The Land of Fire + Ice: Iceland

Last Christmas, we flew to Denver to see Jer’s family, then flew on to Iceland. Now, I’ve told you this before, but if Iceland needed a PR girl, they should hire me. I am out of my mind obsessed with that country.

Icelandic homes, from the top of Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland
A view of the city from the top of Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland

To start, Icelandair is a fantastic airline. They have a hub in Denver, so we got a pretty good deal on tickets. Check-in was a breeze and every single employee was beyond nice (and being Icelandic, looked like Nordic model).

When we touched down in Iceland, it was Christmas Eve. And it was very dark. During the summer, Iceland has near 24 hour sunshine and during the winter, the sun never rises very high above the horizon. So, if we’d arrived anytime after say, 3pm, it probably would have been dark.

Christmas Day at the Blue Lagoon, an absolute must do in Iceland
Christmas Day at the Blue Lagoon, an absolute must do in Iceland. Look at the sun, this was 1pm or so.

My first impression is that it actually wasn’t that cold. Maybe because Jeremy is from Colorado and we’ve spent so much time there, but I love the cold and snow, so we weren’t bothered at all by the chilly temps. The only thing that was slightly annoying was the wind. At times it would just howl and blow snow everywhere.

A model Viking ship, a nod to Iceland's heritage, on the coast of Reykjavik
A model Viking ship, a nod to Iceland’s heritage, on the coast of Reykjavik

Since this post is already sort of long, I’m not going to list out all the things you should do if you go to Iceland, I’ll do that in a later post. But, I will tell you (and I’m bolding and italicizing this because it’s mega important) but YOU NEED TO GO TO ICELAND. LIKE, NOW. 

Jer eating a few of his dozens of Icelandic hot dogs. These dogs are something special.
Jer eating a few of his dozens of Icelandic hot dogs. These dogs are something special.

It’s the most amazing, incredible, awesome, otherworldly place with the nicest people on the planet. And, with Icelandair hubs (places like Denver, Minneapolis, NYC, Orlando, etc.), you can score some really good deals. Plus, they do stopovers on your way to Europe, so you can spend a day or two in Iceland and then move on to a European city. Also, have you heard of WOW Air? It’s all the rage right now because they offer flights from Boston or Washington DC to Iceland or select European cities starting at an insane $99.

I send texts to my friends and family ALL. THE. TIME. with links to the $99 deal. Mainly because I want people to come visit us when we move to Europe, and also because I want people to have the trip of a lifetime in Iceland like we did.

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