I’m off to Iceland!

March 29, 2016

Amy Trumpeter

I’m so excited, because this week, I’m heading on a sponsored trip to Iceland. My sponsor is  Oddsson Ho(s)tel and I will be there to promote their grand opening! I secured this sponsored trip through Worldpackers, a website that matches bloggers and hostel volunteers to suitable sponsored host accommodation in return for their work.

Flying to Iceland from UK with Easyjet

I am flying from Manchester airport to Reykjavik with Easyjet, and will spend 2 weeks in Iceland. It’s a great time of year to go because the sky is relatively clear at the moment for seeing the Northern lights, and it’s not too cold.

Easy jet Flying to Scandinavia
Easy jet flying to Scandinavia

The cost of my flight from Manchester to Reykjavik is £261.98, and this would have probably been much cheaper if I was travelling outside of school holidays.

When is the best time to go to Iceland?

Friom November to March, Iceland has temperatures of around 0-3 degrees Celsius! In the summer months of July and August, it will pick up to around 10 degrees. Whenever you decide to go, you will need to wrap up warm!

The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to mid-April – these are the months where there are full dark nights (http://www.northernlightsiceland.com/the-best-time-to-see-the-northern-lights-in-iceland-2/#sthash.lYxxdGDk.dpuf). It is recommended that you go for at least 7 days to give yourself the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Iceland Northern Lights
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I picked April to visit Iceland, because the weather starts to become milder, but there is still a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. I’m also staying for a period of two weeks, for the best chance to see the Northern Lights, as well as time to explore some of the North and East of Iceland.

My Iceland Bucketlist

I’ve got so much that I want to see and do while I’m in Iceland, but here’s my bucket list!

  1. Northern Lights.
  2. Blue Lagoon.
  3. Grand Circle Tour (Including Geyser and Waterfall).
  4. Reykjavik – Hallgrimskirkja (Landmark Church of Reykjavik).
  5. Grjótagjá (Thermal Spring or ‘Jon and Ygritte’s love nest’ from the Game of Thrones!)

Anywhere else in Iceland that you think I should visit? Comment below!

Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik by Andreas Tille (CC)
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