The Food in Iceland

I was expecting a bit of a trying time dining out with our picky 9 year old.  He did not surprise or disappoint when it came to that!  What I was surprised by though, was the sheer choice of top quality restaurants available in Reykjavik.  Who would have believed, on this remote island on the…

Why Is Iceland Great For Families?

*It’s Not That Far Away It feels like you are in another world – the lunar landscape and unique geological features are like nowhere else, but it does not take too long to get there – great if you have a fidgety 9 year old who frequently asks “How long left?”  Our flight from the…

Golden Circle Part Three – Gullfoss

Gullfoss is the last stop on the Golden Circle – I think it is definitely a case of saving the best till last.  Just fifteen minutes drive away from Geysir is the most amazing waterfall that is Gullfoss. As soon as we parked up, a huge black cloud settled overhead and it poured with rain.…

Golden Circle Part Two – Geysir

After Thingvellir, next stop was Geysir – part two of the Golden Circle and just 45 minutes drive away.  We chose to ignore the sat-nav when it attempted to direct us onto a road that was, in our opinion, distinctly “unroad like!”  A gravel track, barely wide enough for our little car and seriously steep…

Golden Circle Part One – Thingvellir

We got up bright and early (no problem with constant daylight) and collected our little hire car from the city centre.  A tiny bit of anxiety was lingering, we had read lots about how driving in Iceland can be nerve wracking with tricky roads and difficult conditions.  We plugged in our destination – Thingvellir –…

Iceland Travel Stuff

Flying to Iceland takes a lot less time than you might expect – two and a half hours from the UK to be precise.   Amazing – you can be in what feels like a completely different world after a short plane hop.  I didn’t realise before this trip what an accessible and manageable destination…

Hallgrimskirja and Hofnin

We could see Hallgrimskirkja from our balcony – there probably aren’t too many places in the city where you can’t see it, it is the tallest building and also the most famous.  Pictures of it are everywhere and they have little models in all the souvenir shops, so you have to go there. It is…

Nautholsvik Beach

Imagine this – in Iceland there is a beach with golden sand where you can go swimming anytime of year, winter or summer in a warm sea.  It doesn’t matter what the weather is like – snow, ice, biting winds, the sea here is always warm.  It sounded like such a great thing to do,…

Iceland Tips

Lots of people dismiss Iceland as a family holiday destination, believing it to be mega expensive.  For sure, it is not a budget destination and not cheap, but you can have a great time without it costing an arm and a leg.  The Icelandic currency, the krona, collapsed in 2008 and this was the key…

Iceland – Why?

Why Iceland?  That was a question we were asked a lot by friends, some family and others who couldn’t understand why we chose to spend our half term break here.  It had featured on my travel list, but we only started to seriously consider Iceland when a low cost airline started offering the Keflavik route…