Follow Rebekah to Iceland!

I believe a change in scenery every now and then is good for the soul. Actually, I can’t stress enough how important it is to get away.

As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to take a vacation. Taking time away from work to plan and then go on a big trip might seem impossible or stressful. But I find that once I’m at my destination, work doesn’t cross my mind much at all and I’m able to have a great time. Plus, when I get back, I feel incredibly refreshed.

So, every year, my husband and I try to go on one big trip somewhere totally different than before. This year, we chose Iceland! I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for some time now. When all the pieces came together and we knew we would be able to go, I was so excited.

I have always heard that Iceland looks like you are on another planet. This is true. The scenery is like nothing I have ever seen before and absolutely breathtaking.

The Northern Lights are a big attraction in Iceland. Unfortunately, they’re a little fickle. Even though we went in the right season, we didn’t get to see them. But even without seeing the Northern Lights, the trip was totally worth it.

If you get a chance to go, here are few of my favorite highlights.

Take a Drive to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Going to the Black Sand Beach was on the top of my list and it didn’t disappoint. The Black Sand Beach is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

From Reykjavik, it is about a two hour a trip. It’s a little out there, but since you’ve already come this far, you might as well go a couple more hours to see something extraordinary.

We went with a group tour on a bus, but you can rent a car and drive there too. If you drive, you can visit the little coastal town of Vik. We didn’t spend too much time there, but it seemed like an idyllic place to stay if you want a night away from the city.

Eat Pastries

I hope you can eat the carbs, sugar, and gluten. This might seem a bit random, but the pastries in Iceland are amazing.

When I think of good European pastries, France or Italy, being the pastry capitals, come to mind. So, I was surprised to learn the pastries in Iceland are amazing.

There are so many little shops and bakeries. If you don’t believe me, read this article.

I got the impression online that the general consensus is that Brauð & Co is the best bakery. I saw them on Instagram and it was one of the first places we stumbled upon when we got to Reykjavik. I could probably eat their cinnamon rolls every day for the rest of my life.

Luckily/unluckily, I don’t live in Iceland, so I don’t need to worry about that.

Sit in a Geothermal Pool

You can’t go to Iceland without going to a hot spring; that would be a crime. We went to the Blue Lagoon, which is probably the most famous pool.

I don’t spend much time in hot springs, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was wonderfully relaxing! There is something so nice about sitting in the steamy hot water with the icy cold weather.

If I ever go back to Iceland, I would visit some of the lesser-known pools because they have them in most towns and areas.

Overall, the trip was just what I needed. I definitely go the change of scenery I was looking for, good food, and time to relax. Now, I just need to decide where to go for my next big trip.

TravelRebekah Epstein