See The World Girl's TipS for Iceland

Is Iceland on your bucket list? Great, in my humble opinion this quirky and beautiful island should be a must see for would be globetrotters! Having said that here are a few tips to consider while planning your sojourn to Iceland.

Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík
Pick the time of year that speaks to you!

I say this because if you know that cold weather it's really your cup of tea pun intended then you may not want to visit during the autumn and winter months. Winter spoke to me so I decided to venture here in January which is the dead of winter and only has about 5 hours of sunlight during the day. But again for me this was perfect - must have something to do with that old vampire movie 30 days of night...who knows! The point is that I knew what to expect weather wise and was able to plan for it.

Kisses from Iceland
Decide whether you are team Hotel, Hostel or Airbnb!

Ah the struggle is real..that may be an "in" thing to say but when planning a trip to Iceland you really must pick a team. Each form of lodging has its pluses and minuses - I suggest pricing all 3 and making a short list of your top 2 for each type and drill down from there. Originally I booked a hotel in the city center for the week but ended up canceling and opting for a 2 bedroom apartment on Airbnb 2 miles from the city center. I'm glad I went with the apartment because everyone on the trip had room to lounge and that wouldn't have been the case couped up in a triple bed hotel room.

Strolling along the shore line
Devise a plan for eating & drinking!

During my research for this trip I kept reading comments that the food and drinks in Iceland are EXPENSIVE. At first I admit it went in one ear and out the other but then common sense, better judgement and probably a greedy stomach kicked in. My food and drink plan consisted of packing snacks, plastic mini bottles of wine, packets of hot chocolate and when we arrived hitting the grocery store for things to have for breakfast. I also researched and compiled a list of restaurants ahead of time to pick from that were pocket book friendly. By doing this I was able to enjoy a guilt free splurge on a 2 course meal at the Lava restaurant located inside of the Blue Lagoon.

Lamb fillet & shoulder of lamb with "Ástarpungar" & caramel for dessert
To Tour or Not to Tour?

You have decided the sites you want to see but now you need to decide whether to book a tour or rent a car and hit the road yourself. For me this was pretty much a no brainer because I didn't want the added stress of driving in a foreign country on snow covered roads. But that's just me - you will have to determine which mode of transportation works for you.

Strokkur geyser and the Blue Lagoon.
Hopefully these tips were helpful or at least got your brain stirring. If you have specific questions shoot me an email: seetheworldgirl@gmail.com

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