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I’m going to Iceland!

I’m so excited to announce that in October I’ll be going to Iceland.

I knew I wanted to take a trip in October to somewhere new but I really couldn’t decide where. One of the problems with working in the travel industry and reading lots of travel blogs is that you’re constantly surrounded by travel inspiration. I’m always hearing about new destinations and amazing adventures people have had in places I’d never considered going. Of course, this is a dream job for me but it does make choosing a holiday destination tricky as I quite simply want to go everywhere.

I finally narrowed it down to two destinations: New York or Iceland.

Two very different destinations, I know, but I’ve been told that October is a brilliant time to visit both these places. I asked around for advice and suggestions but almost everyone agreed that it was a tough decision and found it impossible to choose.

After lots of ‘umming’ and ‘arrrhing’ I decided to ask Facebook and left it up to my followers to decide.

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There were lots of strong opinions and great reasons to visit both places but in the end Iceland won! Iceland received 19 votes and New York received 12 so I finally bit the bullet and booked two flights to Iceland.

I booked the flights with easyJet for a bargain £150 each which includes luggage and ideal flight times.

I’ve spent the past few weeks researching Iceland and reading loads of amazing travel blogs about the experiences my fellow bloggers have had out there – like this video from Vicky Flip Flop.

My Iceland Itinerary

There is so much to do in Iceland so it was really tough to put together a realistic itinerary.

I’d like to say a massive thanks to the guys behind Where’s My Passport for writing such detailed posts about their trip – it was a massive help for when I was planning my own trip.

Day 1 (My birthday!)

Arrive at Reykjavik airport and collect our car from Blue Car Hire. We’ve got the car for the entire week so we have the flexibility to travel around ourselves and discover Iceland at our own pace.
Visit The Blue Lagoon – relaxation and pampering in The Blue Lagoon sounds like an ideal way to spend my birthday.

Jayne from 40before30 has some great tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon: Bathing in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Day 2

Drive around the Golden Circle

Cole from FourJandals has written a really informative guide to the drive: How to Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day in Iceland

Iceland

Day 3

Silfra snorkelling and swim between two continents.

I’m a little nervous about this as I’m sure it’s going to be the coldest experience of my life but it’s been so long since I’ve been snorkelling or scuba diving so I can’t wait.

Nellie from WildJunket has an amazing account of this experience and her photos look beautiful: Snorkelling between tectonic plates in Iceland.

Day 4 + 5

A two day tour to the south coast and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with Extreme Iceland.

This looks a-mazing!

Day 6

Fly home

Photo Credit: Vicmontol

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

Comments

  • August 26, 2013

    No way! Super jealous! I want to come!

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  • August 26, 2013

    That sounds amaaaazing!!!

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  • August 26, 2013

    Wow – sounds fantastic. Iceland has been high on the list for a while now so I’ll be following your trip closely and pinching ideas for an itinerary of my own!

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  • August 27, 2013

    So happy for you to come to Iceland. We are on our 2nd month now and are absolutely in love with this county! The glacial lagoon is going to be the most amazing thing you have ever seen. I heard there at the beach is a walrus hanging out. Hope he is still there!!!

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  • August 27, 2013

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Iceland is high on my list and I can’t wait to see all your pictures! Enjoy 🙂

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  • August 27, 2013

    So excited for you! I’ve been drooling over Iceland for many months now, the cheap flights from the UK are so very tempting. Have a great time 🙂

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  • August 29, 2013

    I’m so glad you’re going for six days! I worried when you spoke of a long weekend that it would just be for three or four. From what I’ve read (since I haven’t been yet) Iceland deserves your full attention. I can’t wait to read about your trip! And what a great price!

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  • August 29, 2013

    OMG i cannot express how jealous i am. i’m dying to go to Iceland. it has been on my list for awhile now. i absolultely LOVE traveling for my birthday. there is no better gift than the memory of a fun time in a different destination 🙂

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  • September 2, 2013

    Oooh, so exciting! I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland too! Love that you left it up to your followers!

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  • September 2, 2013

    I am soooo jealous, I went to Iceland just after that unpronounceable volcano erupted and it was absolutely breathtaking. Make sure you stock up on products from The Blue Lagoon, I regret not buying more! Looking forward to the photos! 🙂

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  • September 2, 2013

    Cheers for the mention Mon – you’re going to have an awesome time. Loving the new blog layout!

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  • September 2, 2013

    I really cannot wait to hear about this and see the pictures. Iceland is high on my list, especially with all the amazing adventure activities going on there! Enjoy!

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  • Nat
    September 2, 2013

    Sounds like an awesome itinerary. Iceland is a beautiful country and you won’t want to leave. I’m glad our posts helped your planning 🙂

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  • September 5, 2013

    Looks like a lovely itinerary..but I bet it will leave you wanting more 😉

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  • September 10, 2013

    @Monica , I am totally agree with you that many people may getting confused about choosing a holiday destination and also many people prefers to travel near a beach area or some Islands.

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  • Mellisa Turner
    September 21, 2013

    Lovely post! I hope you will have great fun there. Iceland is one of my favourite place to travel. Simply- paradise on earth.I will also travel to Iceland very soon.

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