Iceland!

With all our moving and dreaming of options of life on the road or traveling, it got me thinking back to our trip to Iceland this past Spring! It was truly one of the best times we’ve ever had as a family. Two weeks of doing life there, we grew so much as a family I can’t even explain. We spent most of the two weeks in a Happy Campers campervan and stayed at an AirBnb in Borgarnes in for a few nights too. There is so much I could share and want to share about, but I’ll do my best to keep it short-ish. We flew into Reykjavik and headed north around the island to Borgarnes where our AirBnb was. We knew we wanted to use Happy Campers for the family trip there because of their size of van, the bright colors for the girls, and their offerings and price. We would absolutely use them again if we went. They were amazing to work with! I had learned to drive manual from watching You Tube videos every single day and driving with my Dad before going on this trip but wow was it an experience! Many moments of embarrassment, fear of death, hilarity, growth, perseverance and forgiveness. And that’s not even talking about the trip in general… I’m just talking about in terms of driving manual in a new country for the first time! We slept in woods, by waterfalls, in campgrounds, by the ocean, next to mountains, and traveled endless miles seeing the entire duration around Iceland from the south up west, then all the way north in Akranes then over to the east and ended down south with the Black Sand Beach, Diamond Beach, and the most gorgeous views I’ve ever experienced. If you have the time there, I would definitely say it’s worth it to experience the entire island. We went to a few community centers to go swimming, visited their book stores and coffee shops and really tried to take in as much as we could while we were there. Even with two full weeks, I still feel this deep longing to go back and experience even more. The trip with three kids was adventurous and there was a long list of things that Max and I want to explore again when we go back just the two of us, or again as a family. 

For the most part with meals, we got groceries at their stores and packed things in coolers inside the camper van. We ate out a few times and the food was amazing, but in order to stay there for two weeks, we decided to try to keep it simple and inexpensive with groceries. And it turned out to be SO fun to shop for groceries in another country. I also loved that we had snacks for the girls and things they loved to eat. It’s also in Iceland that we felt MADLY in love with Oatly milk. So now when we have it at home, it feels like a special bit came home with us. The camper van had a stove, fridge, french press, heat, sink, cozy beds, lots of color and was just right for life on the road. The Airbnb that we stayed in felt so incredible. A giant tub, beautiful sea blue tones and warm cozy beds. Laundry! This amazing couple has locations all around the island that are all so stunning and if and when we go back, we plan to stay in their properties again. 

The landscape in Iceland is indescribable. I don’t even know how to express the visuals seen there. Each location so contrasting from the next.. the weather so interchangeable, it kept us on our toes and alive to the needed changes. Quality layers were essential and we would find ourselves in rain one moment and then stripping down in the sunshine to a t-shirt the next. Good rain gear and wool items made the trip possible for the girls. We packed all our items for the trip in two big suitcases for our whole family so each item served a specific purpose and I’d wash and air dry overnight to prepare for the next morning. Juniper was only 5 months old when we did this and now thinking back that seem crazy that she was so young, but she was the easiest of the pack to care for. She lived on our chest wrapped up and had tummy time next to the moss. She was so happy truly from the start to finish on this trip. I think she cried once when I changed her diaper inside of the community center after the pool and she didn’t much enjoy the cold hard feeling of the changing table. The big girls loved the flexibility of the trip and the way we could flow in an out of rest and explore mode. I LOVED that too. I loved not having intense check in times or check out times each day. We spent hours reading in the camper van, going on hikes and long walks and enjoyed each small town. We also all got tired at the same time, had breakdowns, got frustrated and lost, over tired and hungry. We went with the flow and the needs and do dream of going back soon to explore the land again. I hope to share more someday, but for now, here are a few visuals from the trip! We cannot wait go back to Iceland soon and it will always be such a special place to us. With all our moving and dreaming of options of life on the road or traveling, it got me thinking back to our trip to Iceland this past Spring! It was truly one of the best times we’ve ever had as a family. Two weeks of doing life there, we grew so much as a family I can’t even explain. We spent most of the two weeks in a Happy Campers campervan and stayed at an AirBnb for a few nights too. There is so much I could share and want to share about, but I’ll do my best to keep it short-ish. We flew into Reykjavik and headed north around the island to Borgarnes where our AirBnb was. We knew we wanted to use Happy Campers for the family trip there because of their size of van, the bright colors for the girls, and their offerings and price. We would absolutely use them again if we went. They were amazing to work with! I had learned to drive manual from watching You Tube videos every single day and driving with my Dad before going on this trip but wow was it an experience! Many moments of embarrassment, fear of death, hilarity, growth, perseverance and forgiveness. And that’s not even talking about the trip in general… I’m just talking about in terms of driving manual in a new country for the first time! We slept in woods, by waterfalls, in campgrounds, by the ocean, next to mountains, and traveled endless miles seeing the entire duration around Iceland from the south up west, then all the way north in Akranes then over to the east and ended down south with the Black Sand Beach, Diamond Beach, and the most gorgeous views I’ve ever experienced. If you have the time there, I would definitely say it’s worth it to experience the entire island. We went to a few community centers to go swimming, visited their book stores and coffee shops and really tried to take in as much as we could while we were there. Even with two full weeks, I still feel this deep longing to go back and experience even more. The trip with three kids was adventurous and there was a long list of things that Max and I want to explore again when we go back just the two of us, or again as a family.

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