don’t you just hate it when life gets in the way of…life?

Anyway, as it turns out I’ve still managed to squeeze in a fair bit of global galavanting over the next 10 months or so. I’m staying put in London for most of the spring, but after that I’ve got a few major trips planned:

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

Giant's Causeway Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland Image Source: http://whc.unesco.org/

My BF and I have been entertaining the idea of visiting Ireland for quite some time now. We’re finally going this year and during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations no less! It will be a quick four-day trip to Dublin where I’m sure much Guinness will be consumed, with a day trip to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway.

Viva Las Vegas

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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this in person!

It’s happening. I’m going back to America for the first time in 4.5 years. My brother is getting married and that means I’ll be headed back to Sin City for a week or so to reacquaint myself with the American way of life. For the uninitiated, this translates into eating lots and lots of food. Then taking a break, and eating more food. When I’m not shoving food down my face, I’ll you’ll probably find me at Target marvelling at all the cheap prices.

Returning to Iceland

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Continental Divide – Iceland

I first visited Iceland in October 2013 and was absolutely blown away. The people are lovely, the food is excellent, and the scenery is out of this world. This summer I’m returning to the island to explore the coastline – all of it. I’ll be going off the grid and onto a ship to circumnavigate the whole of Iceland. There will be whale watching, bird watching (puffins!), glacier hiking, volcanic golfing, fishing, and lots more. Needless to say, I am really really really excited about this trip!!

Nordic Nations

Seurasaari Island – Helsinki, Finland

If you take a look at the travel section of my blog you’ll probably notice my affinity for Scandinavia. Northern Europe is without a doubt one of my favourite travel destinations, so when an old friend told me he was visiting from The States it immediately set the wheels in motion for another trip. This time around I’ll be visiting Stockholm and Oslo for an extended working holiday and city break. Old friends and new places. It doesn’t get much better than that!

If any of you have any tips or advice on things to do in any of these locations they would be much appreciated. As always, you can follow my journeys on Instagram @girlinlondon_rtw. Happy travels!

Iceland: A Photo Essay

 

It’s been described as the Land of Fire and Ice, but what I discovered on my first trip to Iceland is that the island nation is much more than that. Isolated in the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland feels like another planet. Its landscapes are unforgivable yet remarkably beautiful, and its capital Reykjavik appears to have developed perfectly in tune with its surroundings. The air is clean, the food is fresh, and the people are extraordinarily friendly. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

First glimpse of lava fields from the air . . .

Lava fields near Keflavik, Iceland

Close up of moss growing on porous volcanic rock (basalt)

Continental plate divide in Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park in autumn

Steamy Blue Lagoon

Icelandic horses near Gullfoss


Gullfoss

Strokkur

Strokkur erupting

Reykjavik Harbor

Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik

Downtown Reykjavik

Pickled herring on rye bread

To view more of my photos from Iceland and larger versions of all photos above, hop on over to my Flickr page!