ICELAND PHOTO DIARY 

 

I promise this is the last post about Iceland …before you guys get tired. But trust me, one trip is never enough and I’m already craving for another meet up with this beautiful island.

img_5558I never plan too details for my travels. I don’t have schedules or itineraries, just some places in my head those I didn’t want to miss out.  And then I just improvised and see what unplanned surprise or adventure ahead waiting for me.

   

  

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Jökulsárlón was absolute the reason I visited Iceland.  It blew my mind by only browsing the photos but the day I went was not a good day.  The weather was bad , no sunlight and the boat trip was cancelled due to strong wind.  Okay, I still can go to see the blocks of ices on the black sand beach, I thought.  But then the driver took us to the other side of the beach where was not about the view I tempted to see!!!  I was so disappointed and a bit regretted of joining this day tour when I could have chosen another two days tour including glacier hiking, aurora hunting and everything else I missed on this day.

    
     
        

    
   

   
      About the blue lagoon experience there is more details on my another blog post :)

Airbnb was my first option in terms of accommodation in Iceland but later I realised as a solo traveler that it would be cheaper if I stayed at a hostel. And it was also easier for me to be picked up by the local tours. 

  – I stayed at Bus Hostel for the whole trip. It was a nice, clean and decent place to stay in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. During the night the light at the corridor was always on which made me feel safe to go to bathroom in the midnight. We had a cozy and vintage living room with the last cheese burger in Iceland XD Every night they have happy hour at the pub and sometimes music performance which is located at the living room as well.   

   

  BUS HOSTEL

Skogarhlid, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland 

+354 535 0350 http://www.bushostelreykjavik.com info@bushostelreykjavik.com

– BONUS is everyone’s favourite in Iceland for groceries and food. Most of the time I cooked at the hostel and prepared my lunch box (for the day tours) to save money for other delicious meals in Reykjavík.

    

  Reykjavík Roasters is my favourite cafe in Reykjavík.  I still can’t forget their breakfast – croissant with cheese, blueberries jam and Icelandic butter.

Reykjavík Roasters 

Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík

  
  Appelsin is orange tasted soft drink that you can only find in Iceland. Remember to give it a try and I love it so much!

 
I didn’t try the famous Icelandic lamb soup, instead I had grilled lamb for lunch.    Tips: lunch at Grillmarkadurinn is more affordable for backpackers!

Grillmarkadurinn (Grilled Market)

Lækjargata 2A, 101 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Ida Zimsen

Vesturgata 2a | 101 Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101, Iceland

+354-551-5004

I heard about a lot of “the best” in terms of food in Iceland : the best hot dog, lobster soup, Icelandic ice cream in the world…even tap water XD so I tried them all.

 
   Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

http://bbp.is/en/

    

Saegreifinn – The Sea Baron

Geirsgata 8, 101, Reykjavik, Iceland
 
+3545531500
saegreifinn.is

     

    I don’t know is it because of the Icelandic water or what…to me, the best coffee and Coke I have ever had was the one I had in Iceland.  If you ask me what is the difference, I can’t really tell but…its just different and you must try when you are there.  Now I think maybe it’s a good thing I don’t live in Iceland otherwise I will drink Coke, Applesin and coffee everyday.  One more thing, the tap water does taste really good.

    
    
    

    
   
    

Reykjavík is not too big and I spent all of my time in the capital on foot.  My two favourite buildings there – Harpa Concert and Conference Centre and Hallgrimskirkja help me to get the direction and find the way home.   Tips: getting to the top of church you can get a view of the city.
    
   

    
   
  
I realised I’m missing Iceland more and more every time I blog about it.  It took a big part of my heart and I always dream about going back.  It is a place easy to get to but hard to forget.  

PS.  I will be updating another similar post but in Chinese on my Facebook page.  Connect with me if you have Facebook or Instagram!!

Xxx

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BLUE LAGOON

Before heading to Iceland the thing I concerned the most is how do I take pictures at the blue lagoon.  People on the internet recommended waterproof case for mobile or camera.  I brought my go pro but you know you can’t really take a good selfie with it.  As a solo traveler this is something I really care about XD

In the end, no go pro, no waterproof case, just my little Canon Powershot N2, I took a few photos before my right arm was frozen (the other parts were in the warm water) and then I ran back to the changing room to lock my camera so that I could totally enjoy the lagoon.  The perfect 38 Celsius degrees and the beautiful blue that doesnt exist any other place in the world.

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photo by Nicola

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H&M top & bottoms

Tips:  

  • bring your own flipflops and towel.
  • the water is good for your skin but not for your hair, so better tie it up if you have long hair!!
  •  the camera guy Nicola takes pictures for the guests for free and send it to your email. Search for him!!! He is in blue uniform.
  • get some mud to apply on your face for a natural mask.
  • its cheaper to order your ticket online.
  • blue lagoon is actually closer to the airport than Reykjavik so if you wanna save time you can go there directly from the airport after you land Iceland or before you leave.  There is luggage storage.

www.bluelagoon.com

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