Before we even left Florida, we found an amazing deal with IcelandAir to go back to MN in December WITH a 3 day layover in Iceland for under $500. Of course we had to leap on that deal!
People thought we were INSANE for doing Iceland during the winter but they seem to have forgotten that we were born and raised in the arctic known as Minnesota.
I scheduled a tour for each of the three days we were there. Northern Lights tour the first night, the blue lagoon the second day, and a southern coast tour on our last day.
The reason I scheduled the Northern Lights tour for our first evening there is because of the unpredictability of the Aurora Borealis. If there are no sightings on the first night, Grayline Tours will reschedule us for the next night. Unfortunately, the outlook for the first two nights wasn’t very good so they cancelled the tour on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, on our last night in Iceland, the tour went on as planned AND we got to see the northern lights!! To watch the lights dance through the sky was such an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
On the second day, we hopped on the shuttle to the Blue Lagoon at 10am and got to there at 11am. It was a rather cold and windy day (it was negative single digits!) but it was PACKED. We opted for the premium package so we got a robe and slippers to use during our stay.
As soon as you step out to the lagoon you are first greeted with the bitter cold but you are so consumed in the beauty of the milky blue water and snow-covered mountains backdrop that you hardly even care that your toes are slowly going numb. I’m sure you have seen the pictures of the beautiful women taking what looks like a graceful dip into the pool – I was probably the most ungraceful person RUNNING into the pool trying to get warm with Ittybot. Yes, we brought Ittybot. I’m sure 98% of the people there thought we were NUTS for bringing him but how can we deprive him of this experience?! The water in the lagoon ranges from 100-102 degrees so that first dip was heavenly. Ittybot LOVED the experience as did we. We later found a grotto that kept us warm for the remaining time we had there.
On our last full day in Iceland, we did an 8 hr southern coast tour. We stopped by several larger than life waterfalls and even a black beach! It was a pretty long tour but we got to see some pretty remarkable sights.
If you guys are wondering, we booked practically everything with Grayline tours since I had a 5% discount. Anything helps right?? They have everything from shuttle to/from the airport and many other tour options. The only gripe I had with them is that they were rather uncoordinated at times. There was a lot of confusion around bus transfers which left us out in the cold for longer than we would have liked.
Enough of my babble – here are the vlogs for your viewing pleasure!