The next morning, we were ready for our 4 day tour around Southwest Iceland with Extreme Iceland tours. One of the reasons we hired a tour company was because I had read a few horror stories about driving around Iceland in the winter and how fast the weather can change. Being from California, and not having much experience driving around in ice and snow, we decided on the safe bet of having an experienced tour guide do it for us.
We were picked up around 9am to begin our journey and had beautiful views of countryside on our way to our first stop. (see below)
We also learned a few fun facts about Iceland from our awesome tour guide - Didi.
After the Blue Lagoon, we decided to explore the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, before we started our tour around Iceland the following day. The first landmark we strolled past was the Harpa Concert Hall. This is one of Reykjavik's iconic landmarks and sits right on the water. It was designed between Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects and opened in 2011.
Looking up into the geometric windows and the different colors glimmering off from the reflection of the sun was quite stunning and a pretty cool design for a building.
Iceland - the land of fire and ice! This has been on our bucket list for a long time and was one of three countries on our arctic adventure. Our goal was to see the elusive, majestic Northern Lights and see some of the beauty of the arctic.
After WOW canceled our flight 3 weeks before we were supposed to leave, we got a great deal on Norwegian Air (thank god!). After our layover in London, we had a quick 3 hour flight to Iceland. We got our bags and decided to brave the icy roads with our rental car. As soon as the airport doors opened, a gush of freezing air hit smacked us in the face. As Californians, we were not prepared but we needed to man up! This was the first day of our 2 week trip! Luckily, after an uneventful drive into the capitol of Reykjaví, we checked into our hotel and began walking around downtown to look for some grub.
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!