For our 5-year anniversary, Sean and I decided to take a trip to Iceland. It’s a country I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and we were both excited to see the gorgeous landscapes in person.
This is part 1 of 2 posts detailing the trip. Part 1 is about the more “touristy” things we did; although Iceland is so popular right now, it’s hard to do anything that isn’t touristy. Part 2 is about everything we did after renting a car and travelling on our own agenda.
Quick Tips for Iceland
- Pack at least one layer more than you think you’ll need. We were in near full ski gear by the end of the trip.
- Rent a car and travel at your own leisure.
- Learn road signs before you go.
- Make sure you have data on your mobile.
- Winter is white; spring is yellow; summer is green; autumn is orange. We went in mid-May, so our photos are very Wiz Khalifa – black and yellow, black and yellow.
- Bars stay open late, real late. If you’re in a busy part of town, expect it to be noisy late at night. Join in when you can!
- Everything in Iceland is expensive. Plan accordingly.
- Liquor, wine and any beer over 2% ABV are only sold in Liquor stores which close fairly early. Being from Utah, this felt like home!
- Everything smells like sulfur. You will be showering in sulfur smell.
- Everyone speaks English.
- Iceland is crazy popular right now. You will almost never be more than 10 feet away from another tourist.
- Strike up random conversations and make friends with fellow travellers!