I am so excited today! Why? Because this post kicks off coverage of my trip to Iceland!
I was at TBEX just a few days before I left on this trip and of course the hot topic was upcoming travel plans. When I said I was headed to the buzzed about country of Iceland, the inevitable next question was who was sponsoring my trip — the tourism board, a travel agency, what? People were pretty entertained when I responded that this was a family vacation — sponsored by My Mother™.
When my mom expressed interest in taking my sister and I on a trip this summer, we debate a variety of destinations. Maybe going back to Greece and staying in our beloved Santorini for a week? Heading to Croatia and sailing around the Adriatic Sea? But in the end I campaigned for Iceland — and I campaigned hard.
As the trip grew nearer I started to feel the pressure — what if my mom and sis (pssst! meet my family in this post!) hated the trip I had so enthusiastically planned? What if I couldn’t get over my dislike of the cold? What if we clawed each others eyes and hair out after living together in one room for a week?
I don’t want to spoil the surprise or anything, but none of those things happened, aside from some light hair pulling — IT WAS EPIC.
Our trip started with one questionable choice, a red eye out of New York City that had us arriving around 6am. We were heading directly to the Blue Lagoon which opened in a few hours so we had our first Icelandic meal in the most glamorous of locations — the airport.
Nothing says vacation time like bacon cheese spread and mimosas!
We were buzzing with anticipation and even in our wildest dreams we could not anticipate what a fantastic week we were about to have. The next seven days would find us snowmobiling across glaciers, scuba diving between tectonic plates (okay, that was just me), horseback riding across a lava field and getting floating massages in the blue lagoon.
It’s all coming up here on Alex in Wanderland. But for now, I’m sharing my favorite travel video of all times! While I’ve worked professionally as an underwater videographer I’ve never taken the time to really try to translate those skills to land. On this trip I made an effort to change that… Enjoy!
For best quality, click gear icon and change to HD. Music is Pretty Face by Soley on the album We Sink.
Are you all as excited to read about Iceland as I am to write about it? What are you most looking forward to after watching the video?