We landed in Iceland on Wednesday morning after an overnight trip and it is just breathtakingly beautiful. Ben had given me a full planned itinerary for our five days when we got on the plane. I should add that yes, Ben also succeeded in packing a huge suitcase, two carry-on suitcases, and two backpacks with everything I could have wanted...including nail polish! He had been watching what I wore for a couple weeks and even observing my make-up routine to make sure he brought everything!
When we landed, we picked up the rental car he had reserved and we started driving south. Ben had rented this perfectly picturesque house in southern Iceland. It was small and charming and gorgeous. Here is the airbnb link if ever you are headed to Iceland - we highly recommend it! It stands alone in the middle of a field, with bluffs on one side and spectacular 360 degree views.
We woke up the next day ready to get on with the planned itinerary and we headed out. The wind, hail, snow and rain came in waves. So, it might go 20-30 minutes in white out conditions and then suddenly the clouds part and blue sky would open up. Our first stop was this waterfall, Skogarfoss, which also happened to have a rainbow coming out of it when we arrived.
And then we started the drive back to the house. The day had been wonderful...one of our best and on our way back, Ben proposed in this beautiful, wide open field just as it had started snowing again on the road back to the house. There was a gate that has to be unlatched and when I got out of the car to open it, he followed me out of the car and surrounded by the bluffs and wide open sky he asked. It wasn't quite here - I had taken this picture earlier in the day - but close by...
We woke up the next morning, had a lazy morning, and then headed to Reykjavik. Initially, the plan was to go for the day and then drive back that night after dinner. Ben had made a reservation at Dill Restaurant, arguably the best restaurant in the country. So the night before, after Hotel Ranga, when after we had come back to the house, we made a last minute call and decided to book an airbnb for the next night in Rejkavik so that we could enjoy the dinner to its fullest and not worry about a late night drive back. Here is the airbnb we got in Reykjavik and again we would highly recommend it!
Turns out Reykjavik is not all that I had thought it was. In my head and from pictures, I thought it would be this charming, quaint little Amsterdam. Our advice to you would be to spend a couple hours and move on. Or do what we did and come in for an afternoon and dinner, spend the night, and then get outside the city. Nonetheless, we went to see the Hallgrimskirkja Church which is the main landmark.
Reykjavik Roasters for some energy...
We also brought home a couple boxes of Icelandic salt with us too!
Bergsson Mathus. We again would definitely recommend it!
The Golden Circle is a famous tourist route that includes the geysir and strokkur, the Þingvellir national park where the Vikings parliament was and finally the Gullfoss waterfall. Pictures won't do justice to the landscape we drove through, but we were basically living in Game of Thrones. The whiteness was just astounding. And it just goes on and on and on.
Fontana Wellness spa. It was gorgeous and awesome.
Tryggvaskali Restaurant. We loved it. It had so much character and the food was great. We spent our last night at the house and woke up the next morning heading back to the airport with a quick stop at the Blue Lagoon as well!