A Family Trip to Icelandby Mommy Lyna
Posted on 24 September 2014
Iceland had always been my dream destination because I would like to see its midnight sun during summer solstice, where there is no night in Iceland. The sun only dips for a little while, and rises again. I also wanted my children to witness this wonder of the universe. We wanted to discover Iceland’s glory for ourselves and decided that the best way to explore the country was on a road trip.
When my husband told us that the next country on our list would be Iceland during the mid-year school holiday (in June), I took it as a gift!
As usual, we travel light with minimal clothes and other things. We departed from KLIA to Schipol, Amsterdam and transited for about 8 hours to taste the freshness of raw herring, standing on the bridge overlooking a canal near Central Station. We continued our jouney to Keflavik, Iceland in the afternoon by Icelandair.
There was a little drama during the flight. We didn’t buy our seats early as the price was too expensive then! However, after the incident, we promised ourselves to buy our seats earlier. During that flight, the man who sat next to me would not allow us to change seats with him despite my child crying in front of him. I can’t blame him for that as he paid for the seat after all.
We arrived at Keflavik early in the evening. Thanks to the time difference, it was cold in Iceland during summer. The sun shined brightly but the air was chilly. Luckily, we brought along our merino and winter jackets.
It was a real adventure for us. Our target was to drive from Reykjavik to the South, around Iceland, and back to Reykjavik from Snæfellsnes Peninsula. We had no internet connection and relied only on the hotels’ wifi (which we didn’t book any, except Reyjavik’s), a GPS and our travel book.
Iceland is so famous with its temperamental weather. One minute, you might be blinded by the hot sun whilst the next minute, you could be soaked by an extreme downpour.
However, we were lucky as the weather was so good from day one – the sun shone brightly for us. According to an Icelandic we met, they were having bad weather for weeks before we arrived. It made me reminisce about Julie, our trail guide in New Zealand. She said we were her lucky charms.
Iceland is a land of fairies; many locals still believe that trolls and elves still exist around the island. Do not throw any stone away, you might hit the elves! We went to the district which is famous for the hidden valley of elves, fairies, and puffin! It was 11 o’clock and supposedly near midnight in our country but thanks to the midnight sun, it was bright as day.
As for the kids, they enjoyed Iceland as we did. I asked my children about going back to Iceland and they replied that they really wanted to visit Iceland again. I think it is because of the different experiences they had while they were in Iceland - rivers, waterfalls, larva field, fjords, valleys, hills, glaciers, icebergs, beaches, lagoons, towns, villages, and many more.
Our 1-week drive around Iceland ended as expected. It left us with the feeling of contentment. We went back to Keflavik, had a little rest before catching our flight back to Kuala Lumpur via Amsterdam at 2.30 o’clock in the morning.
It was our second long road trip with the kids after Perth motorhome. We are glad we survived the trip. What was most important thing was the kids: as long as they enjoyed themselves, the whole trip would be the best we ever had. We had several road trips to share later. Maybe some tips for the new mama and baby?
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