Summer 2018 | August 3-7
So, as you might have already known, I was in Europe over the summer, which was a blast if I might add. I went to Reykjavík, Iceland for a weekend and encountered some minor inconveniences, which in turn opened my eyes to some things that I wish I knew prior to arriving in he country. So, here goes nothing.
- Change your money at the airport or at your bank at home beforehand. I was in Reykjavík for a weekend and I was stuck, hungry and bored for a whole day before I could get something to eat. I only had cash in Euros and every food store only accepted Icelandic Krona. I had no way of changing the Euros I had on my person, and there was nowhere to get food delivery at nights. It was the worst. I was hungry for a day, and if you know me well, you’d know I like when my mouth is constantly moving with food on the inside. I was royally screwed! So please, please change your money before going into the town.
- Public transportation is really expensive, especially if you are traveling on a budget like I was. It is much cheaper to walk and you get to see more of the city that way. That was what I did and it was a phenomenal experience. Or, you can rent a car.
- Everything (I might be exaggerating here) in Iceland is expensive. Again, if you’re balling on a budget take heed my friend. When I did the conversion, I paid $4 (four fricking dollars) for a tiny bottle of water and it didn’t even clear my skin. What’s that all about?
- Visit all the recommended places in my previous blog.
- Bring a jacket/coat. Do not allow the image you get in your mind when it comes to summer fool you. It was 51 degrees there which means it was very cold, and very windy.
- Have your itinerary ready. This is the best way to have the most productive ways to spend your trip. I had my list of places ready to go and that’s how I managed to hit my top picks in three days.
- No tipping + English is spoken all over. In all the European countries that I visited, tipping was not expected and almost everyone spoke English (which was both good and bad for me and my language development skills).
- The Midnight sun was absolutely beautiful. I was so taken aback by it that I forgot to take a picture the one night I did get to see and enjoy it.
- Bring your camera with you! Seriously, almost everything I saw was a marvel to me. The entire town of Reykjavík is beautiful. I especially enjoy the fact that the land, water, and mountains seem to blend perfectly with each other.
- Plan ahead. Read. Research. This may not be fun but it might be necessary. The more solid your plans are, the more efficient your time will be spent. Check out the tours that they have available online. When I got to my hostel , I saw full day and weekend tours that were very cheap and transportation and some food is provided. I missed my tours because of visa issues, but be sure to check them out.
That is all I have for right now. You should consider visiting Iceland, I will definitely go back as soon as I get the chance.
Until next time…
– Tiffany ♥