Europe

Postcard from Reykjavik

The first thing that struck me about Reykjavik was just how little it felt like a national capital. Within hours of being there, we easily knew the layout of the city: the main pedestrian thoroughfare marked by neon bicycles, the large pond dotted with seagulls, the sturdy houses accented with colorful shutters.  Granted, Reykjavik’s population […]

August 15, 2013 Continue reading…

The best places to swim in Iceland

When I saw that the high temperature for our trip to Iceland would be around 50 degrees, I expected to spend most of my time in layers and a woolen beanie–not a bathing suit. I was as surprised as anyone when I realized on our last day there that we had gone swimming seven times […]

August 13, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Ring Road

It’s fairly easy to navigate Iceland: there’s one road that loops around the entire country. Commonly known as the Ring Road, Highway 1 is roughly 830 miles of two lanes through glaciers and rolling hills, next to beaches and waterfalls. As we drove across from Reykjavik to Hofn on the ultimate Iceland road trip, I made […]

August 1, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Golden Circle

For many visitors to Iceland, the Golden Circle is their ultimate road trip: the popular loop features a waterfall, a geysir and a national park, all within a day’s driving of Reykjavik. Although we had seen dozens of waterfalls and a constant flow of stunning scenery on our Ring Road journey to Hofn, Aly and […]

July 18, 2013 Continue reading…

The guide to traditional Reykjavik

As much as I loved the hipster side of Reykjavik, the city isn’t all beanies and beards (although it’s certainly all Instagram-able). While it’s merely a town by international standards with a population of 120,000 (the same size as the suburb I grew up in), the Icelandic capital is delightfully quaint and surprisingly cosmopolitan. Dotted […]

July 16, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Hofn

We totally fell in love with Hofn. It’s the farthest point from Reykjavik that we drove to: 280 miles/455 kilometers and the closest “metropolis” to the glacier lagoon. It’s one of those places that, looking back, I’m not quite sure why we were so enamored with–other than that it gave us our first cup of […]

July 11, 2013 Continue reading…

The ultimate Iceland road trip

A road trip is without a doubt the best way to see Iceland. The country is stunning, but it’s sparsely populated. There are public transportation options, but they stick to the Ring Road. This is a country that gets better the farther you go from “civilization”: the most spectacular thing about the scenery is possibly […]

July 9, 2013 Continue reading…