Iceland · Travel

Reykjavík in October: A Lovely Autumn Day

We took advantage of Icelandair’s free Iceland stopover programme and had a lovely two-night stay in Reykjavik in October on our way back to Canada from our two-week road trip around Scotland. We arrived on the same day Hurricane Nicole arrived in Iceland! It made for an interesting flight with two aborted landings before we finally touched down safely on the tarmac of the Keflavik airport.

After we got all our luggage back, which took forever due to the bad weather, we hopped on a shuttle bus for the 45 minute drive to the heart of Reykjavik. There are two companies that run shuttle busses from the airport to Reykjavik and vice versa, but we’ve always gone with Grayline because they charged slightly less than the other company. We’ve been quite pleased with their service so far.
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Scotland · Travel

Scotland in Autumn: The Grand Road Trip Plan

We had to cancel our April trip to France and Iceland due to a cancer scare, but now we have decided to visit Scotland in autumn instead! I figured we should go somewhere else later in the year to celebrate the non-cancer diagnosis and the husband’s milestone birthday.

Our destination shortlist included Iceland (again!), Wales, the Azores, and Scotland. A trip to Iceland ended up being too expensive for our liking. Wales was too fussy. The Azores seemed lovely and was the cheapest destination of all, but in the end, I decided to save it for another time.

After doing tonnes of research, I found out that Scotland is actually less expensive than Iceland–at least in terms of accommodations and car rentals–and is just as stunning. Plus, the husband loves Scotland. He went there 13 years ago and still couldn’t stop talking about it. Scotland it is then!

The following is how we planned our trip.
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Iceland · Travel

Iceland in April: It Might Surprise You

We’re going to Iceland in April! This will be our second trip to Iceland. The trip-planning has been so much easier than the first time around for sure. I remember feeling quite overwhelmed when I was planning our first trip in 2013. So much to see, so little time! You can’t see everything Iceland has to offer in just two weeks, unfortunately. Though not being able to afford to rent a 4×4 vehicle did help simplify our plans a little bit.

Having been to Iceland before, we already know what to expect and what we want to see, where to go, how to get there and so on. Well, at least we kind of know what to expect. We’ve never been to Iceland in April before and googling “Iceland in April” didn’t really bring any results that could satisfy my curiosity or that basically said “go to Iceland in April, it’s the best time ever!” which is what I’d really like to hear. ;-)
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Iceland · Travel

Navigating Iceland: Helpful Tips and Resources

Navigating Iceland is not really that difficult. I’ve found the roads in Iceland to be very well-marked. We managed to find our way around Iceland (even took some detours away from the ring road) without getting terribly lost, and all we had with us was a copy of a good, old-fashioned, paper map of Iceland, which we didn’t even use that much.

Granted, we also had access to Google Maps on my tablet but we only ever used it to navigate our way around Akureyri and Reykjavik, two of Iceland bigger cities, which our paper map didn’t cover very well. So, here are some tips and resources that should help you navigate Iceland stress-free:
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