Tips and Tricks for an amazing time
The food is not just expensive, It’s RIDICULOUSLY expensive . I never really knew how much I was paying whilst I was there due to their Currency (Icelandic Koronas). I felt like I was extremely rich because I was paying in thousands for everything. Rich- until my money rapidly started to disappear from my purse and I was finding ways to budget the last hundred very wisely.
Book excursions well in advance. This is something I didn’t really think about until it was the week before and I was having to emailing the blue lagoon to beg them for tickets. The whole of the week in February was fully booked except for one time slot (thank god).
Don’t bother with the Blue Lagoon when there has been a massive storm. I have nice pictures sure, but the coldness that I felt that day I will never forget. MY PICTURES OF HAPPINESS ARE LIES. The Blue Lagoon wasn’t even that warm. WHY? I thought this was the beauty of this attraction? Anyway, it’s a memory and I guess it was worth a try but never would I recommend anyone going when there’s been a blizzard. Perhaps I just got really unlucky?
Despite nightmarish experiences of the Blue Lagoon, I was pleasantly surprised by how lovely the Secret Lagoon was. I honestly couldn’t believe it! It was boiling hot, had a cute bar and was really steamy and beautiful. It was the perfect way to round off the tour of The Golden Circle. If I could make one recommendation, it would be to book the Golden Circle with the Secret Lagoon included. Incredible is not the word for that tour! It was one of the best experience ever!
Be prepare for cancellations. Oh dear God. Waking up every day to check if we were still allowed to go on a tour was not what I expected. We were so fortunate that during our stay we saw the Northern Lights on our first night. The people who booked onto the Wednesday Excursion were not so lucky. Nope. It was cancelled. Not ideal and a real pain in the butt. We also got lucky with the Golden Circle Tour but the people the day after could not go on it. Another thing- The airport road shuts in storms. It is also the same road that takes you to the Blue Lagoon. Another of the many dilemmas that people can be faced with. Don’t let it put you off but be prepared, be very prepared.
Don’t underestimate Reykjavik. Its absolutely beautiful with quirky restaurants and bars. No one mentioned this to me so I thought it’s worth a mention to those people who have no idea what to expect. One night I made my other half go to Pablo’s Disco bar and I’m glad I did! It was so fun and such a funky atmosphere which I’m not so used to back in the UK. Whenever we try to do disco, it often ends up a little cheesy.
At least try to see the Northern Lights. I managed it and it’s honestly one of the most breath-taking experiences I’ve ever had. Just try at least!