For some strange reason I have now become a very nervous flyer. Yes, a thousand hours flying around the world and all of the sudden I'm a scaredy cat! Before heading to Iceland I spoke with my Dr. about this and she prescribed me Lorazepam. We arrived at the airport a little to early so checking in with Icelandair was a breeze. Security on the other hand was a pretty long line.
I was impressed with Icelandair over all. The price was great, the staff were friendly and efficient, the plane was clean and offered each seat a tv screen, and the flight itself was fast. The only downfall is the fact that the seats aren't that comfortable.
2 Lorazepams later and I was asleep. We landed around 6:30 am and easily made our way through customs, baggage, and over to the Hertz counter. After hearing lots of pricey stories when it came to rental cars we opted to add some extra insurance to our reservation. All rental companies check the cars for dents and scratches but in Iceland it's taken to a whole new level. The mark every single tiny scratch or dent and will thoroughly check the car for new ones when you return. Even to the point they will look under the car for damage for going off the paved roads in Iceland.
We put all of our stuff into our Yaris and headed to the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica. A gorgeous sunrise over snowy mountains welcomed us to Iceland.
We parked our car in the construction zone which was once the parking lot of the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica and went to check in. For our full review of the hotel visit HERE.
We drove into town and wandered around the harbor finally stopping for a coffee and some breakfast. After breakfast we found a small grocery store. We went into the grocery store for some waters but ended up finding some cool foodie gifts from Iceland. We bought some moss tea, Icelandic sea salt, an Iceland Hangover cure, and some chocolates.
For lunch we decided to try Icelandic Fish and Chips. We were glad we did! For the full review visit HERE. When we booked our trip to Iceland we had mixed feelings considering the country allows Whaling. We decided that the best we can do is help support the country with money from tourism but not visit any establishments that support Whaling or that serves Whale Meat. Icelandic Fish and Chips proudly shows their support of Whales with a Whale Friendly sticker!
We had planned on a Northern Lights tour for this evening with Iceland Offroad. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great. Iceland Offroad emailed us throughout the day with updates of the tour. In the end the tour got moved to the next night. With that in mind we decided to book a fun dinner in town at K-Bar.
K-Bar was severely disappointing! For our full review visit HERE.
After dinner it was definitely time for some sleep! We have an early tour with GeoIceland in the morning!