European Explorer: Visiting Iceland’s Reykjavik in Spring

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When Natalie sent in her article telling us all about her visit to Reykjavik this spring, jealousy overcame the whole office. Her insightful and captivating review on her once in a lifetime trip to Iceland won her the European Explorer title in the SuperBreak Travel Writer Competition 2014, as well as £50 vouchers – a worthy runner-up we think you’ll agree!

Read on to discover why we loved her entry so much…

“New Year’s Resolutions are always the same so this year my husband challenged us to travel to 12 countries in 12 months! After marrying in Jamaica in January, we have since visited Norway, Amsterdam, New York, Poland and Majorca. We run a small start-up business and love to travel whenever the funds are available. Having visited 7 countries so far this year, our last trip was to Reykjavik in Iceland in May. What an amazing place! With its stunning scenery, it has to be one of our favourites.

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We travelled to Iceland Thursday to Saturday, so tried to fit in as much as we could. Our first day was a the golden circle tour, visiting the Strokkur Geyser, the amazing Gullfoss Waterfalls, a small local tomato farm that did the best tomato soup! Following this we visited the Thingevellir National Park, where the views were out of this world. The area is so quiet and peaceful and so full of history, with the tectonic plates pulling it apart.

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strokkur-geyser

On the Sunday, we jumped on the boat and went off in search of some whales! Being out at sea in the middle of the ocean with only the birds for company was so tranquil. We did manage to spot a few whales and the birds were just as fascinating, swooping down to collect food. After returning to the harbour, cold and wet at this point as the weather wasn’t too great, we travelled in the afternoon to the famous Blue Lagoon. This place can only be described as ‘heaven’. With its blue waters and bright blue sky, it was a fantastic experience to be outside in the cold but snuggled in the lovely warm waters of the lagoon. With a natural face mask, a nice swim, it was an extremely relaxing area, much better than the spa’s we have here in the UK. I will definitely be going back.

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Many people are put off Iceland due to cost and, yes it isn’t the cheapest but we managed it and had a fabulous time! To add to the experience, we had been for our 12 week scan the morning before we travelled and left on a high knowing the first addition to our family was on the way.

We now plan to drive to France in July and also visit Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany whilst there. We have to complete our trips over long weekends due to work commitments but nothing beats a short break. Let’s hope the little one will like travelling as much as we do and we get to show him/her the beautiful parts of the world we have been fortunate to see.”

Have you ever taken a short break to Reykjavik in the spring or any other time of the year? Would you like to do some of the things our runner-up, Natalie has experienced? Let us know using the comments box below. 

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