To Iceland we go

Day one:

We arrived in Keflavik Airport about 6:30am, confused, tired and excited. We had flown Icelandic Air from Seattle and were stuck in the row in front of the exit row. For those of you who don’t know what this means – it means that your seat backs don’t recline. Fortunately, we didn’t end up having a third seat buddy and enjoyed a row to ourselves for our seven-hour flight.

Upon arrival we purchased FlyBus transfer tickets to Reykjavik, a 50-minute drive to our hotel, Hilton Nordica Reykjavik.

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Wanting to explore the city of Reykjavik immediately, we walked across the street and hopped on Bus #19 to downtown with our complimentary Reykjavik bus pass, provided by the hotel.

The city reminds us of Seattle’s capitol hill neighborhood, but the homeless were non-existent and the bars were enjoyable.

After returning to the room for a two-hour nap, we decided to head back out and explore the city. Small cafes, locals buzzing around on bikes and dim-lit alleyways, we quickly got a feel for the city and even enjoyed our first Icelandic hot dog.

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Luckily for us, our hotel offered complimentary happy hour complete with self served drinks and eat-yourself-sick appetizers, so dinner was not necessary with our full tummy’s and strict budgets.

DSC01585The next day, we plan to drive the Golden Circle – explore geysers, waterfalls and get lost with 17-syllable Icelandic directional signs. For now, take a peak at our tour of Reykjavik at night.

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DSC01186Initial thoughts on Iceland:

  • Reminds us of Washington (we’re spoiled)
  • Longest-language ever (how can you have so many j’s, y’s? in one word?)
  • Icelandic Kroner is confusing but we’ll learn
  • Beautiful blondes
  • Hipster-swag
  • Breathtaking landscapes.

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10 Comments

  • Reply September 20, 2014

    Leslie Allen

    The landscape and colors are beautiful…can’t wait to see more pics of the thermo-pools and incredible vistas …

    • Reply September 24, 2014

      kim

      Writing them now – you would have LOVED the thermal pools. Love and Miss you

  • Reply September 21, 2014

    Ann Peavey

    So excited to see you’re really, truly on your trip! From the looks of Day 1, you’ve go tan incredible journey ahead!

    • Reply September 24, 2014

      kim

      Its amazing!! More posts to come.

  • Reply September 22, 2014

    Danielle Decker

    Yahoo! Your adventure begins!! P.S. you guys are so vogue! Who knew?!

    • Reply September 24, 2014

      kim

      We fancy huh? Miss you!!

  • Reply September 22, 2014

    Michael Bach

    Great photos of Iceland! So excited you guys are off to a wonderful start to your trip!

  • Reply September 23, 2014

    P Bach

    Amazing adventure so far, and great pix! who knew Iceland had such color?

  • Reply September 24, 2014

    Natalie

    Loving all your pics and posts so far!!!

  • Reply September 24, 2014

    Tami Strunk

    Your pictures are amazing, so much fun reading about your adventures. Looking forward to sharing this trip through your eyes. Enjoy and looking forward to more of your travels.

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