Iceland | I’ve Arrived, Whether I Like It Or Not…

February 24, 2017

Iceland | I’ve Arrived, Whether I Like It Or Not…

February 24, 2017

Glad to step off the plane after the weirdest flight I’ve ever had, I was finally in Iceland. I had been very open since we’d left home two weeks ago that I was not, in any shape or form, bothered about coming to the country. In fact, it was the reason that we’d only booked car hire the night before coming, and somewhere to stay a few nights before. I’m never usually that late planning anything!

But, here we were, making our way through the airport towards baggage claim.  Although we kept an eye out for passport control, I’m not sure if we somehow managed to bypass it, as we couldn’t find anywhere to show our passports! Ending up at the luggage carousels, we made it all the way to car hire without having to show anyone who we were. So strange! Picking up the car was quick and super easy, which was good for us car hire-newbies.

I was finally a tiny bit excited to be in Iceland, figuring I might as well make the most of it while I was here. As we stepped out of the terminal to find our car, I was hit by a wall of wind that definitely woke me up! The car was thankfully not too far, and after a quick once over and a bit of getting used to being on the other side of the car, we were on our way to Reykjavik!Road from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik

The journey from the airport to Reykjavik city centre is the perfect introduction for someone who hasn’t driven on right before, and the 45-minute drive passed super quick. Probably a lot quicker for me as I wasn’t driving and didn’t have to concentrate quite so much, but hey, someone has to look out the window and check out the scenery, right?Iceland scenery on the drive from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik

By the time we arrived at our apartment, it was super dark and not even 5pm. The combination of a dodgy flight, driving in a different country and the early darkness had completely tired me out so we made a quick stop to the local shop to stock up our kitchen for our time in Iceland. All we’d heard before we’d arrived in Iceland was how expensive everything was, so in an attempt to save a few pennies we planned to have breakfast in our apartment, take lunch with us when we were trekking out to explore, and we’d be cooking dinners a few times too. After all, we had been eating out for 2 weeks already – it’s nice to have some home comforts!Reykjavik 4 You Apartments

Our first evening in Iceland was super chilled – tucking into a pizza and relaxing on the sofa watching TV. I couldn’t believe how amazing our apartment was, and after a strangely eggy shower – it’s the sulphur in the water, no eggs involved – it was an early night as we had exploring to do the next day. Operation ‘Love Iceland‘ was already in full swing!

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  • colorpencil2014 February 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Keep us posted, Iceland is on the top of my travel wish list!! have fun xoxo Johanna

  • Stewie Overseas February 26, 2017 at 3:01 am

    So cool. Have fun on your adventure. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Iceland.

  • Britt February 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Becky, Iceland is amazing!!! I went in December 2015 and after being to over 30 countries, It is in my top 2. Here’s a break down of my 8 day trip if you are looking for some inspo: I wasn’t inspired by the food but have since heard great things about the Reykjavik food tour.

    Looking forward to reading about how you get on. Enjoy!

  • painterwrite February 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    IcelandAir now operates from my home city to many European destinations with the option of a 1- to 7-day stopover in Iceland for no extra ticketing fees. I’m very tempted to try it out to see the landscape…especially after reading this! And as for immigration control…I had a similar experience one time when landing in Amsterdam. Our passport was never checked, no one ever said anything to us, we kept walking (we had only carry on) looking for immigration, and then all the sudden we were in the train station hall. Very weird.

    • Oh wow that’s amazing, I’d definitely opt for that! I wasn’t bothered about visiting Iceland, but it got really good, really quickly!
      It’s quite worrying isn’t it? I kept thinking someone was going to jump out and say I’d skipped immigration!

      • painterwrite February 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm

        I know! We kept holding out our passports just hoping someone would want to see them. Maybe our passport photos scared everyone away. 😂😂

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