Glad to step off the plane after the weirdest flight I’ve ever had, I was finally in Iceland. I had been very open since we’d left home two weeks ago that I was not, in any shape or form, bothered about coming to the country. In fact, it was the reason that we’d only booked car hire the night before coming, and somewhere to stay a few nights before. I’m never usually that late planning anything!
But, here we were, making our way through the airport towards baggage claim. Although we kept an eye out for passport control, I’m not sure if we somehow managed to bypass it, as we couldn’t find anywhere to show our passports! Ending up at the luggage carousels, we made it all the way to car hire without having to show anyone who we were. So strange! Picking up the car was quick and super easy, which was good for us car hire-newbies.
I was finally a tiny bit excited to be in Iceland, figuring I might as well make the most of it while I was here. As we stepped out of the terminal to find our car, I was hit by a wall of wind that definitely woke me up! The car was thankfully not too far, and after a quick once over and a bit of getting used to being on the other side of the car, we were on our way to Reykjavik!
The journey from the airport to Reykjavik city centre is the perfect introduction for someone who hasn’t driven on right before, and the 45-minute drive passed super quick. Probably a lot quicker for me as I wasn’t driving and didn’t have to concentrate quite so much, but hey, someone has to look out the window and check out the scenery, right?
By the time we arrived at our apartment, it was super dark and not even 5pm. The combination of a dodgy flight, driving in a different country and the early darkness had completely tired me out so we made a quick stop to the local shop to stock up our kitchen for our time in Iceland. All we’d heard before we’d arrived in Iceland was how expensive everything was, so in an attempt to save a few pennies we planned to have breakfast in our apartment, take lunch with us when we were trekking out to explore, and we’d be cooking dinners a few times too. After all, we had been eating out for 2 weeks already – it’s nice to have some home comforts!
Our first evening in Iceland was super chilled – tucking into a pizza and relaxing on the sofa watching TV. I couldn’t believe how amazing our apartment was, and after a strangely eggy shower – it’s the sulphur in the water, no eggs involved – it was an early night as we had exploring to do the next day. Operation ‘Love Iceland‘ was already in full swing!