FEBRUARY 28TH, 2019: The Struggle of Packing the Night Before
Classes are done until March 11th, so I decided to pack in my spare time in between other things I need to do on this fine Thursday. I’ve packed for trips so many times before, I even packed for a 12 day France and Spain trip and I was fine!
But this time…. I’m struggling.
We’re flying IcelandAir and naturally we bought the cheapest tickets (cause we’re college students, duh!) However, this cheap ticket doesn’t include a checked bag. Yup. Only a carry on and “small” personal item. As I’m typing this I’m still struggling to wrap my head around all of the things I need to pack and how I’m going to fit it in a cheap 25 euro plastic suitcase that might burst at any time.
Packing essentials include: warm sweaters, pants, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, a bathing suit, sneakers, and the list goes on and on.
I have not yet finished packing, but it will truly be a miracle if everything I need (and want) will fit in that suitcase.
Day 1: Touchdown and Killing Time
We landed in Keflavik International Airport at 5:30 a.m, about 45 minutes quicker than expected! Our flight was okay, but they gave us no food and they had the heat on around 100 degrees!
We got off the plane, went through customs and got our bags in about 5 minutes total…. and then we waited. Our rental car service was a tad late picking us up. However, we eventually got on the road in our little Subaru Forester around 7:30 am, just in time for the sunrise.
On our drive to Reykjavík, we pulled into a small little town and watched the sunrise.
After our pit stop, we continued on to Reykjavík and arrived around 8:30, just in time for the sunrise. We stopped in a little bakery and I got a cinnamon bun and a cappuccino!
After our stomachs were filled, we decided to go to a famous church and climb to the top (just kidding there was an elevator). We saw amazing views of the city and even better views of the mountains surrounding it.
Following that, we decided to explore the city and headed down to the water and after to a lighthouse called Grótta Lighthouse. The views were amazing and people go to the lighthouse at all hours, either to see the lighthouse itself or to see the Northern Lights at night. Unfortunately we couldn’t see the Northern Lights, but we were lucky enough to have this amazing view.
The Lighthouse: (We came back here a few times throughout our stay to see the Northern Lights!)