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June 10, 2017

Iceland Trip Packing List

Iceland, Vik, Church, Viki i Myrdal
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So, have I enticed you to travel to Iceland with my posts on the Bachelorette Party at the Blue Lagoon and my Southern Coast tour? Great! The only question is… what to pack?!

I did all my shopping for this trip on Amazon because they have the best prices and with Prime, shipping is so fast! If you don’t have Amazon Prime yet, do it now! It’s my go to for last minute travel needs.

Here is what I got that was perfect for my Iceland trip:

Gear:

DSLR Camera with zoom lens Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm Zoom Lenses

Camera Tripod Travel Camera Tripod for DSLR SLR Canon Nikon Sony Olympus DV with Carry Bag

Wireless Camera Remote Control Wireless Remote Control for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

SD Card Convertor to transfer your camera photos to your phone SD Card Adapter for Apple iPhone 5/5s/6/6s/6 Plus/7/7 Plus/iPad Mini/Air

Waterproof phone case for the Blue Lagoon ALOFOX Slim Waterproof Case for iphone 7

Good headphones for the flight Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, Citron

 

Clothing:

Wool socks Womens 3 Pack Fashion Soft Comfortable Wool Warm Crew Winter Socks

Fleece lined leggings Fleece Lined Leggings – Yoga Pants

Fleece lined snow pants Geval Women’s Camping & Hiking Waterproof Fleece Ski Pants

Wool gloves Ladie’s Pure Wool Knitted Gloves with Thinsulate Lining

Hand & toe warmers HotHands Warmers Variety Pack

Boots Women’s Snow Boots

Packable Down Coat Lightweight Packable Hooded Down Coat

Knit pom pom beanie hat Women’s Winter Hand Knit Faux Fur Pompoms Beanie Hat

Scarf Thick Knitted Warm Infinity Scarf

I hope this helps with your packing!

Happy Travels!

Ashley

 

May 16, 2017

My Unique Bachelorette Party in Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland, Bride, Bachelorette Party, Friends Trip, Vacation, Spa
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When you think of bachelorette party destinations, you typically think Vegas, Nashville and LA. However, I knew that the wild clubbing scene wasn’t really for me. I wanted to go somewhere more off the beaten path and share a real adventure with my closest friends. Coworkers and family members often looked at me perplexed and asked “why Iceland?”, but I say “Why not Iceland?”.

My best friend and Maid of Honor and I had always talked about how we wanted to go to Iceland and see the Northern Lights, so when I got an email from IcelandAir with roundtrip flights for under $400, it seemed like the perfect opportunity! That’s about how much I’d spend, if not more, going to California or Florida, and this would be much more exciting. I texted my other bridesmaids, not sure how they’d react to an international bachelorette party, but surprisingly they were all in and excited about the idea! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that my closest friends would have somewhat of a travel bug too.

Iceland ended up being the perfect destination for a best friends’ trip. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but there really is something for everyone here. There is the blue lagoon for your pampering spa day, amazing tours for adventure or great sightseeing, and some really delicious restaurants.

We got our trip started right away by going straight from the airport to the Blue Lagoon. You can get a locker to hold your luggage, so it’s a very convenient first stop. The Blue Lagoon was much better than I imagined! It is very luxe feeling. The facilities look very new and clean and the service is great. You get different items for whichever package you get. We purchased the Premium package which included a robe, slippers, one drink and two masks in the lagoon and one glass of prosecco with lunch. The Blue Lagoon gets flack for being overcrowded with tourists, and don’t get me wrong, there will be other tourists there, but that did not detract from my experience. I think it’s crowded for a reason- and the reason is that it’s awesome! It was so relaxing to sink into the warm water with a face mask after an international flight. I could have stayed there for the entire day and been so happy. Especially since they have a nap room with reclining chairs! We, in fact, did spend almost 6 hours there.

Blue Lagoon, Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

We had lunch in the LAVA Restaurant, which was great. The food was great and the views were beautiful, and the best part is you get to dine in your robe and slippers! What more could you ask for? (answer: a glass of prosecco)

LAVA Restaurant, Blue Lagoon, Iceland, Food

LAVA Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon

The LAVA Restaurant is expensive, however, ALL food in Iceland is expensive. Due to food quality and view, I would recommend paying splurging for a meal here. I ordered the grilled beef tenderloin with crispy potatoes and also enjoyed the glass of prosecco that came with my package. The bread to start was also delicious.

LAVA Restaurant, Blue Lagoon, Iceland, Food

Grilled Beef Tenderloin at LAVA Restaurant

All in all, myself and my bridesmaids all loved the Blue Lagoon! It’s a great place to go with a group of friends, or your significant other – I highly recommend making this stop on your trip to Iceland!

Next up, I’m putting together another post of the South Coast Tour we took. It was so exciting I felt it deserved its own post!

Happy Travels!

Ashley