*Checks Bucket List*
Arriving to Reykjavik I was literally blown away while deplaning the aircraft.
Greeted by a gust of harsh wind mixed with cold rain wasn't exactly the warm welcome I had in mind. I remember questioning my motive as to why I would even consider visiting such a cold place this time of year to begin with. Fortunately, the weather only added to the beauty of Iceland and allowed me to appreciate this amazing country even more.
Typically whenever I post a blog about my travels it's a recap of my journey and activities. Iceland being everything but your typical travel destination I decided to give a few pointers from my perspective for those of you who plan to take the trip. In recent months I've noticed more and more people visiting Iceland. Beginning with Beyoncé and Kim K's infamous Instagram runs through Reykjavík in my opinion is clearly where the Iceland phenomenon all began.
WHAT TO PACK
So we all travel for the experience but more importantly to take some epic photo's. I'm honestly more of the enjoy the moment and take it all in while you can kind of girl but something about Iceland made me want to snap away. I consider myself the absolute worst when it comes to packing but I must admit having an itinerary made prior to my departure helped structure the contents of my suitcase. Some items may come as a no brainer but here are a list of the key essentials I feel benefited me most in Iceland.
Converter: Type F
Camera (GoPro if you plan to be super active)
Waterproof phone/phone case
Flask (It's cold and alcohol keeps you warm)
Alcohol (Don't forget to stop by Duty Free before boarding)
Winter Boots ...with the fur lol
Fur (Fo if thats how you roll)
Bathing suit & slides (for Blue Lagoon)
Fanny Pack (hands free is the way to be)
TIPS & SUGGESTIONS
I strongly recommend traveling to Iceland with a large group. Four or more people is cool but ten or more is ideal. I traveled to Reykjavík with a group of 25 and it was by far the best experience ever. Usually traveling with a companion or even alone works out best for me but certain places call for more company. Making an itinerary and booking all the excursions/tours ahead of time makes your trip easier. Its too cold to be confused so map it all out before you arrive.
Learning a little bit about the culture and landscape helps too. Knowing which places you want to visit and things you want to see puts everything into perspective. The attractions are a little far from one another so be prepared for the ride. Not to mention the flight alone from New York to Reykjavík is only five hours so the distance is pretty decent.
Finally checking Iceland off my Bucket List I'm almost sure I will never return. My experience in Reykjavík was simply amazing but it's one of those places that you must see at least once in a lifetime. I have a new appreciation for cold climates and nature in general. I truly hope my post persuades you to begin planning your trip to Iceland today, I promise you will not be disappointed!