Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Travel Diary Iceland: Day 2

We woke up bright and early on our second day (first full day) in Reykjavik. After a quick breakfast at the hotel we headed out for the day. Our first destination was Hallgrimskirkja! This church is definitely a focal point in Reykjavik, you can usually catch a glimpse of the top of it no matter where you are in the city. The shape of the church is quite unique, but the best part (in my opinion) is the view from the top!


After Hallgrimskirkja we wandered around the downtown area. The area is definitely worth checking out as there are some really cute shops an lots of amazing graffiti.


After our day around the town we went on an evening tour called "Warm baths and Cool Lights". The tour started with a trip to Laugarvatn, a small town in a hot-spring zone. The first stop naturally was to a hot spring called Fontana Geothermal Baths. In comparison to the hot springs I went to in the Azores these were a bit of a flop for me. The water didn't seem to have the same relaxing, healing qualities, it definitely wasn't as warm and it gets quite crowded. However I still had high hopes for the Blue Lagoon. After the hot springs we sought out after the Northern Lights. Unfortunately the lights were a no show for us, but on the 'bright side' we were treated with an amazing display of the stars! Many people were using the star app that lets you know the different patterns and names which was really neat. Although my overall feeling for the whole tour is a little "meh" there were definitely moments that were really great!

Coming Soon...

Day 3: Golden Circle Tour
Day 4: Blue Lagoon

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Travel Diary Iceland: Day 1

After an overnight flight we arrived in Iceland, but we still had about a 45 minute journey to the city of Reykjavik. We purchased a Fly Bus ticket and hopped aboard. Once we arrived at our hotel (Hotel Cabin) it was safe to say we were exhausted, but our room was not yet ready. So we paid to have breakfast at the hotel and sat, ate, rested and waited for our room. Around 10am our room became available so we headed up to unpack and freshen up. What we discovered was the tiniest hotel room that I have ever seen yet alone stayed in. Of course we just laughed, settled in and discovered the spectacular view from the window. Although the room may haven been tiny the view was not.

After a little bit of a rest we headed out to discover the town! Our first stop was to get a closer look at the mountain view that we saw from our window.

After strolling down the path towards the downtown area we discovered the Sun Voyager. Although I was partial to calling it a Viking Ship, upon further research that was not the artist's intention. Jón Gunnar designed it as a dreamboat and ode to the sun. What do you think?
Once we got our photos of the Sun Voyager we continued to the next focal point. A large multi-coloured glass building. Although different in design it definitely reminded me of the Sydney Opera House, but of Iceland! This building turned out to be the Harpa (concert hall). 

After checking out the harbour area we had an early dinner (delicious fish and chips) and headed back to the hotel for our night tour. Unfortunately once we arrived at the hotel we noticed a sign on the door that all evening Northern Lights tours were cancelled. So we just called it an early night and headed to bed.

Coming Soon:
Day 2 Iceland - More Reykjavik
Day 3 Iceland - Golden Circle Tour
Day 4 Iceland - Blue Lagoon

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Sneak Peak into my Iceland Trip!


Here we go again, back from another trip with tons of photos to sort through and edit. I will be doing several blog posts on my Iceland trip but here are some of my fav photos so far! Also don't forget to check out my blog Instagram  www.instagram.com/travelust.ca/ I posted throughout the trip and will be posting more of my fav photos on there as well.


  Stay Tuned for more on my trip to Iceland

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Iceland Packing Guide

The countdown until my trip to Iceland is drawing nearer and nearer. Currently there are only 10 days until lift off (literally)! This has got me thinking about packing, so what better way to gather my thoughts of what I need to start packing together than to have a visual checklist?! Let me know if you have been to Iceland and/or if you think I am missing anything!!

*All outfits/items/pictures are listed in my Polyvore!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Travel Diary Azores: Day 6

For our final full day in the Azores we booked a whale watching tour. Although we were told it wasn't really whale watching season (we went in October) they did say we had a really good chance of seeing dolphins. So that was good enough for me and on to the boat we went. 

We had probably been cruising at a high speed for about 15-20 minutes when we started to slow down. They announced that there was a pod of dolphins in the area. Now I have seen dolphins in the wild a few times, but this experience was like no other.The dolphins were playing all around the boat, we even saw a baby that was likely only a few days old. It was just an amazing experience!

*Most of the photos are stills from video and therefore may lack in quality, they were just way to fast to photograph!



And then something unexpected happened we came across a Sperm whale and her baby. The mother was doing big deep sea dives while the baby waited among the surface. I didn't get great pictures as the baby seemed to be just floating waiting for its mother, and we have to keep a good distance away from the animals. But it was still really neat!

After that we headed back to shore and did a bit more exploring before it was time to pack up the suitcases and get ready to go home! Whale & Dolphin watching was the perfect way to end an amazing vacation in the Azores.