Since the second I got back from my Ireland trip, I had major wanderlust fever. Once you go on a solo adventure like that, especially in one of the most breathtaking, kind-hearted Nordic countries, how can you not? That said, I could see my next move in my twenty-something adventure from a mile away. 😉
I found a $300 round-trip ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland, a country that has easily been prioritized to the top of my bucket list (I have this mega crush on the Nordic countries…) so that decision was clearly a no-brainer.
While it’s taken some quality last minute planning (my life these days), I’ve finally booked and confirmed my itinerary for my Labor Day Weekend! And since I’ve gotten so many questions about where I’m going, what I’m doing, and where I’m staying — here you go!
Flight leaves from Chicago to Reyk this Thursday, and I land in Reyk at 11am Friday morning, just in time to start the day with new, Nordic adventures!
Day 1: Friday
I’m staying at, wait for it…Galaxy Pod Hostel in the heart of Reykjavik, WHAT!? Just wait for the pics. 😉
The early afternoon will be filled with wandering around Iceland’s capital, exploring the adorable streets and paths of Reykjavik, popping in and out of restaurants, bars, and hanging with the locals and other solo travelers.
5pm on, I’m taking a scenic boat cruise out into Faxaflói Bay for some Iceland whale watching — SO FREAKING EXCITED. Obviously given the Iceland elements pertaining to all things, weather, if it gets too cold to be front and center, the boat has a warm indoor viewing area with hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and snacks.
We’ll be keeping our eyes open for white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and harbor porpoises. Talk about a perfect afternoon in Iceland!
Day 2: Saturday
I am soooo beyond excited to share what Day 2 has in store! 😉 My hostel is approx. 15-20 minute walk to The Blue Lagoon — if you don’t know about The Blue Lagoon (but you def should since it’s the go-to tourist destination of the year!), it’s one of the most sought out geothermal spas in southwestern Iceland. There will be:
Silica mud mask
1st drink of your choice (ummm martini plz?)
- TONS of photos and relaxation!
Now for the evening – my favorite part. I’ll be driving through Iceland’s lava-coated landscapes as I travel east to the Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal baths. I’ll arrive at the Fontana complex, which rests on the shores of Lake Laugarvatn, and basically use the afternoon into the night to experience the three interconnected outdoor mineral baths (each has a different depth and temperature) — and soak in the lake views into the night! If I’m lucky enough to have the perfect evening conditions, I will get to witness and experience first-hand The Aurora Borealis. WHAT!?
Stay tuned for photos and live stream videos. 😉
Day 3: Sunday
On to Day 3. I’ll be exploring the southern coast of Iceland — the Sólheimajökull Glacier, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, and of course, the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. There will be lots, lots, and LOTS of photos and videos of these majestic places, so more to come!
Day 4: Monday
My last day in Iceland. Like I said, my planning here was a wee bit last minute, but my flight back to the US doesn’t leave until 9pm Reyk time. So, that gives me another full day of exploring with the Nords and experiencing that much more of Iceland! I’m hopeful, if I can pull it off, to spend the morning/afternoon venturing through The Golden Circle. I have a tendency to just go with the flow, so my guess is I’ll make some fun local friends (or other solo travelers) who have the time to share the last day’s adventure — we shall see!
So there you have it! My action-packed (very last minute planned) Iceland adventure!
One question I get asked on a regular basis is if I’m scared to travel alone. And every time, for as long as I will ever have to answer this question…no! I can’t tell you why, but there is nothing about solo travel that scares me. I’m very independent, self-aware as well as aware of my surroundings, and just generally speaking curious about the world. I’ve learned more about who I am and what’s really important in my life through traveling alone.
Because you have the opportunity to live off of your own timeline; to push your own limits. To discover who you are, what you love; what it is that really keeps you chasing after and living your dream.
For me, it’s traveling the world. Experiencing monumental moments in more than monumental places, and meeting remarkable people along the way.
If you still don’t know what it is that keeps you going, that’s okay! It’s never too late to find what it is that keeps your heart beating faster, your dreams aiming higher, your love growing stronger.