Greetings from Heathrow airport in London where I’m currently finishing up a 12 hour layover before heading to Barcelona. I figured I’d take this time to give y’all a few nuggets of wisdom I learned in the past few days through my Icelandic ventures.
- Know your currency. Prior to my trip, I went to my local bank and ordered some Icelandic krona. Tyler didn’t. So when we arrived at the airport in Iceland (KEF; which is super small and modern and amazing btw), she went over to an ATM to withdraw some local cash. Only problem is she got the whole comma/period thing confused and withdrew wayyyyy more cash than she needed. WHOOPS! So definitely be mindful of that. She couldn’t exchange it back until we were leaving the country.
- Plan ahead. I’m all about “winging it.” It’s basically my life’s motto. But, my friends, sometimes it’s best to actually plan ahead. One of the things I was most looking forward to in Iceland was visiting the Blue Lagoon. But it was all booked up for the dates and times we wanted to go; womp womp! Make sure to look into popular places/events to see if you need to book in advance.
- Read the fine print. If you venture to Iceland, you’ll probably become familiar with the Flybus. It runs to and from the airport and you can easily book tickets on the spot or online. However…Ty and I booked a ticket for an 1130AM pickup from our hostel; we stood outside from 1125 to close to noonbefore calling the folks to see what was up. Turns out we needed to be outside half an hour prior to our listed departure time — whoops! Luckily we got placed on the next bus free of charge, but my freezing fingers and toes could’ve been saved a bit had we been more vigilant.
- Do it while you can. It’s easy to see an opportunity and say, “oh well we can always do that later/tomorrow/etc” but if you have the time and money (if necessary) to do whatever “it” is in the moment — DO IT! Ty and I went to visit the famous church in Reykjavik on our first day in town (a cold, but clear, day). We had the option of going up the tower to get a 360 view of the city but opted to save that for another time. Welp! Wrong choice as the rest of our days were blustery and blizzard-like. We ended up going up the tower on our last day but it was snowing so much we couldn’t see anything. So, going forward, if we have an opportunity to do something cool, we’re doing it right then and there!
In just a few hours I’ll be in Spain! More updates to come…stay tuned!
Spread kindness and cheer, xo