Reykjavik & Beyond: Adventure to Iceland

Sunday, 18 February 2018

My most important New Years Resolution this year was to take every opportunity that came my way; to live a life with no regrets, so that in the future I can look back at these years and say yes, I did do everything that I wanted to do.

So when I returned to university in January and a couple of my friends suggested a short break to travel to Iceland, I was completely on board. Within just under three weeks, me and 5 other girls from my course arranged flights, accommodation, and tours around the beautiful country of Iceland. 

I had never been on a winter holiday before this trip, so I had no idea what to expect. While I had heard stories about how incredible Iceland was, nothing could ever have really prepared me for how amazing the landscape and culture was there. 

I only stayed in Iceland for three full days, but I somehow managed to experience so much of the culture and scenery of the country. Still, I know that there is so much that I wasn't able to embrace in such a short stay, and I would love to go back at some point.

Iceland had a hold of my heart from day 1. My friends and I stayed in the urban, budget-friendly KEX hostel, which is housed in an old biscuit factory just a two minute walk away from the coast. All it took was that two minute walk from the hostel to the coast -which overlooked Mt. Esja- to take my breath away. 

It was very cloudy during our stay, but Reykjavik was somehow still bright... it was so unlike my home-city, Glasgow, where the clouds linger and create a permanent shadow over the streets.

There was one amazing moment when I was trying to take photos from the coast across to Mt. Esja. It was completely cloudy and overcast -which meant my photos weren't coming out amazingly. But then out of nowhere, there was a 5 minute gap where the clouds completely lifted, and the sun decided to make a brief appearance... perfect conditions for a photoshoot, haha.

We had planned to go on our first of three day-tours on the first day of our stay, but that was unfortunately cancelled because of an overnight storm the previous night, so we spent the day exploring Reykjavik instead.

The houses were all so beautiful; each one was a different colour, shape, and design from the one next to it. I wanted to stop and take pictures almost every step I took, which I'm sure drove my friends insane at times... but it was so worth it, to be able to now look back at all these photos.

We had planned to go on a guided tour to see the Northern Lights in the evening, but this too was cancelled due to the unfavourable weather conditions. However, we were lucky enough to have accidentally planned our trip over the period of Reykjavik's famous light festival. 

As a part of the Light festival that night, every museum in Reykjavik was open for free entry to all members of the public. This meant we got free access to museums that otherwise would have had an entry fee of around £20-25. 

My choice was to explore Reykjavik's Modern Art Gallery.

When we went in, the first gallery was completely pitch black, and we were handed torches to use to go around and see the art. It was such an interesting experience- I've never seen art in that kind of setting before, and it was really entrancing.

Our second museum visit was the Perlan museum, which exhibited the 'wonders of Iceland'. We didn't spend very long here, as it was getting late and we were all growing weary, but the time we spent there was definitely well spent. Within the museum, the main attraction was a man-made ice cave -made of real ice- which was so much fun exploring. 

From the get-go, we all agreed that if we were going to do this trip to Iceland, going to Blue Lagoon was a must. A couple of friends from work had already been, and told me that it was like heaven on earth. 

Honestly, it was like heaven on earth.

The only piece of advice I would give to anyone going to the Blue Lagoon (particularly my long haired, or dry haired friends..) is to make sure you condition the heck out of your hair. And tie it up. If you care about your hair at all, please please tie your hair up. 

The minerals in the hot springs in the Blue Lagoon really dry your hair out- I was warned about it, but I thought it would be enough to just put a load of conditioner on my hair... let me make it super clear to you; it wasn't.

On the day we went to the Blue Lagoon, we also went on the infamous Golden Circle tour, which took us around three main scenic attractions across Iceland. We saw the Geysirs, a beautiful (historic) valley, the most jaw-dropping waterfall, and some gorgeous Icelandic horses.

Our tour guide told us that the horses in Iceland (which look really similar to Shetland ponies) are the purest breed of horse in the world. They are bred and exported from Iceland around the world, but heavy law and regulation around the horses means that no horses are permitted to enter the country. This way, the Icelandic horses only ever breed with their own kind.

On the day of our flight, we made a last minute decision to go on a tour down one of Iceland's most famous Lava Caves. I didn't want to get my phone or camera ruined by the cold and wet conditions, so I didn't manage to get any photos of it- but I can promise you it was incredible. We were told by the tour guide that we had went on a fairly 'warm' day , so a lot of the ice was starting to melt within the cave. If I were to do it again, I would love to either see it during the summer on a dry day, or on a very cold winters day. 

The most unforgettable moment of the whole trip was in the Lava Cave. We walked deep, deep into the cave, where there was absolutely no natural light whatsoever, and were instructed to turn off our headlights.

