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Iceland in December: arriving in white

There are a few things that described to us as otherworldly. Arriving in Iceland feels like falling down the rabbit hole.

The flight from Charles de Gaulle was characterised by a world covered in white blankets of thick cloud. We got the tiniest glimpse of Scotland, but save for this one moment are lead to believe that we left the world far behind. Descending into Keflavik airport in Iceland came as a bit of a shock. Partly it’s because the flight felt so short (it is only 3 hours), but mostly it is because we didn’t realise that the white blanket below us was no longer clouds – it was the earth coming up to meet us. A very white, very snowy earth.

Edge of Iceland

We spent the night in Reykjavik at the Icelandair Hotel Natura, which we highly recommend. The hotel offers guests free bus passes you can use throughout Reykjavik and the service is sharp and warm.

Reykjavik is often touted as the small-town-feel capital of Iceland, with tonnes of charm and walk-able streets. We absolutely found this to be true and loved the friendly vibe of the place. If you’re a beer enthusiast, visit the Micro Bar in Austurstræti (click for map). Francois would tell you to get the Gæðingur Brugghús hoppy red ale, which was his favourite of the night 😉 You can see what else he tasted on Untappd.

In the next post – our first day on tour doing the golden circle and its sites.

Bus stop selfie

Cold selfie at the bus stop in front of our hotel.

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A slow intro to Iceland

I love making lists. I love being able to tick things off those lists even more, especially when those things are places and experiences from the bucket list.

In December 2014, we spent a week in Iceland. A land of jagged edges and rough landscapes, sprawling countrysides of softly snow-covered lava fields, freezing winds and blissfully warm hot springs. A land of gorgeous contradictions.

We joined a very well structured tour from Authentic Scandinavia, starting in Reykjavik. The tour follows the southeastern coast of the island over the course of a week. The local guide is very knowledgeable and as South Africa doesn’t offer many opportunities for driving in ice, this was the best way for us to travel.

Summarising the experience in one post will result in an essay of epic proportions, so I plan on sharing the tour and our solo day in Reykjavik bit by bit. More to come soon 🙂

The area of Iceland this tour covers.

The area of Iceland this tour covers.

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