Reykjavik, Iceland. If you’re looking for a budget friendly holiday, look elsewhere! I feel like the first thing I have to warn everyone about if planning a trip to Iceland is the extortionate prices! And I’m not exaggerating. Top of our itinerary was an early morning glacier walk on the east side of the island. We rented a car to get there and had a booking at pretty much the only hotel nearby. It was early evening when we arrived, we were both quite hungry so after offloading our stuff into our room we went straight down to the restaurant to grab some dinner. This was our first taste of Iceland’s unbelievable prices! £25-£50 for a starter, £75 upwards for a main, we left. Back to the room to share the last few cookies we’d bought earlier on the drive and to bed with some very rumbling tummies. Oh dear! Thankfully our room booking included a free buffet breakfast and boy did we make the most of it. It was then off to the glacier, crampons and ice pick at the ready, we scaled the giant glacier and ventured into an ice cave. This is why you come to Iceland!
We headed back across the coast stopping off at the numerous waterfalls Iceland has to offer. They are magnificent, especially Skógafoss, with steps up to the side and a viewing platform at the top, you can stand above this beast and feel the full force of nature!
The rest of our time in Iceland consisted mostly of a day in the capital Reykjavik and driving the very scenic roads up to a small town perfect for viewing the northern lights. And perfect it was! A slightly overcast evening fortunately turned into a clear night. With a promising report on the aurora forecast and a hint of a glow in the sky we jumped in the car to get away from the town lights and found a place to stop when it all got dark. It didn’t take long for the couple of small glowing lines to turn into a colourful display of dancing streaks & swirls above us. It’s a sight to behold and a true natural wonder, what a great experience! The aurora activity comes in waves and just as one was dying down and at the point of our fingers going numb we called it a night, but one we certainly won’t forget!
Oh and how did we afford the rest of our time in Iceland i hear you ask? Well i’ll tell you.. Very careful budgeting, self catering accommodation and a packed lunch every day.
See all my photos and video from our trip below.