When planning my trip overseas I had been tossing up between going to Norway or to Iceland. In the end my desire to snorkel at Silfra won out and it was decided that a week in Iceland was on the cards.
This was probably one of the best decisions of my life. Most of my Euro trip I left wide open, so I could do as I pleased with no plans to restrain me, however, Iceland is a very expensive place to stay.
Food, accommodation, alcohol and adventures do not come cheap, so I only budgeted for a week in Iceland. I had so much I wanted to see and do in that time frame, so I got in contact with Eskimos Tours, who helped me plan an itinerary which left me time on my own to explore, and also enabled me to have all the adventures I wanted.
I cannot recommend them enough! They run some of their own tours, but also work with all of the other tour companies in Reykjavik and for no extra cost, they can do all of the ‘heavy lifting’ for you.
I flew into Reykjavik with WOW Air and they were fantastic! The best part was this dialogue from the captain:
Intercom comes on
Captain: “In about 20 minutes we will be descending into Reykjavik Keflavik Airport. Thankyou for flying with WOW Air and we hope you have enjoyed your flight.”
Intercom goes off
Intercom comes back on
Captain: “Oh and if anyone is interested, you can currently see the Aurora Borealis from the right hand side of the plane.”
Cue me climbing over the two British men heading to Iceland for their honeymoon to look out the window. Could anybody ask for a better way to start their trip to Iceland? I doubt it!
2019 Update: WOW Air have since gone out of business. For flights into Iceland I’d now recommend Iceland Air.
After a good nights sleep dreaming of dancing green lights in the sky, I was up early in the morning to go dog sledding.
I ended up on a tiny group tour made up of an Italian girl, another Aussie and a British father-daughter duo. We drove out to the glacier in this huge super Jeep and once we arrived we were greeted by the barking of so many big huskies! We all shimmied our way into these huge sleeping bag-esque suit things, and I was so glad we had them. It was extremely windy and very cold on the glacier; and these suits were practically wind proof, which meant that other than my cold hands and face, the rest of me was kept toasty warm.
When the dogs saw that they had visitors they went absolutely mental. They were so excited, pouncing all around, jumping on us, licking our faces; they were so enthusiastic.
Then it was time to start sledding! I got to ride at the back (standing up) first and it was so much fun!
After having a pretty long ride on the back, it was my turn to sit at the front, and this allowed me to free up both hands and get pretty snap happy. The glacier was breathtakingly stunning, the dogs ran so fast and the sun was rising, casting beautiful colours over everything.
We then stopped for a little while to get better acquainted with the dogs and give them cuddles and pats. Saying that this was amazing would be a smidge of an understatement.
I also managed to get some half decent video of the whole thing!
I could have stayed on the glacier all day, but alas I had to move on. But here are some more pictures of beautiful dogs, you know, just because.
So what do you think? Would you love to spend a day sledding with these gorgeous huskies?
Getting to Reykjavik: This is a major hub between Europe and North America, but I highly recommend Iceland Air for reliable flights and connections
Loft Hostel: This is my favourite backpackers in all of Reykjavik, click here for more info
Camera: Images captured with an iPhone 4S
Remember: When I wrote this post Iceland was still very under the radar. It has now grown into a hugely popular destination for tourists – to avoid the crowds, I recommend visiting in the winter months