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Solo Trip Snapshots

Solo Trip Snapshots

It has officially been a year since my solo trip to Iceland and Copenhagen, Denmark, and I’m still in awe of the scenery in both countries.  This trip meant a lot to me, as it was the longest I had ever taken by myself.  I think it might be cliche to say that I learned a lot about myself on this trip, that it was life changing, but I’ll say it anyways.  It would be hard not to visit two…

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Last Day in Reykjavik, Iceland

Last Day in Reykjavik, Iceland

My last day in Reykjavik, Iceland was bittersweet.  I was so sad to leave the country that I had fallen head over heels for, but was also very excited to move on to my next stop, Copenhagen.  I planned the day’s activities around a last minute Reykjanes Peninsula Tour, which ran from 1pm to 4pm.  The one thing that I really wanted to do before I left the country was go to The Laundromat Café for breakfast. I had read…

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Reykjavik Street Art + An Announcement

Reykjavik Street Art + An Announcement

One of my favorite things about the city of Reykjavik was how every available space was decorated with street art.  As I wandered around, I marveled at the murals on the sides of buildings, paintings in alleyways and doodles scrawled across scaffolding and walls.  Each day that I walked around this colorful city, I noticed a new (to me, at least) piece of art. It became almost like an easy treasure hunt through the city to find the best pieces of street…

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Reykjanes Peninsula Tour

Reykjanes Peninsula Tour

The Reykjanes Peninsula may be known as the home of the Blue Lagoon, but the rest of this amazing landscape should not be missed!  Because it is also the home of Keflavik Airport, so it’s typically the first glimpse of Iceland that most people get.  The Peninsula is a geothermally active, otherworldly landscape full of wonders.  I’m so glad that I got an in-depth look. I booked this tour on a whim after enjoying the South Coast tour so much. …

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South Coast Tour Part Two

South Coast Tour Part Two

The first half of the South Coast Tour was jaw-droppingly beautiful; full of lush, green land, gorgeous waterfalls and world-renown hiking trails.  The second half was a completely different landscape, much like how the landscape of Iceland as a whole changes from mile to mile.   Our first stop after the waterfalls was the quaint south coast fishing town of Vik, Iceland for a lunch break. On our way there we passed miles of farmland and mountains, all of which was…

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South Coast Waterfalls

South Coast Waterfalls

The morning of my South Coast Tour, I waited outside Hotel Holt for the Extreme Iceland bus to scoop me up.  I had a rocky start to the day after I spilled a cup of coffee all down myself and on my notebook while I was trying to enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast.  This unfortunate event sent me running back to my room to change while apologizing to everyone I passed for making a mess.  I tried to salvage the…

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Elding Whale Watching in Reykjavik

Elding Whale Watching in Reykjavik

Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated by the ocean and everything in it.  I think watching the movie Jaws at an impressionable age had something to do with it.  For this reason, the whale watching tour in Reykjavik was the first thing I booked for my Iceland trip.  I had read plenty of reviews on tour companies there, and Elding Whale Watching Tours was the one that stuck out the most to me, so that is who I…

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Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach and Perlan

Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach and Perlan

On my third day in Iceland, I checked out of my AirBnB and into Hotel Holt in downtown Reykjavik.  Because I was early, my room wasn’t ready so I dropped off my bags and headed towards Perlan, a futuristic-looking building with a observation deck and rotating restaurant at the top.  The front desk agent at the hotel assured me that it was a walk-able distance away, and it was, but it wasn’t a very pretty walk.  I looped over, under,…

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My First AirBnB Experience

My First AirBnB Experience

I had always been a little bit wary of AirBnB, mostly because of stories I’ve heard from friends or read online.  It seemed to me that people either loved it or hated it.  However, when I started planning my trip to Iceland, the prices for hotels were a little high for my budget.  This coupled with the fact that I was traveling solo and wanted to meet people along the way led me to try AirBnB for the first time. …

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Hiking Mount Esja, Iceland

Hiking Mount Esja, Iceland

Mount Esja, which can be seen in the background of Reykjavik in most photos, is just a quick hop, skip and jump from downtown.  I was very lucky to have such amazing AirBnb hosts that drove me there on their way to a family event.  As we got close, Hulda pointed out her old neighborhood, school and stomping grounds; this area was where she grew up. When they dropped me off in the parking lot, they explained how I would…

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