And when we did, we were immersed by complete blackness. Honestly, I have never felt so unable to see. It was so still, and peaceful. It almost felt like I was meditating for 5 minutes.

Have you ever been to Iceland, or would you ever consider planning a trip there?

Adios, xo

50 Blog Post Ideas For Every Kind of Blogger

Sunday, 4 February 2018

There's a big pile of washing waiting to be done, but I want to get this post written up before I do the housework. Today has been a surprisingly productive day and I'm super proud of myself for that, especially since I haven't been feeling super motivated lately... lol.

Ironically, I actually really struggled deciding what I wanted to write this post about, so I started brainstorming a couple of different blog post ideas. One idea became 10, and before I knew it I had 50 pretty generic blog post ideas sprawled out on an A4 page in front of me.

15 Things That Make Me A Stereotypical 'White Girl'

Monday, 22 January 2018

I don't know about you, but I actually really love those 'common white girl' accounts on Twitter, and I often have a good wee laugh about how much I relate to the things they tweet about. Half of the time, I'm like OH MY GOODNESS SOMEONE ELSE DOES THAT TOO?! and then the other half I'm like, wait... doesn't everyone do that?

One of my close friends, Ethan, has teased me for being a 'typical white girl' for years, so I thought it would be a good laugh to compile a little list of some of the things that make me a stereotypical 'white girl' 

4 Lifechanging Books to Read in 2018

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Hiya loves! It's 1pm right now, and I'm still in my pajamas and in bed. Last week was my last 'week off' before the uni madness begins again, so I decided to take a couple of days off work to catch up with the blog, and too just chill for once. 

Sources of Inspiration for 2018

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Hello you lovely bunch!

It's been a while since I last posted on here; two months and 14 days to be exact. Despite my very best intentions of keeping up with posting twice a week over the winter period, it just wasn't manageable. In the midst of things in the early weeks of December I was juggling my biggest deadlines of last semester in uni, as well as working full time hours in a very hectic restaurant in the city centre. Those of you who work/have worked in hospitality over the festive season will know my struggle. 

But I'm back now, and I'm so ready to delve right back into the wonderful world of blogging.

I've got a lot to catch up on.

Learning How to Live On My Own

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I've always considered myself to be pretty extremely extroverted.
When surrounded by people, I become this bright, bubbly, energised version of myself. Since I can remember, even the most basic form of human interaction has both energized and encouraged me. I love spending time with people.
But lately (having moved into my new flat and all) I've been spending more time on my own than ever before...

The Blogging Statistics I Care About

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

 All bloggers care about statistics, fact

The ones who tell you they don't are probably trying to sell you something.

Not to point the finger at anyone, but I have seen so many bloggers recently 'claim' that they don't care about statistics... and I call bullshit. 

Obviously some people care about statistics more than others, but we all get that slight feeling of pride when our daily views surge, or our twitter followings double. I honestly don't see there being any problem with that.

So, here are the blogging statistics that I care about.

November Goals and Bloggers to Watch Out For

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

I've had a bit of a crazy-hectic week.

In the space of seven days, I have managed to lost my phone at least 5 times, lose my student card, spend almost all my money, and break my laptop. Yes, break... as in I'm never going to be able to use it again. Life as a student blogger just got a WHOLE LOT harder. 

And it couldn't have come at a worse time, with my assignments have started building up and slowly starting to resemble a small mountain. Looks like I'm going to be spending a heck of a lot of my time in the university library. Nice.

5 Happy Things

Sunday, 29 October 2017

First up, before I properly start this post, can I just say a huge THANK YOU to the lovely people who commented, tweeted, and messaged me privately in response to my last post (which you can read here). I talked a little bit about my recent struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, and I was completely taken aback by the response I got... every little message really touched my heart, and it means the world to me that you guys care

Back in the day, my '5 Happy Things' posts were a regular feature on the blog. At least once a month, I would sit down and make a list of all the things that had filled me with that lovely, warm, fuzzy feeling of joy... and then from that I hand picked the 5 that I could talk about. They were my favourite posts to write, my favourite to read back over, and some of my biggest hits on the blog. 

It's been a while since I last reflected on the things that have made me smile, and I feel like after last Wednesday's post it's even more fitting that I do just that. 

I'm (not) Doing Well, Thanks!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

You know that feeling when you don't know how to write the first sentence/paragraph for an essay/email, but you know exactly what you want to say with the rest of it? That's how I've felt about my blog posts lately... I know exactly what I want to write, I just don't know how to start.

To be completely honest, life has been a little bit like that too.

I know exactly what I want to do with my day, but lately I've found getting up in the morning has become a struggle.

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