Once a year a voluntary group in our local village called ‘Orsett in Bloom’ hosts a garden open day and competition for best floral displays.
Their goal is to raise money to maintain the village and keep in looking beautiful.
As it was such a nice day this year we popped over to the village to explore.
We decided to kick off our Iceland road trip with a 2-night stay in Reykjavik. There wasn’t a lot we wanted to see here, so decided one day of sightseeing would be enough.
We chose the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina as our base as it was close to everything. From the photos it looked modern, clean and enticingly colourful.
When we visited Iceland, we were excited about experiencing a hot spring. After a lot of researching I decided the Blue Lagoon was out, it looked super busy and touristy (not to mention pricey!).
A firm favourite was the Secret Lagoon, or in Icelandic Gamla Laugin.
The Secret Lagoon is in Flúðir, close to the Golden Circle. It is the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, dating back to 1891.
Whilst we were in Edinburgh there was one thing on my ‘must do’ list. I wanted to hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat so we could enjoy the panoramic views over the city.
Arthur’s Seat sits just to the east of the city centre in Holyrood Park. It is the highest point at a height of 822 feet.
So you want to explore the Scottish Highlands but don’t know where to start? I’ve put together a 10 day Scotland road trip itinerary just for you! Starting and ending in Edinburgh you can easily catch a flight in if you are from overseas. This itinerary is fully tried and tested as we took this exact road trip last September. So without further ado lets get exploring.
I first came across Iceland after researching weekend city breaks. Reykjavik came onto my radar for the first time.
As I knew absolutely nothing about Reykjavik I started researching things to do. I soon came to realise however that there was so much more to Iceland than Reykjavik.
After finally convincing hubby and a lot of late night searching and pinning onto google maps, our 2 week road trip around Iceland was born.
Fast forward to April 2017 and the adventure finally begins!
It’s my birthday on Sunday! Yay! I’ll be 28.
I can’t quite believe in 2 years time I’m going to be 30! I swear my life has flown by.
It’s not helped by the fact I wish away the weeks until we get to travel each year. My absolute favourite thing ever!
In anticipation of my big 3 0 I decided to give myself a 30 by 30 challenge.
When we first decided to visit Iceland in April I was clueless on the weather and temperatures we would be facing. I did a ton of research on what I needed to take and for the most part it worked well.
We visited for 2 weeks and didn’t plan on doing any washing so I felt it was harder to work out how many of each item we would need.
I did end up overpacking slightly (as I always do!) so I have refined my list below to what I actually used.
Remember last November I set a
budget for our Iceland road trip? Well I’m here today with an update for you! I have our actual Iceland road trip expenses from our 2 week road trip last month!
Only one thing really majorly changed from the original budget. We ended up renting a 2WD car rather than a 4×4 due to the cost. Everything else was pretty much as planned, no nasty surprises!
So without further ado, lets find out how much it actually costs to road trip in Iceland for 2 weeks in April.
So you have decided you want to explore Iceland’s ring road, but how do you do it?
Iceland does have a network of bus routes but these only run regularly from June to mid September. There aren’t any trains to get you around and taxis would be mega expensive.
If you want to explore the beauty of Iceland your only real option will be to hire a car.