Springing to Iceland – Memorial Weekend overseas

“April showers bring May flowers”, well in Iceland it brings more rain!! Adventures in Iceland rain or shine is just how the trip has to be done during the spring months, it rained two out of the three days we were there with a few patches of sunshine. However, that didn’t stop any of our plans … the show must go on.

Iceland has been on my bucket list for a while so when the fare was offer for about $300 … I jumped at it. Well my youngest sister would join me on the adventure, the beginning of a great experience. We flew Icelandair from Dulles to Reykjavik (KEF) airport. This was my first time flying Icelandair and I absolutely loved it. They allowed two checked bags, provide blankets, water, USB ports for charging your devices and great entertainment options. The catch, (cause there is always a catch), drinks (alcoholic beverages) and food aren’t complimentary, but you get free water, soda, and coffee.

Everyone’s favorite attraction in Reykjavik is the Blue Lagoon which is right near KEF. Since we had a late arrival and was departing at 2 pm decided to visit on the last day— why not save the best for last. Additionally, the price is cheaper the earlier you go and during the week. We went Tuesday morning around 9 AM. It is best to go early so you don’t have to worry about finding a locker because it gets crowded. Some people say they can spend the whole day there, two hours were more then enough for us. We booked the Premium package- which included Silica mud mask, bathrobe, towel, slippers, free drink, algae mask, reservation at LAVA restaurant and sparkling wine at the restaurant.

I’m glad I took advantage of this offer, because you truly get the complete experience without having to stay on their property. Cheers to that and why not complete your trip with fine dining. Food was good but expensive. Plan accordingly if on a budget.

For the trip we rented a Mini SUV from enterprise (longest wait ever) and obtained the hotspot since we would be driving around ourselves. Didn’t use it as much because the SUV had navigation . I recommend getting it, it makes getting directions a little easier and you don’t need to get a data plan for your phone or navigation system as an extra feature.

Driving in Iceland was easy (when it’s not winter with snow) just make sure you book the right car, especially for those who only drive automatics. Also, beware of places that have mileage limits — say no to them no matter the price.

There was so much to see in Iceland however my favorite was not the Blue Lagoon but the different waterfalls!

I had a hard time deciding between them but I decided Skogafoss was my favorite because of the effort it took to climb to the top and which invoked an element of surprise upon reaching the top. To avoid spoiling it for you, I’ll only post the picture showing my journey to the top.

Yes , that’s me 😂😂😂!

I’ve heard the northern lights are beautiful but you can only see them October – March; so if that is a particular sight you want to see plan accordingly.

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