And We’re Off!

Jake and I are finally off for our Iceland trip next week.  We booked our trip back in March, nine months ago, so it’s mind blowing that it’s finally here.  I’ve been thinking about it non-stop for the past month, talking about it for weeks, and now it’s here.  This me and Jake’s first big trip together aside from a few roads trips and a weekend at the cabin. Go big or go home!  I started packing far before I should I have, but that’s how I work.  I purchased some coloring and activity books for the plane and layovers and I have all the apps for traveling and money conversion downloaded on my phone.

We purchased our trip through Groupon, which is the second time we’ve used Groupon for a trip or excursion. The first trip was for an overnight dinner and train ride, but I’m interested to see how it plays out on an international trip.  Our trip came with the flights, a hotel stay, and one tour guided trip for the Northern Lights.  We land early in the morning and  then we have the whole day to our selves before our Northern Lights tour.  The next day we have a Blue Lagoon trip planned right in the middle of winter, though I’m not really bikini ready in January.  The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that was created by volcano eruptions and the water in the pool is around 100 degrees year round.  The spa offers tours of the location, has a full service restaurant and beverages, massages, and a shop to purchase skin care items.  I’m planning on getting a face mask while I’m there and probably a bottle of it for a souvenir.

Jake is interested in visiting Reykjavik’s parliament and capital house as he’s really into politics and government.  I’d like to do that on the day we arrive after checking into the hotel to prevent getting jet lag after a six hour time change.  I’m hoping to go to a nice dinner during our vacation and visit a club or music venue for a night out.  A few months ago I picked up a cute little Reykjavik travel guide that I book marked with restaurants and clubs that looked interesting.  Food is looking to be what we will spend the most money on, however it looks like you get a good bang for your buck (so to speak) with a nice dinner; around $20-$25 US dollars (ISK2,500 – ISK3,000).  There is also the option to book a glacier or geyser tour where we can see whales and other sea life along the coast.  The weather is looking to be pretty mild, by our standards.  It’s going to be below zero here in Minnesota next week and Reykjavik is going to be in the mid to upper 30s with rain and snow.  Practically summer.

This is the first trip of 2015 and Jake is hoping to make two other domestic trips for the year.  Jake has done an extensive amount of traveling already so I have a lot of ground to make up before I catch up to him.  I’m planning on taking a ton of pictures of the landscape and nature and hopefully a lot of pictures of the two of us for memories sake.

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