"I can't feel my face when i'm with you..but i love it..i love it!" Iceland, i'm singing this out aloud for you and cupping my face on one side as i'm typing out this post and trying to do you justice.
After 9 days of mispronouncing words from one of the hardest languages to learn (try pronouncing "eyjafjallajokull", "selandjafoss" and "hvolsvöllur"), contemplating if i should eat that plate of sheep's face, dipping my fingers into a fresh tub of icelandic Skyr, overdosing on Iceland's natural wonders and getting real f#ckin high, I just got back from the most insanely beautiful country on earth and i have so much to share with you!
At first, i was planning to cramp everything into one giant blogpost! But then i realised it's better to share my icelandic adventure through 6 very organized posts! Hope they come in handy when you start planning for your trip to Iceland!
Here are the 6 posts to come:
- Planning your trip to Iceland
- Driving in Iceland in Winter
- What to pack for Winter travel in Iceland
- Must Try Icelandic food and restaurants
- Our favourite spots in Iceland
- How we met the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights, twice!
Before i get into it, i have a pop quiz with 2 quick questions for you.
1. Do you know how Iceland got its name?
2. And do you know what's the hottest temperature ever recorded in Iceland's history?
(Don't google it yet, make a guess!)
One of the guides we met said that Iceland could've been given its name to discourage new
settlers from coming into the land. He also said that Iceland has more greenery than Greenland (it's way colder in Greenland too!) and found it puzzling why Iceland wasn't called Greenland and vice versa. Our airbnb hosts said the same thing, haha! Makes me wonder what the history textbooks in Iceland have to say about this as i truly was expecting a more exciting answer! (Time to google it now.)
The answer to the second question - Hottest ever recorded in Iceland is 30.5 °C in 1939 & in Reykjavik (the capital), 26.2 °C in July 2008. Pretty sure you must be thinking to yourself now - "How cold can it get in Iceland?" Well, I have good news for you! If you look at the top 10 coldest places on earth, Iceland is not on the list! Greenland, Canada and Russia experience much colder winters. If you are used to living in a hot and humid climate like me, this is definitely reassuring!
While my husband and i were there in February of this year, the coldest we experienced was -12 °C on the night we met the Aurora Borealis. Otherwise, the temperature ranged between -5 °C and 2 °C. Trust me, it's not that bad if you learn to layer well!
I better get started on those 6 posts i promised you. Beep beep.