I’m going to Iceland!


I’m so excited to announce that in October I’ll be going to Iceland.

I knew I wanted to take a trip in October to somewhere new but I really couldn’t decide where. One of the problems with working in the travel industry and reading lots of travel blogs is that you’re constantly surrounded by travel inspiration. I’m always hearing about new destinations and amazing adventures people have had in places I’d never considered going. Of course, this is a dream job for me but it does make choosing a holiday destination tricky as I quite simply want to go everywhere.

I finally narrowed it down to two destinations: New York or Iceland.

Two very different destinations, I know, but I’ve been told that October is a brilliant time to visit both these places. I asked around for advice and suggestions but almost everyone agreed that it was a tough decision and found it impossible to choose.

After lots of ‘umming’ and ‘arrrhing’ I decided to ask Facebook and left it up to my followers to decide.

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There were lots of strong opinions and great reasons to visit both places but in the end Iceland won! Iceland received 19 votes and New York received 12 so I finally bit the bullet and booked two flights to Iceland.

I booked the flights with easyJet for a bargain £150 each which includes luggage and ideal flight times.

I’ve spent the past few weeks researching Iceland and reading loads of amazing travel blogs about the experiences my fellow bloggers have had out there – like this video from Vicky Flip Flop.

My Iceland Itinerary

There is so much to do in Iceland so it was really tough to put together a realistic itinerary.

I’d like to say a massive thanks to the guys behind Where’s My Passport for writing such detailed posts about their trip – it was a massive help for when I was planning my own trip.

Day 1 (My birthday!)

Arrive at Reykjavik airport and collect our car from Blue Car Hire. We’ve got the car for the entire week so we have the flexibility to travel around ourselves and discover Iceland at our own pace.
Visit The Blue Lagoon – relaxation and pampering in The Blue Lagoon sounds like an ideal way to spend my birthday.

Jayne from 40before30 has some great tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon: Bathing in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Day 2

Drive around the Golden Circle

Cole from FourJandals has written a really informative guide to the drive: How to Self Drive the Golden Circle in One Day in Iceland


Day 3

Silfra snorkelling and swim between two continents.

I’m a little nervous about this as I’m sure it’s going to be the coldest experience of my life but it’s been so long since I’ve been snorkelling or scuba diving so I can’t wait.

Nellie from WildJunket has an amazing account of this experience and her photos look beautiful: Snorkelling between tectonic plates in Iceland.

Day 4 + 5

A two day tour to the south coast and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with Extreme Iceland.

This looks a-mazing!

Day 6

Fly home

Photo Credit: Vicmontol

  1. Angela 7 years ago

    No way! Super jealous! I want to come!

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  3. Sharzad Kiadeh 7 years ago

    That sounds amaaaazing!!!

  4. Wow – sounds fantastic. Iceland has been high on the list for a while now so I’ll be following your trip closely and pinching ideas for an itinerary of my own!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      That’s pretty much what I did with the guys from Where’s my Passport. It’s always good to see where other people have been.

  5. So happy for you to come to Iceland. We are on our 2nd month now and are absolutely in love with this county! The glacial lagoon is going to be the most amazing thing you have ever seen. I heard there at the beach is a walrus hanging out. Hope he is still there!!!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      Wow, that would be amazing if I saw a walrus. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

  6. Beth 7 years ago

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Iceland is high on my list and I can’t wait to see all your pictures! Enjoy 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      Thanks Beth! I’ve just been given a new tripod so I’m hoping to make some nice videos too.

  7. Maddie 7 years ago

    So excited for you! I’ve been drooling over Iceland for many months now, the cheap flights from the UK are so very tempting. Have a great time 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      Thanks Maddie! It was the cheap flights that finally did it for me. I couldn’t say no to £150 return!

  8. I’m so glad you’re going for six days! I worried when you spoke of a long weekend that it would just be for three or four. From what I’ve read (since I haven’t been yet) Iceland deserves your full attention. I can’t wait to read about your trip! And what a great price!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      Yes I quickly realised that a long weekend wouldn’t be anywhere near long enough! Hopefully I’ll have lots of tips to share with you when I’m back 🙂

  9. lola 7 years ago

    OMG i cannot express how jealous i am. i’m dying to go to Iceland. it has been on my list for awhile now. i absolultely LOVE traveling for my birthday. there is no better gift than the memory of a fun time in a different destination 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      I couldn’t agree more. You forget about presents pretty quickly but you never forget about travel!

  10. Arianwen 7 years ago

    Oooh, so exciting! I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland too! Love that you left it up to your followers!

  11. Jaillan 7 years ago

    I am soooo jealous, I went to Iceland just after that unpronounceable volcano erupted and it was absolutely breathtaking. Make sure you stock up on products from The Blue Lagoon, I regret not buying more! Looking forward to the photos! 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      It’s going to be my birthday at The Blue Lagoon so I’m hoping for a few special goodies. I best start dropping hints to the boyf now!

  12. Victoria 7 years ago

    Cheers for the mention Mon – you’re going to have an awesome time. Loving the new blog layout!

  13. I really cannot wait to hear about this and see the pictures. Iceland is high on my list, especially with all the amazing adventure activities going on there! Enjoy!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      I know, I had no idea there were so many awesome outdoor activities in Iceland. I’ve already been shopping to buy all my cosy outdoors clothes! So excited.

  14. Nat 7 years ago

    Sounds like an awesome itinerary. Iceland is a beautiful country and you won’t want to leave. I’m glad our posts helped your planning 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      They really helped so much, thanks for putting them together with such amazing detail!

  15. Shelly 7 years ago

    Looks like a lovely itinerary..but I bet it will leave you wanting more 😉

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      I’m sure it will. I feel like this after any trip anywhere in the world. If only I had more time to spend a few months in each country!

  16. Charis 7 years ago

    @Monica , I am totally agree with you that many people may getting confused about choosing a holiday destination and also many people prefers to travel near a beach area or some Islands.

  17. Mellisa Turner 7 years ago

    Lovely post! I hope you will have great fun there. Iceland is one of my favourite place to travel. Simply- paradise on earth.I will also travel to Iceland very soon.

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