WHALE-WATCHING - BETTER CALLED: WHALE WAITING
A great way to start 2017! We booked a trip to Iceland to begin with. My bucket list is endless, so our question was; where to start? Because Iceland is only 4 flying hours away from the Netherlands, we decided, this is it! Besides that, it was the season to spot the Northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis).
Before we headed off to Iceland we made a list with 'must-do' items. Whale-watching, the Blue Lagoon, a Northern Light tour, City tour, sight seeing spots etc. The first day we booked our whale-watching experience. Very excited as we were, standing in front of the boat, hopeful to spot a whale. After 2 hours, i could barely feel my hands anymore, still no spot on the horizon. It was raining, snowing and the only thing happening on board where people running in all kinds of directions to get a sea-sick bag, those people were having the most horrible time of their life.. being see-sick. The waves were very high, so we bounced from the right to the left.. endlessly......
4 hours later, I spotted 2 dolphins, so basically the highlight of this tour! We where SO disappointed we didn't see any whales. 4 hours on a boat, peer into the horizon, thinking you see lots of whales, but no, that are just waves. Ah well, we returned to Reykjavik. Got ourselves some dinner and waited for our Norther Light tour only to discover this was not going to happen because it was to cloudy. RIGHT.
This was our highlight to our visit in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon! It was amazing. We booked our tickets for 9 o'clock in the morning. The sun rises between 10.30 and 11.00 so we where there in total darkness. It was crazy! Before you enter the lagoon they have a lot of rules. You need to shower before you enter, and need to put conditioner in you hair. Just to protect is from the weird water in the lagoon. (And yes, you really need to use the conditioner, or you like to have hair like straw.)
So after literally running into the Lagoon (I tell you, its freakin' cold outside) you feel the warmth surrounding your body, it feels so nice! The water is blurry and some parts of the lagoon are more heated than other parts. It feels really relaxed to just floot around..
Seeing the sun rise and from a dark sky to daylight is really impressive when swimming in the lagoon. After a while i decided to untie my hair. Biggest mistake EVER. I put some conditioner on my bun. But not in my entire hair. Well, after 3 days my hair was still horrible and it took me an hour to get all the tangles out. And this 3 days in a row. Therefore; listen to what the lady says before your enter the lagoon :D.
After 2 hours of bathing we headed to Seljalandfoss. A 4 hours drive thought Iceland and i have to say, totally worth it! You see different landscapes from green grasslands to volcano landscape, from snowstorm into rainstorm, through sandstorms and snowy landscapes. WOW Iceland you are beautiful!
So it took us 3 days effort to get on a tour to see the Northern Lights. Well i can tell you; DIDN'T HAPPEN. No tour departed because of the
ongoing cloudy weather. Therefore we didn't see the Northern lights, so that means, we need to go back. This was a big disappointment, but Iceland you where amazing and we will be back for sure!
We booked our flight with Iceland Air. The best time of the year to see the Northern Light is between September and March. The bad thing that comes with it, is that during this time of year the weather is horrible. We booked a car, but make sure you have a really good insurance. You get cracks in the window really easily and when entering a sandstorm, you are basically screwed. So avoid sandstorms ;). I recommend a 4 wheel-drive. The roads in Iceland are bad, so make sure your car can handle this. Also, Iceland is not really cheap. Actually, it is really expensive!! So keep in mind, that Iceland is a great country to visit, but it will not be a cheap get-away.
Sorry for the bad picture quality; i took them when we where driving.