Mum's Gone to Iceland!

a trip by Lottie Let Loose
From: March 29th 2015
Until: April 13th 2015

My scant knowledge of Iceland prior to my 'Mum's Gone to Iceland' trip consists of an eclectic mix of Bjork, volcanoes, the northern lights, geothermal activity, waterfalls, whales, a really cool government who actually put errant bankers in jail after the world economy went tits up and a country that tops nearly every poll of 'The top 10 friendliest countries in the world'! I'm hoping to expand a little on this knowledge on my 2 week trip to Iceland in April this year. Check back to find out how I get on.

For years I'd thought it wasn't possible to visit Iceland as a tourist outside the main summer months but recently found out that actually yes it is; you just need to be prepared with the right clothing and get stuck in. This time I'm off on my own, no group tour, just me and my rucksack (actually if you read these blogs you'll know that's a lie - no rucksack - I have my trusty wheely bag that I love so much and have taken EVERYWHERE!). It's a bit scary heading off totally on my own, but it's also exhilarating and exciting too. I'll be able to do exactly what I want, no fitting in with others, no compromising or missing out. I can spend hours watching amazing views or going off to take photographs of the wonderful scenery without having to remember to get back by a certain time. I'll be able to go off geocaching for hours without having to worry about annoying people who are waiting for me to get back (they don't always get that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to find a really special cache!). I can spend hours at a museum or just browse/sweep if I'm not really into it and go do something else instead. My introvert/loner character will be in its element and I intend to embrace and enjoy this to the full. I will still get the great, in-depth knowledge from local guides on the many tours I've booked on and will get to socialise with people on each tour, BUT as they won't be the same people each time I won't feel obliged to if I don't feel like it and can just go exploring places on my own if I want.

So as I count down the days to my trip (less than a month now), I'm watching weather forecasts and webcams to see what extra warm stuff I might need to get (thermals are top of my list!) and reading and researching. The lists are starting (I'm a great list maker) but as Mum heads off for Iceland rest assured there won't be frozen pizzas and ready meals on the shopping list this time - UK joke! 😉
Trip Length: 2 weeks
Blog Entries: 20
Photos: 915
Words: 31260

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
March 29th 2015 WOW indeed! Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
March 30th 2015 Sunny Reykjavik harbour Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
March 30th 2015 Reykjavik Free City Walking Tour with Eric Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
March 31st 2015 Golden Circle Tour, Golden Sunshine! Europe » Iceland » Southwest
March 31st 2015 Chasing the Northern Lights - Part One Europe » Iceland » Southwest
April 1st 2015 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Winter Wonderland! Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes
April 2nd 2015 Reykjavik geocaching and sightseeing combo Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
April 3rd 2015 Reykjavik whales and geocache trails Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
April 4th 2015 Settlement Exhibition Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
April 4th 2015 Arriving in Akureyri - sleepless night! Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri
April 5th 2015 Whale watching trip on North Sailing's wooden fishing trawler 'Nattfari' Europe » Iceland » North » Húsavík
April 6th 2015 Akureyri Town Tour Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri
April 6th 2015 Myvatn - don't say that if you have a cold! Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn
April 7th 2015 Tölting with the Icelandic Horses Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri
April 8th 2015 Cacheing in on Akureryi! Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri
April 8th 2015 Cacheing in on Reykjavik Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
April 9th 2015 Rekyjavik Maritime Museum and Mozart Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
April 10th 2015 EXTREME trip to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (Day 1) Europe » Iceland » South » Vík
April 11th 2015 EXTREME trip to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (Day 2) Europe » Iceland » South » Vík
April 12th 2015 Icelandic Sagas and exploding volcanoes Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík
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